Cake Decorating Classes in Atlanta with Course Descriptions

Research cake decorating classes in the Atlanta, GA, area, which currently has several schools offering programs. Read an overview of programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 50 miles of Atlanta and decide which program is right for you.

Atlanta Schools with Cake Decorating Classes

Among public and private, not-for-profit schools in the Atlanta area, none offer cake decorating classes as part of a certificate or degree program. However, three public schools no more than a 50-minute drive from the city have culinary programs with courses that involve baking cakes. All three schools' culinary programs feature nearly the same core curriculum, but students can find variation in required general education courses. This article looks at those schools and their programs.

Also featured here is a chart that cites pertinent information about the schools, including costs and enrollment, that individuals should consider when making a decision about their training. At the end is a listing of some other options for cake decorating classes.

  • Atlanta Technical College, not quite four miles from the city center, offers a cake decorating course along with diploma and associate's degree programs in culinary arts.
  • Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, about 27 miles from downtown Atlanta, has a diploma and an associate's degree program in culinary arts.
  • Around 48 miles from downtown Atlanta, Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin offers a certificate program in catering, as well as culinary arts programs at the diploma and associate's degree levels.

Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta Tech has a long history; when it first opened its doors in 1945, the school focused solely on adult vocational education. Since then, it has diversified its program offerings and student body, but it still keeps its focus on providing applied career preparation along with academic instruction.

Cake Decorating 101

The school's continuing education department provides this hands-on course, which covers creative cake decorating techniques. This course isn't offered on a regular basis, so prospective students should check with the school to find out about current offerings.

Culinary Arts Diploma

This diploma program requires only three general education courses: English, math and interpersonal relations. It includes two courses that involve baking cakes: baking principles and international cuisine and advanced baking. Students can take the second course, which provides advanced instruction in making cakes to be served in hotels and restaurants, instead of a culinary practicum. The course also covers fillings, icings and other baked goods.

Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts

Students in this 62-credit hour degree program take general education courses and core culinary classes. Similar to the diploma program, a course in baking principles introduces students to making baked goods, such as cakes. Students also can take a course in international cuisine and advanced baking instead of a practicum.

Chattahoochee Technical College

Chattahoochee Technical College consists of eight campuses located throughout Georgia. The college offers programs in a variety of areas, including health sciences, computer sciences and engineering technology, business sciences, technical studies, and personal and public services. Culinary programs are offered at the college's Mountain View campus in Marietta, GA.

Culinary Arts Diploma

Students in this diploma program take core occupational courses in cooking principles, garde manger, culinary nutrition, contemporary cuisine, culinary safety, menu development and restaurant operations. They also take a baking principles course that instructs them in baking cakes and other bakery items. Additionally, students take four general education courses.

Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts

This 62-credit hour degree program requires the same occupational core courses as the diploma program. However, students are required to take at least 15 credits of general education courses and two courses in management or a course in management and a course in business ethics. Similar to the diploma program, students can receive instruction in baking cakes, along with other items, in the baking principles course.

Southern Crescent Technical College

Southern Crescent Technical College began offering programs in 2010, after Griffin Technical College and Flint River Technical College combined. Culinary programs are offered on the Griffin campus. The culinary arts department has roughly ten faculty members, including two lab assistants. All culinary programs at this college have a minimum age requirement of 16 and require students to hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Certificate of Credit in Catering Specialist

The catering specialist certificate is a short, 2-term program that does not include general education requirements. Students take courses in sanitation and culinary safety, cooking principles, restaurant operations, garde manger and contemporary cuisine. Also included in the curriculum is a course in baking principles, which includes instruction in preparing baked goods, such as cakes.

Culinary Arts Diploma

This 4-term diploma program allows students to increase their professional, occupational and academic skills and knowledge. Students are required to take a baking principles course, which includes instruction in baking a variety of products, including cakes. In addition, students can choose to take a practicum or a course in international cuisine and advanced baking, which provides details on baking cakes and other bakery items, as well as techniques for crafting fillings and icings.

Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts

Graduates of this 5-term program can seek careers as culinary managers, caterers, bakers or cooks. Students take general education courses along with classes related to the culinary arts. As with the diploma program, the culinary arts curriculum includes courses in baking principles and international cuisine and advanced baking.

Comparison of Schools

Prospective students can use the following table to compare important aspects of these schools.

Atlanta Technical College Chattahoochee Technical College - Mountain View Campus Southern Crescent Technical College
School Type2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011-2012) 4,491*N/A 5,155*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $2,052 in-state; $3,852 out-of-state* $2,122 in-state; $3,922 out-of-state* $2,078 in-state; $3,878 out-of-state*
% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2010-2011) 98%* N/A 96%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - open admissions*N/A - open admissions*N/A - open admissions*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 50% for full-time students; 35% for part-time students* N/A 53% for full-time students; 39% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (students who started in fall 2008 and finished within 150% of normal completion time) 31%* N/A31%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Non-School Options

Individuals interested in learning cake decorating techniques can find Wilton cake decorating courses at Michaels, a large arts and crafts store. Cake Art, a candy making and cake decorating supply center, also offers standalone courses in cake decorating, as does The Viking Store, an appliance retailer.

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