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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Cake Decorating for Beginners


January 7 – February 11, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

January 7 – February 11, 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 icing latticework framing, leaves, drop flowers and a zigzag border.  Students will also learn professional baking hints, how to evenly bake and level cakes, methods to smoothly frost a cake, borders, roses,  royal icing color flow, sugar molding, daisies, holiday ideas, cornelli lace work, how to use a template, figure piping of clowns, pricing cakes and much, much more!  Professional food presentation is emphasized as students learn to adapt their skills to cream cheese, butter, chocolate, whipped cream and mashed potatoes.  Frosting, cake "tastes", colors, patterns, and recipes are included in the lesson price.   $25 deposit due by January 4.  $75

Wedding Cake Workshop  

January 16 & 23, 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 be assembled and decorated in class the second night. Stacked, spike and plate column construction will be shown.  Recipes and cake samples, batter amount charts, pricing and marketing guidelines, cutting diagrams, and more included.  $30 deposit due by January 12.  First night only, $30.  $65

EASY Fun with Chocolate  

February 1, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Learn how to dip cookies and strawberries in white and dark chocolate, and decorate them to look like tuxedos and bridal dresses with fondant pearls.  Students will also decorate their cookies using Valentine’s Day, Easter, baby shower, patriotic and floral chocolate transfer sheets. Students will also use mini chocolate flowers, wedding cakes, hearts, and bells to decorate their cookies.  Everyone will also double-dip and elegantly decorate strawberries to help complete a class strawberry tree centerpiece.  All chocolate, bags, papers and boxes will be supplied by the instructor.  $25 due by January 27.  $45   This class is pictured on our web site.
Simple Spring Cupcakes  

February 15, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Students will learn to decorate cupcakes by piping buttercream chicks, bunny faces, Easter baskets, sunflowers and graduation owl faces.  Students will also learn how to neatly frost a cupcake in 5 seconds.  Beginners welcome.  Students need to bring one dozen unfrosted cupcakes, bags, couplers, tubes #2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 67, 233  352, and a box and cupcake pan to take samples home.   All frosting will be supplied by the instructor. $25 deposit due by February 11.  $35

Intermediate Cake Decorating  

February 18 – March 25, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

February 18 – March 25, Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

In this six-week buttercream course, students will learn to pipe wild roses, ferns,  basket weaving, patch work design cakes for any occasion, daffodils, primroses, pattern making, holiday ideas and figure piping of booties, rattles and safety pins.  Most frosting and colors supplied by the instructor.  $25 deposit due by Feb. 14.  $80

Icing Roses  

February 22, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

This class provides new materials for beginners, as well as a refresher for experienced decorators.  Students need to bring tips #12, #104, a #7 rose nail, bags, and a cookie sheet.  All icing will be supplied by the instructor.  $15 deposit due by February 18.  $15

Cupcakes:  Baking Basics and Beyond  

March 1, 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 and other effects. All materials including a dozen cupcakes, small molded chocolate hearts, rabbits, flowers, shamrocks, 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 February 25.  $70                                 

SAN DIEGO CAKE SHOW – The San Diego Cake Club presents its 31st Sugar Art Competition “Cakes For A Cause” on March 8th and 9th at La Jolla Village Square to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego.  Free viewing of over 100 artistic and creative cakes and other confections on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m.  Free cake decorating and sugar craft demonstrations will be held hourly. Call for more information, or go to after February 1st for an enrollment form and schedule of demonstrations

Cookie Decorating for Spring  

March 15, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Students will use royal icing and white chocolate to decorate heart, Easter egg, rabbit, baseball, basketball, and wedding cake-shaped sugar cookies. Techniques will include outlining, flooding, stenciling, single and double feathering, drop flowers and use of edible markers. Students will also decorate with fondant.  Students need to bring tubes #2, 3, 4, 16, bags, and a tray for taking completed cookies home.  All cookies, icings, and flowers are supplied by the instructor.  $25 deposit due by March 11.   $50
Icing Flowers Workshop  

March 29, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Students will make half-mums, 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, a #7 rose nail and a container for taking samples home.  $25 deposit due by March 25. 

Advanced Cake Decorating  
April 1 – May 13, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
April 1 – May 13, Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

In this four-week course, students will learn the use of the airbrush, stenciling, and create 0riental poppies, Black-Eyed Susans, interwoven latticework, and two-toned cakes with garlands. Most frosting will be supplied by the instructor. For the first lesson, students should bring tips, bags, a 9" x 13" cake (or larger) frosted white, and two cups of white icing. $25 deposit due by March 29. Class will meet on April 1, 8, May 6 and 13. $55

April 5, Saturday, 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Students will create apple birds, orange baskets, carrot spirals, cucumber chains, egg chickens, radish mushrooms, cucumber twigs, fluted mushrooms, and more.  Butter roses will be demonstrated.  Students need to bring a sharp paring knife, an orange, a cucumber, a hard-boiled egg, two large firm apples, and a container for storing completed samples.  $25 deposit due by April 1.  $25

Cake Decorating for Beginners  

June 10 – July 22, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

June 10 – July 22, Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

See January 7 class description.  $25 deposit due by June 6.  $75

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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