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Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Baking and Cake Decorating with Official Certification

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12 hours
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365 days
No formal qualification
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Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Baking and Cake Decorating with Official Certification

This course is endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.

If you have a love of cake baking and decorating the Advanced Diploma in Baking and Cake Decorating – Level 3 is the perfect course for you. Turn what you love to do into a career opportunity. Cake baking and decorating are lucrative businesses that will not only give you a profitable career but also a rewarding one. As long as there are birthday parties and any kind of parties, in general, cake bakers and decorators will never run out of work. It is the perfect course to gain practical guidance and skills on how to bake and decorate cakes for any type and scale events.

The course is in-depth and offers learners skills and knowledge to become professional cake bakers and decorators. It is a comprehensive course that focuses not just on how to bake and decorate a flawless cake, but also to run your own business as a cake decorator. Learn highly precise decorating tips and techniques and give your cakes a beautiful appearance. Some of the topics covered in the course include icing, tasting and making the fondant.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Global Edulink has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Global Edulink to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality License Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Students will be issued an official cover letter stating that you have completed 12 CPD hours at the completion of your Advanced Diploma in Baking and Cake Decorating course.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA /Qualification Wales


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What is covered in this course?

  • Become a whiz in the kitchen and turn those recipes into delicious cakes and pastries.
  • Learn fondant and icing techniques and layer creation and preparing cakes.
  • Learn what to include in your portfolio and what will attract potential clients to your baking and cake decorating business.
  • Discover the steps it takes to start a baking and cake decorating business. Learn how to work as a self-employed specialist and enjoy flexibility in terms of working hours and shift patterns.
  • Learn about job opportunities that exist in relation to baking and cake decorating in the industry.
  • Master the tricky techniques, the skills and practical knowledge and learn how to bake and decorate cakes to a high standard.

Course Curriculum (Type Of Course Material: Text)

Module 01 - Getting started:

1.1 Evaluating the Occasion

1.1.1 What Are You Celebrating?

1.1.2 Who Will the Guests Be?

1.1.3 What Interests or Preferences Should Be Considered?

1.2 Determining Size

1.2.1 How Many Guests Are You Expecting?

1.2.2 Doing the Math

1.2.3 If All Else Fails

1.3 Choosing a Design

1.3.1 Knowing Where to Look

1.3.2 Level of Difficulty

1.3.3 Pro Tip

1.4 Gathering Supplies

1.4.1 Baking Supplies

1.4.2 Cutting Supplies

1.4.3 Frosting Supplies

1.5 Cutting Pieces

1.5.1 Cake Prep

1.5.2 Mapping out Your Required Shapes

1.5.3 Cutting and Shaping

Module 02 - Icing

2.1 Making Buttercream

2.1.1 What You Need

2.1.2 Techniques and Tools

2.1.3 Tips for Perfecting Your Buttercream

2.2 Piping

2.2.1 What You Need

2.2.2 Prep Work

2.2.3 Getting Started

2.3 Star or Petal Tips

2.3.1 Star Tips

2.3.2 Petal Tips

2.3.3 Other Beginner Tips

2.4 Patterned Designs

2.4.1 Mapping out Your Design

2.4.2 Preparing Frosting

2.4.3 Troubleshooting

2.5 Frosting vs. Fondant

2.5.1 Frosting Pros and Cons

2.5.2 Fondant Pros and Cons

2.5.3 How to Decide?

Module 03 - Making fondant:

3.1 What You Need

3.1.1 Ingredients

3.1.2 Tools

3.1.3 Possible Variations

3.2 Creating the Fondant

3.2.1 Mixing

3.2.2 Kneading

3.2.3 Tips for Perfecting Your Fondant

3.3 Getting Your Texture Right

3.3.1 Get a Feel for the Real Thing

3.3.2 Troubleshooting

3.3.3 Rolling

3.4 Getting the Color Right

3.4.1 Choosing Your Colors

3.4.2 The Basics

3.4.3 Tricks of the Trade

Module 04 - How important is taste:

4.1 How important is Taste?

4.1.1 The Consensus

4.1.2 Using Flavor

4.1.3 If All Else Fails

Module 05 - Decoration with fondant:

5.1 The Basics

5.1.1 Preparing Your Work Surface

5.1.2 Gathering Your Tools

5.1.3 Rolling it out

5.2 Simple Designs

5.2.1 Rolled Fondant

5.2.2 Mini Roses

5.2.3 Sponge Painting

5.3 Complex Patterns

5.3.1 Draping

5.3.2 Ribbons and Bows

5.3.3 Texturing

5.4 The Hand Painted Technique

5.4.1 What You Need

5.4.2 Test Your Colors

5.4.3 Keep in Mind

5.5 Embellishments

5.5.1 Cutouts

5.5.2 Cake Toppers

5.5.3 Edible Glue

Module 06 - Putting it all together:

6.1 Stacking Cakes

6.1.1 Using Frosting as Your Glue

6.1.2 The Dowel Method

6.1.3 When to Decorate

6.2 Adding Design Elements

6.2.1 What to Do Early

6.2.2 What to Wait On

6.2.3 Last Minute Tweaks

6.3 Transportation

6.3.1 Some Assembly Required

6.3.2 Keeping it Safe

6.3.3 Beware

Module 07 - Presentation and serving:

7.1 Presentation

7.1.1 Where

7.1.2 How

7.1.3 What to Avoid

7.2 Serving

7.2.1 Is There Enough?

7.2.2 Layer by Layer

7.2.3 Enjoy!

Access Duration

The course will be directly delivered to you, and you have 12 months access to the online learning platform from the date you joined the course. The course is self-paced and you can complete it in stages, revisiting the lectures at any time.

Method of Assessment

This online course will be evaluated through written assignments. In order to complete this programme successfully and gain your professional qualification, all students are required to complete a series of assignments. The completed assignments must be submitted via the online portal. Your instructor will review and evaluate your work and provide your feedback based on how well you have completed your assignments.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from The Quality License Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Course Code: QLS-03613

Accredited Body (Accreditation)

The Quality License Scheme has long-established reputation for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. The Quality License Scheme has over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, The Quality License Scheme also offers regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

What's special about us

  • No Hidden Fees
  • Efficient and effective customer service for all your queries
  • Endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme
  • Get a 30% discount when you pay the full amount at once. This includes the course fee, assessment fee and certificate fee.

Who is this course for?

  • Individuals considering changing their career
  • Individuals entering the workforce after taking a break from their former careers
  • Those who want to start their own business in baking and cake decorating
  • Anyone who has a deep interest in baking and cake decorating


  • Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
  • A recognised qualification at level 2 or above in any discipline.

Career path

  • Cake Decorator
  • Baker
  • Pastry Chef

Others jobs you can get

  • Cake Decoration business owner
  • Cake Stylist
  • Professional Cake Maker
  • Confectionary Baker

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Tammy asked:

Hiya, is it possible to do this course in germany? Thank you


Dear Tammy Thank you very much for your query. This is an online course where you can access any time any where. The course will be directly delivered to you, and you have 12 months access to the online learning platform from the date you joined the course. The course is self-paced and you can complete it in stages, revisiting the lectures at any time. Regards, Student Support Team.

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Belinda asked:

Good Day, Is this course based on theory only or is there a practical element involved. Regards, Belinda


Dear Belinda Thank you very much for your query. The course consist well structured text study material and you will be given tutor support aswell. Hurry up and enroll as the discount ends soon. Regards, Student Support Team.

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Saba asked:

I love cake baking and I have always wanted to learn how to make cakes but my question is how can I learn to make cakes online?


Dear Saba Thank you very much for your query. The course guide you with PDF learning materials from beginning to Presentation and Serving which includes Icing ,Making Fondant,How Important is Taste,Decorating With Fondant. Once you enroll The course will be directly delivered to you, and you have 24/7 online access for 365 days. The course is self-paced and you can complete it in stages, revisiting the lectures at any time.The offer ends tomorrow. Regards, Student Support Team.

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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

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A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.