We are still accepting applications for September 2020 starts.

Our campuses remain closed for the foreseeable future 

Easter Closure and return to study

The College will be closed from Saturday 4th April to Tuesday 14th April (inclusive), there will be no work set for classroom based courses over this normal 2 week holiday period, however we will be returning to remote working on Wednesday 15th April for staff to continue to prepare online learning and resources.

UCC students and Apprentices will return to their online remote learning on Monday 20th April.

Further Education students will return to online remote learning on Wednesday 22nd April. This delay is to allow teaching staff to prepare materials for the next few weeks of online learning on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April.

Professional Cake Decorating

Do you aspire to auditioning for bake off, producing your own celebration cakes for birthdays, anniversaries or even weddings? If so, this is the course for you.

We offer a Professional Cake Decorating course based at our Colchester campus. The course runs for 10 weeks and is designed to enable learners to develop their skills in cake decoration and sugarcraft. Our course is delivered by a highly experienced cake decorating professional. Many of our students progress from our already highly acclaimed part-time Patisserie and Professional Chef Programmes.

All ingredients are supplied, although you will be required to purchase end products if you wish to take them home. Specialist personal equipment will need to be supplied by the learner.

Applicants will require a good standard of spoken English and a strong interest in artistic cake decoration.

Course Content

The course includes:

  • Introduction to sugar paste and its uses
  • Making one of a selection of cakes using available flavours
  • Coating a cake and a board with sugar paste

You will then learn how to:

  • Assemble a tiered cake
  • Achieve contemporary fabric effects such as ruffles

Introduction to working with sugar flower paste.

You will learn how to make unwired and wired flowers using cutters and impression moulds.

Techniques will include:

  • How to colour using both paste and dust colours.
  • Wiring with different gauge wires, use of stamens and how to apply florist tape.
  • How to assemble flowers into a bouquet and attach to the cake
  • How to finish board and decorate cake with royal icing.
What Can I Do Next?

Self employment and working for established business’s. Learners can progress onto the Intermediate and Advanced Professional Cake Decoration Course within the same academic year.

Professional Cake Decorating

The Professional Cake Decorating course provides an appropriate basis for self-employment or a progression route from or to Part-time Patisserie level 2 or 3 certificate or diploma level courses.

Duration10 weeks
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateTBC
AttendanceTuesdays - 5pm - 9pm


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The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.