Holiday Cake Decorating Classes in Los Angeles!

Oh, I just love this time of year, don’t you? The weather cools, the gardens turn inward, and we all look for connection and celebration inside. One of the best parts of this time of year, for me anyway, is getting ready for the holiday feasts.

I like to pour through magazines and try new recipes, getting ready for those wonderful holiday tables full of beautiful foods. Desserts especially! That’s why I enjoy offering my cake decorating classes in Los Angeles with holiday themes. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of gathering around a beautiful table and presenting something truly spectacular that you created yourself.

Cakes and Pies – Oh My!

Of course when we think Thanksgiving, we think of pies. A great pie starts with a perfect crust, and now you can take my cake decorating class in Los Angeles to learn how to craft that light, flaky crust you see in the magazines.

If you struggle to make a good pie crust, don’t worry.  We’ll do it together and you’ll see how a few simple techniques make all the difference. My pie crust cake decorating classes in Los Angeles start with a demonstration, so you can see how it’s done. Then you’ll have a chance to make your own, while I offer advice on the spot. We’ll send you home with my famous Apple Streusel Pie, sure to be a hit at your holiday table.

Holiday Fun at Cake Decorating Classes in Los Angeles

After mastering pie crusts, it’s time to create some amazing desserts and gifts! Learn how to decorate a pumpkin cake with a stunning motif of beautifully colored autumn leaves. Using buttercream, fondant, marzipan and chocolate, you’ll learn how to frost, shape and color like a pro. So life-like, these leaves are almost too pretty to eat!

Handmade gifts are always welcome at the holidays, especially when they are unusual and beautiful. Miniature cakes fit the bill perfectly. They are fairly simple to make, and can be packaged with pretty papers and baking boxes to look like they came from the most upscale bakery.

The “Miniature Gift Cakes” cake decorating class in Los Angeles is a two-part class that will teach you how to bake, shape, frost and decorate these tiny gems of cake goodness. Decorate with any holiday theme you like: tiny silver snowflakes, pretty chocolate icing swirls, marzipan holly leaves or tiny trees. Bring your ideas and your gift list!

Holiday cake decorating classes in Los Angeles provide a welcome rest from the shopping and running around we all seem to do this time of year. Book some time just for yourself, or bring a friend and have some fun. See our events page for all the details. Classes include all the supplies you’ll need to create our featured item. Bring your favorite apron and your creativity, and let’s get ready for the holidays together at a cake decorating class in Los Angeles!

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About Susan Holtz

Susan Holtz is a natural born teacher with decades of professional experience as a baker, instructor, and entrepreneur…and she has a portfolio of accolades to show for her efforts in each of these arenas. What Susan takes just as much pride in though, are her hundreds of graduates now working in the culinary field. Most recently, Susan not only has served as Director of Culinary Arts at West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills, CA (where she created the curriculum and designed the classroom laboratory) and as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor in Cake Decoration at Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar, CA (where she also developed the curriculum), but she has also just established the Baking & Cake Art Academy, Inc. in order to provide an online forum and laboratory to inspire baking and cake art enthusiasts and professionals everywhere to achieve their highest goals. Entertaining and informative, dedicated and patient, Susan delivers her instruction in a uniquely low key manner, but with a quite evident passion for sharing her wealth of knowledge on baking from her own academic, apprentice and work experience. She really knows how to encourage her students and make the learning process fun so that all levels of students find her teaching understandable and inspiring! Susan’s fascination with cake decorating started in the sixth grade. In those days, it was all about the star tip and the rose nail! Since then she has studied and worked with some pretty impressive names in the pastry/baking/restaurant fields: Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Fenniger of “Too Hot Tamales” fame, Nancy Silverton, Patrick Terrail, Gerard Joel Bellouet, Mark Carter, Francois Vignac, and Joe Ortiz, Kamolmal Pootarakfa, Gordon Hamersley, Hugh Carpenter, Yolanda Chen and LiE Wong. (You can find out more about all these phenoms on!) Ever the student as well as the teacher, Holtz has studied a broad spectrum of specialized international cuisines, including Japanese, Chinese, French and Thai, as well as baking and cake art methods. Susan has earned certification from The Wilton School of Cake Design, then in Chicago (pulled sugar and international cake art methods – Philippine, Australian, English); the American Institute of Baking in Manhattan, Kansas; Joe Ortiz of Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola, California (artisan bread baking); St. Moritz Luxury Chocolates in Beverly Hills; with New York’s Colette Peters (fondant techniques); Roland Mesnier (the very intimidating process of pulled sugar); Scott Clark Woolley (gum paste techniques); Ron Ben-Israel (mold-making for jeweled embellishments); and Johnson & Wales in Denver, Colorado (advanced pastry & bread making).