Cake Decorating Business
Tips And Advice

Hi Lorelie, name is Patricia and I am so inspired by your work that I have decided to go into baking professionally. I am still scared but the thought of the beautiful cakes I have seen on your website keeps me excited. The hope that I can put smiles on people's faces far outweighs any monetary gains.

~Patricia Saranwiyo~ * Nigeria

Add your business listing. Do you have a home based bakery business? Do you own a shop? Then let the world know about it. 

Are You Serious?

Pastry chef

If you are seriously considering a career in baking and decorating then please read all of the advice below, including my website building recommendations. Then take some time to browse all of the Q&A. If you still have questions please don't hesitate to contact me anytime.

Thinking about starting a cake decorating business? Got Questions? Get answers from someone who has owned and operated two home based bakeries and managed several commercial bakeries and banquet hall pastry departments!

If you are a Wedding Cakes For You visitors who has a passion for baking and decorating cakes and are considering making a career with it, then you have come to the right place. 

Baking Degree?

three cake decorators decorating a cake

Decide if a baking degree is something that you are interested in having or are you a self learner. You don't necessarily need a degree, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to have credentials.

Hone Your Skills

student learning cake decorating

Cake decorating courses are everywhere. It's a good starting point. Check out the classes page on this website. You will find links to baking schools, culinary arts programs and cake decorating classes, including the Wedding Cakes For You class schedule.

You can also check out my Step-by-Step eBook   

Get Practical Training

Lorelie at first bakery job

Learning on the job working in a bakery is one of the best ways to get training. This is me at my first bakery job in Palo Alto California. Mentors at this bakery and others along the way helped me immensely.

Spread The Word

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Create a buzz for your cake decorating business using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social networks. I personally use these three in addition to LinkedIn and Pinterest.

If you do sign up for any of these social networks make sure that you actually post and engage on them regularly or it may start to negativley impact your website, if you have one. Start by learning one at a time, otherwise it can feel overwhelming. Once you get the hang of each one and start planning your posts and video etc, it can actually be fun to meet other people in the same field as you. Try HOOTSUITE to manage up to 5 Social sites at once FREE of charge.

Build A Seriously Awesome Website


"I am just starting a cake decorating business from home and this is the most informative website...Thank you so much for this wealth of information especially for someone just starting out."


Build a real business online, work right from your home, and drive traffic to an existing business or website.

SBI is the company I used to build this profitable online and offline business.

This video about this website may spark some serious ideas for you.

Question Or Helpful Advice?

Do you have a question about starting a cake decorating business venture? Are you already in the business and have some great advice or a helpful tip to share! Join in and submit your questions and answers. Comment on any of the entries. Help and be helped...

What Other Visitors Have Said And Questions Asked

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...If you have any advice or tips please join in. I don't have all of the answers so would very much appreciate your input.

Leveling your cake tiers 
Everyone eventually learns that you have to take the time to level your tiers or something gets lopsided. I had a mortifying experience last month …

Cake decorating business 
Hello, I really enjoy making cakes and want to start a cake decorating business but I live in a very small community. Is it still possible to make a career …

Cake pricing 
Hi Lorilee, Can you please tell me what is appropriate when pricing a special occasion cake that can take up to 3 days to create? Would you price it …

Do I need to take a deposit? 
Hi! I love your site, I think I use it everyday to answer some sort of question I have. I have been asked to do a wedding cake and its a big order! …

Cake Decorating Business Reality 
Question: Can you tell me, what is the cake decorating business reality? What is the cake creators schedule? Do you start early and finish late? What …

What equipment do I REALLY need for a new bakery??? Not rated yet
Hi there I'm in the process of opening up a Specialty Cake shop in our City Mall, but I have always baked with the basic household equipment and am …

New Cake Business Not rated yet
Hi My Name is Nilda Veras, and I'm trying to open a new cake business, I live in Anchorage, Alaska, I need tips so I can decorate cakes with fondant, …

Wedding Cake Pricing Not rated yet
I was asked to make a 3 tier wedding cake. They want ruffles on all the layers. I am worried once I pipe the ruffles on they might slide or fall off. …

Cake Delivery And Preparation Not rated yet
Hello I will be making our first wedding cake delivery for a December 31st wedding. I was planning on baking 2 cakes; one for delivery and one just …

How much to charge for specialty cakes Not rated yet
Hi! I mostly do specialty/custom cakes and I have no idea how much to charge. Your wedding cake price guide was really helpful but I can't find a guide …

Stay At Home Mom Loves Baking Not rated yet
I am a stay at home mom and I love to bake. I have never been to a Wilton cake decorating class, but would love to go. At the time I don't have the time …

Cake Decorating Flowers Business Not rated yet
Cake Decorating Flowers Business? I have been making cakes and hand made gum paste flowers out of my home for some time now. I love making the flowers …

Ups and Downs in Cake Decorating... Not rated yet
Hi Lorelie! I'm so happy to have found your website and even more happy to see that we're neighbors...I live in Westfield, MA! I just started my …

Baking From Home Legalities Not rated yet
Question: I would like to start a home-baking business creating custom cakes. But, I was told that I could not bake from my own kitchen and sell my cakes …

Making my dream come true Not rated yet
My friends call me "Martha" ... to tease me because I LOVE culinary arts, gardening, flowers, interior design, and so on. I have always fueled on creativity, …

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