Cake Art with Jasmine Rae, April 10-15, 2023

Honoring time and the natural process in cake design

JOIN JASMINE in Bella Toscana

“I’m fascinated by materials curled by the effect of time, boasting the articulation of use and wear from life past. Its beauty is so rich. I recreate this look of aging afresh, in food, ironically, abusing my decorative sugar surfaces with a delicate hand, pushing the sugar’s potential for that richness beyond what I’ve previously known or seen, forging textures that play with light and shadow. Each cake shows me something new…” ~ Jasmine Rae

ABOUT Jasmine Rae

Jasmine’s extraordinary cakes are truly that: extraordinary. Each is its own stunning work of art, designed with carefully chosen ingredients to create an edible masterpiece. Her cakes have been featured in the following online and print publications: The Lane, 
Martha Stewart Magazine, 
The Knot
, Brides Magazine, 
Grace Ormond,  Wedding Style Magazine
, Style Me Pretty
, OnceWed, 
Borrowed and Blue
, Green Wedding Shoes, 
Modern Luxury Brides Magazine
, Snippet and Ink, Magnolia,  Rouge. 
San Francisco Magazine, 
Huffington Post
, Flutter, 
Carats & Cake, Grey Likes
, 7×7 Magazine, 
Pacific Weddings Magazine
, Flutter Magazine, The Cake Blog, 
100 Layer Cake … and many more.


“This course is about learning principles that may help YOU find YOU, your own voice, a voice you may want to share with the world in the robust form of a thriving business. This course isn’t about a formula, isn’t about tips and tricks, or how to be me. I’m extremely proud of what we have created for you, because it’s about using myself as an example of a journey. Although this workshop is rooted in practicality, technique, and lessons, it’s also beautiful – and most importantly, it’s about me sharing with you my perspective and principles, as well as my approach to myself as an artist. My hope is that you will do the same so you’ll end up with something uniquely YOU.” ~ Jasmine Rae


  • DAY 1: Arrive from Rome Fiumicino Airport, welcome and orientation with Jasmine
  • DAY 2: Instruction with Jasmine, landscape sketching
  • DAY 3: Instruction with Jasmine, visit to organic flour mill, excursion to Pienza
  • DAY 4: Instruction with Jasmine, saffron tasting, pizza night at a local pizzeria
  • DAY 5: Instruction with Jasmine, celebratory aperitivo & dinner
  • DAY 6: Departure and transport to Rome Fiumicino Airport


Day 1 – Monday, April 10: Arrival

  • Arrive, welcome and orientation
  • Aperitivo, dinner

Upon your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, our private drivers will transport you to the Italian countryside, and your boutique hotel accommodations in the unspoiled village of Città della Pieve. After check in, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the historic center of the village, with trip facilitator, Pamela Haack, then you’ll join Jasmine Rae in the studio space for an overview of the workshop.

This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome aperitivo and delicious, regional-style dinner.

Day 2 – Tuesday, April 11: Workshop & Sketching

  • Instruction with Jasmine, sketching lesson
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning after a delicious breakfast, you’ll join Jasmine for your first full workshop session in the workshop studio. Afterwards we’ll be heading to nearby Mon Cafè, where you’ll enjoy a light lunch.  

In afternoon you’ll continue your class time with Jasmine, including a village walk and sketching lesson. Afterwards you’ll join your fellow students at a nearby trattoria for aperitivo with bruschetta followed by a family-style dinner. 

Day 3 – Wednesday, April 12: Pienza and Pizza 

  • Instruction with Jasmine, organic flour mill, Pienza, pizza night
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after breakfast, you’ll head back to the studio with Jasmine for another fantastic morning of learning and creating. Then it’s off to the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany, as our drivers transport you to a castle, turned organic flour mill, where they have preserved the centuries-old practice of stone-ground flour. After a fascinating tour of the mill, lunch will be served up in the nearby restaurant. 

Afterwards you’ll continue to the nearby hill town of Pienza where you’ll enjoy free time to shop (so many artisan shops!) and explore the winding alleyways that open to spectacular views over the valley below.

This evening you’ll enjoy aperitivo together with Jasmine and your fellow students, followed by Tuscan-style pizza at our friends’ wood-fired pizzeria. 

Day 4 – Thursday, April 13: Workshop, Dolce & Saffron

  • Instruction with Jasmine, dolce lesson, saffron tasting
  • Breakfast, lunch

This morning, after another delicious breakfast, you’ll join Jasmine in the studio for a fabulous, full-morning session. Then it’s time to head to Cristian’s for a delightful dolce lesson followed by lunch. So fun!

Afterwards you’ll have a chance to relax a bit, or continue working on your project in the studio. Later this afternoon we’ll head to Alessandro’s saffron shop for a private visit and saffron tasting, followed by free time to shop or enjoy dinner on your own. 

Day 5 – Friday, April 14: Workshop & Celebration

  • Instruction with Jasmine, celebratory aperitivo & dinner
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after another delicious breakfast, you’ll join Jasmine in the onsite studio for a full morning session, as you immerse yourself in another day of creativity and inspiration. 

Lunch will be served up at Cafe Matucci, followed by a continued afternoon session with Jasmine. Of course you might take a break to walk the village on your own, or sketch the spectacular panoramas you’ll find at every turn. In late afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to complete your final project with Jasmine before gathering together with your fellow students to celebrate the culmination of this inspirational workshop! A special aperitivo and farewell dinner follow, served up by Vannucci’s exceptional chef.

Day 6 – Saturday, April 15: Departure 

Early morning departure to Rome Fiumicino Airport.

VENUE: Boutique Hotel Vannucci

Hotel Vannucci began as a project of Vittoria Spinola, daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele II, who fled Pisa (and an arranged marriage with her elderly husband) to start a new life with her lover in Città della Pieve. Here, she and her soon-to-be new husband, Paolo, built two villas that became luxurious holiday accommodations for wealthy Romans vacationing in the countryside. In 1903 one of the villas became Hotel Vannucci, and today it maintains the elegance and refinement of its inception, with luxurious sleeping rooms, marble bathrooms and inviting gardens. A stay here is truly special, nestled just outside the medieval walls of the historic, and unspoiled, village of Città della Pieve. 

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  •  5 nights stay at Hotel Vannucci in Città della Pieve
  • Private group transportation to/from Rome Fiumicino Airport on arrival and departure days
  • Private group transport service to/from all towns and sites included in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches
  • 5 dinners featuring regional specialties and local wines
  • Visit to organic flour mill
  • Saffron tasting
  • Baking lesson
  • Daily, in-depth instruction with Jasmine Rae
  • Daily accompaniment with a Strada Toscana team host or guide

Not included: Airfare, ground or water transportation outside of that listed in the trip itinerary, alcoholic drinks, wines or meals ordered “on your own”, gratuities for drivers and staff

The Unexpected is Part of the Journey: At Strada Toscana we weave amazing, authentic experiences into every trip, but sometimes unexpected things come up – like an unscheduled closing at a site or restaurant. If that happens, which it rarely does, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting. The quality of your experience is never at risk, as our team is committed to excellence, along with our vast connections of local Italians.

DATES & PRICES:  6 Days/5 Nights

  • April 10-15,2023
  • Trip Price: 
    • $4,200 USD per person – Single Occupancy Classic Room (double bed, walk-in shower)
    • $4,450 USD per person – Single Occupancy Superior Room (double bed, more space, tub with shower)
    • $3,900 USD – Double Occupancy Superior Room (double or twin beds, more space, tub with shower)
  • $500 deposit is required to secure your space on this retreat
  • Review our terms and cancellation policy here
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