Professional Cake Decorating

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

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

Delivered by a highly experienced cake decorating professional, the course runs for 10 weeks and is designed to enable learners to develop their skills in cake decoration and sugarcraft.

Baking of a range of cakes, the course covers a range of traditional and contemporary techniques including crumb coating, stacking, piping, quilting, modelling and fault line techniques as well as working with fondant, flower paste and ganache.

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.

*This course is not available to learners under 18.

This short course is not government funded, therefore low income or unemployment fee waivers are not available and additional learning support cannot be provided.

Please call (01206) 712777 for more information.

Course Info
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Course Content
The course includes:

Baking different cakes both afternoon tea and celebration

Chocolate Tempering

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:

Use different types of fillings and finishes buttercream  ,Swiss meringue buttercream , curds and chocolate ganache.

Assemble a tiered cake

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 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.

How To Apply

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course and as such it does not require an application form to be submitted.

How to book your place

This course is purchasable via our Online Store and as soon as a start date is confirmed a ‘Buy Now’ button will appear in the next menu, allowing you to make an online payment and book your place on the course.

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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
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Start DateTBC
AttendanceThursdays: 5pm - 9pm

Please be aware that submissions for registering interest will be deleted from our records one year after they have been submitted.


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