Seattle Culinary Academy

Specialty Desserts & Breads

Five Quarters (certificate)
SixQuarters (AAS degree)

Have you dreamed of becoming a professional baking or pastry chef? Our Specialty Desserts & Breads program features comprehensive “hands on” and step-by-step training to prepare you.

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to learn how to create rustic artisan breads and doughs, plated desserts, decorative cakes, and mouthwatering pastries. Explore European specialties such as tarts, mousses, truffles, and petit fours. Discover the fine art of wedding cakes and cake decorating. Learn chocolate work with demonstrations on pulled and blown sugar, intricate decoration, and showpieces. Your classroom theory instruction includes “hands-on” experience that will teach you how to serve breads and desserts for two on-campus restaurants and in our pastry shop.

Sustainable practices are integrated throughout the program, especially in your food preservation and cheese production courses. Here your will learn all about the value of buying seasonally and locally as you store the bounties of the summer harvest and purchase milk from local dairies.

For your capstone, each student completes a “Chef of the Day” project to demonstrate their mastery of skills and knowledge attained over the previous quarters.

The Specialty Desserts & Breads certificate is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s Accrediting Commission.

Career Opportunities

Specialty Desserts & Breads is one of the fastest growing employment areas in the nation; the demand for trained, qualified people is extremely high. Positions are available throughout the United States in:

  • Cheese Production
  • Chocolatiers
  • Cruise Lines
  • Institutions such as Hospitals and Universities
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Private Clubs
  • Wedding Cake Designer