Cake Decorating Certificate Programs and Classes

Cake decorating certificate programs may teach you techniques ranging from adding simple icing designs to creating tiered cakes with ruffled garland and lace. Read on to learn more about special cake decorating techniques you can learn in a certificate program and what to expect in this career field. Schools offering Baking & Pastry degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Cake decorating certificates and diplomas can be earned for self-enrichment, career advancement or skills development. Many cake decorating programs are found at community colleges, technical schools and continuing education departments of 4-year colleges. In some cases, schools will offer courses and program curricula that have been developed by well-known manufacturers of cake decorating items and bakery supplies.

Certification Retail Bakers Association's Certified Decorator and Serv-Safe certifications
Classes Creating flowers and other shapes, building character cakes, decorating other baked goods
Schools Community colleges, technical schools, continuing education departments at 4-year colleges

What Will I Learn in My Cake Decorating Classes?

In a cake decorating certificate program, you'll learn how to create flowers and other designs using icing. You'll also learn how to apply design accessories, such as lace and ruffle garland. Basic topics such as size, color, shape and position will be covered as well. Depending on the program, you might create character cakes too. You'll complete a final project as well, which may consist of creating a tiered wedding cake.

Additionally, some programs cover the decoration of other sweet treats, such as candy, cookies, cupcakes and chocolate truffles. While there'll be certain projects your instructors will want you to work on, they'll also encourage you to be creative and experiment with your own decorating ideas. Moreover, you'll need to purchase the required supplies before beginning your classes. These supplies might include fondant, gel icing color, a rolling pin and florist foam.

Will My Classes Prepare Me for Certification?

You won't be able to earn certification through your classes, but you can earn it through the Retail Bakers Association ( You'll need to have at least four years of on-the-job experience in a retail or commercial bakery before you can earn the Certified Decorator (CD) designation offered by the association. You'll also need to complete a 30-hour sanitation course or earn the Serv-Safe certification.

The CD designation can enhance job prospects when looking for work in a commercial bakery. The CD designation also documents your ability to decorate many different kinds of cakes using a variety of techniques. Workplace sanitation and customer relations are additional topics that are covered.

What Can I Expect Once I Enter the Workforce?

Cake decorating skills can be applied to jobs in various settings, from small independent bakeries and cafes to large hotels and busy catering companies. Jobs in baking are expected to experience 6% growth between 2012-2022, as reported the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ( Despite the slow growth, the Bureau mentions that increases in bakeries and grocery stores that sell baked products will create good job opportunities. These jobs may require working odd or long hours and performing under pressure from time to time to meet deadlines for special events and other occasions.

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