Cake Icing and Sugarcraft
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About this course

Cake icing and sugarcraft is as much of an art as it is a craft.

Anyone who is familiar with this activity will understand that there is as much pleasure to be gained from designing, making and showing off these creations as there is from eating them!

Our course, delivered in three blocks of 10 week sessions, is open to anyone with an interest and enthusiasm in cake icing and sugarcraft and who may have wondered how these beautiful cake creations are made.

What will I learn?

You will be split into groups depending on your skill level. The aim of the course is to provide you with an introduction to the techniques used to ice and decorate cakes for special occasions, and to further your skills if you have had previous experience of cake decoration and sugarcraft.

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Make a range of flowers and foliage
  • Demonstrate how to wire up
  • Marzipan, and decorate a cake using sugarpaste/royal icing
  • Make a range of samples showing some or all of the techniques used for decorating cakes

The following topics will be covered during the course:

Term 1:

  • Introduction to Sugarcraft/further skills
  • Hand moulded roses
  • Making flowers and foliage and wiring up
  • Marzipan, ice and decorate a Christmas cake sugarpaste/royal icing depending on skill level
  • Make Christmas decorations.

Term 2:

  • Making Spring flowers and foliage and wiring up
  • Royal icing run-out decorations
  • Piping techniques
  • Bas relief and 3D sugarpaste modelling
  • Something for Easter

Term 3:

  • More techniques for making basic seasonal flowers and foliage. Exotic flowers for more advanced students
  • Marzipaning and icing cakes and how to stack cakes
  • Brush embroidery
  • 3D sugarpaste modelling - Bride and Groom
Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor.  There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional costs and information

You will be required to purchase basic ingredients and materials to use each session.

You will need your own basic equipment:

  • Ball tool
  • Small non-stick rolling pin (6”)
  • Non-stick board
  • Foam pad
  • Petal base/trex
  • Pallet knife (sugarcraft not kitchen type)
  • Florist oasis or polystyrene (to put wired flowers into when making)
  • Small wire cutters
  • Nail scissors
  • Tool box
  • Edible glue/CMC powder (pinch mixed with boiling water in small jar)
  • Various size paintbrushes (Tutor will advise)
  • White sugar flower paste

There will be various cutters, wires, paste and dusting colours required throughout the course. The tutor has prepared a detailed list of items needed for each term, please contact the Adult Enterprise Office on 01380 723989 to request a copy.

  • Progressive
    This is a progressive course that consists of three individual terms. Students are generally required to complete the first course before moving on to parts two and three, however it is possible to join mid-year if you have appropriate experience. If you have not attended the first term, please contact Customer Services before enrolling and paying for the course. Students wishing to purchase all three terms at once may do so by calling 01225 350035.
What could I do next?

You can enrol on the next term of this progressive course and any other creative courses here at Wiltshire College, such as Sewing and Dressmaking and many more.