Cake decorating classes are usually available through certificate and associate's degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry making. Sometimes, they are available as personal interest courses, which do not lead to a degree. Through these courses, students acquire the skills to bake and decorate restaurant quality cakes. Students learn how to apply icing, make cake decorations and design cakes for special events.
Here are a few common concepts found in cake decorating classes:
- Types of decorations
- Icing techniques
- Creating layers
List of Cake Decorating Classes
Introductory Cake Decorating Course
In this introductory class, students take previously baked cakes and learn basic cake decorating techniques. Students start with the proper way to apply icing and frosting and slowly begin adding on flowers, shells, leaves, roses and stars. This class is hands-on.
Cake Frosting and Icing Techniques Course
In this class, students make and color their own frostings and icings. They experiment with different frosting recipes, using each different type to create designs, building on what was learned in basic cake decorating courses. Students learn how some frostings are better for different types of designs than others. They use icing to create advanced flowers, roses, ivy and intricate patterns.
Teaching Decorating to Children Course
Students taking this course practice cake decorating skills and learn techniques for teaching these skills to others, usually children. They use materials which are safe for children to use, such as spatulas instead of knives, and practice making decorating bags for icing. Often, this course involves working with children so students can teach them techniques for frosting cakes and making designs, including flowers, with icing.
Designing Wedding Cakes Course
In this advanced cake decorating course, students build on previously acquired skills to make several different-styled wedding cakes. They use pulled sugar to create lace designs and use candies, such as chocolate to add layers. Sometimes, this class covers vintage cake designs to recommend to brides interested in themed weddings. Usually, this course also includes techniques for working with brides and might include tips on how to transport large wedding cakes safely.
Designing Restaurant-Quality Cakes Course
Students taking this class learn how to bake their own cakes and other baked goods to restaurant quality. They practice creating aesthetically pleasing cake designs, which are appealing to large groups of people. Usually, the course includes techniques for pricing, marketing and selling cakes.