Cake Decoration FDQ Award Level 1

Course Code: CDCAW
Learning Aim Code: 60109567
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time
Duration: 10 weeks
Campus: Metro One campus

Is this the right course for me?

Do you want to improve your cake decorating skills?

Whether you want to learn how to decorate cakes for family occasions, or take the first steps to a career in the confectionery industry, this Level 1 course will teach you the basics of using royal icing and sugar paste to produce attractively decorated cakes and biscuits.

You will be taught your skills at the Metro One campus in the city centre which has its own on-site professional bakery and bakery shop selling fresh cakes, biscuits, pastry and bread to members of the public.

What will I learn?

During the course you will study the following modules:

  • Decorating in sugar paste
  • Piping in royal icing
  • Decorating in royal icing
  • Modelling of pates
  • Finishing cupcakes
  • Biscuit decorations
  • Creativity and design

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will gain practical skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Piping skills
  • Shaping and moulding skills
  • Simple sugar craft

How will I be assessed?

This is an assignment-based course so there are no exams. You will be continually assessed throughout the course in the following ways:

  • Observation of your practical skills
  • Assignments
  • Questions by tutors
  • Production of a portfolio (achievement folder) of what you have learnt

What can I do next?

The skills you learn on this Level 1 course will enable you to progress to further hospitality and catering courses provided by the college:

  • Level 2 Diploma in professional bakery
  • Level 2 Diploma in professional cookery
  • Level 2 Diploma in patisserie and confectionery

What are the Entry Requirements?

You do not need any previous experience in the bakery industry – just an interest in cake decorating and a willingness to learn.

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