Cake Techniques & Design
Add another tier to your cake career.
When you enroll in ICC, you don’t just learn techniques; you bring your ingenuity to life in a professional environment every single day.
Watch the video to hear from world-renowned cake designer Ron Ben-Israel
THE ICC ADVANTAGE
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.
BAKING FROM SCRATCH FROM DAY 1
Begin with ICC’s unique Total ImmersionSM approach
By the time you graduate, you’ll have baked and created a wide range of popular cakes, from simple genoise 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 and knowledge to prepare sensational cakes from sketch to bake to assembly.
Learn From World-Class Pastry Chefs
The program was developed by cake specialists, including Ron Ben-Israel, master cake designer and Food Network Cake Warsjudge. 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.
Hands On With The Master, Ron Ben-Israel
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.
UNPARALLELLED ALUMNI NETWORK & CAREER SERVICES
Graduate fully prepared to begin a new career
The day you graduate is just the beginning. With the expertise you’ve gained—and the backing of The ICC’s reputation and expanding alumni network—you’ll have access to an exciting world of new opportunities in the culinary industry.
If you’re serious about a career in Cake Decorating, baking or in expanding your repertoire of Pastry Arts, ICC’s Cake Techniques & Design program is an amazing one-of-a-kind chance to work with the people at the top tier of cake design.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN 3 MONTHS
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.
PRESENTATION & NETWORKING
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.
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, in accordance with US Department of Education requirements.
Classes start year round
05/01/2020 – $19,500
Financial Aid & Scholarships Available To Those Who Qualify
- 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
- Bonus hands-on workshops—including knife skills
- Chef demonstrations with volunteer opportunities
- Industry field trips (optional)
Nearby housing is offered at both campuses. Housing fees are separate from the cost of program tuition.
Classes start year-round
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Courses Covered: Culinary, Pastry, Cake, Bread