Careers in cake decoration

Want to earn more than double the minimum wage? Studying cake decoration is apparently a good way to do that. From the supermarket in Dillon, Colorado:

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(According to “the Google,” minimum wage in Colorado was $8.23/hour on the February 8, 2016 date of the photo.)


  1. Colin Summers

    February 18, 2016 @ 1:24 pm


    Don’t fall for this. They only need the cake decorator for a couple hours per day. Stick with the expert witness thing as long as they are continuing to call.

  2. George

    February 18, 2016 @ 1:39 pm


    But you have to do gay cakes, or you get sued.

  3. Enrico Malatesta

    February 18, 2016 @ 1:39 pm


    Cake Decorating is hard to get right when you are high.

  4. ianf

    February 18, 2016 @ 1:43 pm


    Does the supermarket’s Cake Counter get its undecorated cakes in bulk from some local bakery, and then decorates the cakes in situ while-you-wait? If they require a dedicated highly-paid cake decorator for that, they must have quite a cake-ordering traffic in that place. One has to wonder if that “cake decorator” job description isn’t some local code word, or euphemism for something else that’s only peripherally connected to cakes, but all the more to some other, obviously lucrative, decor activity.

  5. Jackie

    February 18, 2016 @ 2:17 pm


    $17.04 per hour because $17 is not a market clearing wage.

  6. paddy

    February 18, 2016 @ 7:25 pm


    Dillon is a more expensive place to live. Note the clerk wages are $12/hour.

  7. jack crossfire

    February 18, 2016 @ 7:59 pm


    They seem minutely paid for what is required. In a city of mobile app developers, it’s easy to forget how little most of the people on the street make. These people are now being required to buy many thousands of dollars in health insurance. In the future, they’ll be the ones paying for today’s giant stock buybacks & startup acquisitions.

  8. bobbybobbob

    February 19, 2016 @ 12:05 am

  9. Ed

    February 19, 2016 @ 11:08 am


    This is a non-story.

    Unlike the other positions listed, cake decoration involves an actual skill that is not readily obtainable. Honestly, if I decided to go into this line of work, I would have no idea how to even learn cake decoration, and get the credentials need to convince someone to hire me to do this (that latter rules out youtube videos). My guess is that some sort of apprentice arrangement with an established desert chef is involved. So supply of potential employees is limited. This is really basic microeconomics.

    As the other commentator pointed out, the position probably involves fewer hours than the other positions. It seriously doubt its that lucrative when you take into account the training needed and most positions being part time in nature. Again, basic microeconomics would teach that in truly free markets, and the labor market in retail comes close to this idea, you won’t find anomalies to exploit.

  10. ianf

    February 19, 2016 @ 2:47 pm


    Ed, I beg you pardonnez-moi, “t.h.i.s  I.S.  a ‍N.O.N.-S.T.O.R.Y?” Integral part of artisanal cake making, cake-decoration, doesn’t matter?

    You couldn’t be more wrong. And you WILL change the tune once you’ve read through this “What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Cake Baking” essay complete with links to a starter text, and all its comments including the just linked one.

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