I did the Sugarpaste Module at the end of 2013. I wasn’t a novice by any means, but I wanted to be able to get a qualification that proved I can do all this cake decorating, as well as learn some new skills. I did the course with the lovely Zoe from the Boutique Cake Studio in Cranham near Upminster: Web Site or FB Page.
The course happened over 5 weekends and we had to do homework in between lessons. I have included pictures from each lesson’s work and my final Diploma presentations.
Week 1: The basics, including covering a cake and board, insetting a plaque, fabric flowers and leaves, embossing and crimping patterns
Week 2: Carved novelty cake, fabric roses and garrett frills – the other 2 ladies went for hand bag cakes, whilst I went for a heart-shaped pillow. This was done using a real cake, rather than a dummy.
Week 3: Hexagonal cake – covering a cake with several sides, different ways to finish borders, ribbons and bows, texture mats, and drapes
Week 4:Techniques board: Free-standing shapes, modelling, broderie anglaise, relief work, water effects, cutter shapes, etc.
Week 5: Modelling, dowelling, cake design, completion of presentation board and presentation cake
Techniques Board: all techniques used throughout the diploma had to be included on this. Some of it required some lateral thinking!
Cake: round Madeira cake (split, filled, crumb-coated and covered with sugarpaste and sugar drapes and bows, flower paste plate, dummy cake covered with sugarpaste and then draped with a sugarpaste tablecloth, Madeira cake teapot, with a flower paste tea-cup and saucer, and edible sugar biscuits