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.