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Cake Decorating Classes in New Jersey with School Information

Research cake decorating classes in New Jersey, which currently has four schools offering programs. Read an overview of courses, tuition info and program options for these schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Cake Decorating Colleges in New Jersey

New Jersey has a few options for students seeking education in cake decorating. All four schools listed offer either a specialization or certificate program specifically in baking or pastry arts. Curricula for these programs include basic culinary skills and business classes, as well as the opportunity for hands-on experience.

Atlantic Cape Community College

Located in Mays Landing, Atlantic Cape Community College currently provides two programs for those interested in cake decorating. Students can choose between an associate program and certificate program. Students pursuing an Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts program must complete 65 total credit hours. Cake decorating skills are covered in the advanced baking course. The basic pastry preparation class also covers decorative skills and icings for pastry development.

Students interested in a specialization in baking and pastry can pursue a certificate. A placement test is required to enter the school's 17-credit-hour certificate program. Class work includes the fundamentals of baking, as well as advanced cake decorating skills in wedding cake design where students work with a variety of materials.

Beginning in 2013, Atlantic Cape Community College will also be offering a 64-credit Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts: Baking and Pastry. The program will be heavily centered on baking, bread, pastry and confections. Cake decoration is covered during multiple courses including specialty cakes and elements of wedding cake design. During those classes, students learn about decorative techniques with pulled sugar, chocolate, butter cream and gum paste.

Brookdale Community College

Brookdale Community College in Lincroft offers three programs that include education on cake decoration. The Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts degree is an expansive program that covers basic food and baking skills, dining room skills, patisserie and international regional cuisine. Students review basic cake decorating and finishing skills in the patisserie course. Students are also required to complete 350-400 hours in an externship program prior to graduation.

Brookdale Community College also offers an academic credit certificate in the pastry arts, which examines culinary math, beginning and advanced baking, confectionery and applied pastry. The two separate patisserie courses offer cake-decorating instruction. Students begin developing decorating skills in the patisserie course and then proceed to advanced techniques with decorative icings, wedding cakes and regional specialties in the advanced patisserie course.

Designed for culinary professionals already working in the field, the letter of recognition in culinary arts is offered to those seeking specialized classes. Because culinary arts training at Brookdale is otherwise grouped into programs, this is the only way individual classes can be taken outside of the continuing education program for non-professionals. Although students must take a sanitation and safety class, they can earn the remaining credits for this 12-credit program with any chosen classes from the culinary arts associate program, including the patisserie courses.

Burlington County College

Situated in Pemberton, Burlington County College offers students associate and certificate programs in culinary arts. The college offers a 63-credit associate program in the pastry arts. The curriculum requires the patisserie class and advanced baking course, both of which include cake decoration instruction. Specifically, the advanced baking course reviews fine design, holiday-themed desserts and sugar sculpture.

For non-degree seeking students, Brookdale County College offers a cooking and baking certificate. Required curriculum includes the patisserie course, focusing on icings, decoration and specialty cakes. In addition to cake assembly, students learn appropriate presentation techniques. The entire program runs for 27 credit hours and students can use the credits towards a culinary arts degree, if desired.

Mercer County Community College

Mercer County Community College, located in West Windsor, is the only program to offer both credit and non-credit courses in cake decorating in the state. The Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts program gives students the option to choose a concentration in pastry arts. The pastry arts concentration allows students to enroll in both baking II and baking III, which advance specialty cake skills and principles. The chocolate and confections/retail bakeshop course also explores chocolate and sugar decorative pieces. The program requires the completion of 66-credit hours.

Mercer County Community College also offers an associate degree in culinology. Similar to the culinary arts program, culinology blends the science of food with the culinary arts. The program focuses more closely on the chemistry of food, giving students the opportunity to explore experimentation in the blending and flavoring of food. The experimental kitchen course teaches students to work with herbs, spices and various other materials in order to develop flavorful dishes. Coursework includes both culinary and chemistry classes. Students have the option of honing their cake decorating skills by enrolling in the professional baking II course.

The professional baking certificate requires completion of 33-credit hours. The program is largely composed of courses on baking, breads and desserts. Students learn about basic and advanced cake decorating skills in both the baking I and baking II courses, while working with multiple specialty cakes. An internship at a hotel, restaurant or separate institution is required prior to graduation. For students interested in non-credit courses, the let them eat cake class teaches students the skills needed to produce and decorate a sponge cake. Students use butter cream to cover their cakes and then advance their decorating skills using icing and fondant.

School Comparison Table

School NameSchool Type and SettingCake Decorating Programs OfferedUndergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
Atlantic Cape Community CollegeTwo-year, public; ruralAssociate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts: Baking and Pastry
Baking and Pastry Specialization Certificate
$3,735 (in-district);
$5,295 (in-state);
$6,792 (out-of-state)*
Brookdale Community CollegeTwo-year, public; large suburbAssociate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts,
Pastry Arts Academic Credit Certificate,
Culinary Arts Letter of Recognition
$3,437 (in-district);
$6,209 (in-state);
$6,809 (out-of-state)*
Burlington County CollegeTwo-year, public; large suburb Associate of Applied Science in Pastry Arts,
Cooking and Baking Certificate
$3,615 (in-district); $4,095 (in-state);
$6,045 (out-of-state)*
Mercer County Community CollegeTwo-year, public; ruralAssociate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts: Pastry Arts,
Associate in Science in Culinology,
Professional Baking Certificate,
Non-Credit Courses
$3,312 (in-district);
$4,380 (in-state);
$6,468 (out-of-state)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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