August 20, 2017

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

Recollections of a Sugarcraft Teaching Trip to Rome

Arriving in Rome for my second visit was just as exciting as the first. We were met at the airport by Laura from 34U and driven straight to our hotel to unpack and get ready for the next day’s class. There was lots of talk of snow, but there were no signs of it that evening.

Saturday morning was

Flower posy cake class in Rome 2012

My first class, for this my third teaching trip to Rome, was the pretty flower posy cake – a current favourite with our UK students. Walking into the teaching room was a lovely experience, lots of enthusiastic students very pleased to see us including many familiar faces: Rosaria, Angela, Teresa, Gaia, and Francesca, two of whom have also attended my classes in the UK.

I usually find Italian students… Continue reading

Lindy’s Summer cookie workshop in Rome

25 degrees in the “Eternal City” – what could be more appropriate than a Summer Cookies Workshop. Flip flops, ice cream cones and swimsuits, and still only 1st April !

I had been lucky enough to be invited to Rome to assist Lindy with workshops hosted by three lovely Italian ladies, jointly known as 34U. These included two “Wonky” workshops and a cookie workshop.

Our second… Continue reading

First ever Italian wonky cake class!

Wonky cakes have certainly now arrived in Italy!!! My iconic wonky cakes are seen by many as one of the ultimate cake challenges, so with two fully booked wonky cake classes I knew my time in Rome last week was going to be fully occupied. With the help of Jane, my workshop co-ordinator, and the three lovely girls from ‘Cupcake 3 4 U’ ,  my hosts, wonky cakes… Continue reading

Cake decorating in Italy – what I learnt!

My much look forward to teaching trip to Rome is now over, but all good things must come to an end! The students were all very keen to learn, cake decorating is relatively new in Italy,  but as always it is not just the students who learn. Here are some of my observations and findings:

  • Sugarcraft equipment is hard to find in Italy. Most students seemed to buy via the


My last class in Rome and it was full of students from all corners of Italy – Sardinia, Scilly, Milan, Florence, Venice etc. Day three is always easier as everyone knows the ropes. We were using Madeira cakes, which are very different to the cream filled cakes that most Italians are used to. But the samples that we passed around proved popular, so much so, that I kept noticing students… Continue reading

Cake Classes in Rome – day 2

Day two of my teaching trip to Rome, went really well – fantastico! After yesterdays carved handbag cakes, it was back to basics for a new group of students, many of whom were also new to sugarcraft.

Busy students decorating cakes

……. and didn’t they do well – molto bella!… Continue reading

Cat cake carving workshop, Sydney

I’m now home after my Australian cake adventure …. however I have lots of pictures, thoughts, tips and ideas from my travels to share with you all.  To get the ball rolling I’m starting with the second workshop I taught at Iced Affair in Sydney – the novelty cake carving class.

This cake was designed, literally, on the back of an envelope, whilst talking to my publishers on… Continue reading

Aussie Tweets – Week 2009-09-20

  • Arrived back in the UK safe and sound. I really love to travel but I always look forward to coming home, especially after a good trip! #
  • Learnt that many wedding cakes in Singapore are provided by hotels as part of the wedding package, also that many of these are dummy cakes! #
  • Saw Chinese ‘open up’ cakes (literal translation) today

Aussie Tweets – Week 2009-09-13

  • Finished my last dem in Australia. Introduced a very friendly bunch of ladies to cake jewellery, they were fascinated – good way to end #
  • Did you know that sugarpaste or fondant in Australia is known generically at RTR – ready to roll #
  • Starting to feel a bit exhausted…. now been in Australia for 4 weeks – my last demonstration

Sugar Lily cake class – Sydney

I am having such fun teaching my Australian students that I’ve not had much time to keep you all up to date, except via twitter! However today I’m flying down from Brisbane to Melbourne so you’re in luck – I’ve a few hours to kill!

Classes are going swimmingly, I’ve taught quite and few now, all full of very enthusiastic sugarcrafters keen and eager to learn what I have… Continue reading

Aussie Tweets – Week 2009-09-06

  • Students did well, lovely colour combinations – fuschia, black and white, brown and dusty pink, wonder what tomorrows wonky class will bring #
  • Teaching my Op Art cake today in Brisbane, this is going to be slightly different for the students, wonder how they’ll get on? #
  • Met some very intersting cake decorators today at my book signing in Brisbane. They

Lindy’s Book Signing in Brisbane

If you’ve been following me on Twitter you’ll know that I’m now in Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast. Today was my first official appointment here, a book signing at Kitchenware Plus – a fabulous kitchenware store on the Pacific Highway at Loganholme.

I spent a delightful morning talking to a variety of their customers, who I discovered originated from all parts of the world including… Continue reading

Aussie Tweets – Week 2009-08-30

  • Did you know sugarpaste originated in Australia? I’m told that it’s popularity was spread by the Country Women’s Association in the 1950’s #
  • If you are in Sydney and you’d like to see me dem my op art cake tomorrow evening, please contact Iced Affair #
  • My students created some fantastic cat cakes today. None had carved cake