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 2018 - 2019

PME Sugarpaste Module

£352 10 weeks
  • Starting Tuesday 9th January
  • Time 6-9m
  • 7 places available
  • Price includes tuition fees, course kit,
    course booklet, PME apron, certificate
  • All other materials supplied by student

Half Day Workshop

Sugar Christmas Flowers
£35.00 Half Day
  • Saturday 1st December
  • Time 2pm – 5/6pm
  • 6 places available
  • Price includes tuition fees, materials, use of equipment, Certificate on Completion
  • Bring an apron
  • Call the shop to book your place 0115 9727737

Valentine's Day Bear Cake

£90 One Day Workshop
  • Sunday 11th February
  • Time 10am – 2pm
  • 6 placed available
  • Price includes all materials and snacks
  • Bring your own apron

PME Royal Icing and Piping Module

£352 10 Weeks
  • Starting Tuesday 20th March
  • 6:30 – 9:30pm
  • 6 places available
  • Price includes tuition fees, course kit,
    course booklet, certificate
  • All other materials supplied by student

Sugar Flowers - Spring

£120 5 Weeks
  • Starting Monday *
  • 7-9pm
  • 6 places available
  • Price includes materials and
  • Some equipment will be required by
    the student – list to be supplied

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 6-8 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

Price includes course tuition fees, comprehensive new course kit worth £100.00 (compulsory), course booklet, certificate upon successful and satisfactory completion, most materials required for the module, refreshments.

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

Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Cost: £495.00


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