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CULH 2085 - The Art of Sculpted Cakes

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: CULH 1155  and CULH 1340  all with grade C or better and a ServSafe certificate

CULH 2085 introduces students to advanced cake decorating techniques used to create edible cake sculptures. Students learn to create the proper base and support structure as well as to create different styles of sculpted cakes.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to maintain the Macomb County Health Department Standards.


  1. Identify in writing sanitation rules.
  2. Maintain the sanitation standards throughout the course of the semester.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to identify the procedure and create the proper structure for their creations.


  1. Identify the “food safe” elements needed to build structure.
  2. Using these elements, create a structure for a cake creation.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to design and create a cake sculpture of their choice.


  1. Design a cake sculpture for the final project.
  2. Create the proper support and structure for the final project.
  3. Execute the cake sculpture and be graded as a handson Project

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES

Week 1:

  1. Syllabus review
  2. Sanitation review
  3. Power point presentation on sculpted cakes
  4. Review and discuss cakes and icing techniques
  5. “How To” for cake supports

Week 2:

  1. Bake cake layers
  2. Start purse/bag handle and shoes

Week 3:

  1. Make icing and fondant
  2. Complete purse/bag and shoes

Week 4:

  1. Demonstrate rounds
  2. Make carved pumpkin cake

Week 5:

  1. Homework due for final project
  2. Create “sculpted dog” cake

Week 6:

  1. Create structure for Dinosaur or Person cake sculpture
  2. Execute Dinosaur or Person cake sculpture

Week 7:

  1. Bake all required layers for icing
  2. Make icing and fondant
  3. Create support structure for final project

Week 8:

  1. Create final project

Primary Faculty
O’Farrell, Scott
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Evans-Mach, Patrick
Balsamo, Michael

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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