Introduction to Cake Decorating – Fresh, Buttercream and Ganache – C8266

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Course Overview

This is a beginner’s course and during this course you will learn how to work with buttercream, fresh cream and ganache. You will also learn different piping techniques. You will learn various techniques including creating flowers, basket weave and other designs.

You will be required to bring some of your own materials to each session.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Each session looks at different cake decorating skills using soft creams.

You will learn:

– How to make buttercream, ganache and fresh cream icing
– Using different piping nozzles
– Create different types of flowers, basket weave and other designs
– Levelling cakes
– Covering cakes with soft creams to create a smooth finish
– Using chocolate to create decorations

Using these skills, you will plan and design your own cakes guided by your tutor.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19+ and be able to complete a short workbook on a weekly basis with the help of your tutor.

How you will be assessed

There are no formal assessments, exams or coursework. Your tutor will informally assess your progress each week.    

You will receive a certificate of course completion based on your progress in class and attendance.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £90.00

Additional Costs

The cost of the course is £90.00. However, you will not be required to pay a fee for this course if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:

– Universal Credit
– JSA or ESA (Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Action Group)

There will be no fees if you earn less than £20,319.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

This course is designed as an introduction to soft cream cake decorating skills.

You can only complete this course once.

On completion of this course, you may progress onto one of the other Community Learning courses.

Your tutor will be able to advise you on progression routes available to you.

What Happens Next

You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements of the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course.

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