Wedding Cake Design Schools: How to Choose

Dec 08, 2019

Wedding cake design may be learned through on-the-job training experiences or as part of broader culinary programs. Certificate programs may focus specifically on cake decoration, while associate and bachelor's degree programs in culinary arts may include courses in cake decoration alongside study of cooking and baking.

Aspiring wedding cake designers can enroll in courses and programs at private culinary institutes, 2-year community colleges and 4-year universities. Degree programs focused on cake design are uncommon; however, associate degree programs in baking and pastry arts and bachelor's degree programs in culinary arts are available and include courses in cake design.

10 Wedding Cake Design Schools

The following schools offer programs that include courses in cake design:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
The Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionary Art Darien, IL <2-year, Private Courses Tuition varies by course**
Penn Foster Career School Scottsdale, AZ 4-year, Private Courses, Diploma $999 for diploma**
The International Culinary Center New York, NY <2-year, Private Courses, Diploma $39,900*
Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, NY 4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit Courses, Associate's $32,720*
New England Culinary Institute Montpelier, VT 4-year, Private Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's $22,200*
Johnson & Wales University - Providence Providence, RI 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's, Bachelor's $32,441*
Lincoln Culinary Institute Shelton,CT 2-year, Private Certificate $29,908*
Robert Morris University Chicago,IL 4-year, Private Associate's, Bachelor's $28,050*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, ** School websites

School Selection Criteria

Further considerations when selecting a program in this field include:

  • Bachelor's degree programs commonly include courses in event planning, menu development and fine dining, as well as in marketing, management and accounting, which could be useful to individuals aspiring to become head chefs or fill other supervisory positions.
  • Students interested in cake design may wish to look for programs offering internship opportunities at pastry shops or other businesses specializing in cakes.
  • Programs with facilities specifically dedicated to cake decoration or wedding cake construction are recommended so students can gain practical experience.

Certificate in Cake Decoration

Certificate programs in cake decoration can be completed in a semester or less and are typically composed of a series of courses that build upon each other. Students will learn the needed techniques to construct large and complex cakes.

Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts

An associate degree program in baking and pastry arts covers desserts, breads and confections, in addition to general education requirements. This program can be completed in two years.

Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts

Bachelor's degree programs in culinary arts can prepare students for advanced positions in food service. Elective courses, student projects and internship opportunities may be required for completion. Some schools offer baking and pastry specializations within the culinary arts program.

Aspiring wedding cake decorators can earn a certificate in cake decorating, an associate degree in backing and pastry arts or a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. When selecting a school to attend, students should consider their future career goals, as well as a program's internship opportunities.

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