Hollybello Posted 29 Jan 2013 , 12:05pm
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AHello.

I have just enrolled at the knights bridge pme school of cake decorating to do the professional diplomas this may. I am not doing the intensive course but will be doing them weekly for 5 weeks. I am doing all three modules at the same time so should be challenging!

I was wondering if anyone else on here will be attending the same course? Or f anyone else has previously done it and have some tips would love to hear about it!

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Margaret393 Posted 30 Jan 2013 , 9:14pm
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Hi Hollybello

 

I  completed the PME Diploma course at a Cook School in Ireland 2012 ( Brennan's in Cork) I did the modules one at a time, - over 15 weeks. However there were a few students in the Sugar Paste class who did ALL 3 modules that same week. They found it a huge challenge, but very rewarding - the main incentive being  the PME Master's Certificate in Cake Decorating Award, which would enhance their career/business prospects - on successful completion of the modules: Royal Icing, Sugar Paste and Sugar Flowers. I admired them for their courage, commitment and determination to succeed!

 

I  have been making cakes for family and friends over the years - as a hobby. However with more time on my hands on retirement, I decided to pursue the PME course to learn new techniques. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. My username picture (Kate's Christening Cake) was the cake presented for assessment of Sugar Paste module. Most of the cakes in my photo albums I made since I finished the course.

 

If you want to do the whole course in a week then go for it!

  • Time Mangement is a key factor - practice and preparation between classes is a must!
  • Do as much foilage and flower fillers at home as is possible, for Sugar Flowers Presentation
  • Try a get a list of Materials and Tools required in advance, and buy what you need only
  • Have a read through the module booklets in advance of the classes
  • If you have some previous hands-on experience, you will be able to pace yourself easier.
  • I found watching tutorials on U-Tube very helpful
  • Use Cake Central as a platform for knowledge, help and support ( I got to hear about CC while I was on the course)

I wish you every success with the course - go follow your dream!!!

Margaret393

Hollybello Posted 31 Jan 2013 , 9:12am
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AWow Margaret that was very helpful and your cakes are beautiful. I think I explained what I am doing incorrectly. I am doing the modules weekly for 5 weeks so Thursday royal icing, Friday sugar flowers and Saturday sugar paste for 5 weeks. I thinki will find the piping one hardest.

I live close to the school so I drove up there at the weekend and omg the shop was amazing and had a chat to some of the staff and they were so lovely. I have my equipment lists already, most of it I already have but I have ordered most of what I need already so I can get familiar with them before the course.

gemmal Posted 31 Jan 2013 , 12:59pm
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I am! I'm doing the 5 week saturday course in sugarpaste. I work full time in the week though so I can only do the saturday one till the rest fall on saturdays. Theres a fair few blogs from people that have been on the courses, if you type in PME course review into Google, a load come up. =]
 

Relznik Posted 31 Jan 2013 , 1:35pm
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Where do they hold the course?  Is it at their premises in Enfield?

 

Where in Ess ex are you?  icon_smile.gif

Hollybello Posted 1 Feb 2013 , 8:19am
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AHi yes it is in Enfield and I'm from Harlow so it's not far at all for me!

How exciting Gemmal I'm sure I will meet you there! Are you local to Enfield?

gemmal Posted 1 Feb 2013 , 9:17am
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Not exactly local, I'm in Hillingdon so its a bit of a drive but could be much worse! I'm so excited too! See you in May! Woohoo! (please ignore my happy dance) =]

Relznik Posted 1 Feb 2013 , 9:32am
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Cool!  I didn't even know they did courses there!  Might take a look into the royal icing one!!

 

I used to live in Enfield (before they were based there, though).  Now, I'm in Ilford and they USED to be, literally, five minutes from me...  now it's a 20 minute drive.  :D
 

Hollybello Posted 1 Feb 2013 , 10:50am
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AIt's about 20 mins for me too but I can take all the back roads through Waltham abbey to get there so should miss a bulk of the traffic :).

Gemmal how are you getting on with your equipment list, do you have everything yet? Have any of you visited the shop? I went last sat to find out where it was and omg I never seen a shop like it! I get most my stuff from hobby craft or online. The shop had soooo much I didn't know where to look first! They also give a 10% discount for people booked on a course :) not much but every little helps lol

gemmal Posted 1 Feb 2013 , 12:22pm

I've never been there actually, I can't wait to actually visit the shop! They used to be run from where they manufacture the stuff in Harrow which is less than 5 mins in a car from me! I haven't braved the North Circular/A406 across London yet hence why I haven't visited yet :( I have quite a few things anyway but still have a few things to get. I have to say my new tilting turntable scares the bejeebus out of me! I haven't even braved using it yet! Theres a few of the cutters and spacers I need to get. Do you know when the 10% off starts? Is it just when the course is on or before? I have an excuse to do a 'find the place' run at some point so seems only fair I buy some stuff! It's like Graceland!

Hollybello Posted 1 Feb 2013 , 1:15pm

AWell I introduced myself to the ladies in the shop and they said i could have discount now also gave me a free catalogue which is HUGE! Some of the stuff is more expensive however there was loads of stuff reduced and some things really really cheap because boxes were dented etc. I didn't buy too much as needed to sort through what I already had. Iv already got a lot of the stuff too but as in doing all three courses together I have a lot more to get so trying to pace myself :)

My tilting turn table arrived today, can't wait to try it!

gemmal Posted 1 Feb 2013 , 1:42pm

Oh well in that case... ROAD TRIP! and discounts you say...icon_eek.gif On the PME shop site the stuff is pretty pricey but I suppose its a case of you get what you pay for and PME is meant to be top notch. I bought the basketweave rolling pin we need on ebay (not branded) for about a fiver and its not exactly the best quality but I suppose it will do for now, as long as it does somewhere near the job I can invest in a better one if I ever need it outside of class. Thanks Hollybello! Roll on May :D

Hollybello Posted 1 Feb 2013 , 8:20pm

AIv ordered quite alot online too, I have even got a lot of the official pme stuff cheap off eBay including my turntable. the thing I'm most confused with is the piping tips. I have a few odd wilton tips but no way near what we need for the course so I want to get a set. The list they have given us has the codes for pme ones but I have looked at the pme tip set and its so expensive and they are not all in there however wilton has a deluxe tip set which is half the price but I have no idea how the pme codes correspond to wilton codes! Emailed the shop as think wilton ones must be ok as owned by pme but not had reply yet.

gemmal Posted 2 Feb 2013 , 10:15am

Ah that's why I'm grateful to be doing the sugarpaste course first, I'm awful at all types of piping and the piping tips are another language completely. As far as I've heard they are just numbered differently. Good luck! Piping always seemed the most technical and expensive thing about cake decorating. 

Dayti Posted 2 Feb 2013 , 12:23pm

Definitely buy the PME tips! They are much, much better quality than the Wilton ones and they are numbered differently too. You will notice the difference if you ever do use the two brands.
 

DiddleMeSweet Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 8:20am

Definitely buy the PME tips. I would search online as several sites may offer the tips cheaper. You will see a difference when using PME tips vs Wilton tips. The Wilton tips cause the RI to curl and you will notice a seam. The PME tips have no curl and show no imperfections in your string work. If you buy the Wilton tips make sure you clean them and dry them right away as they do discolor. The PME tips do not discolor and look flawless as the day you bought them. 

 

Hope this helps!

Hollybello Posted 5 Feb 2013 , 6:41pm

AThank you that really helps, I will invest in the pme tips if its worth it, I have found a cheap seller online so will buy a few at a time :)

DiddleMeSweet Posted 7 Feb 2013 , 7:18am

No problem! Enjoy! I love mine and seriously find any reason to use them. Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, and my newest craz Temari Balls! 

daisytam Posted 29 Mar 2013 , 3:34pm

Anyone here planning to join the 11days intensive PME diploma course in Nov 2013 at Enfield ,UK ? What do I have to prepare for it ,  thanks =]

lieblk Posted 1 Sep 2013 , 7:13am

AHi Daisytam. Yes I am really interested in doing this course. I live in Luxembourg so am considering my options as to fly or drive and finding affordable accommodation for the 11 days. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

JumpingJack123 Posted 1 Sep 2013 , 4:06pm

Hi Ladies

 

I live very near the PME shop and school and have been there frequently. A lot of their stock is very expensive-you can get much cheaper elsewhere. But.....you do get some bargains there as a lot of stuff that is used in the classrooms gets sold off cheap after. They have also usually got a large stock of tips and are very helpful in helping you find the ones you need.

 

People travel from all over the world to their courses so they have a bit of a captive audience to buy things from the shop.

 

It is on a trading estate so not easy to get to by public transport. The nearest hotel I can think of is a Travel Lodge that is less than a 10 minute drive away or short taxi ride.

 

http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/552/London-Enfield-hotel

Jaques Cakes Posted 2 Nov 2013 , 10:15pm

Hola Daisytam, Si, voy a HACER El curso en noviembre. Yo vivo en España. Que va a HACER?

lieblk Posted 4 Nov 2013 , 7:50am

Hi Ladies, looking forward to meeting you both in 2 weeks.

 

Kind regards

Kathy

Jaques Cakes Posted 4 Nov 2013 , 8:05am

Hola Kathy, vas al Curso? Nos vemos en dos weeks ....

 

Saludos cordiales

Jaque

lieblk Posted 4 Nov 2013 , 8:46pm

Sí voy a estar ahí Jaque. Espero conocerte :-)

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