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The Art of Cake Decorating

(New York Campus)

In recent years, few pastry specialties have become more profitable or in-demand than professional cake decoration and custom cake design. Learn to craft your own award-winning designs, from contemporary fashion cakes to intricate hand-piped masterpieces at ICE.

Cakes from Chefs Toba Garrett and Elisa Strauss | Culinary school | Professional Cake DecoratingLearn From a Living Cake Legend

ICE’s 240-hour professional cake decorating program is developed and led by award-winning Chef Instructor Toba Garrett, one of the country’s most notable authors, instructors and practitioners of the art of cake design. Garrett has won dozens of gold and silver medals at cake decorating competitions all over the world and her work has been featured by media such as Today Show, InStyle, Pastry Art and Design, Gourmet and many more. In 2010, Dessert Professional named her one of the “10 Best Cake Decorators in America” and she has even had her work featured by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

Our cake decorating courses cover the basics of piping and explore the history of this intricate art, including instruction in celebrated traditions of cake design from around the world. Students will also train in various methods of contemporary cake decorating, from advanced sugarwork and hand-sculpting to airbrushing, hand-painting and novelty cakes. Among the professional cake design program’s many exclusive features, students will enjoy guest lectures with ICE Pastry & Baking alumnus Elisa Strauss, renowned for her custom fashion cakes.

Featured Techniques Include:

  • Buttercream Piping

  • Royal Icing, Fondant and Pastillage

  • Rolled Fondant and Hand-Modeling Skills

  • Sugar Flowers and Airbrushing

  • Contemporary Cake Design

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Craft Your Own Award-Winning Cake

Newly armed with these challenging technical skills, alumni of our professional cake decorating classes have placed among the highest rated cakes at the prestigious New York Cake Show—including one student who won the competition’s grand prize—all within mere days of graduating!

“I learned everything I needed to know about cake decoration, from the basics of buttercream to techniques of airbrushing, sculpting and designing contemporary cakes. Today I can say I have learned from the best and now have the confidence to do great things as an ICE graduate!”
– Genelle, Cake Decoration ’14 graduate

From recent culinary school graduates to established pastry professionals, this exclusive program provides intensive training for cake enthusiasts of all levels. Gain the skill and guidance you need to establish a successful pastry career in the field of professional cake decoration.

Alumni Spotlight: Amy Kolz, the owner, baker and artist behind Village CakeCraft, was recently featured by CeciStyle Magazine.

For a detailed look at our program's course curriculum, click here.

Course Details

Start Date: 8/20
Tuition: $13,790.00
Schedule: 1-5pm, Mon-Fri
Duration: 240 hours over 12 weeks

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Get inspired: Have a look at some of our recent graduates' work.


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