Welcome Bakers and Cake Decorators!

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!

Learn Skills at Your own Pace!

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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

Bill Hauser’s Mom’s Peanut Cookies

In honor of National Peanut Butter Month  I got to thinking about one of my high school students years ago who shared a recipe for his mom’s Peanut Butter Cookies. Because of their distinct shape and flavor combination, the recipe has turned out to be one several...

Seedless Grape Pie with Concord Grape Wine

Or How to Reduce a Recipe When You Have Less of a Major Ingredient but Want to Make the Recipe Anyway! WARNING: There are over twenty steps to this but at least read on so that if you are ever in a similar situation, you too can MAKE WHATEVER YOU WANT ANYWAY! This...

Thursday Thoughts – September 1st

Do not have my own kiddos For those of you who do or are kids at heart A recipe for Banana Strawberry Paletas An idea for a weekend activity…. Or a Blender Breakfast…..if you Do not have the patience for the freezing part…… Equipment: Blender, popsicle molds, craft...

Success Rate

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


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’s Space Bars

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

Chef Susan's 52 Secrets of Perfect Baking & Cake Decorating


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