Cake Decoration Training Programs

Learn about training programs that can teach you to decorate cakes, and get information on skills these programs cover. Find out how you can earn a certificate in cake decoration and baking as well as exploring the job outlook and salary expectations for this career. Schools offering Baking & Pastry degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Cake Decorating Training Options Are Available?

If you're interested in learning how to decorate cakes, you can take independent not-for-credit courses that are available at many colleges and community colleges. Associate's degree or bachelor's degree programs in the culinary or pastry arts often include cake decorating classes. However, if all you want to learn is cake decorating, a certificate in cake decorating will provide the most thorough, targeted option and may also include tips for preparing other desserts. An individual class may meet only a couple of nights or may meet throughout a semester.

Program TypesCertificate programs will provide the most targeted training in cake decorating, though degree programs in culinary or pastry arts may include cake decorating classes
Key Program ConceptsCake writing, decoration, baking, flavor incorporation, icing creation
Class DetailsClasses may meet for 2-3 hours at a time; day sessions may be 8 hours
Salary$24,170* (median salary for bakers in 2015)

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Learn?

Some topics include making icings, including butter cream, fondant and royal icing. You may learn to write on cakes using different tools with different types of icing. Other topics could include making vines, lilies, roses, leaves, piping, shells, stars and other decorations. You may also learn to use the different tools and gain experience using each. Some classes may also pertain to baking the cake and incorporating flavors.

Some certificate programs also train you to create other desserts, such as artisan breads, pies and sweet rolls. You may learn about different types of filling and gain experience making and tasting them. Your courses may also cover methods for determining the cost of supplies and the math used to decide how much is needed in a recipe. For many certificate programs, you may create tiered cakes and decorate wedding cakes.

How Do Classes Work?

For most cake decorating courses, you're responsible for purchasing the supplies for the course and bringing them to class. Generally, classes will last for 2-3 hours per meeting period and you'll spend the time working with the equipment to learn how to smooth icing on cakes, use fondant and create flowers and other designs. Individual classes that meet for only one day may meet for eight hours. Your classes may also include baking cakes or other desserts, depending on the topics covered in that specific class.

How Can I Use My New Skills?

Upon completing the certificate in cake decorating, you may be able to work as a cake decorator in a bakery or the bakery department of a grocery store. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you could also become a baker, which involves baking breads and other desserts in addition to cakes, and you may be responsible for decorating and icing these baked goods ( According to, cake decorators made $17,853 to $33,042 as of January 2016. Bakers made a median annual salary of $24,170 in 2015, according to the BLS. You can also use your skills to make more beautiful and delicious cakes for your friends and family members.

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