How to Become a Professional Cake Decorator

Learn how to become a professional cake decorator from pastry chef Amanda Oakleaf in this cake decorating video from Howcast.

Hi, my name is Amanda Oakleaf. I am owner, head baker, decorator of Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts where we do custom cakes of all kinds — wedding cakes, birthday cakes, sculpted cakes. Anything you can think of we can make it into a cake. And today I will be talking to you about cake decorating. And today I will be talking to you about cake decorating. I actually grew up baking with my mom and both of my grandmothers. We did baking and we did desserts, cookies, pies, cakes. I don’t remember ever having store a bought cake for anyones birthday. We always made it a big deal to design everybody’s cake special for their birthday. So I grew up doing it so I was very familiar with it. I didn’t feel like I had to learn it very well. And then I went to college. I went to the College of Massachusetts college of Art and Design where I majored in painting took a lot of classes in ceramics. So I got both aspects, 2D decorating and designing as well as three dimensional structure related training. And then while I was in college I had a part time job. A couple of them, one as a cake decorator making ice cream cakes, and another one as a gift basket designer and party planning. So after I graduated I kind of combined all three: growing up baking, art degree, and part time jobs into one and said, "I can do this on my own!"