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Baking and Pastry Arts

Baking and Pastry Arts

Retail and in-store baking is a growing part of the food service/hospitality industry. The Retailer's Bakery Association recently reported annual sales of more than $18 billion, which does not include the baking done in hotels, restaurants and private clubs where the clientele expects more "scratch" or "finished" baked goods produced on the premises.

The Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate Program is designed to equip the student with the necessary skills to be hired in a supermarket or retail bakery, as well as assist a pastry chef in a hotel, restaurant, or club. Also, many students have found baking to be an ideal way to start a career or small business on a part-time basis, sometimes out of their own homes. For the 120 hours of required field experience, the department makes every effort to place the student in the type of commercial baking environment--whether a sophisticated club, a small retail bakery shop, a white tablecloth bistro or a large commercial operation--that most closely resembles the student's desired career path.

Program Competencies


  • Successfully produce various baked goods including but not limited to the following: cakes, cookies, pastries, bread and rolls.
  • Successfully produce specialty items such as breakfast danish, coffee cakes, brioche, traditional and contemporary plated desserts, ethnic cookies and wedding cakes.
  • With time and practice, produce more advanced baked goods and pastries, including breads, classical cakes, tortes, tarts, individual pastries and rustic desserts.
  • Confidently work with chocolate, sugar, marzipan and the like, as both ingredients and presentation media.
  • Demonstrate a reasonable level of comfort and confidence participating in the operation of a wholesale or retail bakery.
  • Demonstrate an aesthetic sense of garnishing and food presentation with regard to the color, flavor and texture of baked goods, as well as the presentation and merchandising of finished products for the retail display case and buffet service.
  • Maintain a safe and sanitary environment for food preparation and service.
  • Successfully complete the Sanitation Manager's certification exam administered by the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association.
  • Accurately calculate the following: adjustments in recipe yields, ingredient and recipe costs, food cost percentage, menu cost using at least two different pricing methods, fixed and labor costs.
  • Make business decisions in the areas of restaurant marketing and finance.
  • Identify and explain the use and maintenance of all major pieces of kitchen equipment.
  • Effectively communicate verbally and in writing with superiors, peers, subordinates and customers in both work and social settings.



The program is accredited by American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, Inc., 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095, (904) 824-4466, acfchefs.net.

Graduation Year  Number of Program Graduates Employment Rate Number of Students obtaining
entry level certification by graduation
2016 11 100% 11
2017  8 100% 8


Admission/Academic Advisement

Prospective Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate Program students must meet with a department adviser before registration. Prospective students are encouraged to take the Math Placement Test during the semester prior to enrollment. It is strongly recommended that students testing into MT 001 or MT 003 register for and complete that class with a grade of "C" or better the semester before registration in the program. MT 006 is a co-requisite, but not a required class, for HC 110 Hospitality Math in the Baking and Pastry Arts curriculum. Food preparation and service uniforms are required for all laboratories and kitchens.



Total Degree Credits: 32.0

First Year, Fall Semester
HC 110 - Hospitality Mathematics Credit Hours: 3
HC 128 - Introduction to Baking Credit Hours: 4
HC 129 - Intermediate Baking Credit Hours: 4
HC 130 - Advanced Pastries and Cakes Credit Hours: 4
HR 136 - Sanitation Credit Hours: 2

First Year, Spring Semester
HC 230 - Food and Labor Cost Control Credit Hours: 3
HC 237 - Retail Bake Shop Credit Hours: 4
HC 238 - Classical Bake Shop Credit Hours: 4
HC 239 - Bake Shop/Field Experience Credit Hours: 4

Available At:

City Campus
North Campus

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

HS or HSE Diploma

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Supermarket or Retail Bakery, Assist Pastry Chef in a Hotel, Restaurant or Club
Gainful Employment Information

Hegis Code:


Curriculum Code:



Business and Public Service
Baking and Pastry Arts

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Baking and Pastry Arts

Kristin Goss
City Campus
Room 464
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 851-2886
Mark Wright
North Campus
Room S122B
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 270-5256