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Cake Decorating Classes

Teaching all levels and abilities, published author of three titles, Tracey Mann teaches the majority of the classes in a relaxed and informal approach with LOW class numbers, ensuring that you make the most of your day or evening class. With 30 years of experience cake decorating, author of three books, features writer for a national Cake Magazine publication, Tracey is able to provide you with lots of hints and tips to create cakes that you can be really proud of. Tracey also has carefully selected quality guest tutors to teach more specialised areas of interest such as modelling, painting and novelty cakes.

Tracey is the only PME approved tutor in Buckinghamshire and teaches the PME diploma in Sugarpaste, Royal Icing and Sugar flowers. This is a recognised certificate nationwide and internationally. Many students go on to complete all three Certificates and achieve their Masters Awards. Tracey is also a Wilton Instructor teaching The Wilton Method Courses.

Our classes are limited to 8 students during the evening and 6 during the day, so come and enjoy learning some new skills and leave with a cake that you are really proud of. Our classes are open to anyone over the age of 12, under 16's must be accompanied by a paying adult. There are other classes available from ages 6 and upwards with an Adult and these are shown on the website.

Our Location

Our day classes are held in Longwick (HP27 9SG) which is approx 7 miles from Thame, 25 miles from Oxford, 40 miles from Central London, 75 Miles from Birmingham. Our nearest railway station is Princes Risborough, our nearest Airport is Luton. We have a list of recommended overnight accomodation ranging from budget hotels to local pub B&B's. Our closest B & B is The Red Lion Pub in Longwick (walking distance). We are close to A Piece of Cake in Thame which is always worth a visit. All of the classes are taught by Tracey Mann. Our Saturday classes are very popular, and therefore we advise early booking.

Directions to our classroom are sent one week before a course via email. The postcode for our classroom is HP27 9SG

Private Event Classroom hire

If you would like exclusive use of the classroom  with up to 8 friends for a Christmas Party, Birthday party or a Baby shower for two hours please contact us and I will be more than happy to accommodate this. We can offer you any of our two hour cake decorating classes at £25 per head with free tea and coffee or £30 a head to include a glass or Prosecco the price includes all of the ingredients and equipment for the class. Minimum number is 6 max is 10. Please call on 01844 347147 to book a date.

Private tuition

I do offer 1-2-1 cake decorating tuition between 9-4pm weekdays only (no weekends), please email for further information - (£350 plus ingredients per day)

Guest tutor
If you would like me to come and teach in your classroom I do visit other classrooms all over the UK and abroad teaching Animal Cake Painting and Chocolate Work. If you would like further information please message me through the contact page of the website

Corporate Workshops

I offer 2 and 4 hour corporate workshops, teaching cake decorating to groups of minimum 6 to 20. There are two options available, please give me a call to discuss or message me through the contact page for further information

 Directions

We are located in the village of Longwick, in Buckinghamshire just off the A4129. If you are coming into Longwick from the High Wycombe, Chinnor, Beaconsfield side proceed past the Red Lion pub on the left handside as you come into Longwick, past 'Briants' on the left, start to slow down and look for a pink sign on the LEFT handside for Tracey's Cakes. We are located in a small courtyard at the end of the lane between the two houses. If you are coming in from the Thame, Oxford, Aylesbury, Bicester direction, proceed through Longwick on the A4129, past the post office ( Premier Stores) on your left, slow right down and look to your right, you will see a sign up high on the edge of a house for Risborough Reupholstery and also a sign at ground level for Walkers Yard, this is our location indicate right and turn in here for parking. Our postcode is HP27 9SG. As you drive into the courtyard you will see a large cupcake sign directly in front of you this is where we are located.

Terms and Conditions
Once you have booked your class the money is non refundable. At my discretion, I will occasionally allow students to swap onto different classes if they are unable to make it due to ill health. Students who are permitted to swap and who then do not attend the new date are not then entitled to a refund. Students who book PME or Wilton Certificated classes who fail to attend all the required lessons will be subject to a charge should they need to rebook another lesson to complete the course. Occasionally we have to cancel a class due to low course numbers or bad weather, should this be the case I will refund the cost of the course or offer an alternative date, however I will not be responsible for covering any additional costs such as hotel bookings or transport. In the case of classes with Guest Tutors (not Tracey) no refunds or transfers to other classes are permitted should you be unable to attend due to the costs of paying for the tutor.

Cake Club Monthly

Cake Club is a social evening where you can sit and chat with other fellow students and cake makers, have a cup of tea, share and swap ideas, browse through the latest copies of the cake magazines. I encourage you to bring along a few cupcakes ( Maximum 12)  for others to try although not compulsory!

Who can attend?

Cake Club is open to everyone. You can stay for the two hours or just drop in for half an hour, this is an informal gathering. If you have never attended a class or you are a regular student you are welcome to attend. The dates for Cake Club are published on our Facebook page in the Events section or if you sign up for the newsletter on this website you will receive notification when the next event is. Cake Club is held at the Unit address, see the directions above. 

Is there a charge? Do I need to book in advance?

There will be a nominal charge of £3 per session payable on arrival, you do not need to prebook.

 

 

Book a Children's Cupcake Decorating Party Ages 7-13

Book a children's birthday cupcake party. I offer three classes, Mermaid Cupcakes, Unicorn cupcakes or Funny Faces cupcakes. Costs are £20 per child, this includes all the ingredients and use of equipment and a box to take home their cakes and drinks whilst creating their cakes. No party food is allowed during the decorating party. One adult must remain present during the party at all times. No more than 2 adults can remain during the party due to space restrictions. The parties are 1 1/2 hours long, minimum number is 6, maximum number is 12.

( All parties are held in my Classroom in Longwick)

Contact me via the booking form to arrange a date and a time. We do get very busy so please book in advance.

Dates

By Appointment only

£20 per child

Minimum 6 maximum 12

Age range 7-13

Suitable for all skill levels

PME Diploma in Sugarpaste ( May 2018)

Basic Sugarpaste Techniques ,Coating, Crimping, Garrett Frill

Geometric designs, tall cakes, sculptured novelty cake construction

Assembly of a novelty cake from start to finish, Circus theme

Designing Celebration Cakes & Colour Balance , Basic Business Guidelines, Copyright & Licence

Course includes tuition, use of equipment, course kit and book

Dates

Thursday 3rd May, Thursday 10th May, Thursday 17th May, Thursday 24th May, Thursday 31st May

9am-2pm

Level: Beginner

£ 395

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Debbie Brown's Golden Unicorn Modelling Class

Learn how to make this Golden Unicorn with Author Debbie Brown

Date

Saturday 28th April 2018

9.30am-5pm

£150

Suitable for all skill levels

Debbie Brown Grampy Modelling Class

Learn to make this Grampy Model with Author Debbie Brown

Date

Saturday 5th May 2018

9.30am-5pm

£145

Suitable for all skill levels

 

PME Diploma in Sugarflowers (6 evenings and one Saturday)

Basic Techniques for making sugar flowers

Unwired Chocolate Roses & Wired Gerberas, Fantasy Flowers, Wired Roses, Orchids

Lilies, Lily of the Valley, Freesia, Black Berries, Carnations, Leaves

Alternatives to sugar flowers, Arranging sugar flowers, Decorating cake stands & knives , Costing & pricing

Dates

COURSE DATES AS FOLLOWS-

Tuesday 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd May 6.30pm-9.30pm, Saturday 12th May 9-5pm  and Tuesday 5th and 12th June 6.30pm-9pm

25 hours

Level: Beginner

£ 395

Summer School - 3 Day Intensive PME Diploma in Sugarpaste

Basic Sugarpaste Techniques ,Coating, Crimping, Garrett Frill

Geometric designs, tall cakes, sculptured novelty cake construction

Assembly of a novelty cake from start to finish, Circus theme

Designing Celebration Cakes & Colour Balance , Basic Business Guidelines, Copyright & Licence


Dates

Thursday 9th August, Friday 10th August and Saturday 11th August 9-5.30pm

25 Hours

Level: Beginner

LIMITED TO FOUR STUDENTS

Intensive Chocolate Paste Part 1, 2 and 3

Topics covered

Using chocolate paste, making chocolate flowers, using transfer sheets, correctly tempering chocolate, cake covering and construction with chocolate, individual chocolate pots. We will be making three cakes and two small cakes

 

Dates

Friday 1st June 2018 9-5.30pm and Saturday 2nd June 2018 - 9-1.30pm

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

£ 360

 

Under the Sea Airbrushing Class ( June )

Create this two tier Octopus Cake

Skills covered include covering a cake, doweling a cake, airbrushing, using silicone moulds

Maximum 4 students per class

All equipment and ingredients are included in the course fee

Dates

Monday 4th June

9am-4pm

Level: Suitable for all skill levels

£ 160.00

Geometrics Cake Class

Learn to create this amazing geometric pattern on a cake

( This cake is part of the new PME sugarpaste class, if you have already completed the PME diploma or do not want to in the future then this class is suitable for you)

Date

Saturday 30th June 2018

10am-2.30pm

£85

Suitable for all skill levels

 

Cats and Sharp Edges Cake Class

Learn to make these large cats and sharp edges technqiue

Date

Monday 23rd July 2018

9am-4pm

£150

Suitable for intermediate level students

The Wilton Method® - Course 1 Certification - Building Buttercream Skills 8 hours ( June 2018)

Learn how to decorate cakes with basic buttercream techniques and six simple to pipe flowers that transform ordinary cakes and cupcakes.

You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion on full attendance of each course.

Date

Wednesday 6th June 9am-5pm

Skill level - All skill levels

£150

The Wilton Method® - Course 2 - Royal Icing (Flowers and Cake Design) - Skill level - All Levels

  • Wilton 2 course is available to students after they have completed Wilton 1 course
  • 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

Dates

Wednesday 13th June 2018

9-5pm

Skill level - Please complete Wilton level 1 first before booking

£150

The Wilton Method® Course 3 - Fondant and Gum Paste

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. We recommend you achieve Wilton Method Course 1 and Wilton Method Course 2 to gain the prerequisite skills before enrolling on this course.

Dates

Wednesday 20th June

9-5pm

Skill Level - Please complete Wilton Level 1 and 2 first before booking.

£150

MAYHALF TERM - Funny Faces Cupcakes - Buy one Adult Place ( full price)get One Child Place for £15

 MAY HALF TERM Adult and Child Cupcake Class

use the code FACE at the checkout to get the discount applied

Date

Tuesday 29th April

1-3pm

Suitable for all skill levels

Children welcome between the ages of 6-18

MAY HALF TERM - Unicorn Cupcake Class - Buy ONE Adult Place get ONE Child place for £15

MAY HALF TERM HOLIDAY CLASS

Buy ONE Adult Place get ONE Child Place for £15 using the code UNICORN at the Checkout

Suitable for all skill levels

Date

Wednesday 30th May 2018

10am-12pm

Buy one Adult place ( full price) get one child place for £15 using the code UNICORN at the checkout

Suitable for all skill levels

MAY HALF TERM - Unicorn Cupcake Class - Buy ONE Adult Place get ONE Child place for £15

MAY HALF TERM HOLIDAY CLASS

Buy ONE Adult Place get ONE Child Place for £15 using the code UNICORN at the Checkout

Suitable for all skill levels

Date

Wednesday 30th May 2018

2-4pm

Buy ONE Adult Place get ONE child place for £15

Suitable for all skill levels

Children welcome age 6-18

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Floral Chocolate Airbrushing Class

Learn how to cover tall cakes with chocolate paste and create beautiful flowers using an airbrush

Class limited to four students

Date

Saturday 22nd September 2018

9am-3pm

£130

Skills - Not suitable for complete beginners, some experience covering cakes required.

 

Transfer Sheets Handbag and Chocolate Make Up Class

On this class we will be creating this cake learning how to carve a cake, using transfer sheets on sugarpaste, tempering chocolate and painting chocolate

Dates

Saturday 16th June 2018

9am-3pm

Level: Suitable for all skill levels

£ 150.00

 

Beginners Cake Decorating Class ( Daytime)

Beginners Cake Decorating Class

Skills - How to cover a cake with sugarpsate, How to make royal icing, basic piping, stencilling, sugarpaste rose, using plunger cutters and texture rolling pins

 

 


Dates

Saturday 9th June 2018

10-3pm

Level: Complete Beginner

£ 100

 


Butterfly Novelty Cake Class with Tracey Mann

Learn how to make this pretty butterfly cake in your choice of colours

Date

Saturday 14th July 2018

9am-2pm

£100

Suitable for all skill levels

 

 

Two Day Two Tier Peony Wedding Cake Class

Two day class creating this beautiful wedding cake

 

Dates

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th July 2018

9am-4pm each day

Level: Suitable for all skill levels

£ 350

Cat and Feather Painting Class

Learn how to paint this cat onto the side of a precovered dummy cake

Date

Friday 2nd November 2018

9am-1pm

£100

Skill level - Step by step instruction - For fun

Tracey's Cakes Diploma in Buttercream ( Four Mornings)

Buttercream cake decorating class

Dates

Monday 24th September 9-2pm, Monday 1st October 9-2pm, Monday 8th October 9-2pm and Monday 15th October 9-2pm

9-2pm

Level: Beginners

£ 390

Toadstool and Fairy Novelty Cake Class

On this class we will be learning carving and construction of a 3D novelty cake. We will be learning how to cover unusual shapes, how to successfully stack them and decorate with fine details. We will also be making the sugar fairy on top of the cake.

 


Date

Monday 11th June 2018

9am-3pm

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

£ 130

Icecream Sundae One Day Class

Learn how to construct this Icecream Sundae Cake

Date

Monday 18th June

9am-3pm

Level: Suitable for all skill levels

£150

Little Girl Modelling Class

Learn how to make this little girl using modelling paste

Date

Wednesday 9th May 2018

7-9pm

£28

Suitable for all skill levels

Cake Club Dates

What is Cake Club?

Cake Club is a social evening where you can sit and chat with other fellow students and cake makers, have a cup of tea, share and swap ideas, browse through the latest copies of the cake magazines. Many of the students who have attended cake classes with me have formed long lasting friendships and I would like to offer a place for you all to meet once a month.

Who can attend?

Cake Club is open to everyone. You can stay for the two hours or just drop in for half an hour, this is an informal gathering. If you have never attended a class or you are a regular student you are welcome to attend.

Is there a charge? Do I need to book in advance?

There will be a nominal charge of £3 per session payable on arrival, you do not need to prebook.

Dates

Thursday April 26th, Wednesday 30th May, Wednesday 20th June, Thursday 26th July, No cake club in August, Tuesday 4th September, Wednesday 10th October, Thursday 15th November

7-9pm

£3 no prebooking required

Bring a cake or cupcakes along if you would like to share your creations

Unicorn Modelling Class

Learn how to make a unicorn cake topper

Date

Monday 30th April

7-9pm

£28

Suitable for all skill levels

Royal Wedding Cupcake Class

Learn how to make these Royal Wedding Themed Cupcakes

Price includes a FREE silicone Crown and Flag mould

Date

Wednesday 16th May 2018

7-9pm

Skill level - All Skill levels

£30

Icecream Teddy Modelling Class

Icecream Teddy Modelling Class

Date

Wednesday 29th May 2018

7-9pm

£25

Suitable for all skill levels

Mavis the Fairy Modelling Class

Learn to make Mavis the Fairy with Modelling Paste

Date

Thursday 27th September

7-9pm

£28

Suitable for intermediate students

 

Tea and Biscuits Cupcake Toppers

One of our most popular classes, come along and learn how to create these very pretty cupcakes.

Date
 

Wednesday 4th July 2018

7-9pm

Level: Beginner

£ 25

Glow in the Dark Rainbow Buttercream Cake

Learn to make this Glow in the Dark Rainbow Striped Cake

Date

Monday 8th October

6.30pm-9.30pm

£55

Suitable for all skill levels

Wilton Hairy Scary Cupcakes Project Class

Learn how to make these Hairy Scary Cupcakes using Wilton Techniques and Glow in the Dark Colours!

Date

Monday 14th May 2018

6.30-8.30pm

Skill level - All Skill Levels

£30

Price includes a piping nozzle and disposable piping bag

Unicorn and Hearts Cupcake Topper Class

Learn to make these four cupcake toppers for fun

 

Date

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

7-9pm

£25

Suitable for All Skill Levels/Just for fun

PME diploma in Royal Icing ( Evenings and weekends)

Basic Techniques including covering a cake, Coating, Templates, Scroll Borders ,Runout Collars & Extension Borders ,Brush Embroidery ,Lace Designs & Runout Motifs ,Cake Balance, Multi Tiered Cakes, Packaging ,Transport & Delivery Costs ,Pricing Guidelines ,Assembly & Presentation

Dates

Tuesday 11th September 7-9.30pm, Saturday 15th September 9-5pm, Tuesday 18th September 7-9.30pm, Tuesday 25th September 7-9.30pm, Tuesday 2nd October 7-9.30pm and Saturday 6th October 9-4pm

Level - Beginner

£395

Piping Buttercream Flowers

Beginners Buttercream Cupcake Piping. Learn how to create six of these two cupcake designs with buttercream. The course is perfect for anyone who might like to consider progressing on to our Buttercream diploma course or the Wilton Method Part 1. It is useful to learn essential piping skills.

Date

Monday 2nd July 2018

7-9pm

Level: Beginner

£30.00

Strawberry Basket Cake Class

Learn to make this pretty Strawberry Basket cake

Dates

Monday 4th June- 7-9pm 

Skill - All skill levels

£65

Intermediate Character Modelling

Learn how to make this character out of sugarpaste

Date

Thursday 7th June

7-9.30pm

Level - Intermediate

£30