Back to basics cake decorating class – not purely for the novice sugarcrafter but also those who want a professional cake finish
When it comes to colour, pattern and design in cakes… cake couture… no one does it better than Lindy Smith. Always pushing the boundaries in her craft and creating new looks on a daily basis, she seems to have a never ending mental capacity to design. However, from these fabulous looks comes a simple starting point. Sometimes you need to go right back to basics in order to come out the other side with a glorious cake creation. This is the idea behind Lindy’s Introduction to Celebration Cakes class. Created, not purely for the novice, but for the sugarcrafter who simply wants that professional cake finish.
Whilst levelling, covering and decorating her cake, Lindy shares her baking tips and recipes. At every level the focus is on precision and finish. This class is designed in typical Lindy style, step-by-step and at a pace to suit all. With Lindy’s tuition and expert assistance from Jane and Sally, there is plenty of support for everyone. Everything you learn at a Lindy class will serve you well for years to come… and of course Lindy’s classes have the WOW factor too!
It’s a bluebird day here in Buckinghamshire and this class is buzzing. We are joined today by seven cake friends: Katherine, Helen, Donna, Gaynor, Patricia, Pamela and Paul, from all over the UK and everyone is a new student. The sunshine is obviously having an effect on our students colour choices… blues, greens, pinks and purples, not a nude in sight. Lindy will be pleased!
Looking at all the covered boards set aside for later Helen remarked how beautiful all the colours go together… Lindy always says there is inspiration all around us you just have to open your eyes to it. Go for it Helen!
We’re loving Gaynors enthusiasm for her new career. Like her divine chocolate orange buttercream, it’s a bittersweet time for her but we wish her the very best in getting her cake and sugar flower business flourishing.
Donna’s cake was made by her daughter… and she’s only ten! She has discovered a love of baking and bakes lots for her family. The cake looks fab. I think they should come on our next Mother and Daughter class!
Katherine is practising for her own wedding. Yes, this brave bride is going to make her own Wedding cake. She has told me some of her design ideas… all I am going to say is that it is inspired by a Lindy Smith design… and you wouldn’t usually associate it with weddings. Will the cake she creates today give us any clue as to what she might create come September… watch this space!
Our Jane has made a chocolate cake using Lindy’s recipe. The whole room is fragranced with cocoa. This sparked a conversation about chocolate, a topic most people love to talk about… and eat. Today I discovered that there is a company in Banbury called CALLEBAUT which manufacturers and distributes high quality cocoa chocolate. They have been crafting chocolate for 100 years. Lindy says it is the place to get chocolate if you are serious about chocolate. I’m off…
Once everything is covered Lindy demonstrates some simple, effective and stunning decorating techniques. Today she is showing our students how to stencil, use flower moulds and sugarcraft cutters. Lindy is using her own design ‘birdcage’ stencil (available soon) for the top of her cake. For added interest she is making flowers using silicone moulds, and birds using sugarcraft cutters. On the Bluegrass and Gentian coloured sugarpaste they look sensational. Lindy has covered her board with Party Green with a touch of Bluegrass and Gentian added to make it blend and work well with the cake… a top tip.
Today has flown and in the last hour our students cakes are starting to come alive with colour and decoration. A super atmosphere and a super collection of cakes… well done, you’ve done a great job. Wish I could see the look on your loved ones faces when you show them
We have many more exciting classes this summer. Some old favourites, some new, some never seen before.
Join us for a fun day of learning sugarcraft. Learn from the best in the industry and we guarantee you will create something wonderful.
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Lindy’s cake decorating workshop dedicated to all things patterned… stripes, spots, checks, marbling, millefiori
As one of the worlds leading cake designers Lindy Smith is always pushing the boundaries of design in sugarcraft. So it will come as no surprise to you that she was never going to be content with colour blocking of sugarpaste! Enter the art of paste patterning. Today’s workshop is dedicated to all things patterned… stripes, spots, checks, marbling, millefiori. The sugarpaste will not remain one colour for very long… Continue reading
Anyone who has a copy of Lindy’s ‘Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible’ book will know that she’s particularly partial to decorating mini cakes – but are you?
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I always know when a cake decorating class I’m teaching is going well, because time simply flies by and the day is over before it’s seems to have begun! This was definitely the case with our first ever mother and daughter class last Saturday. Despite the snow and severe weather warnings, everyone arrived more or less on time having travelled from Ireland, Bristol, London, Coventry, Hertfordshire and the south coast… Continue reading
Best-selling cake decorating author Lindy Smith at the first Cake International Show in Manchester – March 2013
Over 18,000 cake decorating, sugarcrafting and baking enthusiasts flocked to the Cake International show last weekend in Manchester. It certainly felt like that many, if the amount of times I had my photo taken with excited visitors to the show, was anything to go by! It was the first time Cake International had held an exhibition in Manchester, so I am pleased it was such a success. For me, it… Continue reading
In the glorious shabby chic venue of the Lady Gray tearooms in Wendover I sit amongst beautiful vintage furniture, a stunning chandelier, bunting and naked bodies!! Luckily they are made of Atrtista Soft so it’s not embarrassing at all. It’s that time of year when Lindy holds her annual Bride & Groom Topper course. We really look forward to this 2 day course… we all love a wedding and this… Continue reading
Carved Handbag cake by Lindy Smith is featured as an exquisite gift for Valentines day in the Portuguese cake design magazine
Did you receive a Valentines gift this year? I hope you did, it’s very always exciting receiving gifts especially when they are from someone special. On February 14th this year I did receive a gift – a surprise parcel from Portugal, the latest Faça Fácil Cake design Decoração de bolos cake magazine! … Continue reading
Couture designers divide people… are you a fan of Prada, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Cabana or perhaps the re-invented Victoria Beckham’s designs are inspiring you? The spring collections are starting to appear in magazines and online, the mailorder companies are starting to trickle in spring clothing alongside the winter sales. We are all trying to imagine ourselves in lighter colours and softer fabrics. Some of us will be looking at… Continue reading
The London Underground is the theme for this years ‘Ideal Cake Decorator of the Year’ competition next month
Sugarcraft and cake decorating competitions are always a good way to hone your cake covering and cake decorating skills, as they challenge you, helping you push the boundaries of your knowledge and skills. I always encourage my students to enter competitions as it is an excellent way to learn and pick up tips both from fellow decorators and the judges. This years Ideal cake decorator of the year competition takes… Continue reading
What a treat – two for the price of one! To celebrate all things matriarchal, in the same month that we celebrate Mothering Sunday, Lindy and the team at Lindy’s Cakes are delighted to tell you about our first ever workshop for two.
Inspired by her own daughter, and a desire to spend quality time with her now that she is at University, Lindy has come up with the… Continue reading
I found this delicious recipe on the BBC Good Food website one evening whilst browsing looking for some inspiration! It reminds me of a Bakewell Tart style cake, but a lot more moist. It’s lovely on it’s own, or you could serve as a pudding with custard or cream. Mmmmm!
You will need :
250g butter (this must be very
Cake Decoration Heaven magazine, is a relatively new kid on the block when it comes to the cake decorating press. Brought to you by the enthusiastic baking people at Food Heaven – the Spring 2013 issue is full of inspiring cake decorating ideas, mind you I may be slightly biased as nine of my cakes (from some of my earlier books) are featured! There’s… Continue reading
What a lovely Christmas treat – my name on the front cover of Faça Fácil Cake design Decoração de bolos a Portuguese cake decorating magazine. The reason….well when I was the international guest tutor for the Portuguese ANCD Associação Nacional de Cake Designers in October 2012 I was also interviewed by this magazine… Continue reading
A few weeks ago I was the international guest at the BCN and Cake fair in Barcelona. I was there to launch the Spanish version of my ‘Contemporary cake decorating bible’ – ‘Decorar pasteles ‘- what an experience! I’ve never been photographed by so many people and with so many people in such a short space of time…..now I know what it feels like to be a really famous celebrity!… Continue reading
I have been working with the lovely people from Food Heaven magazine, ever since they launched ‘Cupcake’ Heaven last autumn. The first magazine was a huge success and has meant that during 2012 they have brought us many more wonderful cakey publications - ‘Baking Heaven’ and ‘Cake Decorating Heaven’ to name a couple. The magazines are always full of tasty recipes and great ideas, so I was thrilled to be… Continue reading