Los Angeles Cake Decorating Schools
Individuals who are interested in cake decorating have several schools from which to choose in the Los Angeles area. While cake decorating may be offered as an independent class, it's often included as part of a certificate or degree program in baking and pastry arts. This article covers the courses and hands-on learning opportunities at three colleges; a table of statistics on each school is included as well. For those looking for even more options, a couple of other schools are also discussed.
- Los Angeles Trade Technical College, situated about two miles from central L.A., has a professional baking certificate of completion program that includes cake decorating as part of its curriculum. Students have access to the school's student employment center and job bulletin board, which provides job assistance.
- The professional baking and pastry certificate program at Cerritos College offers students the chance to obtain experience working in the Cerritos College Café. The school is roughly 17 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
- Located around 23 miles from L.A.'s downtown area, Long Beach City College offers a commercial cake decorating certificate program, as well as several baking and pastry arts programs.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Baking and Pastry Arts
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- Institutional Food Worker
- Meat Cutting
Comparison of Schools
The cost of attending a school is often a consideration, but there are other factors that might influence your selection on where to study cake decorating. The campus setting and number of enrolled students, for instance, can impact your experience. Learn about these and other facts for the profiled colleges in the table below.
|Los Angeles Trade Technical College||Cerritos College||Long Beach City College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||14,688*||21,774*||24,403*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large Suburb||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$1,220 in-state; $7,016 out-of-state*||$1,340 in-state; $7,926 out-of-state*||$1,182 in-state; $7,398 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||81%*||72%*||78%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2013 returning Fall 2014)||60% for full-time*||63% for full-time*||73% for full-time*|
|Graduation Rate (Students who started 2011)||21%*||15%*||24%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Part of the Los Angeles Community College District, Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) is a public college that offers associate degree and vocational certificate programs in various fields, including culinary arts. The culinary arts department at LATTC offers professional baking and culinary arts programs.
Professional Baking Certificate of Completion
This 4-semester program features morning classes Monday through Thursday, equal to 21 hours per week. Students obtain extensive hands-on training working in the college's commercial kitchen, at industry jobs and for local retail bakery and catering companies. The curriculum includes courses in basic measurements, dough and batter preparation, bread and roll production, pie fillings, fancy pastry production and basic cake decorating. Adding 18 units of general education courses to the curriculum can help a student earn an associate degree.
Cerritos College offers certificate and degree programs, continuing education, distance learning and career pathway programs. The culinary arts program is one of several training programs within the school's health occupations division.
Professional Baking and Pastry Certificate of Achievement
This program, which combines coursework with hands-on training, prepares students to work in restaurants and the hospitality industry. Students develop basic baking skills and learn about food purchase and control, food safety and kitchen sanitation. The program also includes a 2-part course in professional baking and pastry production. Practical experience in the kitchen is obtained by working in the Cerritos College Café. Students may also have employment opportunities at local businesses.
Long Beach City College
Long Beach City College (LBCC) is a public college that has 2 campuses and more than 950 courses. The culinary arts department at LBCC offers baking and pastry arts programs in 3 different levels: a 10-unit certificate of accomplishment, 2-year certificate of achievement and a 2-year associate degree program.
Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate
This certificate requires only the 39 credits focused on baking and pastry creation. Students learn fundamental and advanced baking and pastry skills, workforce skills and specialty desserts and confections. Both cake and chocolate decoration courses are included.
Associate in Science in Baking and Pastry Arts
This 2 year degree requires 39 credits in culinary arts and 19 credits in general studies. The culinary courses will take the student through workplace skills, breads, cake decorating and more advanced bakery operations. This mission of the program is for students to be able to create bread and pastries to industry standards while demonstrating kitchen safety and sanitation.
Students can also find cake decorating classes at Pasadena City College, located about 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The college offers a baking and pastry certificate program that includes instructions on cake decorating. Cypress College, which is located roughly 23 miles away, offers a baking and pastry arts certificate program and a baking fundamentals certificate program; both programs teach students how to create special design cakes and pastry showpieces.