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With over twenty five years experience in the world of professional cake decorating, The Cake Makery is dedicated to bringing your cake decorating skills to an extremely high standard, and with minimal use of additional tools.

We want to teach you the skills required to make beautiful cakes and cupcakes at home.

We run a series of classes for all students, ranging from beginner up to advanced levels. We also offer advice and tips to our followers on facebook and twitter.

The Cake Makery is a school of Sugarcraft, teaching a wide range of professional decorating skills to students with all levels of experience in a fun and friendly environment.

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Elly Russell

Elly Russell is responsible for starting The Cake Makery. She started making cakes years ago with her mum but during her busy career in Web Development, Marketing and then seven years as a freelance Internet Consultant she never had much time to practice those baking skills.

In February 2010, she gave birth to twin girls Emily and Faith. Taking a year out to be a full time mum to twins was fun (and hard work!), but needs must, and a new way to earn money, that didn't mean Elly had to spend all day at her computer in the office had to be found.

about-emily-faith-birthday-cake.pngJanuary 2011 - As the twins first birthday grew closer, Elly about-james-wedding-cake.png wanted to make them a cake, so she set out to learn everything she could about decorating a two tier cake for the big day.

This was the result and she had the cake bug once again. So much that she promised her brother she would make him a three tier wedding cake with flowers for his big day in August. She ended up making a five tier cake with a huge spray of flowers and two dozen cupcakes!

After searching the internet for classes, and failing to find the kind of professional training that she wanted, Elly decided to do something drastic and set up her own business, that would set out to teach the kind of skills that a novice would want to learn.

After going to the Squires Cake Show in March 2011, Elly picked up a leaflet with Lou's details and decided to give her a call and see if she was interested in becoming a teacher for The Cake Makery. We hit it off on that first call and The Cake Makery was born!

Louise Wilson

Lou grew up baking and decorating cakes for fun with the family. Her first Christmas cake was made when she was just 15 (see photo).

Lou trained was originally trained in graphic design and illustration, and spent 10 years working in graphics and running her own business. There were always amazing cakes for family and friends' special occasions! However the arrival of Lou's second child was life changing due to his medical condition. A new home-based occupation needed to be found and the old love of baking combined with the natural artistic talent, lead to the birth of Lou's Amazing Cakes.

After more than 20 years of commercial cake decorating, many people have asked after Lou's skills. Amazed that people wanted to learn from her, Lou was tentative when she first started demonstrating her sugarcraft, but quickly found it rewarding and enjoyable. She is an accredited demonstrator for the British Sugarcraft guild and regularly demo's for them.

When Elly called Lou in early 2011, it came at a time when Lou was rethinking the balance of her business, and was considering teaching and passing on her skills on a more full time basis, versus commercial cake decorating. Meeting with Elly made that development easy and sparked the start of an exciting new sugarcraft school - The Cake Makery.

Lou still makes amazing cakes for select customers and now also enjoys passing on her years of experience and knowledge of sugarcraft. She is also regularly featured in Squires Kitchen's Wedding magazine.

Nivia Akily

Nivia comes from a country where baking a cake and offering it to her guests is a must. Cake has always been a part of her life, right from when she was a little girl due to her culture.

As a child her hobbies were centered around the arts, drawing and painting were her main hobbies, specially cartoon drawings.

After graduating from school Nivia decided to study nursing and become a midwife due to her love of babies, but her life changed when she met her husband, becoming a wife and a mum nearly at the same time.

Having a child made her realise that being at home was more important than finding a job as a nurse and on her daughter's first birthday she decided to look for a chocolate cake recipe on the internet, and instead found cake decorating!

She started by decorating cakes for fun for a little while but it wasn't long before she was taking courses such as the PME and Wilton courses. These courses drove her into more professional and precise decorating techniques, and gave ther the opportunity to start her own business from home and - http://www.cakelandbynivia.co.uk was created.

This was the perfect opportunity for Nivia, it meant she could take care of her daughter, and do what she loved (cakes!) while earning money at the same time.

After finishing her courses, one of her teacher's asked her to demonstrate at her shop. She was quite surprised and at the same time nervous but she enjoyed it a lot and decided that she woudl love to teach more of her skills to others. From that day on, I realised that I could be a sugarcraft teacher and share my knowledge with other people.

Just some of the decorating skills you can learn at The Cake Makery

 

  • Scrolls
  • Cornelli
  • Lines
  • Writing and different lettering styles (dried and erect lettering)
  • Lace
  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Run-outs
  • Swirls
  • Working with different nozzles
  • Making your own piping bags
  • How to make your own flower paste
  • Colouring flower paste
  • Using flower paste to create modelling paste
  • Making sugar flowers (Rose, Jasmine, Freesia, Orchid, Lilly)
  • Making sugar foliage (Ivy, Holly, filler foliage)
  • Modelling sugar animals
  • Modelling characters (people, brides and grooms)
  • Modelling shoes
  • Dressed Figures
  • Working with sugar paste
  • Covering cakes with sugarpaste
  • Working with Pastillage
  • Wedding Cake
  • Dowelling and stacking tiered cakes
  • Design and application of wedding cakes
  • Setting up a cake at the wedding
  • Covering a square cake
  • Covering a round cake
  • Making sugar flowers
  • Dusting and colouring for flowers
  • Wiring flowers and foliage into a spray
  • Decorative techniques
  • Texturing
  • Drapes/bows and frilling
  • Embossing
  • Garret frills
  • Brush embroidery
  • Stencilling
  • Crimping
  • Inlays
  • Airbrushing techniques
  • Cake carving
  • Basic shaping
  • Filling a carved cake
  • Fixing mistakes
  • Covering a difficult shaped cake with sugarpaste