How to become a cake decorator

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Been There in Evansville, Indiana

90 months ago

Without substantial sponsorship by an investor, ownership of a cake decorating company can be a hard field to break into. And, as a cake-decorating employee you are directly competing for the job with a large number of people who can and will do the job for very little salary ($4 to $6/hour).
Here's what I would do. Keep your day job so you can keep the bills paid. At the same time, find the best cake decorating company in your area--I believe that's Madame Butterfly in Babylon, right?-and go offer them 90 days of your time for free, no strings attached. Very few employers will refuse a 90 offer for free labor.
What they get: you showing up on time and always doing exactly what you're told, you volunteering for extra tasks, you going the extra mile.
What you get: free hands-on REAL WORLD training, knowledge of the entire cake decorating process, exposure to what it takes to compete against other businesses, etc, etc, etc.
If someone takes you up on your free offer, just be sure you treat the job as if you were being paid. because sooner or later you will be. If not by that employer then by another, because you will then have valuable experience. Get it? Best wishes and good luck! ;)

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Rita David in London, United Kingdom

85 months ago

Hello.

My name is Rita David. I´m pastry chef. I have been working as a pastry chef my last three years in Barcelona,Spain. But I don´t have experience in Cake Decorating. So I´m looking for a intership with a Cake Decorater in London. I´m seending my CV to you. It could be part time.... Could you help me or advise me in it, please???

Thank for your atention.
Best regards.
Rita David

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kimskakes in Aberdare, United Kingdom

78 months ago

hi,
i am a qualified cake decorator from the uk, i currently work 4 a large business but also make cakes from home, all i can suggest to you is take plenty of photos!!! every photo you have will show your skill and its a very good way of building up a portfolio before you actualy get in to the cake decorating game. all the best with your venture.

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Kim in Santa Monica, California

67 months ago

What great advice.. (("Been There in Evansville, Indiana")) I haven't thought of offering my time for free to prove I deserve a chance to show my skills.. I have been decorating cakes for 16 years.. Mostly self taught.. I got started in the business by watching the decorators at the local grocery store. I loved to stare at them while they were working, I thought it was great art.. Then I got a job there.. This girl (Beth) taught me to ice and decorate, then we both went to work for a private bakery and I haven't stopped learning and trying new things since.. I remember when fondant came out and I was scared to try it.. LOL... I was so stuck on buttercream.. I'm 36 now and I still love what I do, I would just like to decorate somewhere other than my home.. I would love to own a bakery one day, but I'm too scaired to try.. I'm not very business smart..

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Dajohna Tillman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

66 months ago

hi i love to design cakes

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pica909 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

63 months ago

How much experience do you have as a cake decorator? Have you done wedding and specialty cakes? Can you dirty ice, frost with butter cream, make flowers and write on a cake? If you are interested in a job please send me your resume along with pictues of your work. Thank you

Sincerely,
Rachell Guerrero
Milwaukee, WI.

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Kim in Riverside, California

62 months ago

Who are you offering a job to?

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nicole fintikis in Chicago, Illinois

60 months ago

Hello my name is nicole fintikis and I love decorating cakes.. I work as at grocery store bakery which isn't paying my bills and its mass production of not so nice (or tasty) product. I do my creative bulidup cakes from home cause that what I have been trying to find a job doing. Working with fondant and gumpaste is what I went to school for. Not the crap I make now. The job I have now there's no room to grow or bulid and grow my skills please help.

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melanie commins in Nottingham, United Kingdom

57 months ago

hi, ive done so many cake for family but i still think i need more traing of how to decorate a perfect cake,an make people, flowers, animals etc. ive just done a peppa pig cake for my 3 year old daughter and everyone commented on it and thought i bought it but to me it still needed that professional touch. i live in a small town and would love to do a course is there any where i could get help???

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cake-pictures in Lake Elsinore, California

55 months ago

Hello Cake Decorators,

May I implore you to add your photos of cakes to cake-pictures.com. They don't have to be perfect, we are happy to display your cake photos to the world. Easy searching and submission process!

Thanks,

Cake-Pictures.com

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Ange in San Diego, California

43 months ago

Hi,

My ultimate career goal is to become a professional cake decorator so I was wondering what job will help me more in the future.....working as a pastry cook (plating desserts, occasionally prepping pastry doughs for pastry chef) or as a bakers helper for Vons? I was thinking if I worked in the Vons bakery I could eventually ask them to move me to cake decorating.

What do you guys think?

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dwah in Roswell, Georgia

40 months ago

Ange in San Diego, California said: Hi,

My ultimate career goal is to become a professional cake decorator so I was wondering what job will help me more in the future.....working as a pastry cook (plating desserts, occasionally prepping pastry doughs for pastry chef ) or as a bakers helper for Vons? I was thinking if I worked in the Vons bakery I could eventually ask them to move me to cake decorating.

What do you guys think?

Many, if not most people start gaining commercial experience at a grocery store. They would start you off as Baker's Helper or Bakery Clerk. My friendly advice to you is to take initiative in whatever you do in life...Learn as much as you can on your own. These 'grocery decorator jobs' can only take you so far even when you do end up being a decorator. Buy a few good books and look at videos. Learn the principles of baking and basic decorating techniques. Expand from there.If you decide you love it, invest in a kitchenmaid. Practice, practice, practice. Take pictures of your work. Later on if you develop a certain niche and you really get good, get the appropriate licenses, permits, and/or insurance. You can put those pics in a blogfolio, attach an automatic appointment scheduler,add a facebook page, then market like nobody's business.

Much to your success!

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dwah in Roswell, Georgia

40 months ago

Of course you doing work on your own might be best as a supplement to some basic training, so you have other people around to which you ask questions, etc.

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cake gallery in Muscat, Oman

39 months ago

Hi we are high end bakery and pastry in oman middle east we are the best in the country in cake design. We actually looking to hire decorator. Have a look to our website www.cakegalleryoman.com, get in touch at benfraj.anis@cakegalleryoman.com

Best

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Lovely People in Toronto, Ontario

8 months ago

Ange in San Diego, California said: Hi,

My ultimate career goal is to become a professional cake decorator so I was wondering what job will help me more in the future.....working as a pastry cook (plating desserts, occasionally prepping pastry doughs for pastry chef ) or as a bakers helper for Vons? I was thinking if I worked in the Vons bakery I could eventually ask them to move me to cake decorating.

What do you guys think?

Hi, I am a professional cake decorator working at a whole sale bakery, I thought I help you out with answers you may need.
if your desire is to become a cake decorator, you need to first go take the cake decorating class where they teach you how to build the cake from scratch. which means knowing how to handle sponges and cut them, and fill it with icing, and crumb coating the cake you built and mask it smooth using the cake decorating tool to finish the job. Here is what you can do if you don't want to take the class, you need to purchase from the cake decorating supply store the Styrofoam dummy cake and buy pale of butter cream and decorating pallet and rubber scraper for smoothing so you can practice at home. you need to do this for at least one month to get the hang of it, and when you feel that you can confidently mask a cake you can apply for a job as cake decorator. when they ask you if you have experience, you need to tell them yes, a little, but you know how to mask a cake and you will demonstrate to them. also, for extra knowledge, you really need to look at video and books how to make flowers, and piping styles and really learn how to pipe on the cake. practice! practice!
you also need to buy the turn table to spin the cake when you work it.

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Amanda Ranasinghe in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7 months ago

Hi, I have been doing cake decorating for many years back in my country. I make sugar flowers and any types of figures. I need a part Time job in cake decorating , how can you help me with it?

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