Cake Decorating

Ref: C2525128

You will learn to decorate several cakes that would be suitable for many different occasions. Skills will how to use fondant icing and buttercream for both decorating and crumb coating before icing with fondant. Students will make many decorations from fondant modelling paste, including sugar flowers, which will be placed on decorated cakes, suitable for special occasions e.g. birthdays, Christmas or other festive occasions. These skills can be used to gain employment as a cake decorator or to become self employed as a cake decorator

Additional information about this course

This course is funded by Tees Valley Combined Authority. To enrol on this course you will need to attend the Tees Valley Women’s Centre enrolment day on 6th September. At the centre you will be able to enrol on your course by phone or the internet. If you are unable to attend the enrolment day you must contact Donna Middleton 01642 296166, after the 6th September, who will provide you with a pin number which will enable you to enrol if there are places available.

Course aim

To provide an insight into cake decoration with a view to decorating cakes for friends and family members, using fondant icing, buttercream, fondant modelling paste and sugarcraft tools to create wonderfully iced cake

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Develop basic food hygiene principals for use in cake decorating
  • Crumb coat a cake before covering with fondant icing
  • Make sugarcraft fondant models that will be used to decorate a cake
  • Make sugar crafted flowers from sugar florists paste , these will be used to decorate a themed cake
  • Identify how to safely store and transport cakes

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Students will be required to make cakes at home ready to bring to class for decoration, You will be required to bring in cakeboards, cake boxes for transportation, fondant icing for decorating the cake, and some sugarcraft tools. Cake decorating colours will be required

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • a full list of cakes, and equipment that is required will be given out at the first session

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Cake Decorating

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Conditions

This course is funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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