Amy Malone School of Cake Decorating
4212 Camino Alegre    La Mesa, CA  91941     (619) 660-1900  
Member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals

(5 Minutes from Hwy 94)
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Simple Airbrush and Stenciling

June 7, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

Students will learn how to use an airbrush to create soft clouds or a plaid background and then stencil a happy puppy (good for any occasion). Students will learn the skill of precise piping gel outlining and replicating a picture or cartoon, and also how to pipe a dog-bone border. Students need to bring tips #2, #10, #18, bags, 9”x 13” cake frosted white, or students can choose to decorate a rectangular flat cardboard instead. Airbrush and icing for decorating is supplied by the instructor. Recommended icing recipe will be sent upon enrollment. $25 deposit due by June 2. $35

Cake Decorating for Beginners  

June 10 – July 15 Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
June 10 – July 15, Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Learn to decorate the first time we meet! For the first lesson of this six week buttercream course, the instructor will supply all materials (tips, bags, colored icings) for every student to decorate and take home a flat cardboard “cake top” by creating buttercream latticework, leaves, drop flowers and a zigzag border. Students will also learn professional baking hints, how to evenly bake and fill level cakes, methods to smoothly frost a cake, borders, roses, royal icing color flow, sugar molding, daisies, July 4th ideas, corneilli lace work, how to use a template, figure piping of clowns, pricing cakes and much more! Professional food presentation is emphasized as students learn to adapt their pastry bag skills to cream cheese, butter, chocolate, whipped cream and mashed potatoes. Frosting, cake "tastes", icing, patterns, and recipes are included in the lesson price. $25 deposit due by June 5. $75

Cupcakes: Baking Basics and Beyond  

June 14, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Students will learn how to bake, fill, frost, and decorate uniform cupcakes. Techniques for making delicious homemade and cake mix cupcakes as well as how to distribute the exact amount of batter evenly will be demonstrated. Each student will then hollow and fill lemon, spice, chocolate and yellow cupcakes with dark chocolate mousse, whipped peanut butter icing and lemon fillings. Students will then frost their cupcakes with chocolate candy coating glaze, professional rosette swirls with Pastry Pride and decorator icing. Students will also learn how to spray mist colorful tie-dye, beach scenes, and other effects. All materials including a dozen cupcakes, small molded chocolate hearts, flowers, graduation hats, and royal icing decorations, sprinkles, confetti, colored sugars, and many other toppers as well as boxes are included. Students may want to bring a cupcake pan to secure transportation of completed cupcakes. $25 deposit due by June 10. $60

Wedding Cake Workshop  

June 19 & 26, Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

In this two-part class, students will learn how to bake, frost, assemble, decorate, and transport a three-tier wedding cake. Detailed step-by-step instructions in baking, making icing, frosting and filling a cake, doweling, stacking and transporting cakes will be demonstrated the first night; cakes baked at home will then be assembled in class using stacked, spiked or plate column construction, and decorated the second night. Hints for guaranteeing level cakes and safe delivery will be emphasized. Recipes and cake samples, batter amount charts, pricing and marketing guidelines, cutting diagrams, and more included. Students may elect to do a two tier cake. $30 deposit due by June 16. First night only, $30. $60

Interwoven Latticework Cake  

July 10, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Learn to pipe and weave multi-colored strings of buttercream icing to create a dramatic effect that changes the dominant color when the cake is viewed from different angles. Students need to bring a one or two layer round cake frosted white with two cups of white icing, tips #21and three #4’s. Students not baking cakes can work on a round cardboard circle. $25 deposit due by July 7. $30


July 22, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This class will include reverse shell, spiral, heart shell, rope, ribbon, puff, and ribbon borders. Students need to bring practice boards, tips #2, 10, 16, 18, 22, and 104, bags, and couplers. All frosting is supplied by the instructor. Full payment due by July 18. $25

Icing Flowers Workshop  

August 9, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Students will make apple blossoms, violets, pansies, forget-me-nots, rose buds, and half-roses. Decorating a sheet cake with a floral spray including roses, half roses and rose buds will be demonstrated. All frosting supplied by the instructor. Students need to bring bags, couplers, tubes #2, 3, 59, 101, 102, 104, wax paper squares, #7 rose nail, and a container for taking samples home. $25 deposit due by Aug 5. $40
Strictly Stringwork & Shells  

August 16, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

This includes single, double, triple, interwoven, multi-colored stringwork and how to accent crown and teardrop shells using stringwork variations. Precise, even decorating will be emphasized. Students need to bring small bags, three #3 tubes, #18 tube, and two cake pans of different sizes. Frosting will be supplied by the instructor. Full payment due by August 12. $25

Cookie Bouquets  

August 23, Saturday, 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m.

In this demonstration, students will observe how to mix, roll, cut, skewer, bake, decorate, assemble and arrange cookies into gifts and centerpieces for the holidays, bridal and baby showers, sporting events and birthdays. Decorating techniques shown will include royal icing flow in, dipping, stenciling with icing and edible markers, lattice work and applying fondant. Patterns for other occasions, recipes for icing and sugar cookies are included. $25 due by August 19. This class is pictured on our web site. $25

Beginner Cake Decorating  
October 14 – November 18, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon October 14– November 18, Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
See June 10 class description. $25 deposit due by October 10. $75

Partial Fall Preview—Dates will be posted on August 15

Cookie Decorating for Fall


Students will use royal icing, chocolate, fondant and stencils to decorate Christmas tree, pumpkin, ghost, football, heart and wedding cake shaped sugar cookies. Techniques will include outlining, flooding, stenciling, single and double feathering, dipping cookies in chocolate, shading and texturing fondant, and use of edible markers. Students need to bring tubes #2, 3, 4, 16, bags, and a tray for taking completed cookies home. All cookies, chocolate and icing flowers are supplied by the instructor.

EASY Fun with Chocolate: Strawberries and Mice


Great for party favors for all occasions! Learn how to dip Oreo and homemade cookies in white and dark chocolate, and decorate them to look like tuxedos and bridal dresses with fondant pearls. Students will learn to use floral, striped, baby, patriotic and holiday chocolate transfer sheets and also mold small chocolate flowers, wedding cakes, pumpkins, skulls, Christmas trees, booties, and hearts, to decorate their cookies. Everyone will also learn to double-dip strawberries and help complete an elegant strawberry tree centerpiece. Learn how create and garnish with adorable chocolate mice. All materials will be supplied by the instructor.

Fun Fall Cupcakes


Students will learn to decorate cupcakes by using buttercream icing to figure pipe witches, ghosts, spiders, eyeballs, tombstones, Santa Claus faces, wreaths, and Christmas trees. Students will also learn how to neatly frost a cupcake in 5 seconds. Adapting skills to decorate cookies, sugar cubes, mints, and larger cakes will be covered. All icing will be supplied by the instructor.

ASSISTANTS NEEDED - In exchange for assisting during and cleaning up after a class, you can earn a FREE class of equal or lesser value for yourself or a friend.  Call 660-1900 to request the class(es) you wish to assist. 

Summer Schedule will posted May 15.


For more information on any of these classes, or to be placed on the mailing list for future schedules, call (619) 660-1900.  All classes are taught by Amy Malone (unless otherwise specified).  A place in the class can be guaranteed only if your deposit is received by the date specified in the class description.  Phone reservations cannot be honored.  Deposits are not refundable or transferable unless notification is received at least four days prior to class.  These policies are strictly observed to ensure a "first come, first serve" basis, and as a courtesy to instructors who prepare materials in advance.

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