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Cake Decorating Classes in Maryland with School Options

Research cake decorating classes in Maryland, which currently has seven schools offering programs. Read an overview of courses, tuition info and program options for four of these schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Maryland has several colleges that offer cake decorating courses. Three schools in the state offer Associate of Applied Science programs in the culinary arts field. All of the schools offer certificate programs that include cake decorating instruction. Students spend quite a bit of time practicing hands-on skills.

Below are four Maryland schools that offer cake decorating classes, as well as a comparison chart for the programs and courses offered, tuition costs, and school settings.


Anne Arundel Community College

Anne Arundel Community College's Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute in Glen Burnie offers an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts program, an Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts program, Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate program, and Culinary Arts Certificate program. Students interested in earning an associate's degree in culinary arts must complete at least 65 credit hours. Students who opt for the baking and pastry arts associate program need to complete 62 credit hours, and requirements include baking and pastry introduction classes, as well as cake and pastry decoration courses.

Students pursuing a Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate must complete 25 credit hours. Courses include intermediate cake production, where students learn about multiple decoration techniques using royal icing, fondant, and other materials. Students who wish to earn the Culinary Arts Certificate are required to earn 25 credit hours. Requirements cover cooking techniques, as well as gardé manger.

Frederick Community College

Frederick Community College's Associate of Applied Science program in Culinary Arts and Supervision prepares students for entry-level positions within the culinary arts field. Potential careers include assistant pastry chef and line cook. Course offerings include an advanced baking class, which covers decoration techniques for cakes and pastries.

Howard Community College

Howard Community College in Columbia offers a baking and pastries certificate program for students interested in focusing on baking techniques in the culinary field. Students must complete 28 credit hours, and the program requirements include a cake decorating and candy making course. The cake decoration portion of the course covers advanced decoration techniques, including tiered wedding cake design.

Prince George's Community College

Located in Largo, Prince George Community College offers students both associate's degree and certificate programs in culinary arts that include baking components. For students looking to focus on cake decoration, the certificate program's course on advanced baking and pastry allows students to explore both tarts and cakes. Students are required to finish the course by completing a menu-listed specialty dessert.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type and Setting Cake Decorating Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)
Anne Arundel Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Bakery and Pastry Arts Certificate,
Culinary Arts Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
$4,670 (in-district); $7,880 (in-state); $12,740 (out-of-state)*
Frederick Community College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Supervision $3,578 (in-district); $7,034 (in-state); $9,314 (out-of-state)*
Howard Community College 2-year, public; small city Baking and Pastries - Culinary Management Certificate $3,936 (in-district); $6,048 (in-state); $7,248 (out-of-state)*
Prince George's Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Culinary Arts Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
$3,770 (in-district); $6,050 (in-state); $8,498 (out-of-state)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics

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