MEET YOUR TUTOR
Dee lives locally but makes Cake School her home. It is where she creates her brilliant bespoke celebration and wedding cakes as well as designing unique courses for people to enjoy.
Dee started cake decorating when she was 18 but found it too expensive to continue with the course. It was some 20 years later when she was asked if she could make and decorate a cake that she rediscovered her love of cake artistry. Dee is honest – she loves food and enjoys art – cake decorating embraces both and provides the medium for sculpting and modelling.
During the last five years, Dee has entered Cake International and has acquired 2 Bronze, 9 Silver and 3 Gold Medals.
With regard to teaching, Liz the owner of Finishing Touches, encouraged Dee to team-teach courses at the local Community Centre. Liz recognised the need for such a service and courses filled quickly. One day, Liz announced her intention to expand the business to provide a Cake School, and invited Dee to join her as the resident tutor. Dee discovered a passion for teaching – designing the courses and ensuring they encompass a range of accessible, transferable skills are now second nature.
The courses run by Dee are extremely popular and fill quickly. Cake School houses a maximum of nine students but on the more advanced courses, this number is reduced. Dee believes it is important to be accessible to help students and ensure they master the techniques being acquired. Her goal is for each student to be happy with their work and understand all the processes.
The whole-day courses are almost like gift experiences – Dee provides refreshments throughout the day and there is always time for a delicious lunch. It is no problem to cater for any eating allergies.
Cake School is located above Finishing Touches (a cake supply shop) in the centre of Thornbury. The cottages in St Mary Street have been turned into retail and eating establishments and the shop/school used to be a petrol station many years ago.
Thornbury is a beautiful, historic market town with a high street providing a range of small independent shops, coffee bars and restaurants. Parking is free with short-stay (up to two hours( and long-stay (all day).
It’s a great location for a short break and some people who travel afar for courses spend the weekend. Thornbury Castle is worth a visit and there is a local Golf Course and leisure centre if you enjoy sport. Many events take place during the year and there is a strong emphasis on the Arts. This is reflected in the three craft shops in the town – our very own Finishing Touches, Paintpotts which has its own pottery wheel and The Wool Stop which sells wool and haberdashery products. Surroundings and The Hive sell their own art work and also exhibit work by local artists.
There is a brilliant website if you would like to find out more about the town and what is happening in the area. The site also has information about local hotels and guest houses if you do decide to take a weekend break.