Cake Art with Jasmine Rae, April 9-14, 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, herb lesson with Lorenza, bruschetta-making lesson
  • DAY 3: Instruction with Jasmine, visit to organic flour mill, excursion to Pienza
  • DAY 4: Instruction with Jasmine, excursion to Città della Pieve, 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 – Sunday, April 9: Arrival Poggio alla Trese

  • Arrive, welcome and orientation
  • Aperitivo, dinner

Upon your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, our drivers will transport you to beautiful Villa Poggio alle Trese, nestled in the spectacular Italian countryside. After getting settled, and taking a tour of the villa, you’ll join Jasmine Rae in the studio space for an overview of the workshop.

Afterwards, take some time to explore the villa and grounds with your fellow students, then gather together for a friendly aperitivo followed by a delectable welcome dinner prepared by our own Chef Lorenza.

Day 2 – Monday, April 10: at Villa 

  • Instruction with Jasmine, landscape sketching, herb walk with Lorenza, bruschetta-making lesson
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast that includes local pastries, organic yogurt, fresh fruit, eggs, marmalades – plus juices, herbal teas and Italian coffee. Afterwards, you’ll join Jasmine for your first full workshop session in the villa’s spacious studio.

Just before lunchtime, chef Lorenza will be taking you on an informative herb walk, where you’ll learn about classic Italian herbs and how they’re used in the kitchen. Be ready to take some notes as you learn how to make Lorenza’s favorite salty herb cookies. Lunch will be served up afterwards.  

In afternoon you’ll continue your class time with Jasmine, including a walk into the nearby vineyard for an inspiring landscape sketching lesson. Afterwards you’ll join your fellow students fireside for an oh-so-fun bruschetta-making lesson, featuring crusty, Tuscan bread and the estate’s delectable extra virgin olive oil. A delicious, regional-style dinner follows, cooked alle brace (over coals). 

Day 3 – Tuesday, April 11: Pienza 

  • Instruction with Jasmine, organic flour mill, Pienza
  • 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 get ready for an inspiring outing, as our drivers transport you to a castle, turned organic flour mill, in the spectacular Val d’Orcia of Tuscany – where they have preserved the centuries-old practice of stone grinding flour. After an up-close tour, lunch will be served up at the mill’s cozy restaurant. 

After lunch, it’s off to the nearby hill town of Pienza where you’ll enjoy a walking tour with exceptional local guide, Giulia, followed by free time to shop (so many artisan shops!) and explore the winding alleyways that open to spectacular views over the valley below.

Afterwards, it’s back to the villa for a continued afternoon session with Jasmine, before gathering together for aperitivo, followed by another delectable dinner prepared by Lorenza.  

Day 4 – Wednesday, April 12: Città della Pieve

  • Instruction with Jasmine, pasta-making lesson, visit to Città della Pieve, saffron tasting, pizza night
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after another delicious breakfast, you’ll join Jasmine in the studio for a fabulous, full-morning session, followed by a delightful pasta-making lesson with Lorenza. Lunch follows, featuring your handmade pasta, of course!

Afterwards you’ll have a chance to relax a bit, or continue working on your project in the studio, before our drivers take you to nearby Città della Pieve, where you’ll enjoy a fascinating walking tour, including a stop in the stunning cathedral and a jaunt down the narrowest alleyway in Italy. After a stop at our friend, Alessandro’s saffron shop for a private visit and saffron tasting, you’ll have free time to explore and shop on your own before continuing to a private home to enjoy a sunset aperitivo. Afterwards, it’s off to a local pizzeria for a traditional wood-fired pizza dinner. 

Day 5 – Thursday, April 13: Villa

  • 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 here at the villa, followed by a continued afternoon session with Jasmine. Of course you might take a break to walk the nearby country lane or even sketch on your in the olive grove or vineyard. 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, prepared by chef Lorenza.

Day 6 – Friday, April 14: Departure 

This morning, early, our drivers will be transporting you to Rome Fiumicino Airport.

VENUE & ACCOMMODATIONS ~ Villa Poggio alle Trese

Poggio alle Trese has been a part of a family estate for four centuries – an estate that includes stunning olive groves, sweeping vineyards and a precious little lake tucked into the nearby forest. The villa itself sits upon the very border of Tuscany and Umbria, an area that was prone to invasions by the Duke of Tuscany (back when feudal battles were the norm), and was lovingly restored by the family 12 years ago. The renovation included updates and redos to the kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms – all done with classy, traditional touches. The result is a stately structure that reflects its history with grace, while it beckons to modern-day guests who love sumptuous sleeping rooms with characteristic touches.

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  •  5 nights stay at elegant Villa Poggio alle Trese (The entire villa is reserved exclusively for Jasmine’s group!)
  • 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
  • All dinners featuring regional specialties and local wines
  • Visit to organic flour mill
  • Saffron tasting
  • Bruschetta-making lesson
  • Herb 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 villa 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 9-14,2023
  • Trip Price: 
    • $4,200 USD – single occupancy with ensuite bath
    • $3,900 USD – single occupancy with shared bath
    • $3,900 USD – double occupancy with ensuite bath (must register with travel companion at time of booking)
  • $500 deposit is required to secure your space on this retreat
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