Other Learning Outcomes
-Learn how to mask and level a round cake in buttercream
-Learn how to add simple structure to an extended tier cake for easy and worry free support
-Learn to master the fun and hugely popular drip method of decorating cakes - and take that a step further by adding a metallic finish
-Learn how to apply fresh flowers to cakes as decoration
-Learn how to create edible decorations out of white chocolate and apply them to your cake design - chocolate sails, spheres etc
The class started 10 minutes late and appeared unprofessional and disorganised which is not a great first impression. This class was great to learn techniques on how to achieve a smooth buttercream. It was great that the teacher also showed us common 'mistakes' that are made and how to fix them. The teacher was nice and encouraging. I look forward to using those skills this weekend!! Unfortunately the drip method was not thoroughly discussed or demonstrated, and when it was our turn to do the drip on our own cake, we all struggled and the teacher was out helping serve customers in the shop so wasn't available at the crucial time of finishing off our cakes. I've learnt how to make a chocolate sail successfully now, yet the chocolate sphere- which were specifically advertised as part of the class was not covered at all. The fresh flowers we should have been provided to decorate our cakes were not available and we had unappealing fondant flowers to use. The standard of hygiene in the kitchen was disturbing; I didn't see one clean surface, which is concerning given that this is a commercial kitchen. We were expected to clean our equipment as we went (which I am more then happy to do) but with cold water, dirty dishcloths and paper towel instead of tea towels- this made it difficult. The microwave had never been cleaned, there was cake batter and left over icing splattered up the walls and the floor was filthy. I am disappointed and had expected to see a more professional kitchen to be working in considering I had paid a decent sum to complete this course. I wouldn't recommend this course or this shop to order cakes through.
I found the class really useful when learning how to mask and level buttercream cake. I was disappointed that we didn't do some of the things listed in the description.. We learned how to make chocolate sails, but didn't learn how to make chocolate spheres. We also didn't get fresh flowers as stated. I found the class a bit 'slap dash' and was generally disappointed considering the price. I am more than happy to clean up after a class, but only having warm water to wash the dishes, a dirty cloth and paper towel to dry them really bothered me. I didn't find the venue particularly clean.
This experience wasn't quite what I expected. The place could have really done with a good wipe down. To the point where I felt the need to throw my cake in the bin after the class. As for the cake, it looked nothing like the photo advertising the course. Fresh flowers were replaced for small daggy fondant flowers. Large chocolate spheres were replaced with small sugar balls. I did learn a couple of good tips about cake decorating and overall had a good time thanks to the friends I was with, however wouldn't recommend it if you are hoping to get a nice looking cake out of the course.