Which Ohio Schools Offer Cake Decorating Classes?

Learn about cake decorating classes in Ohio. Get information about classes available and admission requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Baking & Pastry degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

You have many options for programs and schools in cake decorating in Ohio. Depending on your career goals, you can decide which program will meet your needs. Through these programs, you will not only learn about cake and pastry techniques, but also some management, food preparation and nutrition topics to better prepare you for a career in the field.

What You Need to Know

You have a couple of options if you want to learn cake decorating in Ohio. You can take individual classes, or you can complete a certificate program in baking and pastry arts or an associate's degree program in culinary arts. Standalone classes may last only a few hours, while certificate program may require three semesters of coursework or less. The associate's degree program takes about two years and includes culinary skills courses alongside baking and cake decorating coursework.

Hands-on kitchen practice is part of the curriculum in all programs, as is classroom instruction. Some of these are highly competitive programs with limited enrollment. Read on to decide if one of these programs is right for you.

Cake Decorating Classes in Ohio

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offers three classes in pastry decorating. These courses are offered through the Midwest Culinary Institute and are hands-on 3-hour classes. In Pastry Decorating 101, you'll practice basic piping and icing techniques on cupcakes and cookies. The follow-up course teaches you to decorate cakes with buttercream and fondant, while Pastry Decorating 301 builds on those skills and allows you to take home your self-decorated cake.

  • Program Name: Creations Cooking Classes - Pastry Decorating 101, 201 and 301
  • Program Length: Three hours each
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,825 per year for residents; $7,393 per year for non-residents (2015-2016) (individual course costs not available)
  • School Type: 2-year, public (about 10,700 undergraduates)

Cake Decorating Certificate Programs in Ohio

Owens Community College

This Owens Community College program helps you develop advanced baking and decorating skills. You'll take three courses in pastry and baking that include both lecture and laboratory components. Other courses you can expect to take include recipe management, nutrition, food prep, purchasing and gastronomy. Admission into this program is selective, and the school only admits eight students each semester.

  • Program Name: Baking and Pastry Certificate
  • Program Length: Three semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,233 per year for residents; $8,236 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public (about 12,600 undergraduates)

Sinclair Community College

Sinclair Community College's bakery specialist certificate program combines classroom training with hands-on instruction. You'll take courses in kitchen chemistry, baking, cake production, cake decoration and advanced skills in making pastry; however, before taking these classes, you must complete one prerequisite course in sanitation and safety. Credits earned in this program can be applied toward a hospitality management or culinary arts degree program.

  • Program Name: Bakery Specialist Short Term Certificate
  • Program Length: 17 credit hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,476 per year for in-district students; $3,604 per year for in-state residents; $6,868 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Passage of sanitation and safety course
  • School Type: 2-year, public (about 19,100 undergraduates)

Cake Decorating Associate's Degree Program in Ohio

Hocking College

In this associate's degree program, you'll take a variety of culinary courses, including a class in cake production that teaches you to bake and decorate tortes and cakes. Additionally, the classical pastries course provides you with training in advanced techniques in decorating. The miniatures and petite fours course covers preparation along with icing and decorating.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Business in Culinary Arts with a major in baking
  • Program Length: 54-56 credit hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,390 per year for residents; $8,780 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public (about 3,500 undergraduates)

At Hocking College, one can earn an associate's degree in culinary arts with a focus in baking including cake decorating coursework. For students not wanting a full degree program, certificates can be earned though Owens Community College and Sinclair Community College and individual courses can be taken through Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

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