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Cake Design Courses at Truro College, Cornwall

Donna is Cornwall's leading authority in the field of cake design, royal icing and sugarpaste art. As well as running her own business producing commissions for a wide variety of clients, she’s also widely respected as a teacher. In association with Truro College, Donna's Cake Academy offers courses for all levels from 1-day beginners lessons to 30-week intensive professional qualifications. The courses scheduled for the next academic year, Sept 2015–July 2016 are detailed below. Please call 01872 265800 to enroll on any of the courses. Spaces are limited and some courses are very popular, so please book earlier rather than later

Intensive/Professional Courses

ABC Certificate Level 1 Cake Decorating

Student's work from ABC Level 1 syllabus

Start date: Mon 14 Sep 2015
Duration: 30 weeks
Where: Truro College
Class time:17.30-20.30
Cost: £414

This qualification has been designed for people in the catering industry, appropriate as a basis for self-employment or for bakery workers to enhance their vocational skills. It aims to;

  • Give learners a knowledge and understanding of cake decorating and sugarcraft techniques and design
  • Develop specialist skills required
  • Provide practical experience in handling tools and equipment
  • Give an understanding of the commodities used
  • Identify the Health & Safety requirements associated with the work place
  • Prepare learners for employment in this area of work

It's a fairly intensive course including royal icing, sugarpaste techniques, dipping fondant, ganache and marzipan work. The course comprises four practical units, A3 Design folder and A4 written folder:

Royal Icing Unit (Christmas cake) - Flat ice and decorate round cakes with traditional skills to include S & C scrolls, shells, rope-work, line-work, simple run-out, stenciling, dropped flowers.

Sugarpaste Unit - Cover both a round and square cake, and decorate with simple techniques to include crimping, embossing, texturing, painting, cut out shapes, simple piped decoration/lettering.

Sweet Treats Unit - Decorate cupcakes, small cakes, cookies, cake pops with a variety of coatings to include royal icing, sugarpaste, buttercream, candy melts, dipping fondant, chocolate, ganache . Designs should reflect current trends.

Modelling with Marzipan & Sugarpaste Unit - Produce simple animals and figures, moulded roses, and simple flowers etc

Students will need  own equipment
Commence date Mon 15 Sep / 30 weeks / Truro College / 17.30-20.30 / £345

Hobby Classes for Beginners/Improvers

Tube & Brush Embroidery

Start date: Sat 30th April 2016
Duration: 1 Day
Where: Truro College
Class time: 10:00 - 16:00
Cost: £40

Brush Embroidery is an exquisite technique that uses royal icing to achieve attractive and dramatic designs on cakes & cookies. First it is piped onto the surface, and then using a damp paintbrush and gentle brushstrokes the icing is dragged inwards to add 2D texture.  This course is suitable for beginners and those who want to improve their royal icing skills. Learn how to create floral designs from an embossed pattern, transfer and replicate designs inspired by wedding dress lace, use monochrome and multiple coloured icing,  and add texture to 3D flowers.  A sugarpaste covered board will be provided (at an additional cost of £5) for you to complete a variety of designs.  Guidance will also be given on how to mix and colour royal icing and how to make greaseproof piping bags