Rosalind Miller

Cake Baking & Design

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    $200

    Includes personal feedback and tuition. More

  • $75

    Learn in an online classroom with no more than 20 classmates. More

Course Description

Harrods' famous wedding cake baker and decorator, Rosalind Miller, teaches you how to bake and decorate cakes.

Rosalind will take you behind the scenes of Rosalind Miller Cakes where you will learn how to create elegant, contemporary, design-led cakes. With head-baker Becky on hand to demonstrate, Rosalind will take you through the basics of baking - flavours, colours, troubleshooting and more.

She will let you in on one of her big trade secrets – her signature sponge recipe, as used in her kitchen for all her clients.

You will learn how you can adapt this recipe to incorporate your own artistic flair, and by the end of the course you will have created a six-inch, layered, lemon sponge with a watercolour marbling effect.

Throughout the course, Rosalind will give you detailed feedback on your work, design ideas and tips for the times it doesn't quite go to plan...

Together with a group of creative and like-minded bakers, you will finish the course armed with all the tools you need to create stunning cakes, for any celebration!

You'll learn:

  • the basics of baking cakes
  • how to decorate cakes professionally
  • designing a showstopper cake for every occasion (weddings, baby showers, birthdays and more)
  • combining cake flavours and colours in design
  • how to save cake baking or cake decoration disasters

The course includes:

  • 4 on-demand video lessons - presented by Rosalind Miller
  • lifetime access to the videos, notes and interactive class
  • flexible classes - join and learn when and where you like
  • downloadable lesson notes
  • practical cake baking and decorating project (with feedback available from Rosalind)
  • access on your mobile, PC, Mac or laptop
  • small interactive online classroom - chat online to students from around the world and share your creative ideas

Time to complete the cake baking and decorating course:

Every student is different but in general we think the whole course will take around 13 hours 40 minutes to complete including:

  • Video lessons: 1 hour 40 minutes in total
  • Course notes: 30 minutes per lesson
  • Your cake bake and decoration project: at least 2 hours per lesson
  • Interactive classroom time: 15 minutes per lesson
  • Tutor feedback review (Expert level): 15 minutes per lesson

You'll need:

You'll need ingredients and standard kitchen equipment as well as: a hand mixer or a stand mixer, scales, aluminium tins X2, a turntable (for decorating), cake slicer, oven thermometer, confection thermometer. Full equipment and ingredients list are available in the course notes and recipes.

The course is suitable for all levels - from people just learning to bake cakes or wanting to bake a cake for a special occasion to people already baking professional cakes (or chefs) or running a cake decorating business who want to learn cake baking and decoration from a leading expert.

Ready to get started?

Just add the course to your basket above - choose the 'Expert' option for personal feedback from Rosalind on your cake baking and decoration.

If you know someone who'd love this course then give it as a gift - just tick "This is a gift" at the checkout.

Any questions? Contact us by clicking on the orange speech symbol - we'd love to hear from you.

Requirements

We recommend you have the following before you start the course:

  • Kenwood Stand Mixer- Stainless Steel
  • PME 6" / 15cm Professional Round Aluminium Cake Tin Pan - 3" Deep
  • Digital Scales
  • Heating Cores - Stainless Steel
  • Oven baking thermometer
  • Confectionery Thermometer
  • Advanced Cake Leveller
  • Cake Leveller / Cutter
  • Palette Knife Spatula - Flat Blade
  • Offset/Cranked Palette Knife
  • Whisk
  • Measuring spoon set
  • Measuring jug
  • Sieve
  • Mixing bowl 18cm
  • Mixing bowl 22 cm
  • Metal Cake Decorating Icing Turntable
  • Silicone Large Spatula 28cm
  • Straight Blade Paring Knife 7.5 cm

Course outline

  • Introduction and getting started!

    Meet your tutor, Rosalind Miller. Find out how she turned her passion into the renowned business it is today, telling you about her journey from cupcakes to wedding cakes.

    Meet Becky the head baker, who demonstrates the recipe and method for making Rosalind’s signature sponge recipe – the exact recipe used in her kitchen for all her clients.

    You will learn the basics of cake baking, starting with ingredients before dealing with equipment - and then having a go yourself.

  • Flavour variations

    In this lesson you will learn how to adapt the basic recipe to make different flavours. Moving beyond vanilla, you will learn how to make a raspberry cake where the raspberries don’t sink. And then how to make a lemon cake with a delicious lemon syrup.

    You will also start to get to grips with oven temperatures, timings and lining cake tins.

  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream filling and layering

    Learn why and how Swiss meringue buttercream is used, and create exciting and unusual flavours to make your cake stand out from the rest.

    You will also learn how to cut the cake into professional layers for filling and finalising.

  • Finishing touches

    Get creative with your finishing touches! First you will create a ‘crumb coating’ – a thin layer of buttercream to seal in the crumbs.

    You will then learn how to create a final coating, before you are shown how to create an abstract ‘watercolour’ marbling effect, working with colours which complement each other.

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option

    Recommended

    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Rosalind Miller

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Rosalind Miller
    • Certificate of completion
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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    $200
  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 4 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
    Learn more
    $75

Food & Drink classroom - how it works

  • Start anytime

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
  • Personal tuition

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Rosalind Miller

Rosalind Miller - Food & Drink
It was a trip to New York’s famous Magnolia Bakery in 2005 that inspired Rosalind Miller to start baking and decorating cupcakes. Alongside her role as a lecturer in design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Rosalind set up a weekend market stall in Greenwich to sell her creations. Huge queues and happy customers soon showed her that she should develop her talents further, and Rosalind Miller Cakes was born.

Adding wedding cakes, dessert tables and other sweet treats to her repertoire, Rosalind quickly earned an enviable reputation as the go-to baker for elegant, contemporary, design-led cakes. Joined by her daughter Yasmine in 2013, the award-winning Rosalind Miller Cakes is now based in Brockley, London.

It’s Rosalind’s design background that sets us apart from other bakers, as she personally oversees all our cakes so they look as exquisite as they taste. It’s also earned Rosalind the accolade of wedding cake maker of the year for two years running, regularly seen our cakes adorn the pages of glossy magazines such as Brides and Vogue, and have our products sold in Harrods’ Food Hall. Our cakes have graced celebrations at iconic venues such as the Ritz and the Savoy, we’ve built human-sized gingerbread houses and sugar castles, and we’ve had the honour of catering for royal weddings across the globe.

Our cakes are enjoyed at weddings and anniversaries, birthday parties and baby showers – any occasion that calls for a sweet treat! From tiered wedding cakes adorned with sugar flowers to dainty cupcakes topped with buttercream, delicately iced biscuits to melt-in-the-mouth macarons, we put love and care into every bite.

While the business has grown and soared beyond our wildest dreams, we’re proud to still be a family-run operation with a handpicked, passionate team of bakers, decorators and cake enthusiasts. Each cake is lovingly baked and decorated in our studio, and then sent out to be enjoyed all over the UK and the world.

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Awards & Accreditations

  • Good Web Guide
  • Red Herring Winner
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • Education Investor Awards 2021 - Finalist
  • CPD Accredited (provider 50276)