Poppy plaque: royal icing techniques

Teaching & Classes

While Tessa’s particular expertise lies in decorating with royal icing she tutors on a wide range of sugarcraft techniques including:

  • Covering with sugarpaste, buttercream and ganache

  • Creating sugar flowers

  • Making bows, frills, edible lace, wafer paper flowers

  • Iced and decorated biscuits

  • Making the most of moulds and simple modelling

  • Royal icing including: piped flowers, piped pearls, Oriental Stringwork


Tessa gives workshops for local communities, including the  Fernhurst Centre and groups such as The British Sugarcraft Guild. Group classes last from one or two days to week-long intensive courses, including at Squires Kitchen International School Or contact Tessa for private one-to-one or small group bespoke classes. Some examples of class topics below.


Tessa Whitehouse

Royal Icing Techniques

Poppy Plaque: One day workshop


Exploring different royal icing techniques such as hand piped flowers, run-out flowers, brush embroidery and drop line work


Oriental Stringwork

Oriental Stringwork

A one day class where students learn how to pipe and suspend floating lines of royal icing around a cake

Iced Biscuits

Iced Biscuits


A two hour workshop at the Fernhurst Centre where participants learn how to perfectly ice a biscuit, pattern the royal icing and finish with a variety of decorative techniques.


Fernhurst Centre, Iced Biscuits