Sugar flowers & decorations for cakes

Ref: C3676671

You will learn how to make a selection of wired sugar flowers and foliage, including blossoms, roses, carnations and rose leaves. You will be shown how to use modelling tools to shape and give movement to petals and leaves and how to colour them realistically and arrange them into an attractive display, posy or cake top decoration .You will also learn how to use piping tubes to produce a range of skills, wording, flowers and borders to enhance the appearance of celebration cakes and cupcakes. This course is suitable for beginners to acquire new skills and for more experienced students to enhance those they already have to a professional level. You will be coached and assisted to gain or improve techniques with the chance to ask questions and pick up tips. Learning takes place in a friendly supportive environment.

Course aim

You’ll will learn the skills that will give you the confidence to create your own sugar flowers and decorations to enhance your cakes and give them a professional finish. You will use different types of sugarpaste and Royal icing

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • make sugar roses and carnations
  • make foliage
  • make shapes using piping tubes e.g words, shells,
  • arrange items into a cake top display
  • use colour to dust sugar items with authentic shading

How will I be taught?

  • 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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Students will need to have some tools and equipment for the course. Students will be making flowers for projects and therefore will need ingredients.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • may lead to a making cakes for family and friends

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Sugar flowers & decorations for cakes

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  • 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

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