Cookery - sugarcraft and cake decorating - ideas for Christmas

Course code: ICAR002P

Subject area: Cookery

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

10:00am - 4:00pm


8th Dec 2021 - 8th Dec 2021

Abingdon Campus

Contact details

01235 555 585

Spend a relaxing day learning some essential cake decorating skills at this one day workshop. You will learn how to turn your own cake into a colourful Christmas cake to amaze family and friends. If time allows there will be an additional project to create a Father Christmas cake topper. You will be expected to bring your own equipment and materials but some spares may be available to borrow from the tutor if learners have difficulty finding certain items.

The course will include:-
• How to cover a cake with sugar paste icing. You will cover a fruit cake, sponge cake or a polystyrene cake dummy if preferred.
• Using crimpers
• Basic piping with royal icing
• Using letter cutters and flower paste icing
• Adding colour to icing
• How to make Christmas roses, holly leaves and berries
• How to model a Father Christmas cake topper

You will need to bring the following ingredients:

• 300g of buttercream if covering a real cake (made with 100g butter, 200g icing sugar and tsp of vanilla essence)
• 1kg of white ready to roll icing (Tesco’s own is fine or Renshaw’s regal icing)
• Icing sugar
• Food colouring sugar flair paste colours, Christmas Red, Christmas Green. Alternatively buy small packets of ready coloured ready to roll icing

And materials:

• 7 inch round sponge cake in 2 halves (making a 3 inch deep cake when put together) or a 7 inch round fruit cake covered with marzipan or a 7 inch round polystyrene cake dummy
• Cake board 10 inch round drum
• A pastry brush (preferably plastic)
• A large and a small rolling pin (plastic if possible)
• A small sieve
• A palate knife
• A small table knife with a flat blade or small palette knife
• A cake smoother
• Piping bag and nozzles or piping syringe
• A small unused paintbrush
• Plastic pots with lids and a box to carry your cake home in
• Cocktail sticks
• 2 meters of 15mm wide satin ribbon in green or red
• Holly cutters
• A thin 6 inch round cake board
• A set of alphabet cutters - FMM are a good make

You will also need to bring a packed lunch.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

Other Cookery courses
The course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience of cake decorating. No formal qualifications are required for this course.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021 prior to starting the course.
Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £42.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £42.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £25.20
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £25.20

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
The course will take the form of tutor demonstration followed by learner participation. There will be no formal assessment for this course, but everyone will be asked to display their work to the group at the end of the workshop so that we can all appreciate the skills that have been learnt. There will be a short learner questionnaire to fill in at the start and the end of the course to show your progress throughout the day.