Here are some testimonials from previous customers!
Shona is so knowledgable and happy to impart her wisdom. The day was lovely and relaxed with plenty of opportunities for a wee taste as you go.
If you have never made chocolates before I recommend Shona. I never made chocolates before going on one of her courses. I have now been on a few and always enjoy them!
Shona Sutherland who delivers the Taystful courses is an excellent tutor and nothing is a bother for her, highly recommend.
Shona made us the most beautiful cake for our wedding. Her attention to detail and creativity are second to none
Excellent online course. Shona is very knowledgeable and shares this very well. I was so delighted with what I was taught that I have taken steps to look into starting to make chocolates as more than a hobby.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping make the day as perfect as we could’ve possibly hoped for. Your cake making and stencilling skills were truly exceptional, both we and our guests absolutely loved with some (including ourselves obviously) commenting saying it was the best they had ever sampled! You were incredibly friendly and supportive in the build up to and throughout the wedding. We are very appreciative.
We were offered all ranges of products within the course from different flavoured chocolates to spraying chocolate moulds using compressor, and the course took my chocolate making to another level!
Advancing Skills Chocolate Course - The course was super, we thoroughly enjoyed the day. The quality of teaching /instruction was first rate and everything was made easier by the informal friendly setting, the course was very good value for money!
Advancing Skills One to One Tailored Course - I loved learning about infusions and combinations of flavours, really easy to follow instructions throughout the course. Quality ingredients used. For 7 hours of one to one tuition it was a good price and well worth the travel time to get there (from near Blackburn).
Shona was easy to talk to when organising what I wanted to learn, excellent planning and thought went into the event. Very detailed and thorough course, great value for all that knowledge!
Online Chocolate Tasting: A very interesting session tasting over a dozen chocolates from around the world. Shona introduced us to the aspects to consider when tasting chocolates. And then we got down to business and tried the various chocolates Shona had sent us. There were plenty of chocolates that were new to me, and I've found a couple of new favourites, so overall it was a very interesting and educational experience.
Technical Chocolate Course Such a good range of the recipes that also gave options to liking of the individuals taste. Shona is always super helpful and easy to contact with any queries about courses and booking. The end products were amazing!!! so chuffed with what we did throughout the day and also tasted so good! Considering the difficulty of it being a hot day Shona helped us navigate this and create great end products.
I enjoyed this course tasting the different chocolate flavours and listening to the other participants thoughts on what the flavours were. Interesting course! Thank you Shona
Handmade Chocolate Course: I was delighted with the variety of chocolates that I made. Superb value in respect of the professional instruction and the quantity of chocolates I made.
My daughter and I joined Taystful online to make a whole host of beautiful Easter chocolates. We thoroughly enjoyed the class, with clear guidance, lovely friendly atmosphere and ended with amazing chocolates! Absolutely delighted, would highly recommend classes with Shona, so enjoyable and new skills learnt. Fantastic!
Wonderful, Informative, Inspiring, Chocolatey fun!!! Shona is amazing and my grandson and I just loved it, thank you again. Rhona
I really enjoyed the course . It was very relaxing for me. Everyone was very friendly and It was so easy to do the chocolate as Shona was explaining each step at a time !! I shared the chocolates with my friends and colleagues and they really like them! Thank you very much!
Another excellent class with Shona, learning more exciting techniques for Easter, the classes are full of information and step by step guides, Shona is very approachable if you feel you need a little help during classes and goes out her way to help you. Looking forward to the next class!
Progressive Skills Online Course: "I cannot recommend this course enough. Shona is a great teacher with a wealth of knowledge to share. The hands on 'cook along' aspect was fast paced but absolutely worth it as it gives you that real time experience in the comfort of your own kitchen."
Cake was absolutely delicious and was the subject of many photos shared with friends and family! Lots of care taken when delivering it in torrential rain.....thank you!
Privately booked group - "I thoroughly enjoyed our online chocolate making course. It was great to do something creative, with friends, learn some new skills & make lovely chocolates. I have never done anything like this before. With Shona's expertise, patience & delicious ingredients, we had a great time & made stylish chocolates. I would definitely recommend & hopefully will do again sometime soon. Thank you!"
My positive experiences with Taystful started before the Christmas chocolate making course began. Here are the reasons why- 1. I had IT issues accessing the information which were entirely my fault and Shona responded speedily and remedied the situation quickly and efficiently. 2. The information provided was extremely useful and practical. 3. The chance to ask questions was offered at each step of the way. I did have a query about one of the ingredients and Shona answered directly. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. 4. The ingredients for the workshop were packaged well, labelled clearly and arrived in plenty of time with concise and easily understandable instructions. So, what of the actual course. Shona was an excellent tutor and was proficient at delivering an online Zoom session. Shona exhibits extensive knowledge about the art of chocolate making. It was great to participate in a friendly online learning experience in the middle of a pandemic. Not only did I learn a great deal about chocolate making but also had a most enjoyable morning. Moreover, my family and friends were delighted with the finished product and raved about the delicious chocolates. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course and look forward to being able to participate in another course in the future.
Fantastic course, love all the courses I have been on and recommend them to friends and family all the time. Really enjoyable course and the finished results are amazing presents to give out and keep a few for yourself!! Yum.
I attended a zoom class for Christmas chocolates, Shona had a kit available which was very helpful and organised when I got, the class was so relaxing and full of information that has inspired me to learn more techniques in the future to add to my business portfolio, Thanks very much!
Online Desserts Masterclass and Online Halloween Truffle Pops - Thank you Shona the classes were great and affordable, such a treat to be able to do them from home. Thank you for making these classes available to all of us in these difficult times. You could not have been more helpful, organised and very professional.
Just a quick message to say the chocolates are amazing! In fact, my partner says they're probably the best chocolates she's ever had and she's a bit of a self-confessed expert!
Peanut Butter Caramel Truffle Online Course - My second course with Shona and a third already booked! Fantastic to learn new skills and Shona is a great teacher and is always patient and relaxed. Would highly recommend signing up for a course! I was a novice to start and can now make pretty good chocolates.
A massive thanks for the cake - it went down very well and Louise was stunned and it tastes sensational!
Living in the south-east of England, it would be too far for me to travel to Scotland for a 3-hour course - so fab to be able to do it online! What I like is that Shona doesn't have unlimited registrations, she keeps the online groups small so she can see what everyone is doing and point us in the right direction. Learnt some new skills, and the family loved eating the desserts - so a double win! Thank you Shona.
My second online workshop with Shona. I've made chocolates at home before but am self taught. Shona has a wealth of knowledge and delivers the lessons at a great place to allow for understanding the processes without feeling rushed. I feel like I've learned so much and have a bit more confidence to try other recipes at home. The end product was delicious and all of my friends who had them raved about the flavour. Highly recommend these workshops to anyone who might enjoy making their own chocolates at home.
Handmade Chocolate Course - very hands on, relaxing, informative, good practical advice - great tasting products!
Always impressed at how organised Shona is with her courses and with the added pressures at the moment to ensure social distancing, the course ran very smoothly. There was a huge amount of different techniques to learn and everyone worked together to create a fantastic range of afternoon tea treats. It was a full day course and Shona had made it a busy one! Delighted with the end results and have some excellent recipes that I will enjoy making again. Shona is always very quick to answer any questions and is really good at sending links to equipment used on the course if you ask.
Taystful Gourmet Afternoon Tea Course It's great value for money. You take everything you make home with you and it recipes can be adapted to make lots of different flavours. I have attended a few courses and always been great. Shona is always very helpful and if you need anything you can just email for help after the course.
Gourmet Afternoon tea Course Fabulous day, so many skills covered! Excellent Value for money.
On behalf of an organisation, I recently placed an order for 70 boxes of Shona’s chocolates to be decorated with a specific ribbon and gift message and posted to individual addresses. Each box safely arrived, and were delicious. Cannot thank Shona enough for this. Five star, excellent service from start to finish. We’ll be back! Sheila Jones, Secretary, Scottish Branch QARANC Association.’
Interesting and well paced class , lots to learn with all skills being transferable, and a really delicious end result. Shona teaches in a friendly and encouraging way.
A great opportunity to learn loads of new skills without leaving your house. The zoom classes are well planned and with ingredients packs available everyone should try them - you won't be disappointed.
The online classes are great. It really feels like I am learning something really valuable during lockdown whilst not having to leave the house! Such great value and you get the ingredients sent to you in advance which couldn't be easier! The online classes are great and you really feel like you are in a 'real' class. I can't wait to do more!
I really enjoyed the Truffle pop online session. Shona was very organised and explained everything clearly on the day. I chose to buy the ingredients from Shona and they arrived in plenty time. All instructions were clear and also sent out well in advance. A link to a video on tempering the chocolate was sent out and was informative. I would give this 10 out of 10 and I now want to learn more
I thoroughly enjoyed the truffle pop online session with Shona from Taystful, it was so easy to follow and is a great class for anyone interested in chocolate or even just for fun. I will definitely be getting involved in more of these sessions, a great and new way to learn new skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first online Zoom chocolate session. Shona took the demonstrations at a pace we all could follow. With only minimal previous experience with chocolate making I was delighted with the resulting Raspberry Truffle pops which were very well received by family and friends
I had a really great time at Shona's chocolate workshop. I always wanted to learn how to make chocolates, but I didn't always have the confidence to try it out. However, at Shona's workshop she stresses that there is no such thing as a silly question and she goes above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience. I couldn't recommend this class more and the chocolates are delicious. I am now booked for her Christmas Chocolate making day class canâ€™t wait.
I recently took part in an online chocolate truffle class, with Shona. I have never done anything like this before, but it was such a lovely way to learn new skills, without having to leave the house! Shona is a wonderful teacher, nothing is too much trouble, and her support after the class is invaluable. If you are thinking about taking the class, just do it!
Great one hour online course that resulted in delicious chocolate raspberry truffle pops that looked really professional! Loved it! Am already booked on to the next one!!!
Took part in my first online chocolate course with Shona and loved it. If you're looking for a great way to learn a new skill and produce amazing chocolate pops look no further! Can't wait for my next class!
Thank you so much, Shona, for an amazing time at your workshop in Blairgowrie on Sunday. Not only did you let us loose on your equipment and recipes but you allowed us to produce a beautiful array of chocolates to be proud of! It was beyond my expectations in every way. I particularly enjoyed the story and history of chocolate section from pod to end product...but not as much as the tasting :) If you have the chance to do this - just do it!!
We would like to thank you so so much for our truly amazing wedding cake. It was better than we could ever imagine. Some of our guests didn't realise at first that it was a cake, they thought it was made from actual wood! And the lemon cake on the top was to die for.
Just a wee note to say a huge thank you for our making our beautiful cake, we absolutely loved it! All of our guests were raving about how fantastic all of the flavours were!
Would just like to say thanks so much for a fantastic well run and fun course in Blairgowrie last month. Mhairi and I really enjoyed it and I am very keen to try out some of what we learnt with my College students and at home.
I had mentioned to Shona during the previous Gourmet Desserts course that I would like better knowledge of mirror glaze and she suggested the Entremet Glazing course. Shona is always happy to answer all my questions and never makes you feel that it was a silly question. The desserts made were really lovely and the course was aimed at just the right level. Shona is very relaxed and makes the courses fun. This course was all day and I came home with 3 beautiful desserts for all my family to admire and enjoy. Shona had recipes ready and some ingredients weighed out to help but allowed us to make the major components of each dessert. She is always happy to assist if needed and answer lots of questions.
Excited to have done another course with the lovely Shona Sutherland from Taystful! Incredible work, an amazing inspiration and teacher in the chocolate and patisserie world.
What a fantastic way to spend a Sunday. Great teaching with new skills learned and then take it all home to enjoy. The desserts are aesthetically pleasing but taste wise they are simply outstanding. Utterly delicious!
Shona created our wedding cake and it was stunning; both visually and in taste. From initial meeting right through to the finished product, Shona has been responsive and organised tastings to help us make decisions about flavour choices (there is a vast array available). I am confident that no matter what your idea for cake may be, Shona could not just create it but will deliver something that exceeds your expectations. Our guests were raving about how tasty the cake was; and rightly so. Thank you!
I just wanted to say thank you so much for our amazing wedding cake last Saturday! Everyone commented on, not only how gorgeous it was, but how amazing it tasted!! Unfortunately, itâ€™s all gone now :( But it was utterly delicious!! Thank you so much for the hard work you put into it!
Another fabulous day spent in the Taystful kitchens with Shona. If you get the chance to do one of these courses grab it with both hands - you WON'T be disappointed. Professional, informative and most of all enjoyable.
Loved trying out new flavours and fillings for Macarons along with variations of colour on the course. Super high quality as always with Shona and definitely feel confident following her recipes.
I attended a one to one chocolate making course at Taystful. Shona was brilliant, explaining a lot about the techniques. Nothing was to much trouble and the course was beyond what I was expecting. One to one is a considered purchase, but well worth it!
I recently planned a destination wedding for the sweetest couple at Forter Castle in Angus and can not thank Forter enough for the referral to Shona at Taystful! Not only did she make the process of selecting and designing a wedding cake and petits fours from the U.S. easy, but she also came through with a no hassle and timely delivery on the wedding day, as well as, provided the most beautiful and delicious treats a bride and groom could ask for. I can not wait to get back to Scotland for my next destination wedding and will, without a doubt, be looking forward to working with Shona again. If you are looking for a wedding cake as beautiful as it is delicious Taystful is the way to go. Many many thanks,
We can't thank Shona enough for such a fabulous wedding cake. Often cake that looks really good doesn't ever taste as good, however Shona proved that this doesn't have to be the case. Our cake fitted in perfectly with the theme of the day & people are still saying 7 weeks after our special day how nice it tasted! Thanks so much!
WOW! We ordered our cake from Shona at the end of last year and I couldn't wait to see it for real - it was absolutely perfect, I'm biased but I think it was one of the prettiest cakes I've seen! One of my favourite parts of the wedding. It tasted unbelievable and everyone commented on all three flavours - caramel, white chocolate and victoria sponges all coated with white chocolate ganache and hundreds and thousands. All correspondence, payments and the tasting was done with ease and the finished product was just amazing. Thanks so much again!
We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did on our wedding cake. The guests commented on how lovely it looked ( the veil was such a nice touch). With gratitude
The cake looked stunning and was delicious. Thank you so much! Thank you again, we will definitely recommend your services to anyone staying nearby!
I just wanted to say thank you so much! Our cake was absolutely amazing!!! Everyone commented on how beautiful it was, the flowers were just wow!! And it tasted fab! Thank you so much for everything! We had an amazing day and the cake just made it even better.
Amazing cake Shona, thank you so much!
Just a wee note to say thank you again for doing our wedding cake for Ballathie House on 29th April. Everyone commented on how nice it looked and we all certainly enjoyed eating it! Our guest who had the coeliac diet was in particular delighted that she could eat it as she normally has to miss out on these things.
Just want to say a massive thank you for making my amazing wedding cake! I can't thank you enough. The flowers were amazing!! You just did such an amazing job and I'm so grateful. So thank you again!
I wanted to say how much I LOVED our wedding cake, it looked so amazing and tasted even better! Absolutely perfect and beyond what I imagined!
You have been such a pleasure to work with Shona, thank you making our wedding cake such a special experience and it really did look and taste fantastic! Thank you so much!
Thank you again. The cake was wonderful!
Thank you so much! The cup cakes were just perfect and everyone loved them, what a talent you are!! Thank you for everything.
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for the beautiful wedding cakes you did for our wedding yesterday. They looked absolutely fantastic and tasted just as good!
Shona, just wanted to say a huge heartfelt thank you for the amazing cake that you made us. It went down a storm! Everyone loved it!!!
We loved everything about our wedding cake and our guests loved the quality in the eating. Shona was very helpful and fully understood our requirements, very professional.
We ordered a wedding cake and macarons from Taystful - both were produced to a very high standard. The service throughout was excellent - thank you Shona!
The cake and macaron favours were incredible, we were blown away, thanks so much from the bottom of our hearts!
Our wedding cake was simply delicious all our guests commented on how light and moist it was! Could not fault Shona she was fab with everything, really took the pressure off knowing my cake was in excellent hands. Shona was extremely helpful in helping me decide what to choose for my wedding cake.
You have been such a pleasure to work with Shona, thank you making our wedding cake such a special experience and it really did look and taste fantastic!
The cake, petitfours and shortbread cookies were all just amazing!!! Thank you so much for making our day so very special!!!
Blown away, you learn and create loads in what seems like a short space of time.
Shona took on board our suggestions and we came up with the perfect wedding cake. Excellent communication all the way through which was wonderful. Our wedding cake was stunning! Outstanding quality.
This was my third class with Shona and I cannot recommend her enough. She is extremely knowledgeable, patient and very good at passing on her expertise.
She (12 year old Trudi) had a FAB time (on her one to one 4 hour cake and chocolate course), loved the day and can't wait to try it all again at home - her Xmas list has got a little longer and she now needs more kitchen cupboard space for her baking kit!
Just to say a big thank you Shona for all your help & hard work & advice. Kiera Jack & everyone had a great day, and the cake was amazing!!! It took centre stage & it was a massive hit, it was devoured, but we did manage to save the top tier to bring back down to England with us, but I don't think it will last long! I can honestly say it was the most delicious cake I've ever tasted & everyone else for that matter!
Shona â€“ thank you for your service â€“ definitely A1. I have just managed to get in touch with Betty and she was so excited â€“ the cake was so beautiful she didn't want to cut into it!! A big hit.
We want to thank you so much for the beautiful cake you made for our wedding at the Atholl Palace.The cake surpassed all our expectations, it was absolutely stunning and brought a huge smile to my face when I saw it. It was also very delicious, and as a result didn't last long! You are very talented and thanks for being such a pleasure to work with.
We ordered a cake from Taysful cakes for our Wedding in March 2016 at the Atholl Palace in Pitlochry. The entire experience from start to finish was a pleasure. Shona was very helpful and accommodating while we were determining the details on the cake design. Shona provided my whole family with a delicious cake tasting where we were able to see some of her fantastic chocolate work that was on display. The cake was personally delivered on our wedding day and Shona ensured that it was set up perfectly on display before leaving. The cake was absolutely stunning and exceeded our expectations, what a talent! Most importantly the cake tasted delicious and was gone within a few days of the wedding! I would highly recommend Taysful cakes to anyone looking for a beautiful, personalised and delicious wedding cake.
I have learnt so much from Shona, she is extremely good at communicating and sharing her skills with others. I particularly appreciate the way she allows me to take things at my own speed. Amazingly good value.
Shona made our wedding cake and was absolutely great throughout the whole process. We sent a picture to say what we wanted and she really did exceed the picture. The cake looked amazing and tasted great too. Shona kept in touch throughout the process and was so enthusiastic which was great. On our wedding day the staff at Fingask said it was the best cake they had seen, and they see a lot of cakes! Thank you so much for everything.
Shona at Taystful not only makes stunningly beautiful cakes she also makes cakes which taste delicious. She always goes the extra mile with her customer service and is 100% reliable.
Loved every minute of the course! Learnt so much and the family enjoyed eating the cake afterwards! Shona is such an inspiration and I just love her work! Can't wait to do another course!
I would like to thank you very very much for an amazing cake you made for my partners 40th Birthday !!! It was last minute order in busy festive period and your professional approach made one thing less to worry about. The cake itself was just awesome and my partner absolutely loved it. Also cake was really light and tasty. Everyone at the party was amazed with it and loved it. It was the most talked about point of the party! I will definitely recommend your services to family and friends.
Shona came to my house to help me with my son and daughter-in-law's wedding cake. It was a great experience, having one-to-one tuition in my own home and was of tremendous help in the making of the cake, many new skills were learned. I have also attended three of Shona's chocolate making courses now and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them, again learning lots of new skills as well as meeting new people and having lovely chocolates to take home. I would recommend any of Shona's courses that you may be thinking of doing as I am certain that you will have a great experience, no matter what you do.
Hi Shona, I would like to thank you for the course today, you made it easy to understand and very enjoyable. Thank-you!
My middle son aged 13 had an amazing one to one creating some incredible sweets. Shona went above and beyond what we expected and would highly recommend her courses. Ben had the best afternoon! Thoroughly enjoyed using the blowtorch! How cool!!!
Absolutely brilliant course, Shona is so knowledgeable, tried so many different techniques can't wait to go try them on my own'. (Intermediate Cake Decoration Course)
Thank you for amazing our guests and family with your fantastic wedding cake it was everything you promised and more, and of course delicious.
Shona at Taystful is the most professional chocolatier and caterer I have met. With high work standards, creativity and attention to detail she never fails to deliver to regular and new clients and to those collaborating with her on business level. Iâ€™ve tried her products on many occasions and the taste and look of her assorted chocolates, truffles and bakery is heavenly. I would highly recommend her fantastic services to anyone looking to treat themselves, their family or a friend with something special, or to get exceptional catering services.
Thank you for such a fun afternoon on Sunday. You area wonderful teacher. We couldn't believe how many different types of chocolate we all made and can't believe we have managed to eat most of them already!
The (chocolate) medal has arrived and Tracey is delighted! Thank you very much Shona, excellent product, excellent service.
Hi Shona, just wanted to say how fantastic our wedding cake was! It was exactly what I wanted and tasted amazing. I'm gutted that it's all gone. Everyone has said how delicious it was.
The wedding cake you did for my son Andrew and his bride Tanya, was fabulous, the best I have tasted!
I had a very enjoyable afternoon. Shona was extremely helpful and very encouraging. (Cake Decoration Course, Peel Farm)
Really enjoyed my afternoon. The venue was good and Shona's tutor skills are great, she really takes time to explain. Will be back!
Had a lovely day, highly recommended, learned lots of new tips!
Great Day, highly recommended! When's the next one!
Had a fantastic day, it went so quickly! Great teacher - very informative, learned so many techniques. Will be back for follow up on sugar flower making!
Thank you again for the cake, it was absolutely stunning. It got lots of comments!
Thank you so much for the fab cake for Elspeth's Birthday. She loved it!
Thank you very much for our beautiful wedding cupcakes! Our winter candy table looked amazing and the cupcakes were the talk of the night...they were incredibly delicious!
Mum's Birthday Cake was amazing, everyone loved it and it is absolutely delicious!
I just wanted to tell you that the cake was delicious, and very much admired. It was extremely popular with people queuing up to take samples home to other family members!
I just wanted to thank you again for our AMAZING cake! I think people were more excited about the cake than they were about us!! Everyone thought it was fantastic and it was delicious too! We were delighted and so glad we met you and chose you to create it for us!
Thank you so much for the wonderful cake, I loved it! I was thrilled when it was unveiled at my party, everyone was amazed by it.
The cake was sensational!
Thank you soooo much for Jenni's birthday cake Shona. It is truly awesome, like I say.....you are one very talented lady.
Gary and I would like to thank you so much for the gorgeous wedding cake, it was better than we imagined, the figures were brilliant! Everyone commented on how gorgeous it was and it tasted amazing. Thank you again for making our wedding day so special.
Just a quick note to thank you again for the gorgeous (and delicious!!) wedding cake! Everyone loved it.
Thank you so much for our Wedding cake! It was absolutely stunning and the guests loved the individual sponge cakes
'Just thought I'd send you a big THANK YOU! Mum really enjoyed the biscuits you made'.