ABCD Professional Diploma Course

„This is a must attend course for any cake maker who is looking to build a successful BUSINESS“

Ribana Cristescu

CEO of Academy of Baking and Cake Decorating




Topics Covered During the Course


One full day of online training to cover all essentials of starting a food business, from applying for a licence, getting your certificates, opening the necessary accounts, sorting out your required equipment, getting your recipes and suppliers, and clarifying your price list. By the end of the day, you will have an established menu and price list based on your circumstances. You will have unlimited access to an online form so that you will be able to calculate the cost of any dessert you will add to your menu in future.


One full day dedicated to baking. You'll learn how to bake five different types of sponges and two types of cookies, macarons, and meringues; make cupcakes and prepare fillings needed to set a 3 tier cake, a single-tier barrel cake, and a block cake to be used later for stacking and carving, and then decorate. All recipes will be available as an ebook, including the final product and portion price calculation.


Two days of intensive tuition on making wired sugar flowers( roses, peonies, lilies, foliage, filler flowers, embellishments).We will also create a bunch of fantasy flowers out of wafer paper and gelatine. The flowers will be set on a floral arrangement to complete the 3 tier real wedding cake, which we will complete in class on the last day.


Patisserie training. During one day, you will learn some patisserie basics. How to make entremets ( one large size 7" and four mono portions), prepare, use glaze, and make edible moss. Decorate them with chocolate decorations made in class ( curls, truffles, moulded shapes and bars of small chocolates). We will cook and make a few essential Isomalt decorations( a sail. one flower, one bulb)


Piping training. Two full days will be dedicated to piping. On the first day, we will focus on royal icing piping and decorating a 3-tier dummy cake using stencilling, brush embroidery, and piped flowers. We will decorate a set of 4 royal iced cookies( baked during the baking class). The second day will be focused on working with buttercream and chocolate ganache. We will decorate the single-tier barrel cake made during the baking training. We will apply chocolate drips, make chocolate sails, and use the palette painting technique to decorate the cake and pipe to decorate the cupcakes. Those will be set as a floral display bouquet. 


Sugarpaste( fondant) training. For a full day, we will focus on covering a 2 tier dummy cake with fondant. Then we will make decorations and use them to turn the covered dummy cake into three different projects. It will look like a birthday cake for a kid, then for him and her. You will get the chance to work out the costs involved in each project, you will receive the templates to use in future, and you will take the photos to start building your portfolio.

Figurine Modelling

Modelling training. A full day will be allocated to figurine modelling. We will make a baby, a female and male figure and two pet figurines.

Sculpted cake

Sculpted cake training During a full day, we will focus on shaping the block cake we set during the baking class. There will be ten designs to choose from. The winning project will be the most voted by the students of the course. We will start by carving the sponge and preparing the supports and decorative elements needed. We will continue covering the cake and the finishing touches required to complete the project. Each project will include at least a small piece made out of rice krispies and marshmallow mix.

Dessert table

Wedding dessert table training day. We will stack and cover the three-tiered cake prepared during the baking course on this day. We will paint on the cake and then set up the floral display made during the sugar flowers course and set up a dessert table to decorate six cupcakes, six decorated cookies, six biscuits( artisan style cookies), six cake pops, six macarons, six glazed desserts and six desserts in cups ( we will use the elements we have prepared at the starting of the course)


Portfolio-building training. This last section of the course will take place online one week after completing the in-class training. Throughout the course, you will be allowed to take photos of your work and also be shown how to upload them and make them look great using Canva. You will use a template we provided to insert the photos and prices ( which you will learn how to work out by yourself). You will have to send over your photos and prices so that we can create an E-catalogue( E-magazine) with your logo containing the image and prices of the products. That will be your forever and help you promote and sell your products to your customers.

ABCD Professional Diploma Course

    This intensive course is now open for enrollment. It is the perfect choice for someone looking to build a profitable cake-related business from home in just 30 days.

The course is structured to cover everything you need to know from scratch. It will give you the exact steps to follow and have your food business running in 30 days.

This is a 12 days course. Two days ( Business and Portfolio building) will be running as online live-streamed training. The other ten days will be in-class tuition.

After completing the course, you will get access to video recordings to remind you how you've created all the projects in the class. Also, access to all recipes used, plus access to the price calculation tool.

All you need for the course it will be provided. To take photos during the course, ensure you have a good-quality camera. Ask your instructor for advice on setting up your phone's camera.

Wi-fi will be available for free.

Also, a buffet lunch, water, coffee, tea, fruits and snacks will be provided throughout the whole course.

Parking for those who drive will be available for free on the estate.

Maximum number of students per class will be 4.

October 2023 session :

-Business online training 16.10.2023

-23.10-2.11.2023 ( 10 days in-class intensive training and one day off 28.10.2023)

-Portfolio building online training 09.11.2023

February 2024 session :

-Business online training 05.02.2024

-12-22.02.2024 ( 10 days in-class intensive training and one day off 17.02.2024)

-Portfolio building online training 26.02.2024

The online training will take place on Zoom from 9 am to 6 pm ( 1 h lunch break)

The daily in-class training will take place between 8 am to 6 pm. Lunch break 40 minutes plus 2 breaks of 15 min each.

Buffet lunch, water, coffee, tea, fruits, and snacks will be available throughout the course for free.

This is an all-inclusive course, and students will take home all the products they will create.

Minimum number of students per class will be 2.

To complete your business profile, you will need a website, social media accounts and a software for your CRM ( customer relationship management). If you need help building/ setting those, you can look at the "Build your online presence" course. This online course will teach you how to make your website quickly, get a domain name, create a logo, a Google my business page, an Etsy account and social media business accounts like Youtube, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Plus help you connect your business profile with a payment provider( e.g. Pay pal).

This course is half-price for all students who have completed or are booked to attend any professional diploma courses training at our Academy ( ABCD, PME, Wilton).




3 payments of £ 1,050 per month

 Total to pay £ 3,150



One payment of £ 2,999


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louise harvey
louise harvey
I have just completed a 9 day course with Ribana and I have learned so much and have enjoyed every minute. Ribana is incredibly knowledgeable and patient, a fabulous instructor who is generous in in encouraging others and sharing her tips. 100% recommend. Thanks Ribana
Ribana is a true artisan and has always been so passionate about her craft. She has been so helpful over the many years I have known her, always willing to help share her wealth of knowledge and experience. What used to be the shop, was like a treasure trove for budding cake makers and bakers, there literally is nothing that Ribana didn’t stock or could advise on. From printed edible paper to intricate silhouettes, all the tools and skills you’d ever need under one roof. I am in awe is what Ribana has achieved over the years, always evolving the business to adapt to the changing needs of her customers. Her passion to share her skill and knowledge shines through always and I am so grateful to have such a unique and specialist establishment just a stone’s throw from where I live. Supporting this type of local business is a pleasure, as Ribana is one of a kind and keeping the business going through Covid especially, could not have been easy, testament to her hard work and tenacity. Wishing you continued success and huge thanks Ribana for all your help and advice, it is much appreciated.
Helen Ogbor
Helen Ogbor
Amazing Experience! One of the best teachers I know. Every mistake is a learning point and she teaches you tricks and shortcuts, this really boosted my confidence. Thank you Ribanna x
I had an awesome experience attending the fondant class at the academy of cake decorating.I have always been fascinated by art of cake making and was determined to get it right. I learnt a lot of stuff and the instructor ( Ribana ) she was very attentive to every individual and patient with all our questions,an excellent teacher I must say, I can’t thank her enough, can’t wait to attend the next course class . Thanks again…
It was my first online course and it was amazing from day One until the last day of the course. My instructor was one of the best instructor I ever had. She paid so much attention on every details and always gives me lots of advice and follow up to make sure that I understood and able to do my work. So grateful and lucky to have her as my instructor. Thank you so much for your advice and encouragement. Definitely planning to enrol more classes in the future time 😊.
Nicola Hoy
Nicola Hoy
I had an amazing experience on the 3-day PME Royal Icing & Piping course. The facilities were outstanding and Ribana was so generous with her time and sharing her knowledge. I learned so much and picked up countless tips and tricks to achieve superb results. I would highly recommend attending courses with ACD.

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