What They Do
Cake Decorators transfer photos on cakes, mix/tint frosting, prepare and apply glaze, fillings, and icing, prepare cakes ordered for a special occasion, use figures made of marzipan, create shapes and letters out of icing, cut sheet cakes to size and level them so they are even, and much more.
Cake Decorators also make and decorate pastries like macaroons and conolies.
Cake Decorators make cakes for many different occasions and for the different seasons.
Cake Decorators also make and decorate cupcakes for different occasions or seasons.
Type of Work Environment
A Cake Decorator works in bake shops, institutional bakeries, or in-store bakeries.
They work 8 hour night shifts, usually starting at 3am. Cake Decorators often are required to work weekend hours.
Work with People or Alone
Cake Decorators work with others to get their job done.
Works With Hands, Heads, or Both
Cake Decorators use both their hands and their heads. They use their heads to come up with creative ideas for decorations. They use their hands to create the ideas from their head.
Qualities to Succeed
To succeed in Cake Decorating you have to have a steady hand, be able to stand for long hours, have patience, be able to work well with others, and artistic skills like, transferring a photo onto a cake, create shapes and letters with icing, mix and tint frosting, etc.
Training or College
Most train on the job. There are no formal training requirements. High School courses that would be helpful for college would be Culinary Arts, Health and Fitness, and Entrepreneurship.
In Wisconsin the typical salary ranges from $18,360- $35,700 per year. The typical National salary range from $17,290- $36,920. The individual employee's salary range is affected by the size of business and employee's job responsibility.
Yes and no. Yes, because I like to tell others what to do and I would be very organized. No, because it is a lot of responsibility like, making sure the cakes are done well and arrive on time, and I would just want to decorate cakes and not worry about anything else.
Would I be Able to do This
I think that I would be able to do this job because I am good at baking, I like to create/ decorate things, I have to have things look perfect, and I have a steady hand.