How To Get Started in Sugarcraft

Let's begin...

If I can do it, so can you!

 

Having spent the last 15 years mastering the art of sugar craft (with still plenty to learn!) I wanted to share with you some tips I wish I had known at the start of my journey.

Sugarcraft can seem daunting at first as there is a lot to learn, but once you get started you will be crafting beautiful creations in no time!

First up, what kit do you need?

You will need to buy a basic set of tools. Cake decorating equipment can be very expensive, don’t get overwhelmed and spend a fortune, just buy a set of basic tools to get you started.

I would recommend these modeling tools, they can be used for lots of different techniques and for under £10, they are perfect to get you started.

Other items on my essentials kit list:

  • Piping bags
  • A set of nozzles
  • A large serrated knife
  • Large & small rolling pin
  • Polystyrene dummy cakes
  • Cake boards
  • Turntable
  • Smoothers & Flexi Smoother
  • Spirit level
  • Stainless steel scraper

If you can invest in some good quality baking tins, they are well worth it and will last you a lifetime.

What's Next?

Practice, practice, practice.

Give yourself dedicated time to learning, no one gets good at this overnight. I can spend hours practicing one flower before I’m confident enough to make it far an actual cake. It’s best not to try a new technique for the first time if it’s on a customers cake- trust me!

 

Use tutorials.

Watch as many videos on YouTube as you can. There are oodles of free tutorials to get you started, once you know the specifics of what you want to learn, you can then invest in some paid tutorials. I’ve paid for many tutorials over the years and always find them worth the money.

Ask away!

Start by nailing in the basics, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

There are so many Facebook groups out there now dedicated to all areas of sugar craft and baking, they all have loads of free advice and help and usually a supportive community who you can ask to point you in the right direction if you’re struggling with anything. If you haven’t already, you can join my free membership Sugar and Slice, here (link).

Sugarpaste recommendations.

I’ve spent years trialing different types of sugarpaste, and my top three favourites are;

1. Massa Tropic is amazing by far the most expensive but you get what you pay!

2. Renshaw Extra is a great all rounder.

3. For birthday cakes, Couture sugarpaste is ideal.

Start with a Rose!

Learning to create Roses is a great place to start.

If you are ready to invest in some tutorials then you may be interested in my Romantic Roses and Natural Rose tutorials.

During the tutorial, you will learn everything you need to know to create beautifully delicate, sugar roses. Using techniques I’ve mastered over the years, I will demonstrate and explain how to craft these beautiful sugar roses from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Each tutorial is just £25 and gives you lifetime access to watch and use as many times as you like!

Investing in an online tutorial is a great place to start, I began by learning to create sugar roses, as they are timeless classics that I still use regularly.

If you have any questions, I’m always happy to answer them in my Sugar and Slice Facebook, feel free to join and connect with me there.

Click below to buy your first tutorial.

Lizzie x

“A fabulous 2 day course of cake creation, Highly recommended to anyone wanting to learn ganache, sharp corners and floral techniques........Thanks Lizzie.”

Diane Lunt

Thanks Lizzie, it was really enjoyable and taught me so much

Claire Ging

Your tutorials are so easy to follow, and I'm amazed what I can create after doing one, thanks so much!

Hannah Deane
     

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