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 nice 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.”

“Fantastic tuition and hospitality. I started the day as a total beginner and can’t believe what I’ve achieved. Can’t wait of the next one!”


Two Tier Rose & Gold 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
  • Creating a beautiful sugar rose
  • Creating perfect foliage with wired leaves and berries
  • 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 Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th October as well as Thursday the 16th and Friday the 17th November. Refreshments and a light lunch are provided.

Cost £275.00. Please enquire about availability.


Buttercream Flower CupcakesIMG_5911

During this class you will learn how to pipe various types of buttercream flowers using different methods which can be used to decorate both cakes and cupcakes. At the end of the class you will take home 6 boxed and beautifully decorated cupcakes to impress your friends and family. You don’t need any previous experience with cake decorating for this class, it’s all about enjoyment…

The class covers:

  • How to bake the perfect cupcake
  • Learning how to use various piping tips
  • How to achieve colour variation in your buttercream for lifelike flowers
  • Colouring buttercream the professional way
  • Piping leaves
  • Piping freehand flowers as well as using specialist tips
  • Recipe and tips for using buttercream for flower purposes.

This class uses freshly baked cupcakes which will be baked and ready for you to start in the morning. The class runs from 10.00am until 1.00pm and is available on Friday the 15th September and Tuesday the 2nd November. Refreshments are provided on arrival.

Cost £70.00. 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 Tuesday the 12th and Saturday the 23rd of September. A light lunch will be provided as well as tea and coffee.
Cost £125.00. Please enquire about availability.


Glorious Sugar Flowers

This class is a two day masterclass which will teach you the art of sugar flower creation using a wide range of skills. You will learn how to create these glorious flowers and will take them home boxed at the end of the workshop.

The class covers:

  • Tips for working with florist paste
  • Colouring florist paste the professional way
  • Working with dusts to create lifelike flowers
  • Working with petal and leaf cutters
  • Veining techniques
  • Wiring petals and leaves
  • Working with stamens
  • Creating ‘lifelike’ as well as ‘fantasy’ flowers

The class runs from 10.00am until 4.00pm and is available on Monday the 6th and Tuesday the 7th of November. A light lunch will be provided as well as tea and coffee.
Cost £250.00. Please enquire about availability.


Christmas Bauble Cupcakes

These cupcakes will look magnificent as part of a festive celebration spread. They also make fabulous and unique gifts. 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 edible lustre dusts
• Handling moulds and cutters
• Colouring fondant the professional way.

The class runs from 9.30am until 4.00pm and is available on Tuesday the 5th and Wednesday the 6th December. 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.