Going beyond the basics with a new decorating technique

A 17-page downloadable reference guide and video

This extension course to create chocolate sails was born from my own personal love of them - for their sculptural nature and the way they make each cake unique in personality.

They’re simple in form, stunning to look at and delicious to eat. Chocolate sails are an elegant way to dress up tiered cakes to give them structure, height and visual interest.

Whether used on their own or paired with other decorative elements, adding chocolate sails to a cake can change its entire look: from sparse and minimal to refined and distinguished or quirky and a little bit off kilter.

 Going beyond the basics with a new decorating technique


In this module

  • Work with chocolate

    I'll outline the different types of chocolate and why you should use the type that I recommend. You'll also learn more about the mortal enemies of chocolate (and why you need to make sure they aren't around when you are making chocolate sails).

  • Prepare Your Mat & Temper Your Chocolate

    It's all about being prepared with your utensils and equipment and temperature precision. I'll go through how to prepare your mat to give the sails colour and how to temper your chocolate.

  • Create Your Chocolate Sails

    Create beautiful chocolate sails that are a good thickness for decoration (and eating!) and learn how to store your sails plus how to apply them to your cake for maximum visual impact.


  • Who is this module for?

    This module is for you if you're just starting out in cake baking and decorating and interested in this decorating technique or if you're already good at making cakes but want to get better at decorating with a new technique.

  • Do I need to own the CBC Foundational Module or any other CBC Online Learning Modules to understand this module?

    While all the modules in the 'Cakes By Cliff Online Course' are designed to work together, you do not need to own the 'CBC Foundational Module: Buttercream Wedding Cakes' or any other of my online learning modules to buy this one and understand the contents within.

    It is an independent module that does not assume any prior knowledge taken from any other of my online learning modules.

    It was created to be a stand-alone learning experience, complete with all the reference guides (including full recipes, utensil list and ingredients list), video tutorials and trouble shooting questions required to successfully complete it and succeed independently to any of the other learning modules in my online course.

  • What does this module cover?

    This extension module is all about the features of chocolate, different types of chocolate and my favourite way to create chocolate sails. There is also a 'troubleshooting' section where I help you identify where things may have gone wrong for you and discuss possible solutions. By the end of the course you should be able to confidently make chocolate sails.

    It does NOT cover anything related to baking, creating and applying buttercream, preparing cakes for assembly, structure building, event preparation, marketing, pricing, client consultations or other business activity (this can all be found in the CBC Foundational Module: Buttercream Wedding Cakes which is also for sale independently or in a bundle).

    All recipes, utensil and material lists, ingredients list and methodology are outlined in downloadable reference guides and you can watch me go through the chocolate sail creation process in a video.

  • How is this module delivered?

    This is a self-paced and self-directed module with 17 pages of content and a video divided into multiple helpful sections to help you master this technique.

    You are in control of when and where you take the module and how fast (or slow) you want to run with it.

    Once you purchase the module you will get instant life-time access and all future updates to it.

  • Will this module be updated regularly?

    I am always open to feedback about my online course modules and will regularly evaluate the content to ensure it is as relevant as possible. Having said that, in my experience, this particular module has few areas of focus that are likely to rapidly change or become out of date.

    I endeavour to check the modules every quarter for relevancy and accuracy and will update as required. Any updates that are made and uploaded will be announced via my website (www.cakesbycliff.com) and all enrolled students will automatically receive them.

  • What is the refund policy on this module?

    Please make your purchasing decision carefully as all sales are final.

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  • Meet your instructor

    Cliff Luu is a self-taught baker and cake decorator specialising in a colour-loaded, texture-driven, sculpturally-influenced decorating style.

    He established ‘Cakes by Cliff’ in 2015, creating cakes for all occasions whilst working full time.

    The demand for his effervescent cake designs led to the growth of his 210,000+ strong Instagram following and requests for him to pass on his knowledge in person via private and group workshops.

    Since the birth of the business, he has travelled around Australia and overseas to New York, Jakarta, Surabaya, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to deliver cake decorating workshops.

    As of today, Cliff has been involved in collaborations with brands like KitchenAid, Williams-Sonoma, Oreos, Dermalogica and Nolinski Hotel (Paris).

    He has also been featured in publications such as Buzzfeed, Vogue Bridal, Time Out Magazine and other specialist wedding and events publications.

    Cliff Luu

    Creative Director

Enrol in both the Foundation Module and Chocolate Sail Module

Designed to go together

  • BUNDLE: Wedding Cake Business Bundle

    Enrol in both the 'Foundational Module: Buttercream Wedding Cakes' and the 'How to make Chocolate Sails' Extension Module to maximise your learning.


  • BUNDLE: Ultimate CBC Cake Baking and Decorating / Macaron Bundle

    Every single CBC Online Learning Module in one complete bundle which will teach you how to make:

    - A single-tier cake with buttercream filling and frosting

    - A 3-tier wedding cake with buttercream filling and frosting plus business elements like marketing, client management and cake deliver/event preparation

    - Chocolate Sail toppers

    - Christmas character macarons such as reindeers, unicorns and christmas trees

    Features full recipes, learning resources such as video tutorials, troubleshooting and downloadable reference guides.


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