July 28, 2017

Cake Decorating Hen Parties – what fun!

I love teaching at cake decorating hen parties and always feel very privileged to be part of such a happy and joyful get together. Amusingly, when I mention this to my friends and family they look at me strangely. I guess hen parties sometimes get a bad press. However a cake decorating hen party is, by it’s very nature, quite civilised. Don’t get me wrong, the parties I run are by no means quiet and studious. Parties are designed to bring laughter, to be fun and help a group of girls, that may no all know each other, bond.

cake decorating hen parties with Lindy Smith

Cake decorating hen parties are always so much fun!

Without exception, all the cake decorating hen parties I have taught have been a delight to teach. They are often part of a hen weekend and one of a number of activities. I find the cake decorating hen parties I am involved with, often take place in large light and airy farmhouse kitchens or characterful period holiday cottages. Lindy’s Cakes is based on the Shropshire Herefordshire border, near Ludlow, so there are plenty of lovely properties to choose from. However as long as there is a table large enough to seat everyone, most locations will suffice. After all the focus is all about having fun whilst learning a few potentially useful cake decorating techniques.

cake decorating hen parties with Lindy Smith

Two participants very proud of their creations

Bride and groom cupcake decorating

Last Saturday, I was over at Ryton Grange, a wonderful old building not that far from Shrewsbury. The girls were connected via the military and had come from far and wide, to spend the weekend together. Their chosen cake decorating activity; bride and groom cupcakes, what fun! Only one of the girls had done any cake decorating before. I was therefore really impressed by what was achieved and how creative everyone became as the morning drew to a close. I’ve used some of the cupcakes the girls created on the poster below – aren’t they delightful…

Cake decorating hen parties by Lindy Smith

Bride and groom cupcakes to inspire


Cake decorating hen parties

If you would like me to run a similar cake decorating session for you, why not get in touch. And yes, I do travel.

Hoping you feel inspired and a little creative


Popular sugarcraft author Lindy Smith cuts ribbon for German cake decorating business

To some I am a ‘name’ in cake decorating, to others I am a cake  ‘celebrity’  but to me, I am someone who adores what I do, educating and inspiring others.  My books are extremely popular and have been translated into many languages, which is wonderful and means that  I sometimes get asked to do more than just teach classes and demonstrate sugarcraft techniques.

My recent teaching trip to… Continue reading

From complete novice to competent cake decorator in just six amazing hours …

Yes it possible!! Read how from guest blogger and cake decorating novice Donna Ashcroft.
“Before going to Lindy’s Introduction to Celebration Cakes Workshop I bought my cakes from shops. Then I decorated them with pre-coloured sugarpaste (I’d also bought) before covering up the lumps, bumps and oodles of inadequacies with plenty of butter icing. The result wasn’t pretty. Now, after just one day with Lindy and her talented team I… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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

Mother and daughter pretty posy cake decorating class with Lindy Smith March 2013

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

Stylish Bride & Groom Cake Toppers created with sugarcraft expert Lindy Smith February 2013

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

Carving cakes class with Lindy Smith – handbags with style Spring 2013

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

Cake decorating workshop for two…Prettiest Posy Cake with Lindy Smith – where learning is fun!

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

How to cover a ball cake class given a seasonal Christmas twist by Lindy Smith

Lindy’s Christmas Bauble cake workshop marks the start of Christmastime at Lindy’s Cakes. Let the celebrations commence. I think it worth celebrating the fact that you can cover a ball shape in sugarpaste… it gets me every time!

On this snowy wintery day we gather for a day or sugarcraft learning and fun in our cosy studio hall, welcoming students from far and wide … UK, Kuala Lumpur and… Continue reading

Lindy Smith’s very fabulous, super practical ‘Introduction to Celebration Cakes’ class – November 2012

Appearing for the last time in 2012… Lindy’s very fabulous, super practical and we think, really important ‘Introduction to Celebration Cakes’ class. This is the class that will give you an arsenal of hints and tips to help you create a sugarcraft cake with a professional finish.

Lindy has perfected the step-by-step approach to her workshops which give her students the confidence to work outside their comfort zone and… Continue reading

Tiered Celebration Cake Class – Lindy’s students tackle stacking cakes and a cake jewellery fountain

What is better than one cake? … two cakes of course! Double the gorgeousness and double the fun. Today we warmly welcomed Lindy’s new class to our workshop collection… the elegant ‘Tiered Celebration Cake’.

Stacking cakes can send one into a panic… visions of a Wonky cake when… ahem… it wasn’t supposed to be that or the leaning tower of Pisa… ummm… it was never designed to be that… Continue reading

Sugar Painting Techniques for Cakes Class with Lindy Smith

If you didn’t know better, you might think you had stumbled across a watercolour painting class at Lindy’s workshop today! In some ways you have, for sugarpaste is our canvas and edible food colours our artistic medium. The painting techniques for today’s class, all much loved by Lindy, have been showcased in her most recent book ‘The Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible’. Painting… Continue reading

New students, new term, new cakes, new colours

As the new ‘school’ term gets underway in the UK so does a new collection of Lindy Smith sugarcraft workshops. In these times of austerity and the ‘make do and mend’ reminders everywhere it certainly does seem that people are tapping into their creative side and choosing to go ‘hand made’ over ‘bought’. I’ve written much about the joy of making, giving and receiving a home made cake… but when… Continue reading

Summer 2012 Introduction to Celebration Cakes class, humidity and cakes just don’t mix!!

Introduction to celebration cakes… yay… what a great way to end this collection of Lindy’s classes. You all know it’s my favourite class and as we down tools for the summer holidays Lindy and I have been reflecting on the classes of previous weeks. For the first time ever we have held two Introduction to Celebration Cakes workshops in this collection and they have sold out both times, proving that… Continue reading