My experience at Pennington’s School of Cake Artistry has been amazing! I have completed eight courses in royal icing since June 2015 and I am totally hooked.
Dawn and Angie are two of the nicest people and their expertise is exceptional. They are both very patient and always take the time to demonstrate, explain and help at every stage of the process. New techniques have been brought into each course and I have been able to achieve results I never thought possible. The school is professional, friendly and relaxed and the courses are great fun.
I can recommend Pennington’s to all who have even the slightest interest in cake decorating. Dawn and Angie make you feel that nothing is too much trouble and my experience has been truly inspiring.
I look forward to further classes and I wish them every success for the future.
Icing my Christmas cake was becoming a struggle so I tried Pennington's. I’m so glad I did as everyone is so friendly. Dawn and Angie are exceedingly patient, brilliantly talented and their designs and creations inspiring. With their help I can now achieve a more professional cake whilst having fun.
Next it will be my daughter’s wedding cake. Think I have plenty time for that class."
I attended the Start your Own Business course by Penningtons in September 2016. I can honestly say that if you are looking to start your own cake business, but are not sure on where to start, be that legislation, PAYE or even just how to cost a cake, this is the course for you. And as an added bonus, you get to complete 3 little practical projects at the same time, teaching you on how to work with different sugar mediums.
I found Dawn extremely informative and quite willing to share her knowledge even if my questions were not class related.
The classes were set at a level and pace comfortable to all of us on the course (5 including myself) and it’s amazing how much we did cover in the 2.5 hours on a Monday night. I’d go home buzzing afterwards, and actually looked forward to Mondays.
Dawn provides you with handouts which you get to keep, that include, templates, a cake cost calculator, recipes, forms that can assist you with setting up contracts, information on H&S Requirements etc. And we had one of Dawns tutors come in and advise us on setting up self-employment with HMRC, and another lady who had attended the course and then gone on to set up her own business. All the information, tips and advice I found invaluable.
If you are considering this course, go for it, it is, without a doubt, worth every penny.
I have recently taken the Business Course and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone considering starting their own cake business. Dawn brilliantly guides you through all the different aspects of starting a business and how to manage your business once its up and running with lots of useful tips, advice and ideas. It was also really useful to have a practical aspect to this course and I found the 3 very different projects very useful and it was nice to learn some new skills which will be very useful in the future. I found the cake costing part of the course particularly useful and I have been using this method since taking the course. It is also really nice to meet new ‘cake ladies’ and share experiences and support each other with help and advice. I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering starting a cake business as this course takes all the stress away and makes you feel that your dream could actually become a reality.
Recently attended Royal icing for Beginners class, learnt so much on this course from the basics of covering the cake to run outs and writing in icing free hand. So pleased with the results and all the staff are so helpful and so willing to share their years of experience.
"A retirement gift of a cake decorating course voucher three years ago led me to Penningtons and it was with some trepidation that I started my “first day at school”! On your first visit and looking through Penningtons shop window you will see an array of beautifully decorated cakes and you will shudder and think “no way can I do that” – I thought that, we have all thought that at some point ............ but you can and you will! Three years down the line I have had a go at sugar paste, royal icing, flowers, carved cakes and although still a lot to learn I am now decorating occasion cakes for family and friends. You will receive a warm welcome from the Pennington’s Team, led by Dawn Pennington who founded the school six years ago, all of whom are expert cake decorators and teachers as well as having the patience of saints! You will never feel intimidated as all pupils are treated the same and you will learn so much in a friendly and fun atmosphere, as well as making new friends – one course and you will be hooked so give it a try - Pennington’s are second to none and will always be the “icing on my cake"! "
Dawn Pennington and her team at Pennington’s cake school are highly professional but also warm and friendly. Dawn is an exceptional teacher of sugar-craft who is happy to teach total beginners but is also extremely competent in taking students through to the highest level of sugar artistry skills.
I started with a cupcake course and became addicted to sugar-craft when I realised that I could learn so much. I’ve taken many courses in Royal Icing and making sugar flowers, sugar-paste wedding cakes, also various ‘one-off’ classes and ‘starting a cake business’. I’ve learnt so much and have loved every minute.
I started out finding a wonderful hobby that gave me time for myself and to meet others who love sugar-craft. However, I have now started my own business making and decorating cakes. I still take classes regularly and am still learning from Dawn as she has so much talent. I’ve had so much lovely feedback from my customers about my cakes and I can only say it’s because I’ve learnt from the best teacher
I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying the royal icing class at Pennington's. I have never been particularly artistic but I feel I am learning skills that encourage creativity and I find this rewarding. You and your team have a very welcoming and encouraging attitude and you've created a learning environment where everyone will find a level of achievement.
I also enjoyed the wired flower course and the morning tutorial on statement flowers where a variety of designs were demonstrated using easy modelling techniques. I find that I am continuing to make these flowers at home to dress the simplest of cakes and enjoy the compliments from family and friends.
With thanks and good wishes
I found the 'Starting a Cake Business from Home' course to be incredibly informative and it has definitely given me the confidence I needed to start up a business. Dawn was always patient and kind, ensuring that we understood everything at each stage. I loved that this course not only taught me the business side of things but also taught me how to create wonderful creations with Royal Icing and Pastillage!
Can honestly say Dawn is the best teacher I have ever had the pleasure of being taught by, an expert in her field and a lovely person to boot.
I've had the benefit of Mrs P's expertise and would highly recommend attending any person male or female wishing to learn her vast knowledge and skills in Cake Artistry.
I would urge anyone to go to Penningtons it doesn't matter if you have never picked up an icing bag before you will find from the time you walk in the door a very warm and friendly greeting. After my first time i was so amazed at what I had achieved. All the staff guide you step by step and after a couple of hours you will be wanting more.
I've been going to Dawn's classes for years - attained royal icing qualifications and still go to the 'hobby' classes. I love the creativity, and there is always something new to learn, skills to refresh and ideas to share. I find Dawn's classes very relaxing, fun and inspirational, and have made friends with many other students, who are of all age groups and backgrounds. I also attend local sugarcraft club demos, and organise coach trips to sugarcraft exhibitions. I'm looking forward to attending lots more courses with you! Thank you Dawn.
Your teaching skills are beyond belief. When I first came to you I could not even make an icing bag!!!!! Have been with you for a long time and love your skills, and patience you show to us all. Would recommend you to everyone.
Well what I can say about Dawnie! She is amazing! Her talents are endless and to want to share them with all of us we have to be thankful! She is extremely patient, has a great sense of humor and fun to be around. If you need help with any cake decoration problem then she is there to help. I wouldn’t have won all the medals I have without her. So a massive thank you for being a Fantastic tutor and friend. Xx
Dawn, your expertise, knowledge and precise skill, along with your endless patience, sense of humour and very strong opinions (!) has turned my hobby into my business. If I can be half the cake decorator that you are, I shall be one successful lady. Good luck!! (and a big hug coz you rock!! :0) xx)
Claire Jerrold Dudley
Dawn joined ‘The Mary Ford Cake Artistry Centre’ in Southbourne, Bournemouth in 1983 as a YTS (Youth Training Scheme) student and soon progressed to be a very talented cake decorator and confectioner during five years of employment.
After leaving Mary Fords, Dawn was commissioned to help in the decoration of cakes for Mary Ford Book Publications Dawn’s enthusiasm and willingness to succeed showed in her abilities in dealing with customers and students alike.
We wish Dawn further success and happiness in her new venture.
Michael and Mary Ford