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Cake Decorating Level 1

This course teaches participants how to prepare several different types of cakes from different methods of mixing and how to decorate them using buttercream icings and other finishes. 

Students will also learn how to prepare all types of piped borders and flowers. Through repetition and practice the student will build their skills and develop confidence. Icing cakes, pressure control piping and learning food colour applications are a few of the key elements to compliment butter cream use.

Course Highlights

Topics covered in Course 1 include:
  • Hygiene, Safety and sanitation
  • Tools and equipment used in Cake baking and decorating
  • Scaling ingredients  • Fundamentals of cake Baking
  • Different Methods of Cake making
  • Buttercream Icing
  • Using Decorating Bags and Couplers
  • Pressure Control Piping,
  • Basic Cake Borders - shells, star flowers, reverse shells, fleur-de-lis, garlands and rope
  • Icing a smooth Cake
  • Leveling & Torting the Cake
  • Using the Star Tip  TRUE
  • Basic Floral Piping Skills Drop Flower, Rosette, rose bud, half rose, full blown roses, leaves
  • Dimensional Decorating/ Royal icing designs
  • Filling and Icing a Cupcake
  • Guidelines for Decorating your Cake

Course Schedule

Week 1:


Fundamentals of Baking

  • Tools and Equipment
  • Scaling of ingredients
  • Sanitation

Methods of Cake Baking

  • Functions of ingredients (flour, fat, liquids, eggs, Rising agents)
  • Rubbing
  • Melted Fat
  • Whisking
  • Creaming

Week 2:


Cakes by Rubbing-in method

  • Rock Cakes
  • Coffee Cake

Week 3:

Melted Fat

  • Hot water chocolate Cake
  • Banana Bread

Week 4 & 5:

Whisking Method

  • Swiss Roll
  • Orange Chiffon Cake

Week 6 & 7:

Creaming Method

  • Vanilla Cake/ plain Cake
  • Red velvet Cake
  • Lemon Pound Cake

Week 8 & 9:

Decorating (Theory/ demonstration/ Practical)  


  • Buttercream Basics
  • Preparing and covering cake drums
  • Leveling and Toting a cake
  • Icing a smooth cake
  • Combing cakes
  • simple borders- shell, star, rosette, rope
  • Filling piping bags

Week 10:


  • Techniques in action - buttercream Icing
  • Design and decorating birthday cakes
  • Broder-Shell Border
  • Writing

Week 11:

Dimensional Decorating – Royal Icing  

  • Rose
  • Sweet pea
  • Drop flowers
  • Leaves
  • Butterflies

Week 12:

Covering cakes

  • Buttercream- rosette cake
  • Fondant

Week 13:

Decorating cupcakes


  • Swirls
  • Rosette
  • Themed cupcakes buttercream and fondant

Week 14:

Display Cake

Students will design and make a celebration cake of their choice to demonstrate different techniques learnt in the class.

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