Step by step guide to becoming a cake decorator
What does a cake decorator do?
To decorate a cake, he or she uses various specialized tools including moulds, spatulas, decorating pens and stencils. Frosting or fondant is placed on the cake and then moulded into a certain shape. Cake designers manipulate the frosting or fondant to create a custom designed cake based on instructions provided by the customer.
Once finished, the cake is either picked up by the client or it is delivered. Delivery involves packaging the cake for transport and driving the finished product to the appropriate location. Designers ensure that cakes are delivered safely to the customer’s location at the date and time requested.
What kind of skills are required?
Designing cakes require some artistic abilities. While many of the techniques for cake decorating can be taught and learned, the cake designer is required to conceptualize and craft a client’s request into a design. Since a cake designer will work closely with clients, having good communication and people skills is important. You may have to deal with upset or picky customers, which will require patience and problem-solving skills. Since cakes must be baked according to a recipe, designed and completed within a short timeframe — and often for a strict deadline — you must also be organized and detail-oriented to complete your orders.