Enriching lives through art and craft

Cake Sculpture

October 10 - 15, 2021

Colette Peters  ·  colettepeters.com

Workshop at a glance

Experience an intensive look into cake design, how they are constructed and what keeps some of them from falling.


  • Using gum paste for decoration and embellishment in cake design
  • Experimenting with Styrofoam sculptures


  • Fondant and gum paste
  • Wafer paper and foam core boards


  • Creating Styrofoam sculptures to practice cake design
  • Cake decorating skills with fondant and gum paste

Artist Bio

Colette Peters lives in New York City and operates Colette’s Cakes, her cake design business. She has designed cakes for window displays for Tiffany, Cartier, and Barney New York stores. She has an MA in Painting and her cakes have been featured in a variety of media. Peters has written five books on cakes and cake decorating and was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Visiting Chef Award from Johnson and Wales University. She has taught throughout the United States, Brazil, China, Australia, and Europe.
Arrowmont Connections

  • Colette Peters

Workshop Description

Students will learn about cake design and what makes them remain standing. You will discover various types of decorations using gum paste that include flowers (peonies, tulips, sweet peas, roses, hydrangeas, and filler flowers), leaves, and berries along with coloring techniques. Other practices include covering a cake with fondant, crimping, painting on fondant, embossing, and using molds and textured sheets. Participants will also create Styrofoam sculptures as if they were cakes, decorating them with fondant with the skills you have learned in class. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $600  ·  download the materials list

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