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Achieve your Baking and Cake Decorating Goals!

Chef Susan Holtz is proud of her many former students who have been inspired to succeed in developing their own baking and catering businesses, become trusted bakers, bakery supervisors, pastry chefs, home economics teachers, chefs, television contestants and contest winners, restaurant managers, and more!

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Bernadette M.

“Chef Susan’s dedication and commitment to our success was apparent from day one. She is very approachable and her gentle and patient guidance throughout our in class projects ensured that we would have a successful outcome. This is not a craft store class!  In Chef Susan’s class, I learned how to bake and decorate upscale cakes, that are sold in high end bakeries, as well as assemble a structurally sound tiered Artisan Wedding Cake!  I am a small business owner, and after EACH class I learned something new that I implemented in my business. I changed just about every approach I had been using in baking and decorating. Since participating in Chef Susan’s class, I have had rave reviews on my cakes and buttercream as well as my new found cake designs.
I highly recommend any cake business owner to enroll their assistants in Chef Susan’s Beginning Baking and Cake Art class. Your return will far exceed the price you pay!  The class is very affordable (20 weeks/90 hours at an exceptional price!). My confidence has grown in leaps and bounds!  Thank you Chef Susan!”

Chef Susan Holtz

Award –Winning Instructor

Excellence in Teaching awarded to Chef Susan Holtz from the California Council for Adult Education, the largest professional organization serving adult education in California.

I was honored to be recognized for excellence in teaching from such a prestigious organization and deeply touched when I realized that some of my students attended the event. (I think that each had to purchase a ticket! —That made it even more amazing!)

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Adult Classes

Adults have several choices for learning at the academy, whether they’re dedicated hobbyists or working to advance their careers in baking and cake decorating.

  • Beginner and Advanced Continuing Education courses – the same courses that have launched countless careers in baking and cake decorating for over 25 years, and made experts out of hobbyists.
  • Master classes – offered throughout the year on various skills and topics
  • Private and semi-private lessons
  • Birthday parties, showers, milestone celebrations and more
  • Gift certificates are available

Chef Susan Holtz dedicated to her students’ success

Each student comes to me with a unique skill level which needs encouragement every step of the way!

Blogs by Susan Holtz

How To Adjust A Loaf Pan Recipe

HOW TO ADJUST A LOAF PAN RECIPE(When the pan you have is different from the one in a recipe.)How many cake pans do you have?I have a ZILLION, but not loaf pans that measure 9x5 inches.You say- “What!?” …. A baker without that “standard size.?”When I had my...

What It Takes To Eat A Cake

THE CREATIVE PROCESS-PART ONE Ah! The ebb and flow of family… One thing -you cannot control—OTHERS! I learned that my cousin, Joyce, is pulling up her Los Angeles, California roots and moving to Texas. Fun memories shared as kids flash through my mind…. Feelings of...

Calibrating Your Oven

Ok, I admit I am a “control freak” and a perfectionist, especially when I bake. And those traits help when I want consistent, predictable results. You will achieve baking perfection when you control your measuring accuracy, ingredient temperatures, mixing methods,...

Success Rate

Chef Susan Holtz has scores of former students now working in the culinary arts.

Testimonials
Happy students.
“The Beginning Cake Decorating CTE Course has been an immense help for my confidence /knowledge as I begin my new career in the baking field. I feel like I have a solid core of knowledge(piping/preparing cakes) which I can use to practice and master my hand skills….has opened my mind to a much larger range of possibilities of projects that I can do. ”
Brett Y.
“I relocated to Los Angeles and searched for months to find the right cake decorating classes/school. There is no better teacher or curriculum that combines the hands on training with one-on-one attention that students need to become  a successful cake decorator.  Chef Susan is a great teacher and mentor, and I highly recommend the Baking and Cake Art Academy to anyone looking for a career in cake decorating!”
Colin O.
“Coming from a background with no cake experience whatsoever I have learned an amazing amount of information on how to make beautiful cakes. This class has been a great learning experience with a great teacher!”
Marcela T.
“I took elementary classes at different places and realized I really enjoyed decorating cakes and wanted to take it to the next level. I can’t even begin to tell you just how much I have learned in the beginner and advanced classes. I have made so many cakes for so many different events. With the technical skills I have learned I feel I can make cakes with confidence when I retire! These classes will challenge you to achieve your skills to the next level!”
Dawna Butala

“Chef Susan has exemplified professionalism with superior experiences that made this class a fun learning experience.”

Emma B.

Chef Susan’s Space Bars

For bakers and cake decorators.
Set of 4 different heights.
Versatile!
Now attain consistent thickness for any rolled doughs.

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