Sugarcraft Private Tuition and Sugarcraft Courses  for your cake decorating requirements

Scroll through for info. on Private Tuition here at my home in N.E. Surrey, easily reached from London and the South East of England.

Individual Tuition

One of the pleasures of sugarcraft is creating opportunities for introducing the craft to others through private tuition and small groups. I specialise in one-to-one instruction and for groups of two to three people who would like to share the costs of the same lesson. Contact me for more details about  prices and dates, or to discuss particular skills you would like to learn. Dates are now fully booked until the beginning of March 2013 but please feel free to make enquiries by email at any time.

All the materials are provided in the cost of lessons and students are able to use all the tools and equipment they need here without having to bring anything with them except a large apron or chef's whites - and their lunch!

(Please note we have an adorable cat who loves to say hello, let me know if this will a problem for you.)

Take a look at all the subjects I can offer for tuition below either for yourself or as a gift for friend or relative!

Try a days 'taster' course

Are you interested in sugarcraft but not sure if it is the right interest or career for you? You may like to try a day's taster course and try out a variety of techniques. This is also the ideal present for a friend or relative.

 Coat a cake in sugarpaste and decorate with piped royal icing. Try a little marzipan modelling and add a few sugar flowers to finish.

Would you like to try a whole day making wired sugar flowers? Take an introductory course making a bit of everything, roses, filler flowers, berries and leaves, to make a small spray suitable for placing on a cake

Personal tuition in basic sugarcraft

One-day lessons, dates by arrangement, or pick and choose which skills you would like to learn from the list below

Cup-cakes and muffins - an introduction to the variety of methods available for tasty decorations

Learn how to coat a cake with marzipan and sugarpaste for a professional finish

How to make drapes, fabric effects, ribbons, bows and rosettes

Modelling with marzipan and Mexican Paste

Introduction to Basic Patterned Pastes

Preparing, shaping, and coating a novelty cake

Commercial products, short cuts to cake decoration using moulds, patchwork cutters, textured rollers, printed sugar etc, Ideal for those thinking of setting up a profitable cake making business

How to make royal icing. How to coat a fruit cake with marzipan, then coat it with royal icing and add some easily piped borders and decorations

Piped royal icing decorations including royal icing flowers

The art of making and using pastillage (pastillage is a paste which dries hard and is suitable for making edible containers, constructions, etc)

Design your own Wedding Cake/Celebration Cake and be guided through all the stages required to seeing your ideas become real, learning many cake decorating skills along the way.


Sugar Flowers

My courses and lessons are designed to help you start making sugar flowers and leaves or improve your flower-making skills using very little equipment and very few /cutters/moulds/veiners etc., so each student becomes an independent and creative creator of fine flowers without having to rely heavily on pre-made products. I like to concentrate on the skills required, so a days one-to-one lesson should give you a solid grounding in skills that are transferable to many other sugar flower projects.

Wired sugar roses - full blown, spray roses, and quick commercial roses

Wired sugar lilies

Wired sugar flowers and leaves for fillers in between the large roses and lilies etc

Wired sugar foliage - leaves for small sprays of flowers and bouquets

Wired sugar foliage - manipulated (folded) leaves for modern floristry effects

NEW: Flowers without wires! Suitable for cakes that have to be entirely edible


Workshops in Tolworth

At the moment due to teaching and other sugarcraft commitments I am unable to run any more workshops in Tolworth for now, my apologise for everyone who were hoping to join us again in the autumn.


Individual tuition for more experienced cake decorators

Dates by arrangement

Principles of cake design, suitable for those hoping to become a commercial cake decorator

Creative cake design course for those who would like to learn how start from a design source, or an idea, and create a unique cake design of their own.


 Patterned Pastes Techniques with marzipan, sugarpaste and flower paste

Detail of leopard and giraffe skin Patterned Pastes

( Patterned Paste is a technique for creating intricate patterns in sugarpaste, marzipan and flower pastes, designs such as stripes, checks, multiple dots and leopard skin)

Coating a cake with a Patterned Paste design

Marzipan modelling with Patterned Paste techniques

Sugar flowers with Patterned Paste techniques

Sugar leaves with Patterned Paste techniques


Individual Sugar Art tuition for cake decorators who have gained a professional qualification

Dates by arrangement

A chance to discuss, explore and design a work of art in sugar on canvas,

A chance to discuss, explore and design a 3-dimensional work of art in sugar, or sugar applied to a moulded structure

Courses can be one day where a design is created, or longer if students would like to make the art work with further tuition





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