Cake Courses

Cake Courses

About our courses - We are delighted to be able to share some of our knowledge with you and have planned a number of courses suitable for complete beginners and also those with some cake decorating experience but who want to learn a particular skill. Limiting our courses to 8 people (minimum of 4) means that everyone can get maximum benefit and have plenty of fun at the same time! Each lesson will include a combination of professional demonstrations and hands-on practise and you can enjoy full use of all our equipment for the duration of the lesson. Kindly note that these classes are directed towards adult learning and are not suitable for unsupervised children - especially those under the age of 15 who we find tire easily and experience difficulty in keeping up with the pace of the class.

Waitlist courses - Some of our specialist courses are listed according to demand so please register your interest with me at the e-mail address below. Once I have 5 students on waitlist a date will be scheduled - we will update the course details below on a regular basis so that you can easily see how many people are on waitlist and how close we are to scheduling a date.

Dates of operation - Our courses are usually held at the weekend and operate between March - early December. We usually take a well earnt rest during the summer months so that we can concentrate on our wedding cake orders.

To reserve your place please contact us by phone on 09 238 7007 or e-mail at info@customcakedesigns.co.nz

Payment - We require full payment at the time of booking your place on a class and this can be paid by cash, cheque, Eftpos or straight into our Westpac account (03 0406 0748609 00) using your name and the course date as a reference. Your payment must be made within 48 hours of booking the course or your place will be cancelled and released for re-sale - it is your responsibility to ensure that prompt payment is made, please do not expect to book a course if you are not in a position to make a financial commitment to Strawberry Sky.

Cancellation / transfer - Kindly note that we uphold a strict policy whereby your payment is only refundable / transferable in circumstances where Strawberry Sky has had to make a course cancellation. Although I do appreciate that unexpected circumstances arise, I regret that I am not in a financial position to provide a refund or transfer of funds in circumstances where you have cancelled your place on the class through no fault of my own. I therefore kindly ask you to respect that this is my sole livelihood and classes represent 50% of my overall income. However, should I have to cancel a class for any reason then your funds are fully protected and you will be offered the option to transfer to an alternative class or receive a refund into your bank account.

 

Easter Cake topper - suitable for all skill levels

Course Details

Learn to make this gorgeous little duck in our brand new half-day class. No cake baking involved for this one as you will solely be learning some new modelling skills and will all go home at the end of the session with a gorgeous creation ready to sit straight on your Easter Cake. Everything is supplied for this class so all you will need to bring with you on the day is an apron and a smile.  

Price: $65
Dates/times:

Saturday 14th March 2015 - 9am - 12pm - 1 place available

Saturday 14th March 2015 - 1pm - 4pm - 8 places available

 

Easter cupcakes - suitable for all skill levels

Course Details

This course includes an array of very achievable designs suited to everyone, even the most novice of decorators. Join me for a day of fun creating delicious cupcakes, improve your knowledge of various cake medium such as fondant, gumpaste and frosting. Go home with 6 beautifully decorated cupcakes including an adorable rabbit, a hatching duck, bunnies bum, easter basket, present and bunny scene. Everything is supplied for this course, just turn up with a smile and an apron!

Price: $100
Time: 9am - 4pm (approx)

Dates:

Saturday 28th March 2015 - 4 places available

Sunday 29th March 2015 - 7 places available

Bride and Groom - Previous experience in cake decorating would be an advantage for this course.

Course Details

Specifically targeted to those wanting to improve their modelling skills. A very versatile couple of characters created for people who not only want to make a ‘bride and groom’ but also those that simply want to learn a standing boy and girl.  The dress can be adapted to any design, long or short and yes, they are legs and cute little toes that are hiding under the dress! You will be guided through each stage of making this lovely pair with demonstrations and direct assistance (where required) throughout the course and, at the end of the day, you will go home with your own personalised bride and groom.

 

I do recommend that you have some experience at working with fondant and gumpaste before partaking in this course.

Price: $120
Time: 9am - 4pm (approx)

Dates: Saturday 11th April 2015

Places available: 4

Flower making - Rose and Peony

A little experience in cake decorating would be an advantage for this course.

Course Details

This beautiful flower making course not only provides instruction on a rose in full bloom but also the gorgeous fringed peony, as seen on our Trelise Cooper cake. 

 

Experience in cake decorating is not essential for this course but it would be an advantage.

 

Price: $110
Time: 9am - 3pm (approx)

Dates: Friday 1st May 2015

Places available: 4

 

Flower making - Lilies and Orchid

A little experience in cake decorating would be an advantage for this course.

Course Details

This beautiful flower making course not only provides instruction on a Longiflorum lily and Calla lily but also the gorgeous Cattleya orchid and some filler flowers. 

 

Experience in cake decorating is not essential for this course but it would be an advantage.

 

Price: $110
Time: 9am - 3pm (approx)

Dates: Saturday 2nd May 2015

Places available: Fully Booked

Ombre barrel cake - suitable for all skill levels

Course Details

This class is a traditional favourite with our students and was developed for those who love working with frosting. You will be given a receipe so that you can bring 2 X 6" round (15cm) cakes to class - during the day you will learn how to level your cakes, create a chequerboard effect inside the cake, stack, crumb coat, mix your frosting to achieve perfect colour graduation and pipe perfect rosette swirls. You will also learn how to cover your board in fondant and apply a ribbon for that truly professional finish.

 

A great day out and suitable for all skill levels!

 

Note: If you do not have a 6" tin then please contact me for recommended local suppliers where you can purchase or hire tins. A supplement of $10 will be charged if you arrive at the class with a cake that is substantially larger than the recipe provided and this is to accommodate the additional frosting, fondnat and larger board that will be required.

 

Book your 'Frosted Wedding Cake' class at the same time as this 'Ombre Cake' class and get them both for $230 - a saving of $20!

Price: $100

Time: 9am - 3pm (approx)

Dates: Saturday 9th May 2015

Places available: 6

 

 

Frosted wedding cake - suitable for all skill levels

Course Details

This brand new class has been developed for those who love working with frosting and want to learn some new techniques to create frosted pleats and ruffles.

You will need to bring an 8" round cake, plus a 6" round cake un-iced. I will provide a 4" round cake for the top tier. All materials and equipment to decorate your cake will be fully available for you to use during the day.

 

Note: If you do not have the correct tin sizes then please contact me for recommended local suppliers where you can purchase or hire tins. A supplement will be charged if you arrive at the class with a cake/s that are larger than the recipe provided and this is to accommodate the additional frosting, fondnat and larger board that will be required.

 

Book your 'Ombre Cake' class at the same time as this 'Frosted Wedding Cake'class and get them both for $230 - a saving of $20!

Price: $150

Time: 9am - 3pm (approx)

Dates: Sunday 10th May 2015

Places available: 7

Chocolate Parcel - suitable for all skill levels

Course Details

We are very pleased to bring this popular class back to the timetable!  You will need to bring your own 6" square (15cm) cake (recipe supplied) and you will be shown how to level and cover your cake with chocolate fondant to create a smooth, professional finish. You then go on to learn the art of chocolate transfers to create a beatiful bow and ribbons, entirely edible and made completely from delicious milk chocolate! In addition to all this you will learn how to use moulds and roll perfect fondant marbles to complete your design. This is a great course where you will learn an array of new skills and is suitable for anyone ...........just turn up with an apron and a smile!  

 

Note: If you do not have a 6" tin then please contact me for recommended local suppliers where you can purchase or hire tins. A supplement of $10 will be charged if you arrive at the class with a cake that is substantially larger than the recipe provided and this is to accommodate the additional icing, ganache and larger board that will be required.

Price: $125

Time: 9am - 4pm (approx)

Dates:

Friday 22nd May - 7 places available

Saturday 23rd May - 5 places available

 

Ladybird cake - A little experience with fondant would be an advantage for this class but is not essential.

Course Details

This one does what it says on the tin! You will be asked to bring either a 6" or 7" round cake with you and you will learn how to carve and create this adorable Ladybird. You will also learn how to make some baby companions and create wome spotted numbers and grass to decorate your board.

 

Note: If you do not have the correct tin size then please contact me for recommended local suppliers where you can purchase or hire tins. A supplement of $10 will be charged if you arrive at the class with a cake that is any larger than the recipe provided and this is to accommodate the additional icing, ganache and larger board that will be required.

 

Price: $125

Time: 9am - 4pm (approx)

Dates:

Saturday 30th May - 4 places available

Sunday 31st May - 8 places available

Giant floral cupcake - Some cake decorating experience would be an advantage

Course Details

This 2-day course will provide a whole range of extremely useful skills which can be used over and over again at home. Everything is included with the cost of this course - all you need to bring is an apron, a smile and your imagination!

 

Day 1 - You will learn a range of sugar floral skills including roses and gerberas. In addition to to this you will learn how to create fondant numbers, a fondant message banner and paper spirals.

 

Day 2 - You will learn how to assemble and decorate your giant cupcake using various mediums including white chocolate, piped buttercream and how to cover your board in fondant. You will then complete your design using all the decorations used on Day 1 and paint a message onto your fondant banner.

Price: $250

Dates/ Times:

2-Day course only.

Friday 12th/Saturday 13th June - 9am - 3pm - 7 places available

 

Creative cupcakes - suitable for all skill levels

Course Details

This course includes a vast array of very achievable designs suited to everyone, even the most novice of decorators. Join us for a day of fun creating delicious cupcakes, improve your knowledge of various cake medium such as fondant, gumpaste and frosting. Go home with 6 beautifully decorated cupcakes including an adorable teddy bear, a bathing pig, lion, caterpillar, ice cream and ballgown. Everything is supplied for this course, just turn up with a smile and an apron!

Price: $100
Time: 9am - 4pm (approx)

Dates: Saturday 6th June 2015 - 7 places available

 

 

 

Modelling Course - Suitable for all skill levels but some cake decorating experience would be an advantage

Course Details

This lovely course is a popular choice among students who want to create animals and learn more about modelling. You will learn to create Elsa the Elephant, Leslee the Lion and Margaret the Monkey. This course does not include any instruction on covering a cake but a piece of polystyrene will be supplied on the day for you to skewer your models into and take home.

Price: $120
Time: 9am - 4pm (approx)

Dates:

Saturday 27th June - 5 places available

 

Back 2 Basics - Suitable for all skill levels

Course Details

This one day course is a great starting point for all newcomers to cake decorating. You will need to bring your own 6" round (15cm) cake (recipe supplied) and you will be shown how to split and fill your cake and apply a crumb coat. After that, you will cover your cake with icing to create a smooth, professional finish. In addition to this you will learn to create a beautiful fondant bow and utilise moulds and cutters to complete your design. This cake design is extremely versatile and can be adapted for a boy or girl, man or lady. This is a great course where you will learn an array of new skills!

 

Note: If you do not have a 6" tin then please contact me for recommended local suppliers where you can purchase or hire tins. A supplement of $10 will be charged if you arrive at the class with a cake that is substantially larger than the recipe provided and this is to accommodate the additional icing, ganache and larger board that will be required.

Price: $125
Time: 9am - 4pm

 

Dates:

Saturday 18th April 2015 - 3 places available

Sunday 19th April 2015 - 7 places available


 

 

Piping and Royal Icing skills - Intermediate / Advanced

Course Details

This course is perfect for those of you who have done some cake decorating and want to increase your skill base. I will be teaching a wide range of skills related to piping and Royal icing including: line work, dots, stencilling, brush embroidery, string work, run-outs, writing, piped roses and piped dahlias - phew! So many skills and such lovely little cakes.

 

In terms of pricing, you have two options - I can supply 3 X 3” cakes ready iced and prepared for you to work on during the lesson for $150 or you can opt to bake and ice your own cakes (or ice dummy cakes) and bring them with you on the day for $100 ? my only condition to this is that you please ensure that you bring 3 X separate 3” (7.5cm) iced cakes or dummies so that every student’s work is consistent and you all end up with the same design at the end.

Price: $100 or $150 (please see description to the left)

 

Time: 9am - 3pm (approx)

 

Dates:

As this is a very specialist class, new dates will be listed according to demand - if you wish to participate in 'Piping and Royal Icing' then please e-mail me at info@customcakedesigns.co.nz to enquire about the next possible date.

Romantic Wedding Cake

Course Details

During the day you will learn how to stack your cakes professionally and create some beautiful decoration techniques to create a truly stunning wedding cake including ruffles, quilting and sugar lace. You will need to bring a 7" round cake, already iced in fondant plus a 5" round cake un-iced. I will provide a 3" round cake dummy iced in fondant for the top tier. All materials and equipment to decorate your cake will be fully available for you to use during the day.

 

Course requirement - you must have previously worked with fondant and feel confident enough to be able to cover one of the two cakes alone at home to bring to the course.

 

Price: $150

Time: 9am - 5pm (approx)

Dates:

Saturday 20th June - 8 places available

Sunday 21st June - 8 places available

 

 

 

To reserve your place please contact us by phone on 09 238 7007 or e-mail atinfo@customcakedesigns.co.nz


Birthday Gift Ideas - Contact us to purchase a voucher that they can redeem against a course of their choice in 2015! All vouchers have a 12 month expiry date.