Cake Techniques & Design
Learn the skills you need to work as a pastry chef and how to open up your very own pastry shop in our Cake Techniques and Design program. We’ve revamped our cake program to not only teach you everything from fondant to piping, but also what it takes to open up your own cakery, should that be your goal after graduation or something down the road.
Cake design has left the kitchen and entered the spotlight
Growing industry demand gives you the opportunity to turn your passion for baking into a career creating the cakes of your dreams. The International Culinary Center has developed a new 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, and 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 perfect way to turn up the heat on your cake career.
Get real-world experience from day one
When you enroll in The International Culinary Center, you don’t just learn techniques; you bring your ideas 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 International Culinary Center’s 30-year legacy of excellence, can increase your chances of breaking into this rapidly rising field. You’ll have the confidence of knowing that you are prepared to bake sensational cakes—because you’ve already done so.
Learn How to Open Your Own Cakery
Opening a business isn’t always a piece of cake, which is why we’ve engineered our Cake Techniques and Design program to include a complimentary 7-hour class, “Opening a Pastry Shop 101,” to teach you the aspects of becoming a successful entrepreneur.
You’ve probably dreamed about what you’d sell if you ever opened your own cakery, but have you considered the type of corporate structure (sole proprietorship? Limited liability company?) you’d open your business ? Did you think about your pricing for the menu? Or the licenses or permits you’d need to stay within health-code regulations? If not, that’s where our expertise comes in. It’s a discussion that leads to a headache and usually eating a lot of cake. But we’ve built in an “Opening a Pastry Shop 101” course into our established cake program, so that you’ll learn every aspect of opening a business and turn your dream into a reality.
Learn from world-class chefs
The program is taught by true cake specialists. Some run their own successful businesses, others who create show-stopping cakes for celebrated restaurants. These chef-instructors will teach you the latest techniques and challenge you to perform under professional conditions. You’ll study with preeminent cake designers and gain extraordinary insight into not just cake preparation and design, but the industry itself.
Cake Techniques & Design is the most comprehensive program of its kind, providing an intensive course of study that examines every aspect of cake making. You’ll start with the fundamentals of cake baking and construction, learn the ways layers and fillings work together, and practice both classical and contemporary decorating techniques. Your program’s small class size ensures that you’ll receive plenty of personalized attention and time to focus on the unique things that interest and inspire you, including:
Essentials of cake baking, filling and finishing
Advanced Cake Decorating
Sketching, advanced sugar paste flowers and decorating
Advanced cake design and the business
The 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.
Recent Military Veterans & Their Spouses
Veterans and surviving family members of veterans whose deaths or disabilities were service connected may be eligible for educational benefits, including funds made available through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Additionally, honorably discharged military veterans may apply for International Culinary Center Veterans Tuition Scholarships. Speak to an admission representative for more information.
Explore Your Financial Aid Options
We have a dedicated team of advisers on hand to help qualified students identify and apply for sources of financial aid funding. To get started, visit the Financial Aid section of the website or contact us for more information.