When David MacCarfrae, the internationally acclaimed cake-decorating artist, was 16, he enrolled on his first free-hand cake decorating college course. 35 years later, after a glittering career, David is teaching students and professionals across the world and is a global celebrity.
From beginners to advanced hobbyist and commercial cake decorators, an exciting and intensive programme of masterclasses and courses are now available to guide you through cake decorating techniques that have captured the world’s attention for more than three decades.
Bring your creative ideas to life, improve your repertoire and sharpen your skills with these unique opportunities to study with a celebrated teacher and artist. Learn exclusive shortcuts to decorating commercial cakes quickly and cost effectively.
Our classes are offered in variety of subjects and formats and for all levels of experience for right and left-handed students. Participation is limited ensuring an intimate, customised and supportive experience; we are never more proud than when our students leave the class having become great friends.
David also offers 1:1 private teaching experiences.
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It should come as no surprise that David started out on his creative and entrepreneurial journey early in life. Born in 1964, to Hilda and Roy in Liverpool, one of his first Christmas presents was a musical keyboard and cash register, and this marked the start of a wonderful and inspiring artistic story.
Whilst David’s father took his brother off to football matches, David stayed with Mum on a Saturday while she baked for the week ahead – helping and watching intently as she created a delicious assortment of chocolate cakes, Swiss rolls, apple pies, Eccles cakes and his favourite – lemon meringue pie.
A place at Colquitt Technical and Nautical College in Liverpool marked the start of a dream education where David could combine his love for art, cooking and baking while learning the art of free hand cake decorating.
After being named student of the year, a proud David was awarded the prestigious Renshaw Challenge Cup along with a scholarship, which included an all-expenses-paid trip to study with Master Confectioners at the internationally renowned and highly respected Richemont School of Bakery and Confectionery in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Upon his return, David started an apprenticeship at Waterfields Bakery in Leigh followed by a 2 year cake decorating position at Simmons Bakery in Hatfield near London.
However, a strong entrepreneurial itch persisted and in 1981 David returned home to pursue his dream and make it a reality.
With help from the Government sponsored ‘Enterprise allowance scheme’ and a £2000 bank loan, David Cakes was launched in 1983, initially from a converted lounge in the family home and then as a prime retail shop in Crosby, Liverpool, Merseyside UK.
David’s cake store opened inspired by his love for the Dynasty TV series. With blue satin wallpaper and chandeliers David Cakes of Distinction boasted a permanent display over over 100 wedding and celebration cakes.
David paid tribute to his inspiration and it was not long before a 3D life size cake of ‘Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter’ captured the attention of the national press and the backing of Dame Joan Collins herself.
A number of high profile business awards followed and very soon creating BIG wedding cakes became David Cakes signature trademark.
In 1986, David had the honour of creating a Royal Engagement Cake and a Royal Wedding Cake for the marriage of HRH Prince Andrew to Miss Sarah Ferguson (soon to become The Duchess of York) and in 1999, he created a Royal Wedding cake for the marriage of HRH Prince Edward to Miss Sophie Reece-Jones (soon to become The Countess of Wessex).
Since then, numerous celebrities, including Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, John Parrot and many other sports and TV soap stars have called on David to create a unique bespoke free hand decorated cake graced with royal elegance and grandeur.
With a booming business and countless appearances in worldwide trade press and magazines, one unexpected phone call one Sunday night lit a rocket under his TV career when a casting agency in New York invited him to be a judge on CAKE WALK – a 13 part International cake decorating reality TV series.
The series premiered on major Canadian television network ‘Slice’ and became a huge success, broadcast on many major TV networks around the world – from USA to Hong Kong and Brazil to New Zealand.
In 2014, David was invited by Spanish corporation Kelmy to assist with the development of Kelmy Royal Icing Mix. Kelmy also invited David and along with his assistant Edward to join them as they travelled the world showcasing Kelmy bakery and cake decorating products.
In 2016 David’s Cake Craft became the exclusive UK importer and distributor of Kelmy products, now available to purchase at David’s Cake Craft online store.
Added to the list of achievements was an engagement at the end of 2015, when David was requested by Hong Kong International Bakery Expo (HKIBE) Chief Executives to talk to an invited VIP audience about the history of Royal Icing during the 175th year of Royal Icing celebrations (1840-2015).
David has appeared as guest of honour, judge and contributor at numerous international shows across the world, the most recent being invited as an international guest to travel to Germany by chief executives at CAKE DREAMS in association with CREATIVA and Kelmy to participate in a free-hand piping challenge – to decorate a giant 9 tier, 11ft tall ‘Royal’ style wedding cake in just 3 days!
During the event David was invited to join CREATIVA show presenters Britta and Martin for a lighthearted fun interview at ‘blabla cafe’ live streaming internet station.
Showcasing his on-going journey through social media has always been a pastime and David’s You Tube Channel reveals his profound love for making videos and also for composing music which is showcased on many of his cake decorating and lifestyle videos.
After 35 years, David is now a celebrated international teacher and has stepped away from the retail side of the business in order to concentrate solely on his passion – delighted that he has the chance to continue doing what he loves.
His energy, down to earth patter, boundless creativity, style and warm personality continues to attract interest and fans from across the world.
Check out David’s Cake Craft Special Features
Royal Wedding Cakes
David has had the honour of making a Royal Engagement Cake and 2 Royal Wedding Cakes for The British Royal Family
Corporate Executives invite David to give after dinner speeches, cake decorating demonstrations and perform his original music at events around the world
David is a judge on International cake decorating reality TV series CAKE WALK
Cake Decorating Classes & Courses
Check out David’s Cake Craft latest cake decorating classes and international courses taking place in Liverpool
Students review their David’s Cake Craft Cake Decorating Experience
UK and International students review David’s Masterclass Courses
Kelmy Royal Icing LIVE Piping Challenge
Kelmy invited David and Ed to assist in the development of new Kelmy products and also take part in live piping challenges around the world…
Check out the BLOG
Sharing happy memories of David’s teaching adventures, FREE step by step photo tutorials, PLUS lots more…
David’s Achievements 1981 – 2018
Celebrating over 37 years of business achievements