Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating Business › Did you go to school for that?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Did you go to school for that?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
How many of you bakers out there have professional schooling in cake decorating and/or baking? I am self-taught but have always been crafty and creative. I am wondering because so many people ask me if I went to some sort of school to learn decorating. If one considers youtube schooling, then yes, I went to school. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
post #2 of 28
I have a degree in art, but never went to cullinary school. I learned baking & the basics of decorating on the job working for a bakery during college. I've always been handy in the kitchen & creative so my cake business is a perfect blend of those.
post #3 of 28
Business degree but all baking and decorating are self-taught.
post #4 of 28
Taking a few classes in the Pastry Arts program at the local college. Haven't taken anything cake-specific yet so I can't say how useful it would be to my 'caking.' We'll see. Everything up until this point has been gleaned from self-study and asking LOADS of questions.
post #5 of 28
Completely self-taught. But I learned by working at a bakery and watching the decorators. Several months after leaving I made a Tiffany box cake for my SIL and the rest is history. I was hooked.

If I am ever on life support, unplug me...

Then plug me back in.  See if that works!

Reply

If I am ever on life support, unplug me...

Then plug me back in.  See if that works!

Reply
post #6 of 28
Cake central, blogs and youtube taught. You know, a coworker asked me to give her lessons, I told her about youtube but she said to me, "I want to see someone do the decorating work". Helloooo!!! What is the difference with watching a video. Someone WILL be decorating. Am getting a lot of baking and decorating lessons enquiries. Hubby says I must start and get extra bucks.
Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now. -quotebites.com

http://m.facebook.com/Edible.Elegance.cakes.Zimbabwe
http://www.flickr.com/photos/73178569@N05/
Reply
Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now. -quotebites.com

http://m.facebook.com/Edible.Elegance.cakes.Zimbabwe
http://www.flickr.com/photos/73178569@N05/
Reply
post #7 of 28
i went to school for Fashion Design and Merchandising. All baking and decorating is self taught from books, and a lot of experimenting

 

Quote:

Don't aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.

 

 

Reply

 

Quote:

Don't aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.

 

 

Reply
post #8 of 28
I only have a Business degree, and the Internet is my only teacher when it comes to cakes. Have never taken a single Wilton class or the likes, and have never seen anyone IRL decorating in front of me other than on youtube.
The only person I've seen baking (undecorated cakes) IRL was my mother, when I was a kid. She doesn't bake anymore now that I do cakes.
post #9 of 28
I've never taken a professional class. I've learned everything from CC, youtube, and other various websites. Im on my seventh cake so far and it all started when I just really wanted to do purse cake for my nieces bday. I posted it on fb back in march and since then I have cake orders booked through out the year. Whew! What did I get myself into!? People now constantly tell I need to open my own shop. That is so frightening to me.
post #10 of 28
Marketing and accounting degrees - - never took a cake decorating class. I mostly saw something I liked and figured out on my own how to do it. Not the easiest way to go about it. icon_rolleyes.gif
post #11 of 28
I have a pastry arts certificate and a lot of courses in studio art and costume design. I used to be a department manager at a large store in Boston, so that was my business education!
post #12 of 28
I have a degree in accounting and also business management. I am self taught. Although, since teaching myself I have worked for 3 different bakeries (about 11 years of my life) and have pick up all kinds of tips along the way. I personally believe that being self taught is the way to go. I know that some of the best decorators we have had in the bakeries have been self taught. The schools around where I live are okay. They don't focus long on decorating though. The biggest culinary school around me only spends 3 weeks on decorating and the rest is pastry. They only learn the decorating really when they do their internship.
post #13 of 28
I, too, never went to baking/pastry school. I learned from reading cookbooks and making lots of mistakes. Lots and lots and lots of mistakes. I learned the business end after I started my bakery business. Lots of mistakes there, too. I'm totally amazed that I lived to tell about it.

VISIT US at BAKINGFIX

 

             Bookshelf    Consulting    Classes    Blog    Facebook  

    

 

 

Reply

VISIT US at BAKINGFIX

 

             Bookshelf    Consulting    Classes    Blog    Facebook  

    

 

 

Reply
post #14 of 28
Well, I have a degree in Animal Behaviorism and Equestrian Education and an Associates in Accounting.

In a former life. When I was looking into Equestrian Schools I also received the brochure on Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales. Baking was my other passion for my entire life. My MALE guidance counselor in high school actually told me that "Chefs are men. Period. And to become a truly great Chef you must have the resources to travel the world and learn the great cuisines." Yup. This was many years before the Celebrity Chef craze and Food Network.

So, since cooking and baking weren't a "real" profession, I went and burned myself out but good in the horse world.

Then, more school, marriage, work and finally went to Culinary School. That is really where I belonged all those years ago, but hey, here I am. My school had baking classes, but not a baking only course, so all my cake decorating is self taught with books (no internet back then girls!! <<GASP>>icon_wink.gif and blood, sweat and tears. I did go through the Wilton courses long, long ago when fondant was something that only Europeans were playing with.

But....I've been an artist my whole life and cake decorating is just one medium that I work in. icon_smile.gif
Always put your eggs in one basket.......why do you want to carry two?
Reply
Always put your eggs in one basket.......why do you want to carry two?
Reply
post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the replies!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating Business
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating Business › Did you go to school for that?