Career outlook for cake decorator
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would design and decorate wonderful cakes to celebrate birthdays, weddings and other special occasions.
You would cover the cakes in icing and decorate them. You might add messages and names written in icing or chocolate or sugar paste decorations like flowers or models of a bride and groom.
If you work for yourself or for an independent bakery you would:
- Meet people to find out what kind of design they’d like
- Draw sketches to show them your design
- Calculate the ingredients needed for the size of cake
- Bake the cake in time for the event
- Make fillings
- Create decorations and fix them to the cake
- Write names and messages on the cake
You would set up and clear away the baking equipment and would need to keep the fridges and equipment clean and hygienic. You’d check the ingredients you have in stock and make sure you have enough or order more.
If you were self-employed you’d also need to promote your business and manage accounts.
You might work for a large bakery or supermarket, where you’d work in a team of decorators. You’d put pre-baked cakes together and then add pre-made decorations, icing and models to the cakes.
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