Courses for Beginners

beginner level courses

The courses listed below are suitable for anyone who is fairly new to the craft and looking to learn the essential beginner level skills. They are also suitable for those who already have some skills that they wish to hone or enhance. We offer classes in cake baking, cake decorating and working with chocolate. They are listed in date order. If you would like some help working out where you should begin please feel free to contact us.

For a full list of our classes please click here.

If you are not local or are unable to attend evening classes, we offer our Beginner Level Courses as one, two and four Day Workshops', these are scheduled throughout the year; during the weekdays, at the weekends, inside and outside of school holidays. If you have specific dates in mind that do not fit our scheduled group classes or you prefer to learn on a 'one to one' basis, private tuition is available.

To find out the price, choose the date of the course you are interested in and click the 'more info' button. Payment for the course fee can be made in full at the time that you make your booking or you can secure your place with a £50 deposit (unless otherwise stated) and agree an arrangement to pay the remaining balance that suits your monthly budget the final monthly installment is payable by 30 days before the start date of the course. Places on each course are limited to 8 students.

Beginners to Sugarcraft - 5 Week Course

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Skill Level: All Levels
Tutor: Lynn Crees-Glendinning

This short course is perfect if you are a complete beginner or are self taught, fairly new to the craft and just want to learn the basics.

On this certificate course you will learn, practice and develop essential beginner level skills that you need when covering cakes, modelling characters, making sugar flowers and working with buttercream. Once you have attended this course you can feel confident that you have the basic skills to achieve some of our other advertised classes.

Course Programme:

  • Week 1 - Introduction to Character Modelling Skills
  • Weeks 2 & 3 - Introduction to Wired Sugar Flower Skills
  • Week 4 - Introduction to Buttercream Piping Skills
  • Week 5 - Introduction to Sponge Cake Covering Skills

For more information about this course please contact us.

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A list of the materials that you need to bring will be emailed once your booking has been confirmed. Bookings can be secured with a £50 deposit with the final balance payable by 30 days before the start date of the course. Inspired Creations Gift Vouchers can be accepted for this course. Please read our cancellation policy.

Please click here for alternative dates and details about our other beginner level courses.


20/02/2018 (Tuesday) to 20/03/2018

19:30 to 21:30
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17/04/2018 (Tuesday) to 15/05/2018

19:30 to 21:30
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05/06/2018 (Tuesday) to 03/07/2018

19:30 to 21:30
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11/09/2018 (Tuesday) to 09/10/2018

19:30 to 21:30
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Introduction to Sponge Cake Covering & Character Modelling Skills

Introduction to sponge cake covering skills 250

Skill Level: All Levels
Tutor: Lynn Crees-Glendinning

On this workshop you will learn and practice the art of splitting, filling, crumb coating using buttercream & covering sponge cakes with sugarpaste, to a perfect, professional standard. You will also learn how to make, prepare, colour, shape and texture modelling paste to create a cute little character as a cake topper.

Once you have attended this course you can feel confident that you have the necessary skills to attend any of our other advertised classes including our PME Sugarpaste Diploma.

We have a range of other workshops suitable for beginners, click here for more details.

A list of the materials that you need to bring will be emailed once your booking has been confirmed. Bookings can be secured with a £50 deposit with the final balance payable by 30 days before the start date of the course. Inspired Creations Gift Vouchers can be accepted for this course. Please read our cancellation policy.


20/01/2018 (Saturday)

10:15 to 16:15
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17/02/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
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19/05/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
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09/06/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
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14/07/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
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11/08/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
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13/10/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
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Introduction to Wired Sugar Flower Skills

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Skill Level: All Levels
Tutor: Lynn Crees-Glendinning

On this workshop you will learn the essential skills needed to make realistic delicate looking wired sugar flowers and create this beautiful spray of Rose, Rose Buds and Foliage.

You will learn rolling, thinning, frilling, ridges, cutting, veining, colouring, glazing, steaming and taping techniques.

For information about our other Beginner Level Classes please click here.

 

A list of the materials that you need to bring will be emailed once your booking has been confirmed. Bookings can be secured with a £50 deposit with the final balance payable by 30 days before the start date of the course. Inspired Creations Gift Vouchers can be accepted for this course. Please read our cancellation policy.


27/01/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
There are 2 spaces still available!MORE INFO

10/03/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
There are 6 spaces still available!MORE INFO

26/05/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
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16/06/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
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28/07/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
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29/09/2018 (Saturday)

10:00 to 16:00
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NEW - Introduction to Wedding Cake Design & Creation - 2 Day

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Skill Level: All Levels
Tutor: Lynn Crees-Glendinning

A new 2 day course, suitable for all levels including those who are fairly new to cake decorating who wish to learn about designing, planning and executing their 'own style' wedding cakes.

On this course, you will work on a real cake and 2 faux dummy cakes to create a fabulous 3 tier master piece. You will learn and practice the following essential skills:

-Level, split, fill and crumb coat a deep layered sponge cake with ganache (middle tier).

- Professionally cover both sponge cake and faux dummy cakes with sugarpaste and achieve sharp edges.

- How to dowel, stack and secure cake tiers ready for transportation

- How to marble sugarpaste to add interest to your cake covering and incorporate silver leaf, cake lace and dragees into your design

- How to pipe side designs using royal icing

- Make a large wired statement sugar flower to complete your wedding cake

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For information about our other Beginner Level classes please click here..

A list of the materials that you need to bring will be emailed once your booking has been confirmed. Bookings can be secured with a £50 deposit with the final balance payable by 30 days before the start date of the course. Inspired Creations Gift Vouchers can be accepted for this course. Please read our cancellation policy.


01/06/2018 (Friday) to 02/06/2018

10:15 to 16:15
There are 6 spaces still available!MORE INFO

PME Diploma Course - Fondant/Sugarpaste - 4 Day Intensive

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Skill Level: All Levels
Tutor: Susan Wilcox

The PME Sugarpaste Skills Diploma is an Internationally recognised Certificate course packed full of everything you need to know about working with sugarpaste to professionally cover cakes and make cake decorations.

If you are self taught or fairly new to cake decorating this 4 day intensive course is an ideal way to get to grips with cake covering skills and working with sugarpaste. This course is FAST PACED! If you are completely new to cake decorating, it may help if you have some experience using sugarpaste before you attend. Our one day beginner level workshops 'Introduction to Sponge Cake Covering & Character Modelling Skills' or 'The Wilton Method - Course 3 - Gum Paste & Fondant' will teach you the basics, although this is not a requirement.

 

Working on three main projects you will learn and practice many basic techniques such as:

  • Coating fruit cakes, sponge cakes & dummies, Crimping & Embossing
  • Fabric Effects, Swags, Drapes, Frills & Flounces
  • Ribbons, Bows, Sugar Embroidery, Pastillage,  
  • Modelling Fun Figures, Simple sculpted Novelty Cake
  • Texturing, Fabric Flowers & Leaves, Inlay & Applique
  • Stacked Cake Design & Handling
  • Designing Celebration Cakes & Colour Balance
  • Basic Business Guidelines, copyright & licence

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Click here for details about our other PME Diploma & Masters Certificate courses. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

A list of the materials that you need to bring will be emailed once your booking has been confirmed. Bookings can be secured with a £100 deposit. Inspired Creations Gift Vouchers can be accepted for this course. Please read our cancellation policy.


03/02/2018 (Saturday) to 06/02/2018

10:15 to 16:15
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03/03/2018 (Saturday) to 06/03/2018

10:15 to 16:15
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05/04/2018 (Thursday) to 08/04/2018

10:15 to 16:15
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14/04/2018 (Saturday) to 17/04/2018

10:15 to 16:15
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12/05/2018 (Saturday) to 15/05/2018

10:15 to 16:15
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09/06/2018 (Saturday) to 12/06/2018

10:15 to 16:15
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07/07/2018 (Saturday) to 10/07/2018

10:15 to 16:15
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28/07/2018 (Saturday) to 31/07/2018

10:15 to 16:15
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15/09/2018 (Saturday) to 18/09/2018

10:15 to 16:15
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06/10/2018 (Saturday) to 09/10/2018

10:15 to 16:15
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Sponge Cake Baking Skills - 'Free From' Recipes

 

Free From Baking Skills

Skill Level: All Levels
Tutor: Lynn Crees-Glendinning

With an increasing demand for 'free from' treats without compromising on taste and texture we have developed this hands on baking class so that you can learn all about baking cakes using 'easy to find' gluten free, dairy free and egg free ingredients.

With a lot of research and testing we have put together a variety of our favourite, delicious tasting sponge cakes, fillings & toppings to share with you. These include; Gluten Free Coconut Cake filled with Raspberry Jam, Vegan Chocolate Cake topped with delicious Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache, Vegan Carrot Cake with Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting, Gluten Free Cupcakes with Dairy Free Buttercream Frosting.

An 'ALL INCLUSIVE', fun packed day of baking. Everything you make together with recipe cards will be packaged ready for you to take home.

If you are new to baking, we offer a 'Sponge Cake Baking Skills - Beginners' workshop. If you would like more information or have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Inspired Creations Gift Vouchers can be accepted for this course. Please read our cancellation policy.

 


04/05/2018 (Friday)

10:15 to 16:15
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27/07/2018 (Friday)

10:15 to 16:15
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Sponge Cake Baking Skills - Beginners

 

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Skill Level: Beginners
Tutor: Lynn Crees-Glendinning

Master the art of successful cake baking and make a variety of our favourite traditional sponge cake recipes: Victoria Sandwich filled with freshly whipped cream & jam, Lemon Maderia topped with a delicious Lemon Sugar Syrup, Rich Chocolate cake finished with Belgian Chocolate Ganache & Sticky Toffee cupcakes with salted caramel frosting.

An 'ALL INCLUSIVE', hands on, fun packed day of baking perfect for those who have not baked much before or are not happy with their home baking results. Everything you make together with recipe cards will be packaged ready for you to take home.

We also offer a Cake Baking Skills - 'Free From' workshop. If you would like more information or have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Inspired Creations Gift Vouchers can be accepted for this course. Please read our cancellation policy.

 


23/02/2018 (Friday)

10:15 to 16:15
There is only 1 space still available!MORE INFO

08/06/2018 (Friday)

10:15 to 16:15
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The Wilton Method® - Course 1 - Building Buttercream Skills

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Skill Level: All Levels
Tutor: Lynn Crees-Glendinning

Learn how to decorate cakes and sweet treats with basic buttercream techniques and six simple to pipe flowers that transform ordinary cakes and cupcakes into extraordinary results.

Included is a Wilton Course 1 Kit (worth £41.99) containing a workbook and much of the equipment you will use to complete your course.

Your Certified Wilton Method Instructor will help you each step of the way, as you learn how easy it can be to:

  • Make buttercream icing the right consistency to decorate
  • Fill and use a decorating bag
  • Level, torte, ice and decorate a cake and other sweet treats with the latest techniques
  • Make six different buttercream icing flowers
  • Pipe lines and make simple borders, letters and shapes on your cake
  • Transfer images to a cake to decorate
  • And much more!

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For information about our other Wilton Method Courses please click here.

A list of the materials that you need to bring will be emailed once your booking has been confirmed. Bookings can be secured with a £50 deposit with the final balance payable by 30 days before the start date of the course. Inspired Creations Gift Vouchers can be accepted for this course. Please read our cancellation policy.


26/01/2018 (Friday)

09:00 to 17:00
This course is fully booked!Join Waiting List

24/02/2018 (Saturday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 2 spaces still available!MORE INFO

23/03/2018 (Friday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 7 spaces still available!MORE INFO

30/06/2018 (Saturday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 6 spaces still available!MORE INFO

07/09/2018 (Friday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 7 spaces still available!MORE INFO

26/10/2018 (Friday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 7 spaces still available!MORE INFO

The Wilton Method® - Course 2 - Royal Icing (Flowers and Cake Design)

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Skill Level: All Levels
Tutor: Susan Wilcox

Learn how to create professional-looking flowers and designs using royal icing. You will develop core skills to make many varieties of flowers such as Rosebuds, Pansies, Lilies and The Wilton Rose.

You will find it useful to have some basic piping skills before attending this course.  You may wish to consider attending The Wilton Method - Course 1 - Building Buttercream Skills before you attend this course, although this is not compulsory

Included is a Wilton Course 2 Kit (worth £41.99) containing a workbook and much of the equipment you will use to complete your course.

Your Certified Wilton Method Instructor will help you each step of the way as you learn to:

  • Use royal icing to create eight different types of flowers including The Wilton Rose
  • How to design the colour palette and pattern for a cake
  • Learn piping techniques like basketweave, cornelli lace and brush embroidery
  • Pipe royal icing appliques and additional decorative borders
  • And much more!

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For information about our other Wilton Method Courses please click here.

A list of the materials that you need to bring will be emailed once your booking has been confirmed. Bookings can be secured with a £50 deposit with the final balance payable by 30 days before the start date of the course. Inspired Creations Gift Vouchers can be accepted for this course. Please read our cancellation policy.


27/01/2018 (Saturday)

09:00 to 17:00
There is only 1 space still available!MORE INFO

25/02/2018 (Sunday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 5 spaces still available!MORE INFO

24/03/2018 (Saturday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 4 spaces still available!MORE INFO

01/07/2018 (Sunday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 6 spaces still available!MORE INFO

08/09/2018 (Saturday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 7 spaces still available!MORE INFO

27/10/2018 (Saturday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 7 spaces still available!MORE INFO

The Wilton Method® - Course 3 - Fondant and Gum Paste

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Skill Level: All Levels
Tutor: Hannah Collison

Learn how to work successfully with fondant and gum paste. From covering your cakes, cutting shapes and painting on fondant to making unwired flowers like Calla Lilies, Roses and Carnations, you will learn all the essentials.

Included is a Wilton Course 3 Kit (worth £41.99) containing a workbook and much of the equipment you will use to complete your course.

Your Certified Wilton Method Instructor will help you each step of the way as you learn to:

  • Prepare and colour fondant (sugar paste) and gum paste (flower paste)
  • Cover a cake with fondant
  • Create more than 10 different types of bows and flowers, including the calla lily, rose and carnation
  • Discover how easy it is to paint on fondant
  • Design and complete a cake with the shapes and flowers from the course
  • And much more!

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For more information about our other Wilton Method Courses please click here.

A list of the materials that you need to bring will be emailed once your booking has been confirmed. Bookings can be secured with a £50 deposit with the final balance payable by 30 days before the start date of the course. Inspired Creations Gift Vouchers can be accepted for this course. Please read our cancellation policy.


28/01/2018 (Sunday)

09:00 to 17:00
This course is fully booked!Join Waiting List

25/03/2018 (Sunday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 7 spaces still available!MORE INFO

09/09/2018 (Sunday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 5 spaces still available!MORE INFO

28/10/2018 (Sunday)

09:00 to 17:00
There are 5 spaces still available!MORE INFO

Working Successfully With Chocolate - 2 Day Intensive

 

Chocolate Skills 1 250

Skill Level: Intermediate
Tutor: Hannah Collison

An 'all inclusive' 2 day technical course perfect for those who wish to learn the art of working successfully with chocolate.

Master the skills to temper chocolate using different methods, how to make, flavour, colour and use dark and white chocolate ganache to coat cakes and as delicious fillings for hand made chocolates, how to work with professional chocolate moulds, making chocoalte shards, mirror glazes, piping with chocolate and more..

Places are limited to 6 students.

A comprehensive set of notes will be given to you and everything that you make and don't eat! will be packaged for you to take home.

To get the most out of this workshop you will need to have some previous experience covering and decorating cakes.

 

Inspired Creations Gift Vouchers can be accepted for this course. Please read our cancellation policy.


24/02/2018 (Saturday) to 25/02/2018

10:00 to 17:00
There are 5 spaces still available!MORE INFO

05/05/2018 (Saturday) to 06/05/2018

10:00 to 17:00
There are 5 spaces still available!MORE INFO