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LYONA CAKE ACADEMY

Learn Cake Design the LYONA way!

At LYONA we believe that:

  • Everybody can create incredible cakes as long as she/he learns the right techniques
  • Nothing compares to learning from an experienced chef in a real professional kitchen
  • Learning takes time: in cake design, as in most fields, "practice makes perfect"

Based on those principles we have created LYONA Cake Academy, the first fully immersive cake design program in Europe.

Differently from a standard cooking course, our students are considered part of the LYONA team during the length of the course.

After learning the theory and practicing its application, students will have the opportunity to hone their newly acquired skills as they work on real orders. Naturally, the student will always be under the supervision of our chef who will make sure they keep improving their technique until they are comfortable and able to reproduce it, even after the course.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS THINK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE

 

"I spent a week with them learning the basics of baking! They are really good at what they do, professionals and very friendly. I learned a lot and got to know amazing people! Friendly and very down to earth. I totally recommend them for a course, they are awesome!" - Pilar

"I'm amazed by the progress I made in such a short period of time! I can't wait to go back for another module! Until then, I will terribly miss the team and the buzzing atmosphere that is always present at LYONA's. " - Francesca

 

 

"At LYONA's, Serena is a very patient teacher and will let you take your time to learn. She’s a perfectionist and will make you sure you get it right. The academy is an amazing place to learn a new skill. Thank you so much for the experience. It’s something I will always cherish." - VJ

 

TRAINING OFFERING

Our current offering includes 11 modules: 8 Cake Design modules and 3 Cake Business modules.  Each module can be taken separately or as part of our Diplomas. 

The Cake Design modules can be adapted to the level of the student and therefore can help beginners, as well as more advanced bakers, develop their cake making skills (overview of the modules). 

Each Cake Design module costs 998CHF and is composed of 20 hours of training (generally 4 half-days, but the schedule can be adapted based on your availabilities). The price includes all the ingredients and material, 1-on-1 coaching and insurance.

While modules can be taken separately, for students wishing to receive a full training we have created the Diploma of Cake Design, combining all 8 Cake Design modules.

The Cake Business modules are designed to help people transform their hobby into their profession or bring their baking business to the next level (overview of the modules).

Each Cake Business module is composed of 10 hours of coaching (generally 10 skype calls, but face-to-face is possible) and costs 998CHF.

For those wanting to start a cake business, we have created the Grand Diploma of Professional Cake Design, combining all the Cake Design and the Cake Business modules available at the Academy.

To cement their learning, the students that have graduated in these two diplomas will have the possibility to complete their training with a 2-month internship at our Atelier (pending they successfully pass a cake design practical test).

Our courses can be taken in English, French or Italian. In case you would like a customized training, please get in contact.

Questions? Don't hesitate to check out our Frequently Asked Questions and contact us: +41 796106538 - [email protected]

 

  
 
Content
Number of hours
1-on-1 coaching
2-month Internship at LYONA's (Optional)

Cake Design Module

998CHF
Content : One of our 8 Cake Design modules
Number of hours : 20h
1-on-1 coaching
2-month Internship at LYONA's (Optional)

Cake Business Module

998CHF
Content : One of our 3 Cake Business modules
Number of hours : 10h
1-on-1 coaching
2-month Internship at LYONA's (Optional)

Diploma of Cake Design

7498CHF
(6% discount)
Content : All 8 Cake Design modules
Number of hours : 160h
1-on-1 coaching
2-month Internship at LYONA's (Optional)

Grand Diploma of Professional Cake Design

9998CHF
(8% discount)
Content : All 8 Cake Design modules + All 3 Cake Business modules
Number of hours : 180h
1-on-1 coaching
2-month Internship at LYONA's (Optional)

CONTENT OF THE CAKE DESIGN MODULES

Module 1 - Cake and cupcake preparations

During this module, you will learn the cakes and cupcakes’ recipes that made us famous including our decadent chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet cakes.

You will master our whipped ganache and the ever-challenging Swiss meringue buttercream preparation. Importantly, you will also learn how to recognize the first signs of possible issues with your preparations (including under- or over-baking, and split buttercream), and what to do to fix them.

Take this module if you want to learn tasty yet light cake and cupcake recipes that will leave people asking for more and if you wish to be more in control in the baking arena.

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Module 2 - Assembling and covering a cake

During this module, you will learn how to assemble a cake, starting from correctly cutting the cake slices and distributing the filling. You will then learn how to perfectly cover a round cake with buttercream and fondant.

Once this technique is mastered, you will cover other shapes including square cakes and cakes in the shape of an object. This module is all about learning the techniques and gestures needed to have a smooth buttercream covering of the cake and a professional fondant finish.

Take this module if you are taking your first steps in cake decorating or if you already have some experience but want your cakes to look more professional.

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Module 3 - Buttercream piping on cakes and cupcakes including buttercream flowers

During this module, you will learn how to prepare your buttercream to be ready for decorating. You will also learn how to hold a piping bag correctly and use 8-10 different piping nozzles to produce beautiful decorations including swirls, roses, and daisies.

You will be shown how to replicate the little tweaks and flourishes that will make all the difference, producing a professional finish on your cakes and cupcakes.

Take this module if you are a beginner in buttercream decoration or if you are interested in deepening your decoration skills.

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Module 4 - Fondant modeling – 2D decorations

During this module, you will learn the secret tips and tricks of fondant applied to 2D decorations.

You will learn how to use stamps and cutters to produce professionally looking decorations including letters, flowers, and butterflies. You will also learn edible printing and how to correctly place printed sugar sheets on your cakes for a simple yet stunning result. Finally, you will learn how to build your 2D decorations in order to use them as cake toppers.

Take this module if you want to set strong foundations of fondant decoration before moving onto 3D modeling.

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Module 5 - Fondant modeling – simple 3D figurines

In this module, you will learn how to create simple 3D figurines. This can include all-time beloved unicorns, teddy bears, and bunnies, or cartoon characters like Peppa Pig.

You will learn how to assemble the different parts of the figurine and ensure a perfect finish to your sculpture. You will also learn how to give expressions to your characters to make them irresistible. Finally, you will learn how to make 3D flowers in fondant to embellish your cakes.

Take this module if you are already comfortable with 2D fondant decorations and want to surprise your guests with professional-looking sugar sculptures.

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Module 6 - Fondant modeling – complex 3D figurines (advanced module)

In this module, you will learn how to reproduce more complex characters with fondant. This can include an animal, a princess crown, ballerina shoes or stilettos. This is an advanced module, and we recommend you take it after module 5 to ensure you have strong foundations in fondant modeling.

Take this module to bring your fondant modeling to the next level.

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Module 7 - Fondant modeling - reproducing technical objects in 3D (advanced module)

In this module, you will learn how to reproduce technical objects in a realistic manner. This can include a watch, a barber chair, and a bottle of perfume.

Take this module if you are comfortable with 3D figurines and want to create objects so precise that they look real.

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Module 8 - Planning, covering and decorating cakes in the shape of an object (advanced module)

In this module, you will learn how to make a cake in the shape of an object. This can include a cake in the shape of a car, a guitar, or a luxury bag.

Take this module if you already know how to assemble and cover a cake (module 2), and if you are at ease creating 2D and 3D decorations (modules 4, 5).

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CONTENT OF THE CAKE BUSINESS MODULES

Every business is different: we will customize the content of the modules to your experience and business situation.   Module 1 – Starting your business – from 0 to 10 paying clients / month.  Take this module if you would like to turn your hobby into a small stream of revenue. Topics covered in this module can include the following:
  • Defining your niche market
  • Deciding on the right name
  • Promoting your business
  • Finding your first clients
  • Creating your social network profiles
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Module 2 – Establishing your business – from 10 to 25 clients /month

Take this module if you are confident with the quality of your cakes and are considering baking as a possible main source of revenue in the future. Topics covered in this module can include the following:

  • Finding new clients
  • Setting your pricing
  • Negotiating with your prospects
  • Creating your website
  • Developing your social network presence
  • Taking stunning pictures of your art

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Module 3 - Accelerating the growth of your business – from 26+ clients /month Take this module if you are confident in your cake business and want to significantly increase your sales. Topics covered in this module can include the following:

  • Growing sales with advertising (Google Ads, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube)
  • Managing social networks effectively
  • Video editing
  • Reducing costs
  • Establishing processes
  • Managing food hygiene regulations

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Questions? Don't hesitate to check out our Frequently Asked Questions and contact us: +41 796106538 - [email protected]