What does a Cake Decorator do?

Cake decorators plan, design, and execute designs on cakes and other bakery items, working with a range of standard decorating equipment, along with any specialty tools used to produce custom designs offered by the business. They are accountable for ensuring their department upholds or exceeds the established quality standards, meets all customer satisfaction goals, and abides by all applicable food safety regulations and guidelines. They may also develop recipes, maintain inventory, and order supplies.

Cake decorators typically have a background in the bakery or food service industry. They may have graduated from a culinary arts program or completed technical training. These positions require excellent decorating abilities, a high level of creativity, good fine motor skills, and ability to concentrate on details. These specialists must be customer focused and will be required to stay informed about current food safety regulations.

What responsibilities are common for Cake Decorator jobs?
  • Ensure all product is blocked and faced in accordance with company policy or as assigned.
  • Follow and maintain adherence to all food safety standards.
  • Ability to engage and lead associates to achieve department goals.
  • Work as a 'team' member to assure consistent customer satisfaction.
  • Conduct weekly sales meetings with team members to establish merchandising, sales and profit objectives.
  • Communicate priorities regarding department readiness, the menu and promotions.
  • Prepare cake products according to cake preparation guidelines and decorate the cakes in a variety of designs and colors for display in cake freezers.
  • Have ample supply of cakes on hand and decorated or ready to decorate to support the customers needs and decorate cakes per customer request/order.
  • Manage inventory, quality of product, in-stock position, production planning, pricing integrity, merchandising, labor, security, expense control and other operational processes to company standards.
  • Coordinate, plan and order seasonal and non-seasonal merchandise as it relates to advertised events and time of season. educate associates on the effect of market area conditions and seasonal variations on product and sales.
What are the typical qualifications for Cake Decorator jobs?
  • Must have advanced cake decorating abilities.
  • Meticulous attention to detail is a must.
  • Able to regularly lift, pull, push and rotate merchandise that weighs 25 lbs., and that occasionally weights up to 60 lbs.
  • Demonstrate positive attitude and strong leadership capabilities.
  • Excellent English language mastery and communication skills.
  • In-depth understanding of sterilization policies and procedures.
  • Strong customer service skills.
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Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Cake Decorator make?

Confident
$51,518 /yr
Total Pay
$33,353
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$18,166
 /yr

Additional Pay

$51,518

 / yr
$27K$332K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Cake Decorator Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2%
2 - 4
1%
5 - 7
0%
8+
97%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Cake Decorator Insights

Read what Cake Decorator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
WalmartWalmart
Associate Fresh
Sep 6, 2021

“Competitive wage (other stores such as maxi and metro offer much better wage and your not expected to fill”

PublixPublix
Cake Decorator
Feb 19, 2021

“Management then raised my wage to an additional $2 after I asked to go part”

SafewaySafeway
Cake Decorator
May 16, 2022

“They are not happy if we take our sick days when I am really sick.”

Winn-DixieWinn-Dixie
Head Cake Decorator
Feb 20, 2022

“He is the best store manager that I have worked for in my 27 yr cake decorating profession.”

Smallcakes (Aurora)Smallcakes (Aurora)
Head Cake Decorator
Feb 13, 2022

“The staff is great and fun to work with.”

Nothing Bundt CakesNothing Bundt Cakes
Cake Froster
Oct 20, 2021

“It was fun and good people.”

Quality FoodQuality Food
Cake Decorator
Jul 5, 2020

“They were very happy to work with me while I was going to college and have my time reflect that.”

Winn-DixieWinn-Dixie
Head Cake Decorator
Feb 20, 2022

“I always talked about Winn Dixie giving me the best training and best job I had.. iv come”

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