Advanced 7 Day International Royal Icing Masterclass Course

£1,995.00 £1,595.00

Date: February 2020 (dates to be announced)

(9am-6pm Daily – with 30 minutes daily lunch break – Rest day on the 4th day)


Places limited to 4 students only with one to one personalised attention guaranteed

This event will be taking place at The Park Hotel, Dunningsbridge Road, Netherton, Liverpool, L30 6YN, England UK who offer David’s Cake Craft students accommodation at special discounted rates

Course fee includes all materials and use of equipment along with complimentary light beverages and snacks served throughout the event 


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Join David ‘Cakes’ MacCarfrae in Liverpool England for
The Ultimate Royal Icing Cake Decorating Adventure

Master The Art of Creating a Luxurious 10ft tall
‘Royal’ Inspired Wedding Cake in 7 days

Focusing on complex advanced piping techniques
and securing high value wedding cake commissions

Do you want to take your cake decorating store business designer service to a new higher level?

Have you ever dreamed of creating a huge 10 ft tall multi-tiered spectacular ‘Royal ’ inspired wedding cake to increase the revenue growth of your business, but are unsure where to begin?

Then get ready for the cake decorating adventure of a lifetime as you create a magnificent Royal Icing masterpiece with David – who invites you to join him at The Park Hotel in Liverpool England for a most exciting and challenging cake decorating adventure!…

This intensive 7 day advanced masterclass training programme is designed to help you take your cake store designer service to new level of creative excellence, as you embrace centuries old creative free hand cake decorating techniques – piping all your design patterns spontaneously onto the cake surface without having to use any templates, stencils, cutters, modelling tools or moulds, so making your cake decorating quicker, easier and more profitable.

Having had the honour of creating a Royal Engagement Cake and 2 Royal Wedding Cakes for the British Royal Family as well as creating many wedding cakes for  celebrity clientele, David will share trade secrets along with his experiences from over 30 years of running his multi-award winning Liverpool based retail cake store business which he originally started from home in 1981

David Cakes cake decorating giant cakes

David reveals…

“Creating a giant wedding cake to feed 2000+ guests can be very stressful and requires much planning – from designing a cake creation with your client to understanding how much to charge for your services – from understanding the structural engineering aspects of the design to ultimately feeling 100% confident that your decorated creation is able to stand proud on display at a venue for all to admire and enjoy.”

“Creating a giant wedding cake for Royalty, can also be very stressful, but with time management and assisted help from team members, in my experience, is very rewarding and an achievement to be very proud of.”

“During 30 years of running David Cakes retail cake store, I learnt so much and gained invaluable knowledge through daily business life experiences which allowed me to both creatively and mentally evolve – giving me wisdom to understand my strengths and respect my weakness, which ultimately through discipline and determination have allowed me to achieve more than I ever imagined possible.”  

“I sincerely do believe that this ‘Royal’ inspired wedding cake decorating experience will bring together every challenging element – from the initial consultation with the wedding couple – to the excitement of creating a majestic and most spectacular wedding cake fit for a King or Queen, while addressing and understanding how we can manage our time and creative emotions to minimise stress in order to enjoy completing our multi-tiered giant cake design on time!”

“Working together as a team will allow us to recreate a real-time working situation – giving each student attending a realistic lifetime experience – both creatively and physically during the exciting and challenging journey of designing, decorating, delivering and setting up a giant 10ft tall ‘Royal’ inspired wedding cake! 

David Cakes creates

During this 7 day International Masterclass Course David will teach you how to create a 10ft tall ‘Royal’ style wedding cake while addressing key business factors…


How much

Costing and Pricing Giant Multi-tiered Wedding Cakes 

Taking you on a journey from the initial consultation with our client to securing a sale, David shares 30 years of retail cake store experience as he discusses in depth:

How to value our self worth in business

How to calculate what we should charge for a unique giant multi-tiered wedding cake

How to calculate portions required to feed 2000+ of our client’s wedding guests

How to be confident and gain our client’s confidence to ensure we secure a high cost commission

How to design and present a contractual agreement to our client

Plus additional sales tips and advice



Designing Our Client’s Dream Wedding Cake

In his 30 years of retail cake store experience, David has had many clients requesting him to create a giant multi-tiered wedding cake of a high value and they have always wanted a cake design that no other client has ever had. So by offering a bespoke designer service within our business means a client can have a unique wedding cake every time.

In this training module David will demonstrate how a high value unique design commission can be achieved through communication and visualisation techniques while embracing our client’s own wedding cake design ideas.



Preparation of Giant Wedding Cake Tiers

David will show you how to prepare giant cake tiers for stacking / separating – to reach great heights.

From addressing the structural engineering of each wedding cake tier – to supporting the entire design structure and how to avoid any internal or external failure / collapse of the wedding cake infrastructure.

From the application of marzipan with the option and understanding of how to cover with fondant, David will address what covering medium is most suitable to use when creating giant multi-tiered cakes with a different cake filling in each tier.

David will also show you how he makes Royal Icing using egg whites, meringue powder and instant mixes while addressing all the technical aspects and scientific understanding of this centuries old bakery product.



Coating Giant Wedding Cake Tiers with Royal Icing using Centuries Old Techniques

Embracing centuries old cake decorating techniques, David will demonstrate and encourage you to take part in coating cakes from 4″ deep giant wedding tiers to the challenge of coating 10″ deep giant wedding cake tiers with Royal Icing using the traditional icing ruler and side scraping method.

David will also be addressing the number of coats required for different sized tiers and how to ensure that the Royal Icing can be cut and eaten with pleasure.



Piping Advanced Design Framework Sections with Royal Icing

To achieve the final desired lavish multi-layered piping patterns on our cake design, we must first pipe a structural framework of complex interlocking patterns to be able to support the over-piped layers of Royal Icing as the decorating process evolves.

David will show you how to achieve this using free-hand piping techniques, while demonstrating how to create unlimited design options on each wedding cake to give individuality of each tier, while creating exciting focal points – ready to be enhanced with decorative overpiped embellishments.


Over piping

Advanced Overpiping with Royal Icing

By layering free-hand Royal Icing piping on top of existing piped patterns will add dimension and depth. Embellish overpiping with added multi-directional free hand overpiping will create new patterns within the original design pattern framework, so our piping design evolves and re-invents itself, creating more and more dramatic multi-dimensional patterns giving the initial WOW! factor to our design – David will show you how!


3D Piping

3D Piping with Royal Icing

David will be your guide as you enhance the giant wedding cake tiers with multi-directional free-hand piped Royal Icing patterns to achieve awesome 3D effects – Combining piping with advanced run-out flood work techniques with emphasis on curved accents and geometric patterns will ensure extra beauty to our design and give additional focal points of interest when our client and wedding guests admire our cake creation close up.



Fine Piping Detail with Royal Icing 

A lavish piped cake with chunky piping patterns will look great from a distance. If fine detail is not in place the cake design will not have the same impact when viewed close up.

If a lavish piped cake design becomes more and more exciting the closer it is viewed – this will guarantee that “WOW!!” reaction from our client and wedding guests.

Discover how to combine many different free-hand piping techniques together – From intricate multi-layering to fine embroidery effects and advanced complex suspended string work patterns – all applied directly and spontaneously onto wedding cake tiers.



The Finishing Touches

From creating free-hand Royal Icing piped flowers and hand made fondant flowers while deciding their placement on each wedding cake tier – to adding dashes of sparkling jewelled embellishments – we will enjoy the creative process of adding a selection of artistic touches to ultimately finish our 10ft tall giant ‘Royal’ inspired wedding cake design – customised to our clients personal requirements – as discussed during the design consultation.



Delivering Giant Muti-tiered Wedding Cakes – Logistics and Responsibilities

During his 30 years of retail cake store business David has delivered hundreds if not thousands of wedding cakes to Hotel venues all over the United Kingdom.

Delivering giant multi-tiered wedding cakes is always an exciting challenge and in this module, David will discuss in depth his experiences of delivering such cakes – the logistics involved and the huge responsibility that cake designers must be prepared to take in order to ensure that everything goes to plan without any potential problems becoming a major issue!


Set up

Setting Up Giant Multi-tiered Wedding Cakes – The Live Challenge

David has found during his 30 years of retail cake store experiences that most wedding venues will not take responsibility for the setting up of a giant multi-tiered cake and realistically, David would not expect them to.

With such high expectations from our client (who is paying us lot of money) as cake designers setting up our giant creation, we now have to be in complete control – as we climb that ladder to set up 10ft of Royal Icing decorated wedding cake!  It’s a huge responsibility, especially with a gathering audience of hotel staff and Chefs (which is what normally happens!)

In this module David will invite each student to experience first hand the setting up procedure of the finished giant multi-tiered wedding cake creation to give confidence and an understanding of the structural engineering of the creative art piece, along with having to deal with those intense creative emotions of jeopardy while performing this piping technique in a public place.

Our client has requested extra piping detail that can only be finished at the venue so the pressure is on, our adrenaline is in over-drive, but if we stay focused and calm – we will achieve our goal!…

David Cakes cake decorating designs


After sales service

We Really Do Care!

David believes that customer service is paramount in retail cake store business and we must always be prepared to give 110% at all times to all our clients.

In this module David will address ‘After Sales Service’ – with tips and advice that we can offer to our clients to ensure a commission now – and for the future!


Business marketing

Staying Ahead In A Competitive Market

When running a retail cake store, staying ahead of business competition is as important as being able to create beautiful cake designs.

David will share his thoughts with tips and advice – that he applied to David Cakes during his 30 years of retail cake store trading which ensured business survival as trends changed and competition increased.

One to one attention guaranteed

David  guarantees personalised one to one attention for every student, offering guidance and support whenever help is needed, ensuring that you receive maximum training customised to your own requirements as he encourages you to express yourself creatively, with no restrictions as you enjoy your cake decorating experience applying your own signature style.

During the course David teaches free-hand techniques for both left and right handed students

David believes that having the freedom to create in your comfort zone is very important to evolve creativity, so whether left or right handed, expressing your own creative style in your own way, without any restrictions, makes the creative process a pure pleasure without stress and will increase creative potential.

David reassures students that he speaks slowly during the course, and also, as what he does is very visual, it is easy to learn his technique through watching his demonstrations.

All equipment and materials supplied

All equipment and materials are supplied along with complimentary light beverages and snacks served during the event.

Minimum Age Requirement

The minimum age requirement for a student to attend a David’s Cake Craft cake decorating course is 18 years of age.


Celebrating your creative achievements

At the end of the course you will be presented with an official ‘David’s Cake Craft Certificate of Achievement’ personally signed by David.

At the end of the course you are welcome to take home your cake design creations

After your masterclass experience you will be able to take home your creations and admire your achievement as well as use them for a future reference point as you practice and evolve in your cake decorating skills.


Davids Cake Craft teaching venue

Relax and enjoy your Liverpool cake decorating experience at The Park Hotel

The Park Hotel offers David’s Cake Craft students accommodation at special discounted rates

Located only 15 minutes drive from Liverpool city centre, The Park Hotel offers visitors a comfy nights rest, a delicious breakfast and evening meal on request.

Double Room or Twin room @ £70.00 with Bed and Breakfast*
(Works out at £35 each with 2 people sharing a room)
(* Price as from January 2019)

If you are travelling to Liverpool from outside the area or overseas, you may wish to make your journey less stressful and start your cake decorating experience at The Park Hotel straight after breakfast.

‘The Sefton Suite’ where David’s cake decorating masterclasses take place, is only a few steps from the hotel’s restaurant, so you can begin your day relaxed and calm.

With Free Wi-Fi available for all guests, there is also free car parking and wheelchair access.

The hotel is situated next door to a large supermarket and close to retail shopping parks.

There is lots to do of an evening after class – Where to go and what to do?


Rest Day

Many international students who attend David’s Cake Craft masterclasses travel to Liverpool from very long distances. After a few days of being absorbed in such intensive training combined with jet lag,  it is natural that you may start feeling a little tired. So, we have a rest day scheduled on the 4th day, taking a break from the 7 day training programme, which gives everyone a free day, wide open to enjoy at their leisure. You may wish to simply relax and replenish for the creative days ahead or discover Liverpool taking a magical mystery tour and explore our wonderful city!

Whether it is shopping or taking a scenic tour of the city centre with a travel guide ( that we can arrange for you) , it’s always great to discover the cultural, sights and sounds of Liverpool old and new!

We are here to help

We want to ensure that you have an amazing and unforgettable experience whilst staying with us here in our fantastic city, so please let us know in advance if we can do anything to help make your stay even more enjoyable.