WHAT DO CAKE DECORATORS DO?
Do you have an eye for art and a stomach for sweets? Then you might be ready for a job as a cake decorator. Cake decorators work in large and small bakeries to apply icing, chocolate and other confectionary delights to cakes. There are many different tools that cake decorators can use depending on the size, shape and type of cake, such as dipping vats, airbrushes, carving tools and more. Cake decorators are artists and craftsmen who work to make cakes that are visually appealing as well as delicious. Their attention to detail and steady hand all works to sell cakes to customers. These could be wedding cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes or commercially available cakes sold to stores.
HOW MUCH DO CAKE DECORATORS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the 2010 median income for cake decorators was $24,400, or $11.73 an hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Cake decorators usually have a high school diploma or equivalent, and those making more intricate decorations may have some art education or background. Many are trained on the job.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Math: Cake decorators may have to use fractions mixing icing or use math to create elaborate cake decorations.
- Attention to Detail: Cake decorators need to keep a close eye on what they are doing when creating decorations, to make sure the design is uniform. Intricate designs require keen eyes.
- Artistic Ability: Thinking up and executing elaborate designs requires an artistic eye.
- Stamina: Cake decorators are often on their feet for long periods of time.
- Color Vision: Being able to see different colors and hues when mixing icings and creating designs is critical.
- Mechanical Skills: Some cake decorators will need to use specific tools, like airbrush guns, modeling tools and mixers.