Cake Decorating Workshops

Fante’s decorating courses are taught by a Master Decorator, and held on Saturdays in our store at 1006 S 9th Street, in Philadelphia’s historic Italian Market.

With an average class size of 10 students, you will get lots of personal attention from our instructor. Registration is open to adults and to young people of high school age and older.


 

Introduction to Cake Decorating Workshops

Introduction to Cake Decorating WorkshopChoose this workshop if you are new to decorating. Skills taught in this class will be used and built upon in higher level workshops. At the end of the day, you will get to take home your beautifully decorated floral spray cake.

This course introduces the fundamentals of cake decorating, including, but not limited to:
• Preparation of cakes for decorating
• Several types of decorator icings
• Preparation of various types of decorating bags
• Instruction in the skills needed to prepare a variety of flowers
• Special techniques used for floral spray cakes, writing and figure piping

Pack a lunch and bring an unfrosted cake, icing, and some tools from your kitchen. Instructions and recipes will be provided upon enrollment.

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.
Course fee: $100 plus sales tax (includes supplies and tools)

Saturday, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Mar 19, 2016
May 7, 2016

Call first to check for available space (215-922-5557 Tue-Fri, 9-5) or stop by during our regular store hours.
Payment of the course fee is required upon registration.
(Pay online)


 

Intermediate Cake Decorating Workshop

Intermediate Cake Decorating WorkshopChoose this workshop if you completed a basic cake decorating course, or if you have previous cake decorating experience, or if you would simply like a refresher on flowers, and you’re ready to boost your decorating skills to the next level.

Building on previously learned techniques, you will master piping of beautiful flowers like:
• Violet
• Apple blossom
• Forget-me-not
• Carnation
• Lily
• The exquisite full rose, and much more.

You will also learn a variety of embellished borders and designs, and will finish with a stunning floral bouquet cake.

Pack a lunch and bring royal icing and some tools from your kitchen. Instructions and recipes will be provided upon enrollment.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Cake Decorating, or Beginner’s Cake Decorating, or previous decorating experience.
Course fee: $100 plus sales tax (includes supplies and tools)

Saturday, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Apr 16, 2016

Call first to check for available space ( 215-922-5557 Tue-Fri, 9-5) or stop by during our regular store hours.
Payment of the course fee is required upon registration.
(Pay online)


Wedding Cake Workshop

Wedding Cake WorkshopLearn how to design, prepare, transport, and serve a wedding or tiered cake for a crowd. You must have good knowledge of the fundamentals of cake decorating, and are required to bring three frosted cakes to class, ready to decorate.

This special class is limited to a maximum of six students, so you will receive plenty of personal attention, to help you realize your ambitions in designing and creating the cakes you visualize.

  • Various wedding cake designs
    • Classic and modern piping techniques including borders, ruffle roses, filigree designs, damask patterns, monograms, and more
    • How to incorporate sugar pearls, dragees and other embellishments into the overall design
    • Different methods of creating multilevel cakes, such as stacked and pillared tiers, as well as how to incorporate bridges, satellite cakes, and fountains
    • How to sizes cakes for parties, and how to use styrofoam dummies to create a more dramatic look without using more cake for smaller parties
    • How to plan and schedule the timing of baking the cakes, making the decorations, and assembly
    • How to store, transport, and serve stacked and tiered cakes with dowels or pillars

Come to class with a packed lunch, prepared pastry bags, buttercream icing and three frosted cakes. A list of needed kitchen tools from home will be provided upon enrollment.

Prerequisites: Basic decorating knowledge from Intro to Decorating Workshop, Beginner’s Cake Decorating Class, or equivalent knowledge. Intermediate Cake Decorating Workshop is recommended, but not required. No basics will be covered in this class.
Course fee: $75 plus sales tax (supplies not included)

Saturday, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Jun 4, 2016

Call first to check for available space (215-922-5557 Tue-Fri, 9-5) or stop by during our regular store hours.
Payment of the course fee is required upon registration.
(Pay online)


Gum Paste & Fondant Workshop

Gum Paste WorkshopIntroduce gum paste and fondant into your decorating techniques, to what you learned in introductory courses in cake decorating or equivalent experience. The focus will be on coloring and rolling out fondant, covering cakes and creating beautiful flowers and decorations and using petal dust for finishing. Students take home a fondant cake with decorations and flowers made in class.

  • How to prepare and color fondant and gum paste
    • Different methods of covering cake with fondant
    • How to create life-like flowers and 3d decorations out of gum paste and fondant (roses, daisies, petunias, calla lilies, leaves, daffodils, ruffles, and more)
    • How to use petal/luster dusts
    • Debbie shows you how to make stamens using unbreakable gel

Pack a lunch and bring an unfrosted cake, a batch of icing, and some tools from your kitchen. Instructions and recipes will be provided upon enrollment.

Prerequisite: Basic decorating knowledge from Intro to Decorating Workshop/Beginner’s Cake Decorating Class/equivalent knowledge.
Course fee: $75 plus sales tax (supplies not included)

Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Nov 05, 2016

Call first to check for available space (215-922-5557 Tue-Fri, 9-5) or stop by during our regular store hours.
Payment of the course fee is required upon registration.
(Pay online)


Cupcake Workshop

Cupcake Decorating WorkshopChoose a convenient date from the above list and learn elegant and fun ways to decorate cupcakes. No previous decorating experience required. You will take home cupcakes decorated in various elegant styles, sure to impress your friends.

  • How to prepare and fill pastry bags
    • How to make and color buttercream frosting
    • How to pipe large rosettes, drop flowers, shell flowers, basketweave, borders and seasonal designs (this particular course is winter themed)

Prerequisite: No previous decorating experience required.
Course fee: $60 plus sales tax (includes supplies and tools)

Saturday, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Feb 20, 2016
Oct 15, 2016
Saturday, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Feb 20, 2016
Oct 15, 2016

Call first to check for available space (215-922-5557 Tue-Fri, 9-5) or stop by during our regular store hours.
Payment of the course fee is required upon registration.
(Pay online)


 

OUR PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR

Debbie Showing Cupcake DesignsDeborah DiCintio Lang is a Master Decorator, professional baker, caterer, and winner of many awards.

She has instructed many to become teachers in the Art of Cake Decorating, and she has been turning out capable decorators at Fante’s for many years.

Now teaching courses on a limited basis, we are pleased that she can continue to share with you her extensive training and experience, with solutions to your questions not only in cake decorating, but also in the related Arts of Cooking and Baking, at which she excels.

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RESERVATIONS

♦ Courses are open to adults and to young people of high school age and older (unless otherwise noted in course description).
♦ Call first to check for available space.
Call 215-922-5557 – Tue-Fri, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or stop by during our regular store hours.
♦ Payment of the course fee is required upon registration.
♦ We will contact you to confirm your reservation and the session dates and times.

CANCELLATIONS

♦ Complete refund of fee if we cancel the course, or if you cancel at least 14 days before it begins.
♦ Two-thirds of the fee will be refunded if you cancel within 14 days before it begins.
♦ No refund if you cancel 24 hours or less before, or during, the course.
♦ If we cancel a session as a result of inclement weather or other circumstance beyond our control, we’ll re-schedule to insure that all sessions are held.

STUDENT DISCOUNTS

10% Discount, for the duration of the course, on baking and cake decorating equipment and supplies (non-electric only), from our regular (non-sale) prices. (Cannot be combined with any other offer.)


 

(Rev 2016-02-09)