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How To Become A Cake Decorator
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If you are looking for information on how to become a cake decorator, chance are that you have already had some kind of experience with baking cakes or other baked goods like cookies and pastries. But now you want to know how you can get better at it and maybe turn it into a career.

Start by asking yourself a few qualifying questions and it will give you an idea on what direction to head from here. For instance there are many niches or specializations within the cake decorating arena, like wedding cakes, high end custom cakes or simply quick cakes like you would see at a grocery store or small bakery.

Is there a certain area of the country, or world, that you would want to practice in. Some areas may have licensing requirements or even minimum educational requirements before you can be hired as a cake decorator. 

At a minimum you will probably need at least a high school diploma with some other specialized training in areas like cake baking, cake decorating, sugar making, frosting and icing techniques, etc. There are all kinds of schools, like the American Culinary Federation, that has formal training programs where you get tested and certified at the end of your training to prove you are a qualified cake decorator. Once you get certified you will need to get ongoing training in cake decorating to keep up with new techniques and methods as they become popular.

If you have an interest in creative ways to decorate cakes and other pastries a career as a cake decorator would be a good fit, but just the desire to create is not enough to be successful at it.

Successful cake decorators must also have general knowledge on all types of cooking and how the ingredients will work and taste together. Cake decorators must have good people skills, for communicating and interacting with the clients they will be creating these cakes for. Probably the most important skill one must have, beside the actual skill for decorating, is the ability to work under pressure from tight deadlines, which most custom cake decorators work under at all times.

I would recommend that if you are still interested in how to become a cake decorator you get all the information you can by researching online as well as offline in bookstores and libraries. Then apply some of that basic knowledge by doing cakes for friends, relatives or even charities in your area. Enter some contests as you gain experience in your craft. You can gain invaluable information and training just by interacting with others, like yourself, that have an interest in cake decorating.

A good place to start your basic training and get more information on how to become a cake decorator is by visiting Cake Decorating Central where there are resources and links to many items you will need in your cake decorating career.


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