Poppy Pickering Classes

Classes for everyone...

Please come and join us at our boutique kitchen and shop in Ilkley where we have a wide selection of cake decorating and chocolate classes now available. Whether you are a beginner or just want to expand your skills we have a range of classes available. Classes are run from our little shop, hosting just 4 students per chocolate class and 5 students per cake decorating class. All the materials, aprons and edibles are provided for you during the classes. Drinks will be provided throughout the day and a light lunch is provided for full day classes only.

Poppy Pickering
16 Leeds road,
West Yorkshire,
LS29 8DJ

There is no parking outside the shop but there are car parks in the town in additional to parking along residential roads opposite.

Leeds/Bradford airport (20 minute drive away)
Train Station: Ilkley station (5 minute walk away)

Accommodation details:
The Crescent Hotel, Ilkley
The Wheatley Arms, Ben Rydding (a short train journey away)

Payment in full will be required at the time of booking. If you have any questions regarding any of the cake decorating or chocolate classes please do not hesitate to get in touch before booking. Please be aware that we will be unable to refund any classes once you have booked unless we have to cancel the class and if so, a full refund will be given.

We are now able to offer one to one cake decorating tuition, please email us on dominique@poppypickering.co.uk with details of your requirements and we will be able to develop either a full day (10-5) or half day (10-1.30) bespoke course together. All equipment, tools, lunch, refreshments and materials are provided.

The cost for this will be £500 per day or £250 per half day.

In the unlikely event that Poppy Pickering has to cancel a class, a full refund will be offered. We are unable to offer any refunds should you decide to cancel or are unable to attend your class. Please double check dates and travel arrangements before you make a booking. We cannot be held liable for any money spent, such as travel arrangements, hotel bookings etc.

If Poppy Pickering have to cancel a class and you have already made a booking, the refund amount from Poppy Pickering will be limited to the total amount of money you spent on the booking class with us.

All the skills learnt at any of the cake or chocolate classes are intended for your own personal use and under no circumstances should the class be replicated and taught to your own students.

Hoop Stripe Class (2 days)

4" Dummy tier
6" Dummy tier
8" Dummy tier

In this class you will learn how to achieve sharp edges on dummy tiers creating a marble effect. We will then make a tea rose, a ranunculus, pretty little rose blossoms, pulled flowers, berries and various leaves. We will then apply a metallic leaf and create a stripe effect, I will then show you how to tape, dust and arrange the flowers onto the hoop and how to attach.


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Marble Leaf Class (3 Days)

6" Real tier
8" Dummy tier
10" Dummy tier 
12" Dummy tier

In this class you will learn how to achieve sharp edges on a real cake and dummy tiers creating a marble effect. We will then make a selection of modern style roses, fluffy style peony roses, succulents, leaves and berries. We will then apply a metallic leaf and lustre the 10" tier. I will then show you how to tape, dust and arrange side floral clusters.


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Summer Floral Cascade Class (4 days)

5" Dummy tier
7" Dummy tier (extended height)
9" Dummy tier

The full price of this class £625.00, payable in 2 instalments: initial online instalment of £312.50 and final instalment of £312.50, 4 weeks before the class date.

In this class you will learn how to achieve sharp edges on dummy tiers and ice an extra deep tier. We will also add some simple piped detail. We will then make ...


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Iced Biscuits

In this class you will learn how to decorate shaped biscuits using a variety of techniques. We will make mini flowers, little rosebuds, bows and create piping effects. We will ice the cookies using both royal icing and sugarpaste. We will also create hand painted looks, a chalkboard effect and piped borders. This is a one day course and at the end you will be able to take home your creations (Biscuits will be pre-made for the class).

£155.00 Sold Out

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Macaron Masterclass (4 hours)

In this 4 hour beginners class you will learn how to master the 'Italian' technique of Macaron making and mix the batter to the correct piping consistency. Learn how to pipe the Macaron shells and how to cook them. We will then create a flavoured chocolate ganache filling and assemble the shells. If time allows we will also add some decoration.
There will only be 4 students maximum for this class. You will bake one batch of Macarons and oversee a second batch.


£100.00 Sold Out

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Sugar Flowers Class (2 Days)

In this two day class you will learn how to make ‘Poppy Pickering’ sugar flowers including a classic tea rose, a David Austin Juliet Rose, a fluffy Peony Rose, a Dahlia, Mini Roses, greenery including Eucalyptus leaves, pulled flowers and Astilbe. I will show you how to mix soft subtle flower tones and how to dust/steam the flowers to create a more realistic finish.

£375.00 Sold Out

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Beginners Basics Class (1 Day)

This one day beginners basics is a super class for those wanting a introduction to cake decorating and how to learn creating those super sharp edges on a cake. We will level and fill a 6" sponge cake, cover with white chocolate ganache, then ice with sugar paste and create a sharp edged finish. We will then make a simple sugar rose with some leaves to create a little corsage and if time we will then do some basic piped detail.

£165.00 Sold Out

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Half Day Beginners Chocolate Class

This half day (12:00 - 15:30) course is great for those who want the experience of working with chocolate. In this class you will be given an introduction to chocolate, temper chocolate, use ganache fillings, make moulded chocolates, make various shaped chocolates and lollipops. This is a half day course and at the end you will be able to take home your delicious chocolate creations.

£95.00 Sold Out

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