Category Archives: Training events

14th birthday party training event

A contact through Brentwood School asked me to host her daughter’s 14th birthday party at her house. I haven’t done one of these parties before so thought it would be a great opportunity!

I made the birthday girl some cupcakes of her own and also as a demonstration tool.  Once again the winning cupcake was given a little prize, this time a swirly looking cat!

I think the girls enjoyed it, it’s difficult to tell….


A friend from the working mum’s group who works at Brentwood School

asked me to come to her Gifted and Talented set at Brentwood School to teach them about sugarpaste and buttercream swirls.

I made a few cakes beforehand to show them what they could do.

A spring theme of daffodils, chicks and eggs and butterflies all taken next to the only spring flowers we have in the garden!

I also made a sheep – yes it is a sheep and ended up giving it away as the runner up prize for the best decorated cupcake.

Here are the kids and teachers getting stuck into making the sugarpaste roses.

The kids also learnt how to make buttercream swirls and rose swirls.

The whole class (well most of them) with their decorated cakes. Wonderful!

Evening training event

Recently a neighbour of mine asked me to show some of the women in her ‘Groworms’ group how to make cake toppings.  It was a great chance for me to try out teaching others some of the basics of sugarpaste, royal icing and buttercream swirls.  We only had 2 1/2 hours to cram it all in but I think they were all happy.  I bought some nasty cheap little cakes from Tesco for them to practise on and they took home about 3 of my cakes each. The group was quite large (I think 12 in all) and we only just squashed around the table.  What was lovely was that some mums and daughters came (and mums and sons too!) to join in the fun together.


 And yes, because it was a Friday night, we had a few glasses of wine to help the artistic talents to flow.


There was some real talent out there and I’ve made a note of a few people I will be calling on to help when I’ve got some big orders to work on!

I’ve just been asked to do another one of these type of evening events so hopefully this will be another string to my bow.

Hen nights, parties, family get togethers, team building exercises?!?! There are no limits with a bit of cake and some buttercream! Thanks to Wendy for organising and hosting the event.