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 techniques and design—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. ICC has a graduation rate of 91.5%*.
CAKE TECHNIQUES & DESIGN PROGRAM AT A GLANCE (HOVER OVER TIMELINE):
Intro to Cake Baking
Build your skills with this primer in cake essentials covering everything from mixing methods to the fundamentals of frosting and decorating techniques.
Basic Cake Decorating
Introduction to key decorating techniques, including piping, glazing and rolled fondant.
Advanced Cake Decorating
Put your techniques to the test by baking a range of more complex cakes, from exquisite miniatures to multi-level creations.
Advanced Sugar Paste Flowers
Let inspirations from nature guide you as you bring them to life with sugar paste flowers.
Advanced Design and Business
Polish your designs with finishing touches achieved through molds, pastillage, and carving, plus learn the cake business from industry professionals.
Bring all your techniques to the table as you serve your cakes to both ICC’s chef-instructors and visiting cake professionals.
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. 100% of students surveyed say they made a good decision by attending ICC**
“ICC is the only place in the world that provides everything a cake designer needs to succeed as an artist and a business person.” –Ron Ben-Israel, trendsetting cake decorator
Learn From World-Class Pastry Chefs
The program was developed by cake specialists, including Ron Ben-Israel, master cake designer and Food Network Cake Wars judge. Some chef-instructors run their own thriving businesses; others turn out eye-catching cakes for celebrated restaurants. They 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.
The Cake Techniques & Design curriculum includes two hands-on classes with Ron Ben-Israel, hailed as a style setter by The New York Times. Along with his mentorship and guidance, these exclusive classes include Ron's expert tips of the cake trade.
- 300 hours diploma program
- 11:1 student-to-teacher ratio
- Application fee, uniform, tool kit, books and supplies
- "Family meal” prepared by students
- Culinary Business workshops
- Carnegie Hall commencement
- Career Services counseling
Nearby housing is offered at both campuses. Housing fees are separate from the cost of program tuition.
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*Graduation rate is based on 1,926 students graduating out of the 2,106 students available for graduation included in the annual reports submitted by ICC to ACCSC in 2013-2015.
**Based on 90 students surveyed (287 in total student body) at our NYC campus Fall 2015 by accrediting commission ACCSC across all of ICC's professional programs.
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.