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Cake International Academy Workshops

The workshops programme at CI are second to none, we will once again line up world class tutors who will provide you with hands on tutorials in a small group setting. This is your chance to learn to skills, tips and tricks from the very best cake artists in the industry.

Enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn close-up from the world greatest tutors. Hands-on tutorials in intimate classroom settings, teaching you the very latest trends and techniques.  Book now as places are VERY limited. 
As each student works at a different speed and/or level, we cannot guarantee you will complete the finished piece in the allotted time.

Workshops include lunch and refreshments. All equipment is provided (to be returned at the end of your session). 

Main Hall


Riela the Elf by Emma Jayne

Friday 5th November 2021 08.30 – 18.00hrs (9.5 hours)


Learn how to make “Riela the Elf”. A beautiful Elf Bust with striking Green eyes, red hair and Celtic knot headpiece.  She is 30cm tall, 19 cm wide, 20cm deep on an 18cm base board and is made with modelling chocolate and Renshaw modelling paste with Rainbowdust pro gels and edible dust colours.

In this workshop you will learn – 

How to construct the armature frame and build her head with RKT,

Construct and proportion the face with modelling chocolate, and make realistic facial features.

Hand painting, hair, dragee application and demonstrate how to make her headpiece to be attached as her finishing piece.

An itemised materials list will be included.

Skills taught: Sculpting facial features,creating realistic facial tones with edible colours

Price: £250.00

Coming from a background in fine art as a portrait artist, Emma Jayne Cake Design was founded in 2012.  Emma Jayne soon discovered working with edible mediums was her passion.
Emma Jayne is a resident feature artist for Cake International, creating incredible features such as War Horse and most recently “Iorek The Armoured Bear”
Emma Jayne was awarded “Cake Hero” at 2019 Cake Masters Awards.



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The Legendary Yeti by Gary Pollard 

Saturday 6th November 2021 08.30 – 18.00hrs (9.5 hours)

Learn how to reconstruct the face of the legendary, and extremely elusive, Yeti using modelling chocolate !  Each person will have a skull model to work on and take home, made by Gary.

Discussions will start with the legendary Abominable Snowman or Yeti aka Sasquatch/Bigfoot and apply the muscles of the face, followed by skin and hair.

Students will be asked to bring their own basic sculpting tool set to include a knife (not sharp).  All other equipment will be provided including a sturdy box to carry your skull model home.

Skills taught: Character design, anatomy and expression, skin and fur finishing (these could be subject to time constraints).

Price: £290.00

Gary Pollard graduated with a B.A. (Hons) Degree in 3D design at Nottingham University in England in 1982. 
He accepted his first professional engagement as a sculptor on the fantasy film “Labyrinth” in 1983.  For more than three decades he has contributed work to an extensive list of films, television programmes, themed environments, advertisements and exhibitions, progressing to team supervisor positions and following his creations through design, construction and installation. 


The Royal Workshop by Michael Lewis Anderson  

Saturday 6th November 2021 08.30 – 18.00hrs (9.5 hours)

Michael’s passion in Royal Icing has always been to pipe with plain tubes.  The workshop will be based on this – a style he’s developed for many a Royal cake.

The students will be shown the different recipes of Royal icing ,fresh egg white ,meringue powder and vegan.  The consistency of the royal icing for each technique will also be shown.

Michael will show you how to cover a cake with royal icing. Please be aware all of these processes will be dependent upon the schedule.  The student will learn how to create the side design extension work and one of the decorative rings or a butterfly.  The student will be encouraged to create their own designs.  The course will be intense and lots of concentration will be needed from the students learning different techniques.

Skills taught:

Making Royal icing (demo subject to timings), coating a cake (demo subject to timings), how to make a piping bag (written demo), extension work (student),one decorative ring or a butterfly.

Price: £275.00

His first passion in cake design was royal icing he is a qualified confectioner , a pastry chef in all domains of sweet art.  With British and Belgian Nationality and speaking English , French and German.  Michael also writes for international magazines, The Diplomatic world and has received on a number of occasions, awards for his work towards peace.
He had the huge pleasure to present at Cake International 2017 a Royal iced cake in honour to her majesty the Queens 65th sapphire celebration for longest Reigning monarch.



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Textured Junkie with sugar lily and foliage by Enrique Rojas

Friday 5th November 2021 08.30 – 18.00hrs (9.5 hours)

This is an exceptional opportunity for you to learn a range of skills and techniques, from a dynamic tutor. 

This workshop will teach you the following techniques:

Stone texture with fondant

Concrete textures with royal icing

How to create volume and textures with different mediums 

Metallic painting details

Sugar lily with foliage

Skills taught:

Textures and Volume, Painting, Flowers and Foliage 

Price: £245.00

An international award-winning artist and tutor, Enrique founded HAVE+SOME+CAKE in Birmingham, United Kingdom around 6 years ago. His specialty is Modern, Eclectic, Highly Bespoke Wedding Cakes & Celebration Cakes.  Enrique trained as an Architect and has always been connected to the World of Baking and Sugarcraft, Baking and Chocolate through relatives.  Enrique’s work is bursting with colour and packed with new ideas.  He uses materials in innovative ways to mix textures and add new dimensions to his designs. The most remarkable thing is that, despite not two cakes looking the same, his style still shines through in every cake 


Buttercream Flowers by Jane Taylor

Saturday 6th November 2021 08.30 – 18.00hrs (9.5 hours)

Jane Taylor Founder of Taylor Made Cakes of Tenterden™️ and Taylor Made Cake Courses is joining Cake International for her debut at the NEC in Birmingham.

Jane will be demonstrating The Taylor Made Way, how to pipe buttercream flowers with true botanical realism in a live setting. Jane will be starting right at the beginning and progressing through colours, tips and tricks and finally the more intricate blooms. Very excited to see you all there. In this workshop the following flowers will be created depending on skill level- 

Swirl Rose, Large Rose, Peony, Mini Roses, Inverted mini roses with buds, Anemone , New Hydrangea, Dahlia, Chrysanthemum, Sunflower, Astrantia Major, Tulips, Gerbera, Carnation, David Austin

Skills taught: Piping buttercream, colours, styles of blooms 

Price: £290.00

Jane Taylor created Taylor Made Cakes of Tenterden from home before expanding and relocating to The Taylor Made Head Quarters.
Whilst Jane enjoys baking for her customers, the natural progression for her brand was to branch out into teaching other budding bakers, nothing is more rewarding than watching her students flourish and getting to see their progress as they learn.  Jane thoroughly enjoy her work and revels in the satisfaction of her customers, she wants to share this success with others and teaching is now one of the main focuses. 
Trying new styles and creating new designs is one of her favourite aspects of the business, she is never secretive about her tips and tricks.

Parrot and Passion Flowers by Emily Hankins 

Friday 5th November 2021 08.30 – 18.00hrs (9.5 hours)

Learn to hand paint this striking parrot and passion flower design using cocoa butter paint.

Come and join Emily and learn how to get to grips with cocoa butter painting from scratch,

In this workshop you will learn – 

How to properly mix cocoa butter paint and how to apply it directly onto sugar paste to get the best results.

You will also learn how to cut and apply the parrot applique panel and how to hand paint the vibrant parrot and climbing passion flowers from scratch using templates with some freehand work!

You do not need to be a proficient artist to do this course. Emily will take you through all elements of the design in easy to follow, detailed steps

An itemised materials list will be included.

Skills taught: Painting, colour mixing, using templates, applique 

Price: £245.00

Emily Hankins is a UK based artist and designer with a passion for creating unique, hand painted wedding cakes. Emily started her hand painted wedding cake business in 2012 and is now regarded as one of the UK’s leading cake painting specialists, using her preferred medium of cocoa butter paint to capture her instantly recognizable signature blooms. Alongside creating bespoke wedding cakes Emily teaches sought after cake painting classes nationally and internationally.  She regularly writes for Cakes and Sugarcraft Magazine and her work and step by step tutorials have been featured in a number of national and international magazines. She is also co-author of ‘Designer Cake Decorating’ – an exciting, up to date bible for cake decorating techniques.

More workshops will be announced in the coming weeks!


Cake International Terms & Conditions for Workshops

All reasonable steps will be taken to ensure our workshop areas are made safe, with social distancing measures in place and thorough deep cleaning between sessions.

Cake International workshops include all materials and equipment required and lunch and refreshments.

All materials and equipment required to create the piece advertised provided. You will be able to take home your finished piece (not the equipment supplied).

It might be necessary for some small items to be supplied by the student, a list will be sent to you before the workshop.

The student is responsible for their own travel costs to and from the workshop.

Please be aware that it is possible that the workshop may run over the expected finish time.

Due to such a high demand for places, the full payment is required upon booking.

Please be aware that once the full payment has been made, we are unable to refund so please double check travel arrangements before committing to a workshop.

Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary needs and/or allergies

Maximum number of students are stated in each class description.

All students must be 18 or older and are legally responsible for themselves and their actions whilst participating in the workshop.

In the unlikely event the workshop is cancelled by Cake International, you will receive a full refund. Cake International cannot be held responsible for any of your travel/accommodation costs.