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Introduction to Cake Decorating

September 11 @ 10:30 am 1:30 pm

In this workshop head chef instructor, Kristin “Baker Bettie” Hoffman, will walk you through the process of making silky meringue buttercream that is perfect for cake decorating. You will learn to level your cakes, stack and fill the layers, do a crumb coat, and a smooth top coat. You will also learn a variety of piping techniques. Each student will take home a 6″ layer cake that they decorated in class


  • How to make a simple meringue buttercream
  • How to level cake layers
  • How to fill cake layers
  • How to crumb coat
  • Creating a smooth top coat
  • A variety of piping techniques


  • A 3-hour hands-on class
  • All learning materials with detailed notes to take home with you
  • A 6-inch layer cake that you decorated in class
  • Snacks and cake to sample during class
  • Several cake decorating tools like a bench knife, an offset spatula, and a few piping tips to use at home


All of our classes are peanut and tree nut free, however, be aware that our facility does contain peanuts and tree nuts.

This class does include wheat, dairy, and eggs. We can offer a gluten-free cake for you if you would like. We do take all precautions to make sure there is no cross contamination, however please be aware that our facility uses wheat flour daily and we do not have a separate gluten-free facility.

853 N Larrabee Street
Chicago, IL 60625 United States
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Introduction to Cake Decorating Ticket
Sept 11, 2022
$ 150.00

Frequently Asked Questions


Bettie’s Chicago is located in the River North neighborhood of downtown Chicago at 853 N Larrabee Street. This is right near the Larrabee and Chicago intersection. If you are taking public transit we are a 3-minute walk from the 66 Bus stop on Chicago Ave. We are also about a 10-minute walk from the Chicago Ave Brown Line stop.

Where do I park?

There is metered parking available all along Larrabee street in front of our space. It is typically very easy to find a spot, however there is also a parking garage located at 811 N Larrabee if needed. 

How much baking skill do I need for class?

Unless otherwise stated in the class description, all of our classes are designed to accommodate every baking skill level. Even if you have never picked up a whisk, you are welcome to come and learn! 

Is there an age requirement?

Most of our classes are appropriate for 16+. We do occasionally host classes geared towards younger students and this will be noted in the class title and description. Some of our classes are 21+ as they are BYOB and/or complimentary alcohol is served. This will be clearly stated in the class notes. 

What is your cancellation policy?

We prep for each class specifically for how many students are signed up. Please give us 48 hours notice if you need to cancel or change your ticket to another date. With less than 48 hours notice, tickets are non-refundable but are transferable to another student.

Will i get a certificate of completion?

Bettie’s Chicago is not an accredited culinary school or university. All of our classes are for personal educational purposes and are not considered professional training. 

What covid precautions are you taking?

All staff at Bettie’s Chicago are fully vaccinated and keep up with any available boosters. We take care to fully sanitize all work surfaces between each class. Masking during class is up to each student’s discretion.