Central Arizona College offering students an opportunity to decorate their cake and eat it too
Starting in January, Central will be offering a pair of cake decorating classes and a professional baking course designed to turn rookies into Betty Crocker – or at least one of her apprentices.
Beginning Cake Decorating is a one-credit culinary arts class that will run every Thursday evening Jan. 24-Feb. 14 from 5-8:50 p.m.
The follow-up up one-credit course, Advanced Cake Decorating, also will run each Thursday evening beginning Feb. 21 and running until March 13 from 5-8:50 p.m.
“In these classes, you can eat your homework,” Carol Bennett, Central’s culinary arts coordinator/preceptor, said. “And, you get to take a fully-decorated cake home each week.”
“We do everything from cookies to Danish pastry to artisan breads,” Bennett explained of her professional baking class. “First you can learn to bake the cake, and then by late January when the initial cake decorating class begins, you can sign up for those classes.”
Bennett has been teaching culinary arts for 15 years. She trained at the Culinary Institute of America at
The two cake decorating classes will be taught by Debra Haught, a native of Casa Grande who has spent 28 years teaching culinary arts to the students of
She also has run her own catering business in Casa Grande for two years and has created wedding and specialty cakes throughout the area for the last two decades.
“I love cake decorating and started my training with a Wilton Cake Decorating Class,” Haught said. “Since then I have attended multiple culinary training both locally and abroad.”
Haught has been trained at the Phoenix Art Institute,
Her advanced cake decorating class at
For more information about the class, please contact Bennett by phone at