Double-Barrel Cake with Helen Mansey

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Learn the techniques for creating on-trend, tall cakes with a double-barrel tier from expert tutor, author and wedding cake maker, Helen Mansey.

Course tutor: Helen Mansey

Course date and times:
  • Saturday 19th October: 9:30am to 4:00pm

Double-barrel (or double-height) cakes continue to be popular with brides-to-be and are great if you want to make a feature of a cake tier. Extended, double-barrel tiers also allow you to add height to a wedding or celebration cake without making it look too formal or imposing.

Things you will learn:

  • Discover Helen Mansey’s tried-and-tested methods for stacking and covering tall tiers so they look professional and remain stable.
  • assemble and dowel two regular tiers to make a double-layer cake using Helen’s central dowel technique
  • how to cover a tall tier with ganache and sugarpaste for a professional, sharp-edged finish
  • how to assemble a two-tier wedding cake with a double-barrel bottom tier


What you take home:

  • a tall, two-tiered wedding cake which you can take home and decorate
  • the confidence you need to create tall cakes at home
  • a Squires Kitchen Certificate and a range of top tips from a professional wedding cake maker.

Please note that the cake shown in the picture is taken from Helen Mansey’s book, Bellissimo Wedding Cakes; the cake you make on the course will be covered but not decorated. 

Course Details

Places available
1 day course
9:30am to 4:00pm
Suitable for beginners
Type: Project

Places required:

Other dates available

Skill Prerequisites:


All dates for this course
Date Tutor Availability
Saturday 6th Apr 2019 Helen Mansey Places remaining
Saturday 19th Oct 2019 Helen Mansey Places remaining
Course modules
Date Time Title Tutor Location
19th October 09:30 - 16:00 Double-Barrel Cake with Helen Mansey Helen Mansey Squires Kitchen International School