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Cake Design Schools and Classes

Cake design may be studied through short-term training workshops or through certificate programs in the broader field of baking and pastry. Classes may teach you about various types of icing and common decorative techniques using writing and floral design. Find out more about education in cake design and decoration skills.

What You Need to Know

Cake design is a field specializing in cake decorating for different occasions. Prospective designers learn about the fundamentals of design and decoration, as well as general food service courses.

Programs Short training workshops and certificate/associate degree programs are available.
Classes Cake construction, types of icing, script and floral decoration, nutrition, and marketing techniques
Schools Look for cake design schools with internship opportunities and/or operational kitchens on-campus

What Short-Term Programs Are Offered?

Short training programs may be available as standalone classes or workshops that can be completed in less than three months. If you're interested in entry-level positions, or if you already have some professional culinary experience but require further specialization, these programs may be appropriate for you.

What About Certificates and Degrees?

Certificate programs in cake design are typically more extensive, taking 1-2 semesters to complete, and may allow you to gain more hands-on experience in design techniques and materials. Baking and pastry certificate programs may prepare you for more generalized baking jobs. Associate degree programs in baking and pastry might be beneficial if you're interested in managing or owning a bakery or catering service.

What Classes Will I Take?

Through cake design classes and workshops, you will probably study the fundamentals of decoration techniques, such as the following:

  • Cake construction
  • Icing types
  • Script decoration
  • Floral decoration

Certificate programs cover these areas as well, but more extensively, and may culminate in a final cake design project that allows you to demonstrate your skills.

Baking and pastry certificate programs might allow you to take more general food service courses in subjects like sanitation, nutrition, retail and marketing techniques. Both certificate and associate degree programs in baking and pastry will generally prepare you for management or chef positions through classes in finance, cost control and menu planning. These course topics might also be offered:

  • Decorating cupcakes
  • Foundations of professional cooking
  • Principles of bakeshop production
  • Chocolate works
  • Dessert presentation
  • Sugar art

How Should I Choose a School?

In order to gain hands-on experience in both baking and design, you may consider enrolling in programs with operational kitchens on-campus. Internship opportunities offered through some programs may be beneficial by providing you with experience in creating and designing specialty cakes to meet real customer needs.

Cake design schools should offer courses in a wide variety of decoration techniques, including writing, creating borders and making roses with gum paste, royal icing and fondant. If you're interested in restaurant management or ownership, you should choose a school with retail, accounting or leadership courses. These schools are among those that offer cake design classes or programs:

  • Penn College (Williamsport, PA)
  • Delaware Technical Community College (Various locations in DE)
  • Institute of Culinary Education (New York, NY)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC)
  • Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester)