I offer both small group and private tuition 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.

Our 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


Two Tiered Marble Wedding Cake Class

In this class you will learn a range of new skills and finish the two days with a beautifully decorated two-tiered modern cake. This is a two day course and includes copious amounts of tea and coffee as well as lunch on both days. I keep my classes to a maximum of 3 people and I also like to make them informal and fun, this is just as important to me as the skills you learn. Skills covered include:

  • Levelling and filling a real cake
  • Covering a real cake the professional way in chocolate ganache to achieve a flawless finish
  • Covering a real cake and a dummy cake in fondant to achieve modern sharp edges
  • Marbling fondant technique and how to texturise the fondant
  • Making sugar roses and colouring sugar paste
  • Making sugar leaves, grass and blackberries
  • Stacking cakes and attaching flowers to your cake

Date: 10th & 11th March 2020 10am til 4pm

Cost: £295


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. I keep my classes to a maximum of 3 people and I also like to make them informal and fun, this is just as important to me as the skills you learn. Skills covered include:

  • Levelling and filling an extra tall real cake
  • Covering a real cake in buttercream to achieve a semi-naked, modern sharp edge effect
  • Covering a cake board in buttercream
  • 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: 20th February 2020 10am til 3pm – one space left

Cost: £150


Running Your Own Business

Prior to opening the Bake Pod I worked in the finance, planning and risk departments of a large high street bank for 20 years. This gave me a substantial background to run a business. However, it’s the experiences and skills I’ve learnt since launching The Bake Pod that have been invaluable in making it the success it is today. This class is run over one day and on a one to one basis only between Monday to Friday. During the course 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
  • Time Management and working solo
  • Marketing
  • Relationships
  • Suppliers
  • Legal requirements
  • Planning
  • Equipment

Cost: £250


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 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: 26th February 2020, 10am til 4pm.

Cost: £175


Private Tuition

I am delighted to offer 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)