Arts & crafts

Cake decorator

Cake decorators design, make and decorate cakes for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions.

Annual Salary

£12,000 to £25,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

41 to 43 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; on shifts

7%
Future employment

There will be 7% fewer Cake decorator jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • talking with clients about cake design ideas
  • creating designs and decorations, and drawing sketches to show clients
  • baking cakes to order
  • writing messages on cakes using icing
  • putting pre-baked cakes and decorations together
  • setting up, clearing away and cleaning baking equipment
  • checking stock levels and buying ingredients
  • promoting the business and keeping accounts

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work from home or at a store.

Your working environment may be dusty and cool.

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
College

You can take a course at your local college. For example:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Professional Cake Decoration
  • Level 2 Certificate in Sugarcraft

Some colleges and adult learning centres run hobby courses in cake decorating, where you can pick up useful skills and techniques.

You may also find it helpful to get a food hygiene certificate.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
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Work

You could start as an assistant in a bakery or patisserie and do training on the job.

Direct application

You could apply for jobs if you've got the right level of skills. You could have developed these skills from decorating cakes for special occasions for family and friends.

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Career tips

If you're displaying your work online, make sure you:put a watermark on your online images to deter someone from copying them; check copyright terms if you're using popular characters or logos in your designs

Further information

You can get more details about working in the food and drinks industry from Tasty Careers.

With experience, you could start your own business.

You could also teach cake design.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • maths knowledge
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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