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Advanced Diploma in Cake Decorating - Level 3

South London College
Course summary
8 hours
149 GBP
Online courses
Next available date: This course is available anytime in anywhere. - Online courses
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Professional Training

Course description

Enhance your baking and cake decorating skills by taking this excellent training course in Advanced Diploma in Cake Decorating – Level 3. This course is filled with professional cake decorating techniques and methods and hence, is ideal for anyone aspiring to get into or progress in the baking or cake decorating industry. All you need to enroll in this course is a recognised qualification at level 2 or above in a related disciple, as this course covers the more advanced aspects of professional cake decorating.

This course will start off by briefing you on cake baking. You will then understand how to undertake cake decorating projects from customers and to use advanced techniques to decorate the cake as per their preference. The various cake recipes and cake decorating methods and styles will also be given due attention through this course to further solidify your knowledge on the subject.

This course is also ideal for individuals aspiring to set up their own cake baking and decorating business, as every aspect needed to run a successful cake decorating business will be discussed in detail through this course, followed by modules that will guide you on how to pack and distribute cakes. By the end of this course, you will walk away with an esteemed certification in cake decorating that will greatly help you progress within the industry.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that South London College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by South London College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

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*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Suitability - Who should attend?

Who Is This Course Aimed at?

  • Cake Decorators and Bakers
  • Individuals wanting to establish their own cake decorating business
  • Anyone who wants to learn cake decorating skills

Entry Requirements

  • Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
  • A recognised qualification at level 2 or above in any discipline.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Course Code: QLS-03764

Training Course Content

Course Curriculum

Module 01: Cake projects

1.1 Prepping for DIY Cake Pops

1.1.1 Before You Bake

1.1.2 Getting Started/Mise en Place

1.2 Tools and Supplies

1.3 Ingredients

Module 02: Decorating cakes

2.1 Decorating Accessories & Extras

2.1.1 Other Decorating Ingredients You Can Use

2.2 Techniques

2.3 Choosing a theme

2.3.1 Choosing Your Colors

2.4 Safety tips

Module 03: Baking

3.1 Ready Set Bake!

3.2 Baking Methods

3.2.2 Using a Cake Pop Mold

3.3 Classic Yellow Cake

3.4 Ultimate Chocolate Lover’s Cake

Module 04: Cake recipes

4.1 Tart and fresh lemon sponge

4.2 Buttercream

4.2.1 Standard Buttercream

4.2.2 Chocolate buttercream

4.2.3 Cream Cheese Frosting

4.2.4 Buttercream alternatives and add-ins

4.3 Surprise Cake Pop Center

4.4 Mixing and Matching!

4.5 Scaling recipes to get the right number of cake pops

4.6 Baking time chart

Module 05: Baking the cakes and decorating.

5.1 Putting it All Together

5.2 If you are using a cake pop pan...

5.2.2 Pan Shapes for Unique Cake Pops

5.3 Making Cake Mixture for Hand-rolled Pops

5.3.1 Cookies scoop or kitchen scale for measuring

5.4 Molding and Shaping

5.5 Setting and chilling

5.6 Prepping the Candy Melts

5.7 Adjusting Cake Melts

5.8 Inserting the lollipop stick

Module 06: Decorating methods and styles

6.1 Adding the Bells and Whistles

6.2 Glazing and Dipping

6.3 Upside down or right-side up?

6.4 When to use dye for coloring

6.5 Decorating Methods to Try

6.5.1 Sprinkles and Sanding Sugar

6.5.2 Delicious Drizzles

6.5.3 Candy Coat Swirl

6.5.4 Hand Drawn Decorations

6.5.5 Other options for decorating

6.6 Creating animal cake pops

Module 07: Packing and distribution of cake

7.1 Presentation and Storage

7.2 Packaging your pops

7.3 Presentation and Display

7.3.1 Using Styrofoam Blocks

7.3.2 Hiding the Styrofoam

7.3.3 Other Display Options

7.4 Storing your Pops

7.5 Course refresher and recap

Access Duration

The course will be directly delivered to you, and you have 12 months access to the online learning platform from the date you joined the course. The course is self-paced and you can complete it in stages, revisiting the lectures at any time.

Method of Assessment

At the end of the Advanced Diploma in Cake Decorating Level 3 you will be evaluated through written assignments. In order to complete this programme successfully, all students are required to complete a series of assignments. The completed assignments must be submitted via the online portal. Your instructor will review and evaluate your work and provide your feedback based on how well you have completed your assignments.



Continuing Studies

This certificate will immensely benefit you in working for a number of jobs in the bakery industry. You can also take this certificate as an opportunity to make substantial progress in your career or to further expand your knowledge in the area. Below given are some of the jobs this certificate will help you work for

  • Cake Decorator – £21,073 per annum
  • Baker – £18,464 per annum
  • Pastry Chef – £21,280 per annum

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South London College

South London College is a well-established Professional online education provider in the United Kingdom and it aims to meet the employment needs of the youth and people in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. South London College...

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