Cake Techniques & Design: New York
Cake design is in the spotlight: Growing industry demand gives you the opportunity to turn your passion for baking into a career creating the cakes of your dreams. ICC has developed a special program for bakers who see cakes through an artist’s lens, offering a comprehensive 300-hour curriculum in cake preparation–an unparalleled hands-on experience in small classes led by knowledgeable chefs. Whether you are a home baker with aspirations of starting your own business or a pastry chef who wants to expand your range, Cake Techniques & Design is the ideal way to add another tier to your cake career.
Get real-world experience from day one
When you enroll in ICC, you don’t just learn techniques; you bring your ingenuity to life in a professional environment every single day. By the time you graduate, you’ll have baked and created a wide range of popular cakes, from simple genoise layer cakes to multi-tiered masterpieces, through our Total ImmersionSM method. This breadth of in-depth experience, along with the school’s stellar reputation, puts you in a prime position to break into this rapidly rising field. You’ll have the confidence of knowing that you are prepared to bake sensational cakes—because you’ve already proven you have done so.
Learn from world-class chefs
The program is taught by true cake specialists. Some run their own thriving businesses; others turn out eye-catching cakes for celebrated restaurants. These chef-instructors will teach you the latest design and detail techniques and challenge you to perform under professional conditions, providing wisdom into not just cake preparation and design, but the industry itself.
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ESSENTIALS OF CAKE BAKING, FILLING AND FINISHING
Build your skills with this primer in cake essentials covering everything from batter basics to the fundamentals of frosting. You’ll also be introduced to key decoration techniques, including piping, glazing, and rolled fondant, laying down a solid foundation that will prove vital when you move on to more advanced designs.
ADVANCED CAKE DECORATING
Put your techniques to the test by baking a range of more complex cakes, from exquisite miniatures to multi-level creations. Then, go beyond basic flavors and textures when you fashion candied flowers, meringues, and tempered chocolate decorations that add visual richness and reveal more with every bite.
SKETCHING, ADVANCED SUGAR PASTE FLOWERS AND DECORATING
Let inspirations from art, nature, and fashion guide you as you sketch your own cake designs and then bring them to life. Learn how to capture your ideas in a detailed sketch. Plus, discover the secrets behind gorgeous sugar paste flowers that look just like the real thing.
ADVANCED CAKE DESIGN AND THE BUSINESS
The world of cake is growing by leaps and bounds, and you can get valuable insight into the business from instructors who’ve tasted success. You’ll see what it takes to achieve your goals, then learn to polish your designs with spectacular finishing touches achieved through molds, pastillage, and carving.
Just before you complete the program, you’ll bring all your techniques to the table as you serve your cakes to both the International Culinary Center’s chef-instructors and visiting cake professionals. It’s your chance to receive last-minute morsels of feedback, plus a great networking opportunity.