Learn the Art of Cake Decorating

Please take note that our new course and workshop schedule will be available in April/May 2020. Till then, please have a look at our previous course list below, and let us know if you’d like us to bring any of them back!

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Baby Designs

Baby Designs

Baby decorations

This technique involves piping royal icing onto tuille to produce delicate decorations. Instructions for baby booties, butterflies and cradles will be taught.

Precious Baby Decorations

Learn how to create bibs, rattles and adorable booties made from pastillage and Mexican Paste.

Baking the Perfect Cake

Baking the Perfect Cake

Learn how to bake delicious cakes, from sinfully rich chocolate to feathery light. Understand the use and performance of basic ingredients and proper equipment. The course consists of theory, practical baking and taste testing.

Bas Relief and Appliqué

Bas Relief and Appliqué

This is an exciting combination of decorating techniques using cutout shapes, sculpture, needlework stitches, brush embroidery and floodwork to create a 3-dimensional decor.


Learn How to Make, and Decorate With, Buttercream

Basic Buttercream for Beginners

Learn the proper techniques for making buttercream icing, Roses, Sweet Peas, Hyacinths, drop flowers, leaves and shell and ruffle borders.

Buttercream Character Cakes

Discover the easy way to pipe buttercream icing stars for character cakes. Learn how to prepare and colour buttercream icing and how to transfer designs. Lots of exciting new ideas.

Chocolate Easter Eggs

Chocolate Easter Eggs

For kids… Spend a Sunday morning making chocolate eggs and decorations from moulds. Ages 8 and up.

Creative Stenciling

Creative Stenciling

Learn a new and exciting way to decorate cakes with stencils. You will love the effect of this beautiful new approach to decorating. The design ideas are endless!

Flower Designs

Learn the Art of Flower Designs

Exotic Orchids

This exquisite flower comes in a vast range of colours and shades from reds and pinks, to mauves and apricots. Instructions will be given for the Cymbidium, Dendrobium and Cattleya Orchids.

The Poinsettia

A dramatic sugarpaste flower, which comes in shades of cream, coral pink and vivid red which, will make a magnificent decoration on any Christmas cake, along with holly berries and leaves.

Romantic Roses

You will learn how to make the Briar Rose, the Tea Rose, and the Miniature Rose, and their leaves.

Christmas Rose

The same technique is involved, but you will make a Christmas Rose, holly leaves and a bow – a beautiful arrangement to top your Christmas cake.

Gum Paste

Learn How to Make, and Decorate With, Gum Paste

Gum Paste I

An introduction to gum paste for the beginner. How to make it, handle it and form it into the following beautiful lifelike flowers: Stephanotis, Bouvardia, Forget-me-nots, Lily of the Valley, Quickie Sweet Pea, Freesia, Rose and rose leaf. Learn how to use the essential tools, colours and techniques.

Gum Paste II

This course will teach the techniques for more detailed flowers: Daisy, Carnation, Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria), Stargazer Lily and Frangipani with the appropriate foliage; also learn the secrets of dusting & colouring.

Prerequisite: Gum Paste I

Gum Paste III

A more challenging series of flowers for the advanced sugarcraft artist: Calla Lily, Magnolia, Hibiscus, Fuchsia, Poppy, Tulip and the corresponding leaves. You will also learn how to create stunning arrangements.

Prerequisite: Gum Paste I, II

Gum Paste Flower Arrangements

This is a class designed to teach you what to do with your sugar flowers once you have mastered the art of making them. You will learn how to put together stunning arrangements in posies, sprays and bouquets.

Halloween Cakes

Halloween Cakes

The spooky touch that means so much. For kids (and older “kids”). We supply the cake, you decorate! We’ll show you how, with ghosts, goblins and witches. Ages 8 and up.

Pastillage Greetings Cards

Pastillage Greetings Cards

Wonderful, original greeting cards which can be placed on a cake or can be boxed and presented as a gift. Copy a real card or create your own design.

Runout Designs

Runout Designs

Learn how to create designs combining the techniques of floodwork and painting on rolled fondant.

Side Designs

Side Designs for Rolled Fondant Cakes

In this course, you will learn how to cover a cake with rolled fondant and to create interesting side designs with inlay panels, smocking, crimping and appliqué techniques.

Sugarcraft Products and Tools

La Gâterie carries the following sugarcraft products and tools:

  • Cutters, Tools, Veiners and Crimpers
  • Stencils
  • Push Moulds
  • Gum Paste Board
  • Gum Paste, Gum Tragacanth, Gum Arabic
  • Satin Ice Rolled Fondant (available in different colours)
  • Marzipan
  • Callebaut Chocolates
  • Lacopan
  • Glucose
  • Meringue Powder
  • Brushes, Wires, Tapes, Stamens, Clay Gun
  • Ribbons (by the yard)
  • Paste Colours, Dusting Powders
  • Cake Decorating Books
  • Styrofoam Dummies
  • Sugarcraft Magazines
  • Japanese Wires

Please contact us if you are looking for a specific tool, and it will be our pleasure to get you what you need.