This hands-on, 5 session course is designed for students who have a serious interest in the pastry arts. Subject matter includes mixing methods and classifications; decorating techniques; chocolate tempering; and baking.

Session 1: Tarts & Cookies
  • Understanding how to scale and proper mise-en-place
  • Mixing methods, including “creaming” and “cut-in”
  • Recipes include diamants (French butter cookies), apple tart, pâte brisée and apple compote
Session 2: Pâte à Choux
  • Understanding mechanical leavening
  • Methods of making pâte à choux and pâte à glacer
  • Learning about starch-bound custards
  • Piping and glazing methods
  • Recipes include pâte à choux, gougères and éclairs
Session 3: Cakes – Day 1
  • Understanding  foam and liquid-fat cake mixing methods
  • Learning about stirred custards
  • Understanding mousses
  • Working with gelatin sheets
  • Recipes include cupcakes, charlotte Russe and biscuits à la cuillère
Session 4: Cakes – Day 2
  • Understanding Swiss meringue and buttercream
  • Using buttercream to build layered cakes
  • Working with rolled fondant
  • Learning proper piping techniques
  • Recipes include crème Chantilly, hi-ratio chocolate cake, Swiss meringue buttercream
Session 5: Chocolate
  • Learn about chocolate manufacturing and types of chocolate
  • Learn chocolate tempering
  • Create chocolate candies and decorations
  • Recipes include mendiants and rochers
  • Application fee
  • Uniform
  • Tool kit
  • Books and supplies
  • “Family meal” prepared by culinary program students (weekdays)

Important: Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy and dress code. Check back frequently to see new start dates or contact us at 888.324.2433. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission’s accreditation. This non-professional course is designed for personal enrichment and is not intended to qualify a student for employment.