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10 Cake Decorating Skills to Learn in a Weekend

Tuesday, February 9

Discover how to make your cakes and bakes truly spectacular at Squires Kitchen’s 30th Anniversary Cake Decorating Exhibition. Here’s just a taster of some of the things that you and your baking besties can learn from top industry names at this year’s show.

1) How to model like a master

Discover how world-renowned sugar artist Carlos Lischetti creates his signature animation-style figures. Watch the master at work and pick up top tips for making your own models in sugar, including how to create expressive faces.

2) How to become a cake artist

Learn how to paint gorgeous designs onto iced cakes with expert cake artist, Natasha Collins. Natasha is well-known for her unique cake-painting techniques and will show you how to transform cakes and bakes into edible works of art.

3) How to pipe like a pro

Meet the undisputed master of royal icing, Eddie Spence MBE, and discover his secrets for creating professional-standard piped royal icing decorations. Icing expert, Ceri DD Griffiths, will also demystify complex piped borders and introduce you to the art of over-piping.

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4) How to get the edge

Find out how to achieve chic sharp edges on a ganache-covered sponge cake with award-winning cake designer and author, Helen Mansey. Discover how to use Helen’s popular Bellissimo Flexi Smoothers to create a stunning straight-edged sugarpaste covering.

5) How to craft stunning sugar flowers

Watch sugar flower master, Alan Dunn, as he demonstrates how to make realistic flowers and foliage in sugar. Find out Alan’s expert tips for making professional sugar flowers and pick up essential skills, such as petal veining and colouring.

6) How to create cute cakes

Meet Debbie Brown, the UK’s best-selling novelty cake author, and discover her simple secrets to help you create novelty cakes full of character. Debbie will show you how to recreate one of her favourite designs from her latest book, Cute Cakes for Children.

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7) How to perfect your pastry skills

Join accomplished pastry chef, Makiko Searle as she reveals the secrets of choux pastry perfection. Makiko will show you how to make impressive choux pastry swans, eclairs and choux buns for a croquembouche.

8) How to work with wafer paper

Watch Sherry Hostler reveal how techniques inspired by papercraft can be used to add on-trend embellishments to your cakes. Find out how a range of simple tools can be used to make a whole host of decorations from edible wafer paper.

9) How to make mouthwatering chocolates

Discover how to make perfectly moulded ganache-filled chocolates, irresistible chocolate mousses and a garden-inspired chocolate cake with award-winning Master Chocolatier, Mark Tilling.

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10) How to make realistic sugar lace

Find out how easy it is to make stunning sugar lace decorations for cakes, cupcakes and cookies using Flexi-Ice. Expert tutor, Tessa Whitehouse, will be on hand to show you how to use this versatile icing to make edible decorations such as fabric roses, bows and much more.

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Come and learn all these skills and more at this year’s special 30th anniversary exhibition from 11th–13th March in Farnham, Surrey. Book tickets, enter a competition or check out this year’s new format mini-classes at

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