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.



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.

Final Exam

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.

“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 chefs

The program was developed by true cake specialists, including Ron Ben-Israel, a successful cake decorator known for the Food Network’s Sweet Genius, and on the upcoming Cake Wars. 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.

Tuition Includes

  • 300 hours of in-class instruction
  • 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


course information
05-04-16 - 07-28-16 9:00am-2:30pm 3 months M-F $21,000

For more class dates throughout the year, please contact David Lopez at .

  • Unit 1

  • Unit 2

  • Unit 3

  • Unit 4

  • Grand Finale

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.  

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.

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.

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.

business workshops

Knowing how to cook is one thing; understanding how to develop a business plan is another skill set. That’s why we’ve introduced a portfolio of Culinary Business workshops, from business plan 101 to culinary careers outside the kitchen. Take one or all these optional offerings during your time at school and post-graduation, to boost your business IQ. Click on current workshops below for more information. Workshops are available in-person in the International Culinary Theater, scheduled in a rotation of topics, and are available online through the student/alumni portal*.

*Each workshop topic is held approximately once annually and becomes available online after the first offering. Students interested in a topic not held during their program dates can view the workshop online at any time, including after graduation.

Discover a broader scope of opportunities in the culinary world, from restaurants to specialty food stores to food trucks. Understand the measure of a successful food business including developing a concept, feasibility, organization, resources and tools.

This class provides the background, guidance and templates needed to start writing your own business plan—an essential document to secure funding and open a business. All phases and components of the business plan are covered, from executive summary and financials to market analysis and marketing.

Learn how to understand and use financial statements, including profit and loss statements, to build and scale your business. The class encompasses the basics of P&L statements, balance sheets, factors of revenue, types of expenses and financial definitions to help give you a firm grasp of the numbers.

An ICC graduate gives the keys to starting your own private chef enterprise. The class highlights business basics like billing, rates and expenses, as well as food sourcing, menu development and private event planning. Learn how to conduct business in a private home, impressing your clients while maintaining a sense of professionalism.

Learn about the importance of a beverage program and how it can be instrumental in the profitability of your food business. Wine list design, beverage program management, purchasing, costing and inventory are covered, along with the challenges and benefits of building a beverage program.

Aspiring chefs need to be as comfortable in front of the camera as behind a stove. Learn tricks of the trade from Executive Chef of the Food Network (and ICC grad), Robert Bleifer, now Adjunct Dean of Food Media at ICC.

Join Irene Hamburger, Vice President of Blue Hill and Blue Hill of Stone Barns for a Marketing 101 Workshop. Irene will discuss how to develop an identity and establish key relationships. This is a great introductory Marketing course for all students interested.

Learn about the importance of a wine program and how it can be instrumental in the profitability of your food business from Scott Carney, Dean of Wine Studies at ICC. Topics include wine list design, program management, purchasing, costing and inventory along with the challenges and benefits of building a beverage program.

Develop your craft.  Learn about recipe development from inspiration through to the various testing methods that make sure your recipe works every time from Executive Chef of the Food Network (and ICC grad) Robert Bleifer.

Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter...FOOD is one of the hottest things on social media. Whether you are promoting yourself as a chef or restaurateur, your restaurant, or just yourself as an excellent human, you need to know what motivates people to engage on social media. Learn how to use these platforms for building your brand from the founders of the wildly popular restaurant-reviews-by-the-people site and app The Infatuation.

What is branding and why is it so important? Douglas Riccardi of MEMO—New York City-based design studio specializing in restaurant branding and marketing—outlines the foundations of branding and the 5 keys to developing a robust brand identity.

Dream of opening your own food business? Current ICC Career students and alumni who graduate within 12 months of our Culinary Entrepreneurship program start dates are eligible to receive 15% off the tuition price of the Culinary Entrepreneurship course. All other Career alumni are eligible to receive 10% off the tuition price of the Culinary Entrepreneurship course.

The International Culinary Center is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

The full-time day program is open to enrollment by M-1 nonimmigrant students.

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