School of Cake Decoration - NEW 2021 CLASS DATES

We are delighted to publish our new 2021 course dates.

With the easing of the national lockdown restrictions we are starting our classes from April 12th.

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 17 Apr 2021   Spring Showers 10am-1pm - FULL
Sat 22 May 2021   Cat and Mouse 10am-1pm
Sat 19 Jun 2021   Bumble Bee 10am-1pm
Sat 10 Jul 2021   Summer Time 10am-1pm
Dates: Coming soon

Sat 17 Apr 2021
Sat 22 May 2021
Sat 19 Jun 2021
Sat 10 Jul 2021

3 hours

Level: Beginner

Sponge cakes £60

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.


Sat 24 Apr 2021 - New Design 10am-12.30pm
Wed 9 Jun 2021 - Tropical 7pm-9.30pm


Sat 24 Apr 2021
Wed 9 Jun 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 8 May - Myrtle The Turtle 10am-2pm £100

Sat 8 May 2021

4 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 - 4 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

4 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.


Dates coming soon

Coming soon

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

There are 2 stages of this course:

Come along to Stage 1 and learn how to fill and smooth ice a round cake with buttercream. We will teach you how to pipe a border around the base and also pipe a circle of flowers and leaves with coloured buttercream around the top edge.

Stage 2 – some experience of using buttercream. We will teach you to smooth ice a round cake with ombre shaded buttercream to include a drip. This will also include the piping of flowers and leaves.

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


Saturday 26 Jun 2021 – Stage 1 10am-1pm
Saturday 17 Jul 2021 – Stage 2 10am-1pm

Saturday 25 Sept 2021 – Stage 1 10am-1pm
Saturday 16 Oct 2021 – Stage 2 10am-1pm

Dates: Coming soon

Sat 26 Jun 2021
Sat 17 Jul 2021

Sat 25 Sep 2021
Sat 16 Oct 2021


3 hours
Level: Beginner

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.


Date to be confirmed - please express an interest


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.


Saturday 2nd October 2021


Sat 2nd Oct


£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

Wednesday 2 June 2021 – 7pm-9:30pm
Saturday 18 Sept 2021 – 10am-12:30pm


Wed 2 Jun 2021
Sat 18 Sept 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

Sunday 30 May 2021 – 10am – 4pm

Sun 30 May 2021

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.

Tues 13 April 2021 10am-12:30pm - Ladybird or Bee - FULL
Wed 14 April 2021 2-4:30pm - Ladybird or Bee - FULL

Sat 29 May 2021 10:30am-12:30pm - – Unicorns & Flamingo Cupcakes

Tues 13 Apr 2021
Wed 14 Apr 2021
Sat 29 May 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 32 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