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Essential Baking and Masking Skills – 2 x 3 hour evening classes

Essential Cakes 6

In this course, we continue from our “Essential Baking and Finishing Skills” course by teaching students another 3 different varieties of essential cakes that are ideal “base” cakes to assemble, ganache and finish with either fondant RTR icing or buttercream.

Students will learn how to make Italian buttercream ideal for filling and masking cakes, using the base to create different flavour combinations.  

What you will learn:

  • Preparing and understanding ingredients and the use of equipment
  • How to calculate the batter amount needed to achieve specific cake requirements
  • How to calculate oven temperature and baking times based on batter size
  • Mixing and creaming techniques, including melting and all in one method
  • How to make and bake the following base cakes:
    • Vanilla Cake
    • Rich Chocolate Cake
    • Dairy Free Berry Cake
  • How to make Italian meringue based buttercream for filling and masking cakes
  • How to create a variety of fillings using buttercream as a base
    • Vanilla buttercream filling 
    • Fruit puree based fillings
    • Hazelnut praline filling
  • How to fill, stack, level and layer a whole cake
  • How to crumb-coat and mask a whole cake with a scraper
  • How to render soft buttercream and achieve sharp edges
  • How to create a water-colour effect finish
  • How to decorate and finish the cake using fresh fruits, edible gold leaf and gold dust.

Each student makes:

  • 1 x Vanilla Base Cake
  • 1 x Rich Chocolate Base Cake
  • 1 x Dairy Free Berry Base Cake
  • 1 x multilayered cake, incorporating all three base cakes, students can select if they would like to use multiple flavour combinations for their fillings or stay with one flavour throughout.


  • Day 1: 6pm to 9pm
  • Day 2: 6pm to 9pm

Students completing our “Essential Baking and Finishing Skills” course in conjunction with this course will have learned how to create 6 different varieties of essential “base” cakes and fillings, providing students with a great repertoire to draw from when creating celebration, wedding or special occasion cakes.

Everything created in this class is for students to take home; all materials are included in the cost of the course. A detailed recipe book is provided as part of this course.

Essential Baking and Finishing Skills:

We cover the following essential cakes: Coconut Cake, Red Velvet Cake and Butterscotch Cake.

Cake Decorating intensive, 5-day foundation skills:  

We cover the following essential cakes: Dark and White Chocolate Mud Cake, Caramel Mud Cake, Carrot Cake and Banana Cake.

Please ensure to familiarise yourself with our terms & conditions.  

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.


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Tuesday, 05 May 2020



Attendance dates

5-6 May 2020