Two Tier Class Updated

Our two tier class is one of our most popular classes and we've given it a little makeover for 2018.  Learning all the same skills - cakes, sharp edges, sugarpaste fondant, tiering and more we've updated the design to include a stunning modern Anemone, leaves and...

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2018 Classes

Halloween may be over and Christmas may feel a while away but we're already thinking of next year and have started adding classes to our 2018 calendar. We've got weekend classes, evening sessions and weekday classes to suit all so if you've been thinking of learning...

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Christmas Cake & Cupcake Classes

Christmas is just around the corner and we've updated our Christmas cupcake, cake & biscuit classes.  If you fancy learning something new or just want to make some festive cakes or biscuits come along to one of our classes below Upcoming classes Christmas Cupcakes...

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Different Types Of Buttercream

Buttercream is sweet and versatile and perfect for piping, swirling, spreading and eating! There are lots of different types of buttercream so here's a quick explanation of the the most popular ones: Standard / American buttercream: This is the most popular, common...

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Baking Troubleshooting Guide

Baking is a science and can be tricky.  Sometimes your cakes don't come out like they should or you'd like them to so here are some tips to help you figure out what went wrong! Bottom crust is too dry Lower your oven temperature Make sure your pans are of a high...

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New Classes Spring 2017

We've been busy working on some new classes to add to our schedule and are excited to bring you a unicorn cupcakes class and a cupcake bouquet on a board class. CUPCAKE BOUQUET CLASS: In this 2.5 hour class you'll learn so many techniques - piping, sugar flowers,...

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New Look Website

Have you noticed our new look website?  As well updating the colours from purple to more summery colours we've also added some great new features to make your booking experience a simpler one! Updates including - searching by class category, being able to be added to...

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Top Tips For Flat Top Cupcakes

We get asked all the time how we get our cupcakes flat, without big domes or those exploding volcanoes that sometimes happen so we thought we'd share our top tips.  There's no magic formula but hopefully if you follow these pointers you'll get flat cupcakes too: Don't...

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New Cake Decorating Classes For Autumn

We've introduced some great new classes starting in Autumn 2016. Two Day Tiered Cake Decorating Techniques: Take your cake decorating to the next level and learn sharp edges and lots of different decorating techniques that can be applied to a variety of different...

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Top Tips For Batch Baking

Batch baking is always a daunting task as doubling or even tripling a recipe feels like it could all go horribly wrong but with our tips you'll breeze through making lots of cakes!  Here are some tips to help you have a stress free baking experience! Read the recipe...

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Pineapple Cupcake Tutorial

Create these cool pineapple, buttercream cupcakes in just 5 simple steps. Perfect for any summer party or to share with your friends and family!   What you will need: Green flower paste Pallet Knife Rolling Pin Small open star nozzle Piping bag Yellow Buttercream...

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Ice Cream Cupcake Topper

Can't decide between an ice cream or a cupcake? No need with these sweet ice cream design cupcakes! What you will need: White, Brown and Pink Sugarpaste Round Cutter Pallet Knife Rolling Pin   1. To make the plaque, use the white sugarpaste and circle cutter, cut...

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Watermelon Cupcake Topper

Refresh yourself this summer with these watermelon cupcake toppers in 4 simple steps...they're just as healthy as the real thing, honest!   What you will need: Green and Red Sugarpaste Round Cutters (small and medium) Pallet Knife Rolling Pin Black Edible Paint...

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Baking Tips and Tricks

Baking can be a tricky business, especially when you don't know why things go wrong when they do (it happens to us all!). We get asked a lot of baking questions in our cake and cupcake classes, so we have narrowed them down and here are our top 5 baking tips to help...

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Father’s Day Cupcake Topper

With Father's Day just around the corner, why not make these cute little cupcake toppers for your number 1 dad! What you will need: White sugarpaste and green modelling paste. Letter Tappits Rolling Pin Paint brush Water Knife Circle Cutters     1 - Roll out...

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Bumble Bee Cupcake Topper

With spring here, what better time to make these cute little cupcake toppers with busy little bees on them! Follow these 6 simple steps to create your own!  What you will need: White modelling paste and Yellow Sugarpaste Edible Black Pen Flower Plunger Rolling Pin...

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Different Types Of Raising Agents

Different Types Of Raising Agents Raising agents help cakes and biscuits rise, give them their texture or crust and each raising agent is slightly different and has a specific role.  Lots of people ask us about the difference between the different types of raising...

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Hot Cross Bun Cupcake Tutorial

  This Easter why not make your friends and family these cute hot cross bun cupcakes. No need to decide between cupcakes or hot cross buns, you can have your cake and eat it too! What you will need: Light Brown, Dark Brown and White Sugarpaste Knife Closed Star...

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Different Types Of Fats For Baking

There are several different fats you can use to bake with, but which give the best results and when should you use each one? Butter Butter is a solid fat and has a fat percentage of about 75%, it is known to give great results in baking. When beaten with sugar...

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Healthier & Natural Sugars For Baking

Is your new year’s resolution to eat a bit healthier? Here is some information on healthier and natural sugars and how you can incorporate them into your baking this year! Agave Nectar Agave nectar (or agave syrup) is a natural sugar which is lower on the Glycemic...

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Noel Christmas Cupcake Topper

Learn how to make these cute cupcake plaque toppers. We have made them saying ‘Noel’ to get into the festive spirit but you could personalise them with any word you like. You could even do them as place settings for Christmas day! What you will need: Rolling Pin Tooth...

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Different Types Of Flour

There are several different types of flour but what’s the difference between them all?  Here’s a quick blog on the main types of flour, enjoy! Plain Flour Plain Flour is made by grinding raw cereal grains and does not contain any raising agents. It is used in most...

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Stir Up Sunday

Stir up Sunday is fast approaching so get your mixing bowls and aprons at the ready & gather the family in the kitchen! What’s it all about? Stir up Sunday is an old tradition where the Christmas pudding is made on the last Sunday before advent begins. This...

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Pumpkin Cupcake Topper Tutorial

With Halloween around the corner what better way to celebrate than by baking some cupcakes or cakes and adorning with pumpkins.  Here's a quick tutorial on how to make sugarpaste fondant pumpkins. What you will need: Orange, Brown and Green Sugarpaste Edible Glue...

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Happy Halloween

Are you looking to do some baking with the kids or hosting a halloween party?  If you're on Pinterest, we have a great board dedicated to all things Halloween.  Have a browse and get some baking and decorating ideas.   Just click here to see our Pinterest board....

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Half Term Ideas

With half term coming up next week for most schools it's always a task thinking of what to do to keep the kids entertained for the week.  At least with Halloween coming up that creates a topic to focus on when crafting and baking but there are still lots of hours to...

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Christmas Classes

Although summer has only just ended (or did it really start!?) our Christmas classes are now online and are booking up quickly.  We have two different classes, a short class (2 hours, 6 cupcakes £45) and a full day class (10am to 3.30pm, 12 cupcakes and more...

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The Great British Bake Off Is Back

Great news, the Great British Bake Off is back on Wednesday 5th August 8pm BBC One! Here's a quick round up of the contestants (left to right) Ian, Alvin, Paul, Flora, Mat, Ugne, Tamal, Stu, Nadiya, Sandy, Marie, and Dorret Ian (41) a house husband photographer who...

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How Much Buttercream Do I Need?

Ever wondered how much buttercream you need to fill and crumb coat a cake?  We've compiled a quick guide to help you. Just click on the link and download the guide for free from our online tutorials section and you can refer to it every time you're decorating....

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Sharp Edge Class & New Tutor

Sharp edges are proving very popular on all cakes these days especially wedding cakes so we've introduced a great new class for those looking to learn and perfect their sharp edges as well as learn new cake decorating skills.  This class will take your cake decorating...

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Stand Alone Or Hand Held Mixer?

I get asked a lot what I would recommend, a stand along or a hand held mixer, to get the best bakes and to be honest there isn't one that is perfect.  However, something to remember is that any type of equipment takes time to get used to so whatever you choose it's...

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How To Make Self Raising Flour

We've all done it, started getting everything ready for baking and realised we've run out of self raising flour.  Instead of going to the shops you can make your own with just plain flour and baking powder.   All you need is to add one teaspoon (5g) of baking...

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Eggs, Eggs, Eggs

The humble egg is probably one of the most versatile ingredients out there.  Can be eaten as so in omelettes, scrambled eggs or even poached and added to cakes, pies and biscuits to bind and essentially create a cake as we know it. I get through so many of them baking...

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Preventing Greasy Cupcake Cases

Here's a quick tip on preventing your cupcake cases from getting too greasy whilst cooking.  Pop some grains of rice at the bottom of each muffin hole in the tin. The rice will soak up any grease from your cupcakes and make sure your cases don't get ruined. Another...

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Double Chocolate Brownies

I don't know about you but I LOVE brownies, however they need to be good brownies.  So many brownies can be so chocolate cake like which isn't what a brownie should be like.  A brownie should have a crisp top and gooey centre and be very chocolately.  I'll always...

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The Great British Bake Off – Week 3

Wow, we're four weeks into the bake off and this week it's Bread!  Everyone in the tent shivers at the thought of disappointing Paul 'king of bread' Hollywood but this week's technical challenge was ciabatta.  I love ciabatta, it reminds me of Italian holidays...

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The Great British Bake Off – Week 2

So week two is biscuit week!  I love a biscuit, any type of biscuit but I'm definitely not a biscuit dunker.  The thought of a soggy biscuit soaked in tea or coffee is my idea of biscuit hell!  The technical challenge this week was Florentines, those thin caramel...

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The Great British Bake Off – Week 1

So I've decided that this year I'm going to attempt all the technical challenges on The Great British Bake Off to challenge me in the kitchen.  As a cake maker, people often think that I make hundreds of different cakes (and that perhaps I don't have any baking...

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Sugarpaste vs Florist Paste

I'm often asked what the difference is between sugarpaste, florist paste and modelling paste, what you use them for and why so I thought I'd explain the difference. SUGARPASTE Also known as fondant, ready to roll icing or just icing this is perfect for covering cakes...

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Perfect Buttercream

If you're struggling to get the perfect buttercream to pipe or spread onto your cakes, here are a few top tips on achieving perfect, fluffy and smooth buttercream: 1. Room temperature butter: your butter must be at room temperature so that when you prod it with your...

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How much ribbon do I need?

I don't know about you but it always seems the way that you think you have lots of ribbon left and then suddenly you get to the end of the reel and you've still got a section of your board to cover! Well here's a handy guide to help you out so that you get caught out...

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