Based in West Auckland, head tutor Thea Poole has had over 25 years experience in teaching cake decorating and sugarcraft. The was the inaugural Vice-President of the popular Waitakere Cake Decorators Club, and was a national demonstrator for many years.

Thea is now happy to share her skills in her many classes.

What makes Cake Couture different?

We offer a range of classes and individual tuition so that you can learn in the environment that best suits you. We can also be the one you lean on for achieving that special project when you need a helping hand to make, for example, a wedding cake for a family member. We will achieve that with you so that your cake will be a success.

How did Cake Couture start?

Like every mother, Thea made cakes for her children’s birthdays and special occasions.  Friends saw her cakes and remarked on her obvious talent.  Because she enjoyed designing and creating cakes so much she turned that passion into a full time business.

Thea explains, “At first we were known as The Sugar Craft Studio. We were baking all sorts of cakes for different people and occasions.  When the opportunity came along to move to our current premises in Glendene we were able to expand into making celebration cakes and running classes.”

The cake decorating classes grew rapidly to the point where Thea was teaching four local night-classes a week.

Cake Couture’s reputation has grown and is widely respected throughout Auckland.  “We are so popular that we have had students come from overseas and train for a week with us. There are very few formal training courses available around the world and we can provide specialist training.

“We have also trained the top chefs from the Royal New Zealand Navy in the art of professional cake design.  This is because the Navy often prepare the food for formal state occasions involving functions hosting the Queen and other royal family members.”

Over the years Cake Couture’s business has grown steadily so that we have almost out grown our current premises.

Our cake making and cake decorating classes are still held and are very popular.  We enjoy passing our passion for cake making and cake decorating onto others.

Cake Couture in the community

All fresh cake that is not required is donated to the local food bank.

Recently we had prepared a number 5 birthday cake and the top was left over. We gave it to the food bank.  Later a lady came in.  She was almost in tears as she explained that it was her son’s fifth birthday.  He was not going to get a cake but she had visited the food bank and they had given her the wonderful number 5 cake.

In 2011

Following the tragic events of the Christchurch earthquake Cake Couture has joined other New Zealanders in helping out.  We were pleased to be able to create and donate many cakes for the Disaster Relief Fund.

We contributed to the Great Kiwi Bake-off held on Monday 7th March at the Britomart Train Station, which raised $8210.00

In 2010

Cake Couture donated a $500 wedding cake as part of the Altrusa International Group Silent Auction held at the Glitz and Glamour Charity Bridal Show in the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Event Centre. The funds raised were donated to the Endometriosis Society and Literacy for Children in New Zealand.

We donated the fees for a Cake Decorating Course for a fund raising auction at the West Auckland Hospice in Te Atatu Peninsula. It is wonderful to be able to donate locally.

Many women wishing to return to work after raising a family find their confidence diminished. Dress For Success helps such women with advice and by providing an outfit suitable for wearing to interviews. The Suits and Salad Luncheon is a huge fundraising event for Dress For Success.  Cake Couture donated 350 gorgeous cupcakes for the dessert. We also donated $100 gift vouchers that were placed in balloons and sold.

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