Tuition

All of my classes are offered on an individual one to one basis but I can also offer small groups if you would like to attend with friends or family. Running classes on a one to one basis allows me to be flexible on dates to suit your needs so please get in touch if you see something you’d like to learn. Classes are run from my lovely home which is nestled on the edge of the picturesque Cannock Chase Forest in Cannock, Staffordshire. 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.

My workshops are welcoming and informal with a focus on fun 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. You just need to bring yourself!

Full payment is required at the time of booking to secure your place. 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.


Kind words from previous students…

“My amazing mum-in-law and I had an amazing day learning decorative cupcakes. Hayley was so welcoming and lovely and a great and patient teacher! We felt very comfortable in her beautiful home whilst learning all the little tips and tricks on cake decorating. I would very highly recommend her to anyone who wants to know how to make classy cake decorations. We had such a lovely day that I would definitely go on another course with the lovely Hayley if ever the opportunity arose! Thank you bake pod for a wonderful day!.” Vicky

“Cannot recommend Hayley enough! Over two days she taught me 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


Courses

Wild Sugar Flowers

In this class you will learn a range of new skills and finish the day with a beautiful posy of wild sugar flowers. Includes copious amounts of tea and coffee as well as a light lunch.

Skills covered include:

  • Working with florist paste
  • My secret to thinning your florist paste for extra fine petals
  • Wiring and taping flowers
  • Colouring florist paste and my favourite brands
  • Creating real life pollen centres
  • Dusting to bring your flowers to life
  • Colour design for flowers
  • Flowers inlcude, sweet pea, daisy, wild roses, leaves and grass

Date: Flexible, enquire for dates.

Cost: £220

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Semi-Naked Cake with Fresh Flowers Class

In this class you will learn how to create the super popular semi-naked affect. You will also learn how to use fresh flowers in cake decoration and how to apply delicate chocolate drips for an extra special touch. This is a one day course and includes copious amounts of tea and coffee as well as lunch.

Skills covered include:

  • Levelling and filling an extra tall real cake
  • Tips to avoid fillings seeping out
  • Covering a real cake in buttercream to achieve a semi-naked, modern sharp edge effect
  • Working with real flowers on a cake, creating posies, taping and attaching to a cake
  • Creating delicate drips down the sides of your cake

Date: Flexible, enquire for dates.

Cost: £220

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Running Your Own Business

I have now been running The Bake Pod for four years and since that time have learnt an enormous amount that I would love to share with you. The Bake Pod is a hugely successful business today but it’s only been through blood, sweat and tears that it now thrives. This class is run over one day and during the class I will share with you my experiences, pitfalls, success strategies and the hard times that have helped me build a brand to be proud of…

Topics covered, but not exclusive, are:

  • Branding
  • Finances
  • Photography
  • Social Media
  • Time Management and tips for working solo
  • Marketing
  • Relationships
  • Suppliers
  • Legal requirements
  • Planning
  • Equipment
  • My favourite tools

Date: Flexible, enquire for dates.

Cost: £220

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Designer Cupcakes

In this class you will learn a huge amount of skills, not just cupcakes! You will leave with a beautifully boxed range of cupcake designs to share with your family and friends.  The class includes a tasty lunch and refreshments and a full set of notes will be provided. Skills covered include:

  • How to bake the perfect cupcake without humps and all the same size
  • How to cover a cupcake the professional way for a flawless dome
  • Wafer paper flowers
  • Sugar flowers and foliage
  • Using moulds
  • Stencilling
  • Using lustre to paint
  • Personalisation of the cupcakes
  • Making sugar roses and colouring sugar paste

Date: Flexible, enquire for dates.

Cost: £220

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Private Tuition

I am delighted to offer bespoke private one to one or small group 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: £300 per day (10am to 4pm)

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