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Online Cupcake & Baking Course – CPD Certified - Only £39!

Student Discount Card Eligible | Lifetime Access | Online certified training |Online certificate and exam included


£249 inc VAT
Or £83.00/mo. for 3 months...
Study method
20 hours · Self-paced
No formal qualification
20 CPD hours / points
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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Cupcake Diploma - CPD Certified

Do you have a love for Baking? Have you ever thought about obtaining a qualification in Cupcake making or cake making or training so you can run a business selling cupcakes and cakes?

With the only CPD accredited cupcake and baking course you can become qualified just like thousands of other people who have taken our courses. For a one-off fee you can study online and complete the course in about 15 hours.

The comprehensive syllabus is supported by experienced tutors who are there to help you through email. With 20 modules to cover, you can learn everything from ‘cupcakes and muffins to ‘running your own business.

Your qualification will be recognised and can be checked for validity by all of your future clients too! Take a step in the right direction and get your Cupcake and Baking Accreditation today.

** When purchasing this course you will be eligible to apply for the XO Student Discount Card!! You can save on brands such as New Look, Disney, ASOS, Hotels, Miss Selfridge , Domino’s and many more.**


20 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

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Module 1


Cupcake and cake baking takes talent, but can be rewarding when you make a wedding complete or someone smile at their birthday. In this module you will learn:

  • About Creating Winning Recipes
  • About Baking and Decorating
  • About Running and Marketing Your Business
  • How to Decide on a Niche
  • Plus much more...

Module 2

Meeting Clients/ Establishing Requirements for Jobs

Meeting with clients is about establishing your business and your products as the best choice. In this module you will learn:

  • Why you should arrange a meeting with potential clients
  • About what you should include in your portfolio
  • How to dig into the details to make sure nothing is missed
  • When you should plan to talk again with the client to finalise details
  • Plus much more...

Module 3

Supplies and Equipment Needed

The amount of equipment you need will be based on the size of your business. It is possible to begin selling cupcakes and cakes out of your home via a website before you operate a brick and mortar location. You will learn about:

  • Deciding on the Right Supplies
  • Baking and Cake Decorating Supplies
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Quality versus Savings
  • Plus much more...

Module 4

Pricing, Ingredients & Budgeting

Pricing your ingredient and budgeting will be the difference between your cake making being a hobby and a business. You will learn:

  • How to work out the cost of materials per batch
  • About surcharges for special ingredients
  • How to work out what your time is worth
  • What basic ingredients you will need
  • Plus much more...

Module 5

Cupcakes & Muffins

In this module you will find out about baking cupcakes and muffins. You will learn:

  • Finding a recipe and making it your own
  • Vegan cupcake recipes
  • Muffin recipes
  • How to cater for large orders of cupcakes and muffins
  • Plus much more...

Module 6

Birthday Cakes

Cakes are always wonderful no matter what the occasion is, and you will certainly have orders in your business for birthday cakes. In this module you will learn:

  • How to find the perfect birthday cake recipe
  • About fillings for birthday cakes
  • Healthier cake recipes you can try
  • Icing ideas you can try
  • Plus much more...

Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes are often a mixture of layers and flavours to accommodate most guests and the wedding couple. They can be fairly time consuming and complex. In this module you will learn:

  • About finding the perfect recipe for wedding cakes
  • What fillings are poular
  • What you need to find out from your client at the initial consultation
  • How to price and promote your wedding cake service
  • Plus much more...

Module 8

Christmas Cakes

This module is going to examine how to come up with recipes as well as talk a little about the tradition of certain cakes You will learn:

  • About finding the perfect Christmas cake recipe
  • Icing / decorating ideas
  • Healthy recipe options
  • Christmas cake fillings
  • Plus much more...

Module 9


In this module you will tackle the crux of a cake makers job - baking. You will learn:

  • How to keep your cakes moist
  • Why it is vital to understand every aspect of your oven
  • About rack positions
  • The importance of pre-heating and cooking times
  • Plus much more...

Module 10

Icing & Working With Chocolate

Icing is a crucial resource to a cake and cupcake caterer and in this module you will discover what it is and how to make it. You will learn:

  • About fondants
  • How to use icing colourings
  • About using buttercream icing
  • What ganache is and how to use it on your cakes
  • Plus much more...

Module 11

Cake Decorating

No matter how tasty your cakes are if they are not decorated well your customers are likely to not be impressed. Cake decorating is where the skills in baking truly lie. You will learn:

  • Piping & how to make a piping bag
  • Rosettes & other designs
  • How you can embellish your cakes
  • The best methods for perfectly stacking your cakes
  • Plus much more...

Module 12

Creating Stands and Displays

Regardless of the event, a cake will always look special if it is placed on a cake stand. You will learn:

  • What the main uses for cake display stands are
  • How to create simple cupcake stands at home
  • About wedding cake stands
  • The factors you should consider when purchasing wedding cake stands
  • Plus much more...

Module 13

Cake Transportation

Cake transportation requires special attention. You do not want to ruin hours of hard work by incorrectly transporting your creations. In this module you will learn:

  • How to decide if you or the client is going to transport the cake
  • If you have the proper sized vehicle
  • How to determine the correct sized box for you cake
  • Whether you need help carrying the cake
  • Plus much more...

Module 14

Photographing your Cakes

Your business is going to require images of your cakes and cupcakes and you want to make sure that when they are taken you make them look stunning. You will learn:

  • Which digital camera is best
  • The lenses you should use
  • The lighting required for a perfect picture
  • What type of backdrops work best when photographing your cakes
  • Plus much more...

Module 15

Running Your Own Business

Running your own cupcake business can be done in two ways: from home or a brick and mortar location. You will learn:

  • What your overheads will likely be
  • How to choose a name for your business
  • The software you need to run a cake business
  • About employees and benefits
  • Plus much more...

Module 16

Marketing and Social Media

Marketing a cupcake baking and cake decorating business is not easy and will take a lot of preparation before you start. In this module you will learn:

  • How to market your business offline
  • How to market your business online
  • The power a website can have
  • About brand insights and development
  • Plus much more...

Module 17

The do’s and don’ts & what to do when things don't go to plan

There are a number of reasons why cakes do not turn out the way they should . You will learn:

  • The do’s and don’ts when baking a cake.
  • What to do when things don’t go to plan
  • How to handle complaints
  • How to provide great customer service
  • Plus much more...

Module 18

Health, Safety, and Hygiene

Health and safety includes the hygiene of employees and it is no joke; especially when it comes to the food industry. In this module you will learn:

  • About Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Legal food inspections and how they effect you
  • What your hygiene requirements are
  • What is the HACCP
  • Plus much more...

Module 19

Accounting, VAT, Tax, Insurance and Record Keeping

Running your own cupcake, cake and cake decorating company comes with a lot of responsibilities including knowing about accounting, VAT, other taxes, and record keeping. In this module you will learn:

  • Why accounting is so important
  • About VAT & other taxes you have to pay
  • About recording keeping and its importance to your business
  • How to keep organised with business licenses
  • Plus much more...

Module 20

Hiring Staff and Providing Sufficient Training

When you own any business including a cupcake and cake decorating shop, there comes a time when you need to decide if hiring staff is in your best interest. You will learn:

  • How to find the best staff for your business
  • The best way to interview prospective employees
  • How to train your staff
  • About employee inspection and creating a hand book
  • Plus much more...

Who is this course for?

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Course Testimonial

Kayleigh McGuinness - Leicester

I would recommend this course to anyone whom is interested in baking and are thinking of starting their own business

This course has helped me to develop my knowledge and prepare myself for my home baking business. It is clear and in a simple format to understand. I like how there are mini tests after each module to help your understanding, then the final exam to go through everything you have learnt. Also the work sheets are very helpful and handy to keep for future use.

I would recommend this course to anyone whom is interested in baking and are thinking of starting their own business. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the course and was able to complete it in my own time, which helped a lot with personal life commitments


I am so glad I came across this course.

Cindel Simmill – Stoke on Trent

I have not long started this course but I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about opening their own baking business.

It has taught me new and interesting things so far and I am excited to complete the remaining modules. This course is helping me to understand what it is like to start a business and how much is actually needed to make it work. I have really enjoyed learning new techniques and ingredients for baking cakes, muffins etc and also what ingredients you can use to cater a variety of people.

I am so glad I came across this course.

Nikki Hudson – Essex

I am very pleased that I enrolled. I would definitely recommend!

I’m currently studying the cupcake making & baking course and it is amazing so far. I’m really enjoying it and it has so much helpful information.

It covers everything you need to know and is actually enjoyable reading… I am very pleased I enrolled I would definitely recommend…I’m a mum of 3 aged 5, 2, and 1 and time is challenging most days but this course provides enough time so I can juggle both.

I am excited to start my next module. the course is also worth the non-discounted price. I will be doing more courses after this one.


Our Course is fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone devices. Now more than ever people are using the internet while on the move so our course has been designed to be fully compatible on tablets and smartphones so you can access your course on wifi, 3G or 4G.

There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

All tests are online and are taken either during or after the course, these are included in the price.

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Hello, could you tell me if a certificate is available to download on the successful completion of this course. Thank you. Regards.


Yes, as soon as you have completed the course you can download and print your certificate free of charge.

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