School of Cake Decoration - NEW 2021 CLASS DATES

If you are interested in any of the classes please email,
As soon as we have the dates we'll get back to you.
We offer a range of cake decorating courses for all abilities. From cupcake decorating classes and Basic Sugarcraft for beginners, to advanced courses for experienced cake decorators including PME Professional Diploma courses with modules in Sugarpaste, Royal Icing and Sugar flowers.

Our cake decorating school is at our design studio in Moulsford on the Berkshire / South Oxfordshire border, midway between Reading and Wallingford, within easy access of Wantage, Didcot, Henley-on-Thames, Pangbourne, Goring & Streatley and Newbury.

The school is run by Catherine Scott and classes are taught by Catherine and Kim. Catherine and Kim are both PME approved tutors and have many years experience of designing and making wedding and celebration cakes.

Course prices are INCLUSIVE and cover use of all equipment, cakes, icing and ingredients that you need to create and decorate your sugarcraft masterpiece to take home at the end of the course. Class sizes are small, to ensure you get the most out of your cake decorating course.
Cake Decoration Courses
Introduction to Sugarpaste

A FUN cake decorating workshop suitable for beginners.

Learn how to decorate a cake like a professional!

We teach you step-by-step how to:
       cover a cake with sugarpaste to get a smooth finish
       make a simple sugarpaste character model or topper decoration
       create simple side decorations and details

Fully inclusive - 3 hours tuition unless stated and EVERYTHING you need to enable you to take away a beautifully decorated cake.

Sat 10 Jul 2021   Summer Time 10am-1pm
Sat 11 Sept 2021   Simple Flowers 10am-1pm
Sat 9 Oct 2021   New Design - Baby Theme 10am-1pm
Sat 13 Nov 2021   Hedgehog 10am-1pm

Sat 10 Jul 2021
Sat 11 Sept 2021
Sat 9 Oct 2021
Sat 13 Nov 2021

3 hours

Level: Beginner

Sponge cakes £65

Cake decorating classes
Cup Cake Decorating

Come along and learn how to make some beautiful themed cupcakes. We will teach you how to cover your cakes with sugarpaste domes and swirl toppings and then decorate them with themed decorations & toppers.

You will take home a box of 6 beautifully decorated cakes.


Wed 7 Jul 2021 - Wonderland 7pm-9.30pm
Sat 18 Sept 2021 - Floral Bouquet 2pm-4.30pm
Wed 20 Oct 2021 - New Design - Animals 7pm-9.30pm
Wed 24 Nov 2021 - New Design - Autumnal 7pm-9.30pm


Wed 7 Jul 2021
Sat 18 Sept 2021
Wed 20 Oct 2021
Wed 24 Nov 2021

Level: Beginner

Cake decorating classes
Carved Novelty Sponge cake

The emphasis is on having FUN with this introduction to carved novelty cakes. We will learn how to carve a sponge cake into a simple shape, cover and decorate plus some additional modelled effects and decorations. This course will cover one of these designs:

Some examples of shaped novelty cakes we often cover are: handbags, teapot, Princess, ladybird, toadstool house, birdcage


Sat 27 Nov - New Christmas Design 10am-3.30pm £130

Sat 27 Nov 2021

5.5 hours

Level:Beginner to Intermediate

Cake decorating classes
Improver Sugarpaste

This course is for anyone who has attended an Introduction to Sugarpaste course and will teach more advanced techniques in covering and decoration.

Fully inclusive - 7 hours tuition unless stated and EVERYTHING you need to enable you to take away a beautifully decorated cake.


Sat 4th September - 10am - 5pm £120

Sat 4th Sept 2021

7 hours


Mini Workshops

These short courses cover one particular aspect of cake decorating/figure modelling. The courses can be booked individually according to interests and some include moulds or nozzles used in the course to take home.


Wed 22 Sept 2021 - Puff the Dragon 7-9pm

Wed 22 Sept 2021

2 hours
Level: Beginner

If more than two people booking you will receive a £5 discount per person. Limited spaces available, get booked in to avoid disappointment
Introduction to Working with Chocolate

Suitable for beginners or experienced cake decorators who would like to start working with chocolate. This course will cover various techniques using chocolate. Firstly, we will make some ganache and use it to fill and cover a chocolate sponge cake. We will then cover various decorative techniques:

• Chocolate wraps
• Chocolate ruffles
• Working with chocolate transfers
• Chocolate moulds and dipping

FULLY INCLUSIVE. We provide 4 hours tuition and EVERYTHING you need.


Tues 27th April -  1pm – 5pm

Tues 27 April 2021

4 hours
Level: Beginner

Cake decorating classes
Buttercream Course

We are updating our Buttercream classes to add different techniques and use of colour.

For anyone starting out we suggest our Intro to Buttercream and then we have the following:

Buttercream Piping Techniques (Cake and Cupcakes)
Ombre Buttercream
Multicoloured Buttercream
Fault Line Buttercream

Individual classes are £65 however on booking more than one you will receive a £10 discount. Pictures of all cakes/courses will follow in due course.

You will take home your decorated cakes at the end of each session.


Wed 15 Sept 2021 – Intro to Buttercream 7-10pm
Sat 25 Sept 2021 – Intro to Buttercream 10am-1pm
Sat 16 Oct 2021 – Buttercream Piping Techniques 10am-1pm
Wed 3 Nov 2021 – Buttercream Piping Techniques 7-10pm
Wed 17 Nov 2021 – Ombre Buttercream 7-10pm
Sat 20 Nov 2021 – Multi-coloured Buttercream 10am-1pm


Wed 15 Sep 2021
Sat 25 Sep 2021
Sat 16 Oct 2021
Wed 3 Nov 2021
Wed 17 Nov 2021
Sat 20 Nov 2021

3 hours
Level: Beginner


Book more than one course for a £10 discount

Cake decorating classes
Figure Modelling

A course designed for beginners to intermediate in modelling. Working from photographs in some cases to incorporate details of features to personalise their figures. You will make one sitting, one standing a child model.


Tues 23 Nov 2021 - 10am-3pm

Tues 23 Nov 2021

Time: 10am - 3pm

5+ hours
Level: Intermediate

Guest Tutor

We are please to announce that Hannah Edwards The Cake Illusionist will be teaching the Ultimate Structured Unicorn Course.
On booking you will be sent the recipe to bake the cakes and ganache required, that Hannah asks you bake and prepare and then everything else will be provided.
You can secure your space with a £75 deposit and then the balance two weeks before.

Hannah is an amazing tutor of sculpted cakes and has taught this course at our school before and received rave reviews! The course is suitable for anyone who has carved a novelty cake before and covered it with sugarpaste. Hannah’s instruction is detailed and suitable for any ability – you really can achieve this amazing 3d cake with Hannah’s help - it’s not as difficult as it looks! Your family and friends won’t fail to be impressed!


Saturday 2nd October 2021 9am-5.30pm


Sat 2nd Oct

Level: Beginner


£75 deposit at this stage

Cake decorating classes

Basic Piping and Writing

This course will cover basic piping techniques with royal icing, such as:
       Piping borders and scrolls, loops, dots and drops
       Piping a basic inscription
       Piping and flood decorating cookies with royal icing

No previous experience necessary

Saturday 18 Sept 2021 – 10am-12:30pm
Wednesday 10 Nov 2021 - 7pm-9:30pm


Sat 18 Sept 2021
Wed 10 Nov 2021

2.5 hours
Level: Beginner

Cake decorating classes
Sugar Flowers in a day

This course is suitable for beginners. The flowers are Wedding Cake style and suitable for adding the finishing touches to your cake. Create beautiful sugar flowers including the following:

- Wired peony
- Unwired vintage style roses
- Wired and unwired leaves
- Wired and unwired filler flowers
- Berries

At the end we will colour and dust our flowers and leaves and assemble them onto a dummy cake to take home

2022 Dates coming soon

Dates coming soon

6 hours

Level: Beginner

Cake decorating classes
Adult and Child Course

A FUN cup cake decorating workshop suitable for absolute beginners. You will work as a pair to learn how to decorate a cake like a professional! We will teach you step-by-step how to:

• fully inclusive - 2 hours tuition and EVERYTHING you need to enable you to take away a beautifully decorated cake.
• There is no age restriction but this course is ideal for children from approx 7 years.

Mon 26 Jul 2021 3pm-5pm – Emoji Cupcakes

Mon 26 Jul 2021

2 hours

Level: Beginner

Please note: This is an adult and child course only
Cake decorating classes
Wedding cake Course

An intermediate level course which would suit someone with some experience or students who have completed the PME Diploma Sugarpaste module.

On this course we will complete a 3 tier stacked wedding cake using one actual cake and 2 dummy tiers. We will decorate each tier differently and some piping and/or royal icing stencilling and sugar flowers will be included plus other decorative effects

Dates: Coming soon
Sat 12th and Sun 13th February 2022 – 10am-5pm both days

Sat 12 Feb 2022
Sun 13 Feb 2022

14 hours

Level: Intermediate


I did the introduction to sugarpaste course today and it was AMAZING!!! Thank you so much, I really enjoyed it.
Sarah - emailed 12th Sept 2020

I came on the postponed course yesterday and we loved it. Will you be doing anything in the future? I would love to bring both my daughters and mum too. Thanks.
Louise - emailed 9 Aug 2020

Just finished my cake decorating courses at Catherine's. 3 really enjoyable courses: PME Sugarpaste, Royal icing and Sugar Flowers. Kim is a kind and patient teacher doing such a great job. Catherine is a lovely host, she was really helpful and gave valuable advice when I asked questions unrelated to the courses, and often handing trays of cakes to us to enjoy. Selena was just as great, running around for us and collecting/ordering things we asked for. I can only thank them all for a truly great learning experience and the wonderfully friendly atmosphere. Katalin Brindley posted on Facebook 23 Nov 2019

Absolutely loved the course, thank you so much, Catherine was amazing!
Charlotte – emailed 18 Dec 2019

Just to say thank you to Kim for a brilliant course today. I really enjoyed the course & learnt so much. Kim is a brilliant teacher & I hope to be able to do more courses. Thank you again.
Allison Burns Emailed in June 2019

2 Montpelier Drive, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire RG4 6PS

Tel: 0118 946 1112

Telephone enquiries:
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-4pm

Cake collections by arrangement

All our cake decorating classes and PME Professional Diploma courses are held at our Moulsford studio on the Berkshire / South Oxfordshire border, and we have plenty of free parking. We are near Streatley between Reading and Oxford, and close to Wantage, Didcot, Pangbourne, Goring, Maidenhead, Henley-on-Thames and Newbury, and just 20 minutes from the M4 if you're coming up from London.

Credit and Debit Cards Accepted

Unit 1, The Byre,
Greenlands Farm,
Cow Lane,
Oxfordshire OX10 9JT

Tel : 01491 873 332

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm