Baking: Professional Pastries and Specialty Cakes

Winter 2018


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Tuition and Fees

Additional Costs

Supplies and Equipment$1125

Program Description

This program prepares students for employment in independent, specialty bakeries and professional cake decorating environments. The certificate provides practical and theoretical training in personal hygiene in the baking industry, baking machinery usage, and production training in the baking of artisan breads and pastries. Students learn decorating, including proper piping procedures, tube usage, flower creation and decoration, color mixing and design principles.

Students must complete all courses with a 2.0 grade or better before advancing to subsequent quarters.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Operate equipment and machinery in a modern bake shop.
  2. Mix, proof and bake breads, sweet goods, rolls, pies, specialty cakes and variety breads.
  3. Prepare and apply icings and fillings to cakes, pies and pastries.
  4. Order bakery supplies and equipment.
  5. Weigh and measure product ingredients, and properly portion finished baked goods.
  6. Implement creative bakery merchandising.
  7. Compute the cost of a finished bakery product.
A minimum 50-pound lifting requirement is required for this program.

Career Opportunities

The baking industry is one of the largest food-processing employers in the United States. Occupations in bakeries provide steady, year-round employment for thousands of workers throughout the country, providing jobs to suit a variety of interests, skills and talents. POTENTIAL POSITIONS INCLUDE: baker, bread baker, cake decorator, commercial baker, in-store baker.

Certificate - SCC

Offered at Locations:  Spokane Community College

First Quarter

BAK  101Introduction to Baking and Pastries 1
BAK  110Artisan Breads 5
BAK  111Pastries 7
HM   112Hospitality Mathematics 13

Second Quarter

BAK  120Special Occasion Cakes 2
BAK  121Tortes and Gateau 2.5
BAK  130Sculptured Cakes 2.5
BAK  131Rolled Fondant 2.5
BAK  248Wedding Cakes 2.5
HM   115Food Sanitation 3

Third Quarter

APLED121Applied Written Communication 14
APLED123Leadership Skills for Business and Industry 13
BAK  288Cooperative Education Work Experience (No Seminar) 27
45 credits are required for the Certificate
1This course may be substituted with any course or combination of courses approved by the instructional dean.
2BAK 288 may be substituted with BAK 266 and 267 for 7 credits.

Disclaimer: The college cannot guarantee courses will be offered in the quarters indicated. During the period this guide is in circulation, there may be curriculum revisions and program changes. Students are responsible for consulting the appropriate academic unit or adviser for more current and specific information. the information in this guide is subject to change and does not constitute an agreement between the college and the student.