Learn how to create a gumpaste calla lily, a trumpet lily and a Stargazer oriental lily, with step-by-step guidance from renowned sugar artist Nicholas Lodge. First, build large and small variations of the classic calla lily, from hand-formed centers to the large petal and even a realistic dusting of color. Then, make popular trumpet and oriental lilies, starting with their delicate centers. Nicholas shares expert techniques for forming the outer petals into that signature trumpet shape and for coloring your flower for a realistic effect. And he demonstrates how to make six wired petals for your oriental lilies and how to recreate their dramatic colors. Plus, find out how to build lifelike lily stems using materials you already have in your kitchen. Finally, discover the secrets to finishing your gumpaste lilies, including how to add realistic buds and leaves and create simple arrangements for show-stopping cakes.
Discover simple secrets for setting your sugar sunflowers apart in this special mini-class led by popular instructor Nicholas Lodge. Start by learning two methods for forming and coloring the iconic sunflower center using either a mold or working by hand, and find out how to add eye-catching texture to your center. Then, explore different techniques for cutting your petals and attaching them to your center for an end result that truly shines. Your sunflower wouldn't be complete without calyxes, so Nicholas shows you how to create those next. And, he'll share tricks for cutting out, thinning and veining your most realistic leaves yet. Finally, Nicholas shares coloring techniques for both a traditional sunny palette and one of a deep ruby hue — perfect for a gorgeous autumn-theme cake — before walking you through each step of assembling your sweet sunflowers.
Welcome spring with attention-grabbing gumpaste cherry blossoms! Legendary sugar artist Nicholas Lodge starts by showing you how to make delicate, hand-tied centers. Then, learn how to shape the thin, dainty petals of your blooms and add complementary greenery that will set your cakes apart. Up next, Nicholas walks you through each step of coloring and finishing your blossoms, buds and leaves. He also shares the keys to creating any variety of fruit blossom, so that you can apply these skills to any cake you make! Finally, discover the secrets to assembling your branch by forming natural-looking groupings and attaching your creation to the side of a two-tier cake. The incredible end result is sure to elevate your reputation as a sugar artist and make this the most popular cake you create!
Create stunning sugar berries, leaves and pumpkins with guidance from renowned sugar artist Nicholas Lodge. First, learn how to make the center of beautiful bittersweet berries. Then, add natural-looking husks, color your berries and assemble them on a branch for an impressive effect. Up next, Nicholas shows you how to make large, wired leaves with an intricate internal support system that only looks like it was difficult to create. Plus, find out how to dust and distress your leaves for a dramatic effect. Finally, learn how to create a festive, hand-modeled pumpkin using skills that can be transferred to any fall gourd you wish. And, combine all of your elements for cakes everyone will fall in love with.
Explore sugar artist Nicholas Lodge's expert techniques for creating poinsettias that amaze at holiday parties, client events and more. And, discover his secret method for assembling these beauties that you won't find anywhere else. First, make the three distinctive centers of the classic poinsettia. Did you know that the poinsettia "flower" is actually made up of vibrant bracts? Find out how to make those next, and create leaves to complete your beautiful blooms. Then, bring your poinsettias to life with either realistic colors or fantastical metallic finishes. Plus, get exclusive access to Nicholas' tried-and-true technique for assembling all of the elements of your poinsettias so that they lie flat. Finally, learn how to attach your finished flowers to cakes for a show-stopping confection that makes every gathering a holly, jolly affair no one will soon forget!
Join cake decorating legend Nicholas Lodge for a comprehensive class on personalizing cakes with custom lettering and monograms. Achieve professional results using accessible transfer techniques sych as the pin-prick method. Get comfortable creating impressive lettering with freehand and color-flow royal icing techniques. Create scintillating messages by painting and piping with metallics. Stencil with innovative techniques for perfect messages every time. Use cutters to create marvelous monograms and even make three-dimensional lettering that stands up on your cake. Learn essential custom lettering and monogramming techniques for messages that complement your designs and highlight the occasion.
Join master sugar artist Nicholas Lodge to create some of the industry's hottest sugar flowers in incredibly lifelike detail. For each flower, you'll discover variations that grow in complexity along with your confidence. Progress through several styles of the oh-so-popular succulent. Create three types of striking ranunculuses, finishing with the most sophisticated version. Advance from a classic dahlia sugar flower to a pompom dahlia and an intricate spider dahlia. You'll even learn to create realistic buds, leaves and calyxes for each flower, and receive tips on dusting and arranging them. Plus, get in-depth advice on pricing the sugar flowers you've made in class. Create fresh, fascinating sugar flowers for birthdays, weddings, competitions and more!
Master decorator Nicholas Lodge teaches around the world. Now you can bring his knowledge to your own kitchen as he shows you all his favorite techniques. Nicholas will guide you through the creation of roses at all stages of development, sharing numerous time- and effort-saving tips along the way. Beginning with his special method for creating floral tape buds for a sturdy foundation, Nicholas works magic with gum paste, bringing buds and petals to life. You'll create delicate ruffles, realistic leaves and calyxes and even thorns! Then you'll color your blossoms with petal dusts and gels, and use steam to set the colors and add a healthy sheen. Nicholas will help you gather your creations into a stunning arrangement so realistic and sweet-smelling, you won't believe your eyes!
Whether you're relatively new to making gum paste blooms or a pro in the cake biz, you'll find a wealth of useful tips and tricks from a veteran in the trade. Nicholas will start with the graceful French tulip, then build on these techniques for the more complex anemone. Finally, the pièce de résistance: a classic peony in all its ruffled, multi-petaled glory. Even a single bloom in its simplest form is a show-stopper. Add 10, 15 or 20 more wired petals and Wow! – everyone will be talking about your cake.
Transform simple, ready-made sugar flowers into simply fabulous arrangements with sugar artist Nicholas Lodge as your guide. Start by learning how to disassemble pre-made flower sprays so you can personalize them. Next, bring your flowers to life as you create realistic effects with shading, dusting and food color pens. You'll also learn to add more than a glimmer of glamour to create fantasy flowers with sparkling embellishments, ombré effects, bejeweled flower centers and more! Then, Nicholas will teach you to easily assemble everything from simply sophisticated sprays to over-the-top arrangements. Plus, get tips for attaching your arrangements, creating stylish accents with pressed sugar techniques and pricing your work.
Learn to build blooms and bouquets partygoers won't believe with lessons from sugar artist Nicholas Lodge. During class, you'll create four gorgeous flowers: a classic garden rose, a captivating wild rose, an English rose and a hybrid tea rose. Along the way, breathe life into sugar buds and leaves for each type of rose you've created. Add to the realism of your work with thorns, stems and water droplets that won't roll off your foliage. Then, Nicholas will help you make your cakes bloom with simply stunning sprays. Plus, get valuable advice for pricing your work with confidence. Spice up your sugar flower skills! Learn how to make romantic sugar roses and unforgettable arrangements.