Basic cake baking courses typically cover choosing and using proper bakeware, accurately measuring and preparing ingredients, proper mixing techniques, and creating and applying icing. More advanced courses may cover aesthetic designs, working with fondant and candies, and adding embellishments. Courses vary greatly by instructor or facility.
Many cake baking courses cover the bare essentials needed to prepare birthday cakes and similar special-occasion treats. Understanding the proper use and selection of bakeware ensures that bakers choose pans that are the right size and that provide ideal heat distribution. Students also discover how to use various kitchen tools to measure both wet and dry ingredients properly and how to mix batters to ensure consistency and even distribution. Many basic classes end with an introduction to basic icing that includes how to make and apply icing properly.
Advanced cake baking course may cover a single technique or ingredient in detail. For example, students may learn how to create and work with fondant to create lifelike cake decorations or how to create realistic flowers and eye-catching displays using baking and decorating tools. Specialized courses in composition and structure can help students learn how to make tall wedding cakes and custom orders for special events.