We've taken our incredibly popular 6-week Back to Basics, condensed it into 4 slightly longer lessons and given it a Christmas twist.
Back to Basics is exactly that, over 4 consecutive weeks – we take you right back to the beginning and teach you, step-by-step, the best and easiest ways to achieve delicious, professional looking cakes. Whether you’ve never attempted to bake or are a more experienced baker and decorator looking for the definitive approach to decorating, this course is for you.
Over the four sessions you will bake, marzipan and ice a square fruit cake to achieve a smooth professional finish. Following on you will learn a variety of decorating and modelling techniques to give you skills that can be easily translated into hundreds of decorative variations.
Back to Basics is the perfect place to start your Cake School journey; it will give you base skills that you can develop further with our other courses, including the diplomas and master classes. Our recommendation would be that a beginner (or those wishing to refresh their skills) attends both this 4 week course and our other, 2 week Back to Basics, before progressing onto more advanced courses.
We provide everything you need, just bring your apron and the desire to create wonderful cakes.
How to line a cake tin
How to bake a rich fruit cake
How to mature and store a rich fruit cake
How to ice a cake board
How to professionally cover your cake with marzipan and sugar paste icing
How to use smoothers to best effect
Using crimpers to create decorative edges
Tutorial – how to use colour to best effect
Tutorial – how to make royal icing
The principals of piping to create a piped message and shell piping
How to create icing run outs to create shapes
How to use the pop it moulds (you could make owls but if they're not 'your thing' you could make a teddy, penguin, ducks or even footballs, buttons or hearts)
Painting on sugar
How to attach ribbon to a cake board
How to attach ribbon to a celebration cake
How to create a tied bow
Storage & transportation of your cake
Annabelle established Confection Perfection (now re-branded as Annabelle Jane Cake School) in 1996 from her kitchen table; bought her first retail premises in 2000 and is now settled in a delightful setting in Bearsted, just outside Maidstone. Annabelle has extensive cake decorating experience and is highly creative and artistic. Annabelle is an accredited tutor for the PME Diplomas in Sugar craft and also designs and delivers a wide range of other highly successful cake baking and decorating classes. Annabelle has a huge vision for our Cake School and ensures that the strong reputation we have earned continues to grow lead by her consistently high standards.
The course price includes everything you need to bake and decorate your cake and the box to take it home. We will provide all the ingredients, materials, all sugarcraft tools, equipment and refreshments. Course attendees will also receive a full set of course notes which includes the cake recipe and a discount sheet which gives exclusive discounts on the items used during the course purchased in the cake decorating supplies shop for the duration of your course.