Novelty Cake Course 1

Beginner Novelty Cakes – 32 hours

This is also a great starting point for a beginner cake decorator and includes:

  • Basics of piping
  • Basics of sugar flowers and working with gumpaste
  • Carving and covering a 3D cake
  • Basic figurine modelling
  • Basic chocolate work, including chocolate roses, leaves, chocolate collars and working with ganache
  • Working with butter icing, naked cakes and drip cakes
  • Basics of business, costings, marketing and running a cake decorating business
  • A project of your choice

Equipment included in cost


Class 1

Practical:        Make royal icing

Basics of piping including borders

Make a display board

Theory:           Tools and ingredients needed


Class 2

Practical:        Make sugar roses and other flower (leaves, filler flowers etc)

Theory:           Recipes (vanilla, red velvet, moist chocolate, carrot cake etc)

Fruit cakes (recipe and how to cover)

Alternate fillings eg mousse etc with recipes

Class 3
(with Kerry-Anne Molema)

Practical:        Carving 3D cakes

Cover cakes with fondant (real cake)

Class 4

Practical:        Make chocolate ganache

Chocolate collars

Piping with chocolate

Sharp corner ganache method

Chocolate modelling paste

Chocolate leaves

Class 5

Practical:        Fondant décor (bows, marbling, draping, lettering etc)

Theory:           Meeting with your customers

Initial meeting, understanding their needs, and designing your cake

Dealing with difficult clients

Keeping records of discussions

Roleplaying exercise

Class 6
(with Kerry-Anne)

Practical:        Figurine modelling

Class 7

Practical:        Naked cakes, drip cakes and working with fresh flowers

Working with butter icing

Piped butter icing effects and flowers

Preparation for project cakes (your design)

Theory:           Marketing

Establishing your target market

Trend spotting

 Building your portfolio

Creating a contract

Charging for your services

Class 8

Practical:        Setting up, and supporting a tiered cake

Project day and graduation