Courses / PME Courses

Sheila McLaughlin is an approved PME tutor and offers the PME Professional Diploma Masters Certificate in Sugarcraft in her specially prepared classroom at Cakes Etcetera.

PME Courses in Nottingham and PME Courses in Derby are available every 12 weeks.

Weekend courses and afternoon courses are also available, subject to numbers, throughout the year. These are varied in subject matter and are posted on the website with plenty of notice.

Anyone interested in a course should ring Sheila and obtain her specialist advice.

Courses Available

Christmas Flowers

£75 5 Weeks
  • Starting Wednesday 4th November
  • Time 7-9m
  • Limited places available

Spring Flowers

£100 5 Weeks
  • Starting Wednesday 13th January
  • Time 7-9m
  • Limited places available

Summer Flowers

£80 5 Weeks
  • Wednesday 6th April – 4th May – 7-9pm
  • Location: Toton
  • Please telephone to book your place

Modelling for Beginners

£80 5 Weeks
  • 18th May – 15th June – Wednesday 7-9m
  • Location – Toton
  • (£10 non-refundable deposit required to secure a place)

PME Course

PME Courses

The PME Professional Diploma course at Cakes Etcetera is a course formulated of 3 parts comprising three modules and in order to be awarded the full PME Professional Diploma Masters Certificate you will need to complete all 3 modules in:

  • Sugarpaste
  • Royal Icing
  • Sugar Flowers

We are running all 3 modules as part of our course schedule with each module having 30 hours of tuition (the required minimum being 25 hours tutorial time). With the completion of each module a PME Certificate will be awarded and once you have completed all 3 modules you will be receive your PME Professional Diploma Masters Certificate. This is an internationally recognised award. Please note that full tutorial time must be completed with work to an acceptable level to be eligible for the award.

All students will receive a course book to accompany their chosen module. This includes a “Professional Business Approach” section aimed to help anyone interested in starting up their own cake decorating business. This book is only available to individuals participating in the PME course.

Sheila McLaughlin has been trained and approved exclusively by PME and holds a PME Professional Diploma Teacher Training Certificate as well as also holding a City and Guilds Adult Education Teachers Certificate (Level 2).

Our small class sizes have a maximum of 12 students.

Each module is to include the following criteria with many added “Cakes Etcetera” additions, hints and tips.

Sugarpaste Module

  • Basic Sugarpaste Techniques
  • Coating, Crimping & Embossing
  • Fabric Effects, Textured Drapes, Frills & Ribbons
  • Bows & Sugar Embroidery
  • Modelling Fun Figures
  • Textures, Inlay & Applique?
  • Basic Cake Carving/novelty cake
  • Stacked Cake, Design & Handling
  • Designing Celebration Cakes & Colour Balance
  • Basic Business Guidelines
  • Copyright & License

Sugar Flowers Module

  • Basic Techniques
  • Unwired & Wired Flowers
  • Fantasy Flowers, Roses, Orchids, Lilies, Cherry Blossom, Gerbera,
    Chrysanthemums, Freesia, Dahlia, Garden Pinks, Black Berries (flowers may vary)
  • Seasonal Flowers
  • Alternatives to sugar flowers
  • Arranging sugar flowers
  • Decorating cake stands & knifes
  • Costing & Pricing

All ingredients and equipment are extra to the course price but available from our shop at a discounted price.

Skill level: We require you to have some basic knowledge.

Where: classes are held in “The Cake Cabin” at Toton: Classroom at Cakes Etcetera, 1 Chapel Street, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, NG10 1EQ

Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm

Cost: £352 (inc VAT, Per Module) (for Tuition, Course Booklet and Certificate). Compulsory Course Kit £40.00

I would like to announce the new dates for the next intake of PME Diploma Courses

Sugarpaste Module
Tuesday 6-9pm
10 weeks
5th April – 7th June 2016
£352.00 including VAT and compulsory course kit.

For further details or to discuss any requirements please contact Sheila on-

Tel 0115 9727737 or

Email or

Call in to Cakes Etcetera at 1 Chapel Street, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, NG10 1EQ