Want To Begin Professional Cake Decorating

Business By Katie38 Updated 5 Aug 2009 , 11:31pm by melissad

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Katie38 Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 3:34pm
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Hi everyone,

I am new to this group and apologize if this question has already been asked. If so, if someone could please point me to the discussion I would appreciate it.

I have my bachelors degree in studio art, but really want to get into professional cake decorating. I haven't had a lot of cake decorating experience, but am a quick learner, and want to do this more than anything, but I just don't know where to start. Should I go on to get more education? Should I try to apprentice myself somewhere? I just don't know what to do or how to start. I just want to be able to learn and turn this into a career.

Thank you!

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-K8memphis Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 4:34pm
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I learned out of books. But there's tons and tons of stuff online --zillions of tutorials. Lots of people here to ask questions of.

As far as the business side of it --that's a whole 'nuther ball of wax.

You would first learn of the code requirements, zoning laws and health department regulations in your particular area--a learning experience in itself. There's a high probablility that you will receive misinformation and you will have to figure it all out.

Running the business itself is another huge deal.

Your question is so big.

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PinkZiab Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 4:41pm
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A lot of high end cake designers will hire artists with no prior cake experience (especially sculptors and painters). I suggest looking for an internship or even a job with a designer in your area and start from there.

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melissad Posted 5 Aug 2009 , 11:31pm
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Wish I could give you some expert advice, but I'm in the same place as you! I too have an art degree, but dream of working in cake. (Unfortunately, right now I can't afford to lose the FT job to make the transition.)

As the prior post said, there are a lot of great books out there, but personally I've found classes more helpful due to the hands-on aspect. An internship or aprenticeship would probably be even better if you can do one. That would let you see the business side in addition to the fun side.

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