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HCAT Westin Kitchen Staff

The Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute is offering a professional cake decorating program.  

During this 15-week program, students will practice professional standards of cake production, developing and enhancing cake decorating skills. Topics include mixing methods and cake production, with emphasis placed on the preparation of quality baked cakes, wedding cakes, special occasion cakes, butter creams and various decoration techniques. 

What courses will I take?

This continuing education certificate program is designed for individuals pursuing career training in professional kitchen skills. Students will receive instructions on cake production and decorating techniques. Two classes are required for completion:

HCT-333 Certification in Sanitation

HCT-363 Professional Cake Decorating

Note: Completion of HCT-333 is a prerequisite/corequisite for HCT-363.

What will it cost?

The program costs $1,096 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees.

What are the requirements?

Students must purchase an HCAT uniform.

Supply fee will cover:

  • 3-inch Serrated Paring Knife Pastry Comb
  • 5 piece modeling tool set
  • 5 piece artist brush set
  • Digital candy thermometer
  • No. 907 Flower Nail
  • No. 802 plain tip
  • No. 2 plain tip
  • No. 104 Rose tip
  • No. 67 Leaf tip
  • No. 47 Basket Weave tip
  • No. 822 Star tip
  • No. 230 Bismark tip
  • Standard plastic coupler
  • Two 21-inch polyurethane pastry bag
  • Two 16-inch polyurethane pastry bag
  • 8-inch offset spatula
  • 4-inch offset spatula
  • 12-inch serrated cake knife
  • Bowl scraper
  • Bench scraper
  • Scissors

What is the job outlook?

“Population and income growth are expected to result in greater demand for specialty baked goods, such as cupcakes, pies and cakes, from grocery stores, retail bakeries and restaurants. Employment of bakers is projected to grow 5% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.”

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What credentials can I earn?

Upon successful completion of the program, students earn an AACC continuing education certificate. Visit our Continuing Education Certificates page and use code CE.PROF.CAKE-DEC to apply.

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