How to Start Cake-Decorating Classes

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Create special cake designs to use in your class.
Create special cake designs to use in your class. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Whether you are an expert or a beginner, approach cake-decorating classes as a professional endeavor and a business venture. Research the laws in your state for operating a food-preparation business. Ensure that the location you plan to use complies with all the codes, and obtain a food-preparation license if necessary. Start your research at your local business service center or department of health.

Designing the Course

Make a list of the cake designs and cake-decorating skills you want to teach, such as making fondants by hand or applying ready-made decorative items. Design a syllabus -- a handout that includes your contact information, fee policies and the location. Include a section that lists the date and time of each class along with the type of designs and skills you will present each day. Consider attaching a liability wavier to the syllabus.

Plan the Logistics

Research the competition -- how much classes cost in your area, what the courses supply and the skills they teach. Make an inventory of supplies you have and what you need to purchase based on your syllabus. If you supply the cakes instead of just decorating ingredients, your inventory may include perishable items that need refrigeration, and you may need to schedule shopping and delivery activities before each class. Calculate how many students you need to at least break even.

Create a Class Design

Make a signature cake design, use it as the logo for all your marketing and teach your students how to make it at the first class session. Give your design a memorable name and use it as the website business name. Some cake designs, especially character figures, are protected by copyright. If you have the talent to design something that may become popular, protect that interest with a copyright process.

Arrange the Classroom

Before you announce your classes to the public, test your location to see if it works for teaching and to check if you have all equipment and supplies. Also, find a place to store everything you need when classes are not in session. Set up tables in a formation that makes it easy for all students to see you and your work station. Arrange all equipment, utensils and supplies at student and teacher stations. Make a photograph of the arrangement that works best to remind you how to set up for classes.

Practice Teaching

Prepare notes for teaching; practice before family and friends or film yourself. Make a model of the cake design you plan to teach for each class and a set of directions that students can use during the class and to take home. If possible, have someone film the classes so you can see how to improve your presentation and teaching methods. Additionally, once you become more proficient at teaching, the films may come in handy should you decide to market your classes online.

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