Tuition

IMG_6118We offer both small group and private tuition from our address in Cannock, Staffordshire, nestled on the edge of the picturesque Cannock Chase area. The Bake Pod has excellent transport links being a 5 minute drive from both the M6 and M6 Toll road networks. Cannock train station with direct trains to Birmingham New Street is also a 5 minute drive away.

Our workshops are welcoming and informal and a comprehensive set of notes are provided after each session. All equipment is provided as well as a light lunch and refreshments for full day classes.

Full payment is required at the time of booking to secure your place on any workshop. If for any reason we need to cancel a class a full refund will be made. Please note that any documentation is provided for your own personal use and should not be copied or used in other tuition.

Hayley has a real passion for teaching to all abilities in cake decorating and ensures that the days are fun and relaxed. She takes immense pride in building your confidence throughout all workshops or private tuition. Here’s some kind words from previous students…

“Wow, wow, wow, thoroughly recommend to everyone. Thanks for a fantastic day, I didn’t think I’d be able to do this but you proved me wrong. Such a relaxed and comfortable setting, thank you.” Claire

“Cannot recommend Hayley enough! Over two days she taught us how to make the most beautiful cake and was a super teacher throughout. Patient and hospitable as well as lovely and friendly! Thank you again!” Heather


Two Tier Rose Wedding Cake

This is a two day extensive class where you will learn how to create this beautiful two tiered wedding cake. You will learn a substantial amount of skills during the two days at the end of which you will take home your fabulous creation to share with your family and friends. This class will give you the confidence to try different skills at home and experiment at creating your own cake for that special occasion. You don’t need any previous experience with cake decorating for this class, just be prepared to have fun!

The class covers:

  • How to bake the perfect cake
  • How to level and fill a cake with perfect buttercream
  • Learning how to work with ganache and cover a cake for the perfect base
  • How to achieve a flawless fondant covered cake with modern sharp edges
  • Working with lustre dusts and creating decorative elements
  • Creating beautiful sugar roses and buds
  • Creating perfect foliage with wired leaves
  • Working with and colouring florist paste the professional way.
  • Working with dummy cakes.
  • Covering cake boards.
  • Attaching flowers to cakes and creating posies.

This class uses a freshly baked cake and a dummy cake ready for you to start on day one. This class runs from 10.00am until 4.30pm and is available on the 15th & 16th March. A light lunch and refreshments are provided.

Cost £275.00. Please enquire about availability.


Night School MasterClass

During four consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9.00pm you will learn how to create all of the elements within this beautiful dessert table including a sharp edged modern cake with sugar peony and foliage, delicately decorated cookies and stunning cupcakes. Dessert tables are so versatile and can easily be adapted to weddings or special celebrations. The course runs as follows:
Week 1 – Sugar flowers and foliage
Week 2 – Covering a dummy cake to achieve modern sharp edges and finishing sugar flowers
Week 3 – Cookie favour decorating
Week 4 – Cupcake Decorating
Please note that the cookies and cupcakes are completely edible and available for you to take home once finished, however the cake will be a dummy cake due to time restrictions although still available for you to take home.

The class runs each Tuesday evening from 6.30pm until 9pm on the 6th March, 13th March, 20th March and 27th March. Refreshments are provided.

Cost £195.00 in total for the four weeks. Classes are unavailable individually. Please enquire about availability.


Super Stylish Cupcakes

These cupcakes are so stylish and perfect as gifts or to keep for yourself. They can be personalised with embossing techniques using the ‘gift tag’ cupcake. During this one day class you will learn a number a different skills, at the end of which you will take home your gorgeous cupcake creations in their presentation box to amaze your family and friends.

The class covers:

  • Recipe and tips for baking the perfect cupcake
  • How to make glorious fluffy buttercream
  • Embossing techiniques
  • Stenciling techniques
  • How to use colour dusts to paint
  • Handling flower cutters
  • Shaping and veining leaves to achieve lifelike results
  • Making rolled roses and small roses
  • Lace effects
  • Making bows
  • Colouring fondant and florist paste the professional way

The class runs from 9.30am until 4.30pm and is available on Friday the 30th March. A light lunch will be provided as well as tea and coffee.
Cost £125.00. Please enquire about availability.


One to One Tuition

I now offer private one to one tuition tailored to suit your individual needs. Whether it’s perfecting your fondant cake covering techniques, learning how to create sharp modern edges on cakes or making delicate sugar flowers I can help you to develop your skills. Each day is built around your own individual needs and can be adapted from complete beginners to those with more advanced cake decorating skills. Comprehensive notes will also be provided.

Cost £195.00 per day (10am to 4pm) or £125 per half day (10am to 1pm). Please enquire about availability.