Cake decorators help prepare cakes for consumer use. They listen to a customer's needs and work with the customer to develop an appropriate cake design. The decoration may use fondant or buttercream, and may involve customized text or design (such as a name or customized message written on the cake). Cake decorators must also order supplies as needed, such as spatulas, nozzles, and icing bags. They are also in charge of cleaning supplies such as flower lifters, spatulas, nozzles, icing bags, and icing comb sets. They must also sanitize the surfaces they work on after and/or during cake preparation.
This job typically involves early-morning hours for cakes prepared on a deadline (such as a wedding cake needed for a wedding the same day). They must stand for a long time, take notes for clients, and work independently to decorate cakes. Cake decorators must also have excellent time-management skills and be able to constructively receive feedback from colleagues and clients. Artistic talent and creativity are essential in this position.
Formal education is generally not required for a cake decorator position, but it may be preferred or beneficial. Prospective cake decorators can receive a pastry degree, relevant certification from a culinary school, or a certification or degree from a community college. On-the-job training may also be used to train prospective cake decorators.
Cake Decorator Tasks
- Produce icing, decorations, and fondant, and arrange cakes for aesthetic appeal.
- Consult with clients, answer questions and sell cakes and decorations.
- Design, produce, and decorate cakes and confections.