Sugarcraft Courses

Learn To Make Beautiful Cakes

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The London and Hertfordshire School of Sugarcraft

 


Here are the top 5 reasons why you should attend our courses:

  • Courses run by highly talented international tutors
  • Programs cover a wide range of decorating skills and techniques
  • Run at our Bushey Heath premises in our newly refurbished kitchen
  • Student numbers are limited per course providing you with more teacher time
  •  100% customer satisfaction guarantee or a full refund

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Information:

  • If you need any specialist equipment it is available in our shop at a  10% discount for course attendees
  • All materials and equipment will be included in the course price with the exception of equipment for sugar flower courses
  • You will receive a confirmation email following your booking and a reminder one week prior to the course start date
 Book your place now by:
  • Calling us on 020 8950 0077/8207
  • Payment can be made in person, via post or over the telephone
  • Or Book and Pay Online
Meet our Tutors:

Paddi Clark
Is an extremely qualified sugarcraft and cake decoration specialist with over 20 years experience. She has gained distinction in City & Guilds ABC and NCFE national qualifications, and taught the subject at many FE colleges. She is a medal winner in various sugarcraft competitions. A competition judge, external verifier/moderator and has featured on the TV programme ‘Icing on the Cake’. Paddi has demonstrated and taught the subject overseas.....in the USA, Europe, Scandinavia, Channel Islands and New Zealand as well as many towns and cities in the UK. She is a founder member of the ‘Taste of Art’ group who have exhibited Sugar as an art form in art galleries in Surrey and Bowes Museum County Durham. She is a author of 2 books – ‘Sugar Flowers for Beginners’ and ‘More Sugar Flowers for Beginners’ and regularly writes articles for established Sugarcraft magazines. She is a member of The British Sugarcraft Guild.

Ulla Netzband
Is a qualified tutor having passed City and Guild and Awarding Body Consortium in cake decoration and wired sugar-flowers in 1987 with distinction in all disciplines. She has co-written 2 books and regularly features in Cake Craft & Decoration magazine, has won many awards at national and international level and teaches here and abroad. Ulla’s passion is sugar and cold porcelain flowers which are taught to a very high standard.

Carol Haycox
Boasts over twenty years experience in sugarcraft industry, including passing City and Guilds 121 in Royal icing and confectionary. She now teaches and demonstrates all types of sugarcraft internationally. Is experienced in running her specialist sugarcraft shop for a period twelve years and has been teaching classes across all levels, from beginners to experienced in all aspects of cake decoration and sugar flowers for the past fifteen years. More recently has written articles for magazines.

 

Our courses

Sugarpaste Techniques for Beginners using FMM Press Ice with Carol Haycox
Saturday 7th February 2015 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

This is a one day course that will show you how to handle sugarpaste professionally to cover a cake to a high standard and decorate with the use of FMM press ice and finish off with a frill and sugar roses
You will learn:
• How to split and level a cake
• Cover a round cake to a professional and flawless finish
• How to apply crumb coating with an explanation of why this is necessary
• The use of butter cream fillings and flavourings
• Tricks of the trade when using sugarpaste avoiding air bubbles and unwanted lumps, bumps and tares
• The use of flower/modelling paste
• The use of press ice
• Piping
• All in one rose
• Pulled flowers and leaves
• To make a frill
• The use of colours and dusts
• The use of specialist equipment
• The use of royal icing
• The use of ribbons to add finishing touch to your cake
• Opportunity to ask any questions you can think about basic sugarpaste techniques

This course is suitable for:
• Beginners, and those with some experience who might like to brush up on their skills and pick up a few tips

At the end of your course you will take home your beautifully decorated cake

You will be given an information folder with tips and recipes

We provide unlimited refreshments.

£ 75.00
There are 4 spaces left on this course.
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Mother and Child - Cupcakes and Cookies with Carol Haycox
Sunday 8th February - 10.00am to 12.30pm

During this fun session you will learn a number of skills. You will be shown you how to work with different covering mediums and a selection of professional cutters, moulds and embossers.

You will learn:
• Self raising flour verses plain flour for cupcakes – bake the perfect cupcake
• Flavouring
• Hints and tips on making your cookies a delight
• The use of cookie cutters and templates
• Level and cover cupcakes to obtain a good shape
• The use of moulds and cutters to make blossoms and shapes
• Make a rose using a 5 petal cutter
• How to work with sugarpaste comparisons between flower/modelling paste
• The use of buttercream
• The use of colours, dusts and paint
• The use of specialist equipment
• Opportunity to ask any questions you can think about baking and decorating cupcakes


This course is suitable for:
• Beginners and those with some experience
• For mothers who would like their children experience basic sugarcraft techniques in a small friendly group

All materials and equipment are provided for the course so just come along for a fun filled session.

At the end of your course you will take home 6 decorated cupcakes and 6 decorated cookies

You will be given an information folder with tips and recipes

We provide refreshments

Price is inclusive of mother and child
£ 50.00
There are 2 spaces left on this course.
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Bake the Perfect Sponge with Carol Haycox
Sunday 8th February 2015 - 1.30pm to 4.30pm

This workshop will show you how to bake the perfect sponge even when altering quantities and adding flavouring. Whilst your cake is in the oven you will decorate a plaque.

You will learn:
• The difference between baking a single cake and multiple cakes in your oven
• Ensure your cake is cooked evenly
• Oven temperatures
• Use of equipment
• Lining tins verse non stick sprays
• How to alter and adapt recipes add flavours and colouring
• Advice on colouring for rainbow cakes
• Bake a moist firm sponge
• Alter quantities to keep the sponge perfect no matter what size, shape or flavour.
• Opportunity to ask any questions you can think about baking sponge cakes

To finish your cake
• Make pulled flowers and small blossoms
• Pipe a greeting on your plaque
• The use of royal icing

This course is suitable for:
• Beginners and those who might like to brush up on their skills and pick up some invaluable tips

All materials and equipment are provided for the course, you might like to bring a note pad and pen

At the end of your course you will take home tasty sponge cake and decorated plaque ready to place on the top of your cake

You will be given an information folder with tips and recipes

We provide unlimited refreshments
£ 49.00
There are 2 spaces left on this course.
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Writing Techniques with Carol Haycox
Saturday 21st February 10.00am to 12.30pm

On this short course you will be shown many different methods of writing so your cake will always look professionally finished. Today you will make a sample board for future reference

You will learn:
• An explanation of how to achieve to the correct consistency with your royal icing
• The use of colours
• How to transfer an image onto your cake
• Create monograms
• Pipe directly onto a cake
• The use of cutters to cut out lettering
• Embossing
• Painting
• Opportunity to ask any questions you can think of about royal icing and writing

This course is suitable for:
• Beginners and those with some piping experience who just want to brush-up on their piping skills

All materials and equipment are provided for the course so just come along for an informative and enjoyable day

At the end of the morning you will take home your sample board containing many techniques/styles of writing achieved by using many newly learnt different techniques

We provide unlimited refreshments.
£ 30.00
There are 8 spaces left on this course.
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Egg Free Baking and Decorated Plaque with Carol Haycox
Saturday 21st February 2015 1.30pm to 4.30pm

This workshop will show you how to bake the perfect eggless sponge. Whilst your cake is in the oven you will decorate a plaque.


You will learn:
• The difference between baking a single cake and multiple cakes in your oven
• Ensure your cake is cooked evenly
• How to achieve a moist eggless sponge
• Oven temperatures
• Use of equipment
• Lining tins verse non stick sprays
• How to alter and adapt recipes add flavours and colouring
• Advice on colouring for rainbow cakes
• Bake a moist firm sponge
• Alter quantities to keep the sponge perfect no matter what size, shape or flavour.
• Opportunity to ask any questions you can think about baking sponge cakes

To finish your cake
• Make pulled flowers and small blossoms
• Pipe a greeting on your plaque
• The use of royal icing

This course is suitable for:
• Beginners and those who are finding it difficult to achieve a nice light sponge when omitting eggs from their sponge recipe

All materials and equipment are provided for the course, you might like to bring a note pad and pen

At the end of your course you will take home tasty sponge cake and decorated plaque ready to place on the top of your cake

You will be given an information folder with tips and recipes

We provide unlimited refreshments
£ 49.00
There are 5 spaces left on this course.
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Rose and Freesia Wired Sugar Flower Spray with Carol Haycox
Sunday 22nd February 20.15 - 10.00am to 4.00pm

On this course will show you how to create a stunning sugar rose and freesia spray ideal for any celebration cake

You will learn:
• The use of specialist tools and cutters
• Work with flower paste and why it is the best medium for wired flowers
• How to create wired petals and buds
• The use of filler flowers
• How to create foliage
• How to wire flowers and foliage together into a display
• The use of colours and dusts to give your flowers depth and movement
• How to achieve botanically correct flowers
• Opportunity to ask any questions about wired and unwired flowers

This course is suitable for:
• Beginners and those who might like to brush up on their skills and pick up some invaluable tips

All materials and equipment (except flower cutters and veiners) are provided for the course so just come along enjoy, indulge and meet like minded people. Leave at the end of the day with a beautiful sugar flower spray.

We provide you with unlimited refreshments though you may wish to bring a packed lunch with you.
£ 85.00
There are 9 spaces left on this course.
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Novelty Bag (cake) and Life Size Shoe Model with Carol Haycox
Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th April 2015

This is a two day course that will show you how shape a novelty cake and to handle sugarpaste professionally to cover the bag to a high standard. Model a full size fashion shoe using a template and former

You will learn:
• How to carve a cake to an unusual shape
• How to apply crumb coating with an explanation of why this is necessary
• The use of butter cream and jam fillings
• Cover the cake to a professional and flawless finish
• Tricks of the trade when using sugarpaste avoiding air bubbles, unwanted lumps, bumps and tears
• Cover a cake drum with a cloth effect
• The use of flower/modelling paste verse sugarpaste and CMC
• Make and use a template
• Make your heel the correct height for your shoe
• Use of equipment
• The use of colours, dusts and lustres
• Painting
• The use of specialist equipment
• Opportunity to ask any questions you can think about basic sugarpaste techniques and modelling

This course is suitable for:
• Beginners to intermediate

All materials and equipment are provided for the course just bring yourself

At the end of your course you will take home your beautifully decorated novelty bag and model fashion shoe

You will be given an information folder with tips, recipes and templates

We provide unlimited refreshments throughout the day, though you will need to either bring a packed lunch with you or purchase something from the local shops


£ 150.00
There are 8 spaces left on this course.
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Two Tier Sweet Lace Celebration Cake Finished with a Lace Fantasy Flower with Carol Haycox
Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th May - 10.00am to 4.00pm

This very versatile sweet lace has many uses wedding celebration cakes, cupcakes, cookies and modelling to name a few. You will be amazed at how easy it is with the right knowledge to use and achieve beautiful fine lace.
Mats will be available for your use on the course and also available to purchase in the shop


You will learn:
• How to split and level a cake
• Cover a round cake to a professional and flawless finish
• How to apply crumb coating with an explanation of why this is necessary
• The use of butter cream fillings and flavourings
• Tricks of the trade when using sugarpaste avoiding air bubbles and unwanted lumps, bumps and tares
• Stack and dowel a cake
• How to prepare this unique Sweet Lace to achieve a professional and very pretty finish to any cake
• How to store finished pieces of lace for future use
• How to add colour to you lace
• The use of colours, dusts and shimmers
• The use of specialist equipment
• The use of ribbons to add finishing touch to your cake
• Opportunity to ask any questions you can think about basic sugarpaste techniques


This course is suitable for:
• Beginners, and those with some experience

All materials and equipment are provided for the course so just come along for an informative and enjoyable day

At the end of the course you will take home your beautiful creation.

We provide unlimited refreshments throughout the day, though you will need to either bring a packed lunch with you or purchase something from the local shops

£ 150.00
There are 8 spaces left on this course.
Qty: