News and events

  • Friday 4th April

    Discover the latest cake decorating trends

    The cake decorating industry is constantly evolving, with classic styles making a return and brand new techniques appearing all the time. We are always adding new courses on the latest trends so students can keep up-to-date and develop their skills.

    Royal icing is seeing a huge resurgence with cake designers becoming more adventurous and using a traditional medium in contemporary new ways. No longer just for fruit cakes, discover how to cover a sponge cake with royal icing for a perfect finish on 20th and 21st September with Tessa Whitehouse.

    Art and fashion have always had a great influence on cake designs, with artists and designers turning their creative eye to the medium of sugar. Influenced by textile designs, Geraldine Dahlke creates patterns in sugarpaste that are perfect for impressive fabric-effect decorations and cake coverings. Get creative at Squires Kitchen International School on the 17th June and develop your own signature patterns.

    Cake painting continues to be a very popular technique that produces unique results. Learn Natasha Collins’ secrets for hand-painting designs on sugarpasted cakes at Squires Kitchen International School on 8th September.

    After the much anticipated launch of SK Flexi-Ice at our recent exhibition, we are now offering a course that explains how to work with this unique and versatile flexible icing on 26th July. Tessa Whitehouse will show you how to make, colour and apply Flexi-Ice, as well as how to transform it into edible lace and a range of decorations including bows, roses and much more.

    Many people are looking for a modern twist for weddings or celebrations and the classic French croquembouche is a popular alternative for a stylish dessert table. Pastry chef and sugarcrafter, Makiko Searle, will show you how to create a show-stopping tower of pastry choux buns along with her signature rice paper peonies on 12th September.

    With vintage styles continuing to be popular with brides-to-be, learn how to create a classic set of coordinated mini cakes with a vintage twist on 15th July with Susan Griffiths.

    Karen Taylor’s first modelling course was a sell-out success as students discovered how easy it is to model with a puffed rice and marshmallow mix. We’ve added another date on 6th July so you can learn how to make an irresistible life-sized teddy bear using a medium that allows you to create large shapes that remain light and tasty.

    To find out more information about any of the courses mentioned, click on the links above, call 0845 61 71 812 or +44 (0) 1252 260 262 or email our School Coordinator at

  • Monday 10th March

    Develop your sugarcraft skills this spring

    If you’ve completed one or more of our core Foundation courses, a similar beginners’ course, or you are familiar with the basics of sugarcraft, our Extended Skill Development courses are the next step for you. Designed for those students looking to refine and develop their skills, Extended Skill Development courses offer students the chance to work with our expert tutors over two days to master more advanced techniques.

    If you’ve previously attended one of our courses, you’ll know how useful it can be to receive hands-on, one-to-one guidance and pick up top tutor tips along the way. Videos and online tutorials are a great learning support, but nothing compares to the experience of learning in a classroom with like-minded people and an expert tutor on hand to answer all your questions. 

    We have several exciting Extended Skill Development courses coming up over the next couple of months.

    If you’re interested in modelling, come and learn more advanced techniques for creating novelty figures and creative patterned designs using sugarpaste. On the 17th and 18th June, Geraldine Dahlke will be sharing her secrets for creating patterned pastes with sugarpaste.

    Royal icing is a versatile medium which often requires more concentration and guided practise than other sugarcraft techniques. We are offering three tailor-made courses to help students develop their piping skills and make the most of this impressive sugar medium.

    On 21st and 22nd June you can practise and perfect your piping on Writing, Lettering and Pressure Piping with Tessa Whitehouse and join senior tutor Paddi Clark to learn how to add a classic finish to any cake with Collars and Run-outs on 1st and 2nd July.

    To find out more information about any of the courses mentioned, click on the links above, call 0845 61 71 812 or +44 (0) 1252 260 262 or email our School Coordinator at

  • Wednesday 5th February

    Mark is making his début in Moscow

    SK Master Chocolatier and Senior Tutor, Mark Tilling, will be sharing his chocolate skills in Moscow, Russia, for his début courses in the country between 29th March and 3rd April 2014.

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  • Monday 3rd February

    Squires Kitchen’s 28th Annual Exhibition is coming!

    Europe’s longest running sugarcraft exhibition takes place on 14th–16th March 2014. With star guests including Eddie Spence, Mark Tilling and Paul Bradford, it looks like it will be another exciting year.

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  • Thursday 2nd January

    A taste of the year ahead at Squires Kitchen International School

    Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful winter break.

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  • Wednesday 4th December

    The perfect gift

    Treat someone special to a Squires Kitchen International School course and you’ll be giving them a gift they’ll never forget. With over 20 internationally renowned tutors and state-of-the-art facilities, the school offers courses covering everything from chocolate miniature cakes and sugar modelling to baking delicious wedding cakes.

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  • Thursday 14th November

    Master the art of professional chocolate work

    After three days of intense competition between 19 national Chocolate Masters in Paris at the end of October, the results of the fifth World Chocolate Masters competition were announced.

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  • Wednesday 2nd October

    Christmas Inspiration Week

    We know the run-up to Christmas can be a very busy time, with presents, parties and plenty of cake! To help you get ready we’re running a whole week of Christmas-themed courses in the last week of November to make sure you’ve got it all wrapped up in time for Christmas.

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  • Tuesday 17th September

    Squires Kitchen Bake School issue 4, on sale now!

    If you love to bake, then we have over 40 tempting recipes and helpful tutorials from our tutors and other expert bakers for you to try.

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  • Thursday 1st August

    Practice Makes Perfect When Piping

    Royal icing is becoming increasingly more popular as cake decorators all over the world realise how versatile it can be.

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  • Monday 1st July

    Last call for chocolate courses!

    Squires Kitchen International School is busier than ever this summer with sugarcraft courses running almost every day in July. Our baking and chocolate schoolroom is also set for a busy summer with a few places left on our chocolate courses for July and August.

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  • Tuesday 4th June

    Summer Sugarcraft School

    Are you looking for an exciting challenge this summer? Join us for the exclusive 5-Day Advanced Summer School with a different internationally-renowned tutor each day to help take your sugarcraft skills to the next level.

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  • Wednesday 22nd May

    Create a cake for any occasion

    At Squires Kitchen International School, we believe anyone can bake beautifully, master the art of cake decorating and sugarcraft and work with chocolate like a professional; all you need is the confidence to create. So whatever celebration you’re planning, there’s a course for you.

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  • Tuesday 16th April

    Keep up to date with all things sweet at Squires Kitchen

    Now you can get the latest news and exclusive course updates with the new Squires Kitchen International School newsletter.

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  • Thursday 7th March

    Start your Cake Decorating Business from Home this Spring

    Would you like to turn your sugarcraft hobby into a profitable and enjoyable career? Starting a cake decorating business can be scary, but with the right knowledge and professional guidance it can be an exciting opportunity to take a beloved pastime and convert it into a successful business.

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  • Wednesday 6th February

    Spring Sugarcraft Skills

    With the Squires Kitchen 27th Annual Exhibition and spring just around the corner, it’s a great time of year to consider some of the skills that you’d like to learn, develop and perfect. The SK Exhibition is Europe’s longest-running annual exhibition dedicated to cake decorating and sugarcraft. One of the most anticipated events in the cake lover’s calendar, it’s sure to inspire you to get creating with live demonstrations, new products and the latest trends.

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  • Wednesday 16th January

    New Year, New Tutors

    The New Year is well underway at Squires Kitchen International School, with our first week of courses already over! We’ve got more courses than ever before packed into our calendar for the year ahead, including many covering new themes and ideas and featuring new tutors.

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  • Friday 9th November

    Get ready for Christmas with our Week of Festive Demonstrations,

    Each day this week we will be hosting seasonal demonstrations with our world-class tutors.

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  • Friday 12th October

    Squires Kitchen Bake School issue 2

    The launch issue of Squires Kitchen Bake School was a huge hit and issue 2 follows up with brilliant ideas for biscuits, cakes, tarts, desserts and bread including how to make them like the professionals, top tips, classic recipes and much more. The talented Squires Kitchen International School tutors are joined by guest experts including Mary Berry, Paul A Young and Edd Kimber to share the trade secrets of how to bake and decorate like a professional in your own kitchen.

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  • Tuesday 31st July

    Bread making with George

    With the new school term round the corner, why not learn about the art of baking and cake decorating? If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make your own fresh bread then we highly recommend George’s Bread Making Essentials class on 13th–14th September which is great for beginners and really fun, too.

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