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Ultimate online cake baking and decorating course to help you transform your cakes

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

If you’re looking for a cake baking and decorating course that allows you to learn from a pro and helps you level up your cake skills: stop your scroll, take your hand off the trackpad, and pat yourself on the back – because you’ve come to the right place.

(Now put that hand back on the trackpad – because there’s some goodness coming your way that you’ll probably need to scroll for.)

And that goodness is: Essential Cake Foundations, my cake baking and decorating course!

First things first: what is Essential Cake Foundations?

Essential Cake Foundations is my flagship online cake baking and decorating course for people who want to completely master the basics of cake making, so that they can produce amazing bakes time and time (and time) again.

It’s a distillation of everything I’ve learnt as a self-taught, professional cakemaker over the past decade and a bit, so that you can get the delicious results without having to deal with the trial and error stages.

Ok, so what will it teach me?

Essential Cake Foundations is split into 12 accessible, easy-to-follow modules, so you’ll gain skills in all of these areas:

Getting started

My list of essential equipment, tools and ingredients (as well as nice-to-haves)

How to actually make and bake a cake

On this cake baking and decorating course, we really go back to basics to ensure our foundations are super secure: so I’ll teach you how to bake a simple vanilla sponge cake that you can nail every time. Plus, learn how to scale the recipes in a really easy way using my Signature Scaling System.

Once we have the layers, we’ll also learn how to make a tiered cake. You’ll learn all about buttercream and ganache – what are they? What’s the difference? When should you use one instead of the other? – and how you can use them to confidently create impressive tiered cakes every time.

Flavour combinations

It’s not just about the aesthetics and the structure – oh no! We all know the beauty and joy of a totally delicious, to-die-for cake (otherwise why would you be looking at a cake baking and decorating course?) so you’ll learn how to play with flavours and create your own signature flavour menu that your friends and family will soon be requesting!

How to decorate your delicious cake

Up until this point is the baking part of the cake baking and decorating course; from here on out, it’s destination decoration.

First up you’ll learn how to create a naked cake: a simple but stunningly impressive cake to wow your loved ones with.

Then, we’ll cover (pun intended) semi naked cakes, so if you’ve been tasked with creating a DIY semi naked wedding cake, you’ll be ready to go. This includes how to dowel and stack tiered cakes, how to create a crumb-free semi naked wedding cake, and how to create fancy finishing touches such as a watercolour buttercream effect, ganache drip, and prepared fresh and dried flowers to adorn the finished product.

We’ve done naked, we’ve done semi-naked; now it’s time to go fully clothed. By which, of course, I mean a delicious, indulgent buttercream cake! Level up your cake skills with a number of different buttercream finishes.

More of a fondant fan? Not to worry: you’ll also learn how to create a sharp-edged, slick fondant cake, including how to cover a cake in silky smooth ganache and how to work with sugarpaste.

Finishing and delivering your delicious cake: learn from a pro

As a professional (and self-taught) cakemaker, it’s imperative that I finish and present my cakes to the highest standard, including how to box a cake up and how to deliver it. I know all the tips and tricks of the trade, and share them all with you to ensure the process is pain-free (including my essential delivery kit, which will stop it being so nerve-wracking!

And, as I really wanted this cake baking and decorating course to comprehensively cover everything you need to feel confident in your abilities, I’ve also included some simple photography tips, and advice on how to create your own portfolio.

(plus, there’s a bonus module on cupcakes too: how to bake, fill, ice and decorate them! Everything other than how to eat them, basically…because I figure you’ve got that covered.)

Why should I do Essential Cake Foundations?

I created this cake baking and decorating course for everyone who wants to level up their skills and master the art of cakemaking once and for all. There are loads of reasons why this might be, including:

  • You’re a regular cakemaker, but want more consistency

  • You want the confidence to know you’re doing things properly, and to build a portfolio

  • You dream of making cakes that look and taste perfect to impress your family and friends

  • …or even of turning your hobby into a business, and taking the plunge to start making a living as a cakemaker

  • You’re sick of spending hours and hours working on a cake that you don’t feel proud of at the end

  • …and of spending your hard-earned money on ingredients that end up wasted when your cakes go wrong

  • bake consistently fail safe cakes so you stop wasting ingredients on the ones that go wrong

Why should I choose this cake baking and decorating course?

Central to Essential Cake Foundations is the fact that it’s taught in a simple, accessible, and fun way, drawing on not only my years of cakemaking but my teaching career too. I want you to be able to master the basics of cakemaking and decorating in an encouraging environment, so I take gourmet-level cakery and make it down-to-earth. The only thing stuffy about it is just how crammed it is full of goodness…

But don’t just take my word for it! Here’s what Donna had to say about doing one of my courses:

"For anyone deliberating about signing up for a course I say go for it, you won’t regret it! Imogen explains everything really well, the recipes are easy to follow, I loved her little tips along the way, it was like having a friend teaching you. Her commitment to everyone in the group was obvious, I have made fantastic personal gifts for all of my colleagues that I know they will love, thank you Imogen!"

If you’d like to check out Essential Cake Foundations, then you can see it here – I’d love to welcome you into the fold (pun intended)! Alternatively, if you have questions about my cake baking and decorating course, or other sugar-y queries, then you can get in touch here.

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