Custom Cakes - My Story

People often ask how I discovered cake decorating and ask how my business began.

My passion for cake decorating and sugar craft began as a small child. I always remember my mother creating the most wonderful birthday cakes for me and my brother. I would spend hours looking through her cake decorating books, marvelling at the designs and carefully choosing what birthday cake I would have each year. With these fond memories held close to my heart, when my own daughter had her first birthday party I decided I would carry on the tradition and I baked and decorated her birthday cake. Everybody at the party was most impressed with the 2 tier fairy castle cake I had lovingly spent hours creating. Family and friends then began asking for celebration cakes in all shapes and sizes and before I knew it friends of friends too. After my success designing and creating cakes for family and friends I became confident in myself, my work and with a wealth of practical experience under my belt, in 2009 I took the plunge and launched my business The Custom Cake Shop, baking and designing custom cakes.

Today I enjoy passing on my experience and knowledge to others through Custom Cake Classes by The Custom Cake ShopSince 2011 I have been busy teaching cake and cupcake decorating, running cupcake classes, hen party workshops, children's parties and hosting private corporate events. 

Although my path has changed direction and led me into teaching, I still consider a select few bespoke cake commissions but availability is extremely limited as I find my diary quickly fills with class and party dates. If you would like to make a cake enquiry please email your requirements along with the date you require to Rachel@customcakeclasses.com. 

Click on the images below to view a selection of some of the my personal favourite cake designs I have created.

Cupcake Decorating for Hen Parties, Bristol and Bath

CUPCAKE DECORATING PARTIES & CLASSES BROUGHT TO YOU!

As well as our cupcake decorating classes at St.Vincent's in Bristol and Gascoyne Place in Bath, we also have a home visit package available where we bring the cupcake workshop to your home, holiday cottage, office or party venue. The package costs £30 per person with a minimum group size of 8 people.

We have travelled all over the south west hosting hen do, team building events and birthday party cupcake classes at numerous offices, cottages and holiday homes.

We provide all of the ingredients and equipment including tablecloths, aprons and cake decorating tools for the duration of the party. All we need from you is a big enough table to work on for your party size requirements.

We will arrive in plenty of time to set up the work space ready for the cupcake class. We take pride in arranging the cupcake decorating table to look immaculate which will impress your guests on arrival.

Your group will be guided through the class design with demonstrations given every step of the way. You will be taught how to colour sugar paste, make a selection of pretty decorations and learn how to pipe a variety of soft butter cream swirls.

Once the class has finished we will then completely clear the area of any mess that may have been caused leaving you free to enjoy the rest of your day. You won’t know we were ever there!

The class will last approximately 2 hours and will include:

  • 6 freshly baked vanilla cupcakes to decorate per person
  • All ingredients and equipment are supplied for use during the class including aprons and tablecloths
  • You will learn a variety of piping techniques and how to make small delicate decorations
  • A pretty presentation box will be provided for each of you to take your cupcakes away safely
  • We will take photographs throughout to capture the special memories of your day (available to download after the event)

Times, dates and numbers are flexible with this package. Please note, a mileage charge may be applicable.

Teddy Bear Cake Class

During this one day class you will learn how to prepare and cover a 6 inch round sponge cake with sugarpaste to a smooth and professional finish. You will also be taught how to perfectly ice a cake drum. Once the cake has been iced we concentrate on the decoration. You will be taught, step by step how to model a cute little teddy bear and other complementing design details, including pretty polka dot bunting! All ingredients and use of equipment are included in the price and you will leave the class with your decorated sponge cake.

 

TEDDY BEAR CAKE CLASS

Key points covered in the Teddy Bear Cake Class:

  • Split, fill and crumb coat a 6” sponge (provided)
  • Covering a cake with fondant sugar paste to a flawless finish
  • Preparing and icing a cake drum for a professional look
  • Modelling skills – Make a cute little Bear by hand
  • Using specialist tools and understanding different mediums
  • The importance of design skills and adding intricate details

All ingredients and equipment to create the class design is supplied for use for the duration of the class, including an apron to protect your clothes. Once you have booked your class space, all you need to do is bring along your lunch!

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be served during the class.

Maximum class size: 6 students

At the end of the class there will be a small shop with a selection of equipment for sale including recommended cutters, rolling pins and tool sets should you wish to recreate the class design at home.

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Bows, Rose and Pearls Cupcake Class

During this 4 hour class you will learn how to decorate 12 cupcakes in the stunning Bows, Rose and Pearls class design. Spend the afternoon creating gorgeous open roses, pretty bows and perfectly domed cupcake designs.

BOWS SWIRLS AND PEARLS

The Bows, Rose and Pearls cupcake decorating class is a fondant sugar paste based class. You will be taught how to use a variety of tools and cutters to make delicate decorations including the beautiful open rose, rolled roses, moulded cameos and the hand made gorgeous blousey bow.  You will learn how to emboss sugar paste and create perfectly smooth domed topped cupcakes.

Although the class concentrates on the cupcake decorating a short introductory talk is given at the start of the class on how to bake and prepare the perfect cupcake ready for decorating. This information, full of informative hints and tips and the recipes we have used for the class, is also provided on a fact sheet for you to take away at the end of the workshop.

All ingredients and equipment to create the class designs are supplied for use for the duration of the class, including an apron to protect your clothes. Once you have booked your class space, all you need to do is turn up!

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be served during the class.

Maximum class size: 12 students        Price: £45 per person

At the end of the class there will be a small shop with a selection of equipment for sale including recommended cutters, nozzles and tool sets, should you wish to recreate any of the class designs at home.