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UK Cake Decorating Courses

There is a wide variety of cake decorating courses available, whether you are a complete novice or professional wanting to add a new skill. Courses range from a one off day to a few years and can be part time or full time. The type of courses also range from everything from making and baking the cake, simple piping techniques, sugarcraft flowers or modelling figures. Courses are run all over the UK and more details can be found by following the links below.

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Cake Decoration - Improvers (part time) @ Bradford College course website
In this exciting and engaging course you will consolidate what you have learnt in the previous course on how to decorate cakes, starting with icing techniques and progressing to elaborate over-piping and collar work. Other more sophisticated techniques may be covered. There may be a small charge for any ingredients used whilst on the course - this will be discussed with the course tutor.
Qualifications: none      Fee: £90.00     Duration: 30 weeks    Tel: 01274 436300       Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

Cake Decoration (part time) @ University College Birmingham course website
The UCB Cake Decoration qualifications will open the door to many opportunities, such as design of cakes, speciality items, novelties and much more. The courses will give practical knowledge combined with a creative touch, enjoyment and achievement of a University College Birmingham certificate.This course is suitable for anyone interested in Cake Decoration and will offer a practical introduction to cake decoration and provides the foundation for both the intermediate and advanced programmes. The practical aspect of the course is designed to give candidates an introduction to Royal Icing and will provide an understanding of the principles of Royal Icing; Piping of shells; Scrolls; Lettering; Run-outs; Coating a Cake and Piped Flowers.
Qualifications: University College Birmingham certificate.      Fee: £200     Duration: 10 weeks    Tel: 0121 604 1000      Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Cake Decorating (part time) @ Solihull College course website
•An ideal course for beginners or those with some experience. Learn to create distinctive touches and a professional finish on a range of cakes for special occasions - weddings, Christmas, birthdays and babies.
Qualifications: NCFE Creative Craft Skills Level 1      Fee: £40     Duration: 30 weeks    Tel: 0121 678 7000      Location: Solihull, West Midlands

Basic Cake Decorating for Beginners (part time) @ Mysercough College course website
This course has been specifically developed to introduce you to the world of cake decorating. Delivered at a very basic level it will enable the beginner to try their hand for the first time with icing bags, piping work and rolling. As well as showing the basic skills for decorating the cake and covering a cake in sugar paste you will learn how to make the all important butter cream for a sponge. Also covered is making novelty figures, filler flowers and roses and how to pipe a message on to the cake. As confidence grows students will be shown how to dust flowers and wire the flowers into a spray. Also they will be shown how to use ribbon with different techniques that can be used in the spray.
Qualifications: none      Fee: £70     Duration: 6 weeks    Tel: 01995 642128       Location: Preston, Lancashire

Sugar Flowers (part time) @ South Thames College course website
How to make and arrange easy wired and unwired sugar flowers and foliage for beautiful cake decorations. To include seasonal flowers such as primroses violets and leaves, hand modelled tulips, daffodils, pulled filler and blossom flowers, modelled and cutter roses, lilies By The End of the course you will be able to: -make flower pastes choose and use correct equipment use a range of popular flower cutters make and wire basic sugar flowers explain global and cultural backgrounds to the subject explain the Principles of colour, design and proportion use dusting, glazing and finishing techniques Compiling a personal reference file You will need to purchase some basic sugar flower equipment such as a grooved board, rolling pin, balling tool and flower foam pad and then cutters each week as needed. You will be entitled to a 10% discount at the local sugarcraft shop
Qualifications: none      Fee: £115     Duration: 12 weeks    Tel: 020 8918 7777      Location: London, Greater London