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post #1 of 18
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Hi ladies!!
I was curious to know if anyone on here go to Baking and Pastry school? Or did everyone just buy cook books and supplies go it alone?
post #2 of 18
I wish I had the money to do so! Nope...Just self taught, never had a lesson, just books and trial and error! icon_rolleyes.gif
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post #3 of 18
I took a baking course for credit, ( as well as some other culinary courses)in which I learned a lot of things I didn't know you should know, like what each ingredient does for a recipe and what effect each has on the others. You could probably learn that from reading a good book on the science of baking. I'm sure I would benefit from further study, but I don't really feel it's critical, especially if I have some good, reliable recipes. I'm a hobby baker, but I teach culinary arts to middle school kids.
post #4 of 18
Ive heard

http://www.wilton.com/classes/wiltonschool

is pretty good :0)
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post #5 of 18
I read cookbooks and websites like crazy (well I guess I still do). Other than that, I come from a family that loves to cook (and is good at it) so we experiment a lot with each other. My poor family and friends just have to put up with my trial and error icon_wink.gif
post #6 of 18
I am fortunate to live very close to the Wilton School in Darien IL. I take 4 to 6 classes a year there and think they are well worth the money. While I love You-Tube and cookbooks, you can't ask them questions and they won't tell you what you are doing wrong. The instructors at The Wilton School are superiors in this field and they are all awesome teachers. If you don't live close to this school or can't afford the high cost of pastry schools try the Wilton Method Courses taught at most craft stores like Michaels, JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby. They are very affordable and lots of fun.
post #7 of 18
Do you just want to learn to decorate birthday cakes? Or do you want to learn to be a pastry chef and make scratch cakes, cookies, pastry, bagels, breads etc? There are a lot of decorators on CC that post (hence all the replies suggesting Wilton), not so many pastry chefs that post.

So, it depends on what you want to do. You could easily attend a few Wilton classes and get a job at your standard bakery or grocery store. If you are lucky and your city has it, you can take specialized classes from cake artists and learn more complicated techniques with fondant, gumpaste etc. You could buy a few books, study and experiment and learn to make flawless cakes from scratch. But I DON'T think you'd be able to learn how to properly temper chocolate or pull sugar to make show pieces unless you go to culinary school.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF

But I DON'T think you'd be able to learn how to properly temper chocolate or pull sugar to make show pieces unless you go to culinary school.



I am mostly self taught and I learned how to properly temper chocolate (all except white). It took an entire year of practicing until I became comfortable with it, A LOT of mess ups, and I don't even know how many different thermometers, but I did eventually learn how to do it. While it is not easy, it is possible. thumbs_up.gif
post #9 of 18
I personally took Wilton courses and went to culinary school. I just figured it would be best to learn all that I could. I think the advantage is that I don't limit myself to decorating cakes. I can ulimately do it all cakes, pies, cookies, quickbreads, candy, pastries, bread, and eventually I plan to even do a little catering. I honestly feel like you should try to learn as much as you can, so that you can find your niche. When cake orders are down...I can still make money from other items. This year also plan to offer gourmet gift baskets. With that said...I still plan to take future courses. I can always learn something new.
post #10 of 18
I went to culinary school for pastry and it was well worth it. Trial and error are good, but having people who know what they're doing teach you is a lot faster.
post #11 of 18
Check out the local community colleges - I took a Wedding Cake Decorator (or something like that) certificate course. I believe it was 6 course total (all in the evening) and they run for about 10 weeks each for 3 hours an evening.
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post #12 of 18
Anything can be self taught, but if you can, I would go to pastry school. My recipes are sound, my methods are sound, I'm good with the scinece of baking, I make same damn good brioche and puff pastry and all that jazz. I have been doing so for well over a decade. I STILL want and plan on cooking to culinary school for pastry arts. More education never hurts anyone and things are always evolving. I want to say I have done that. But that's just how I feel about it. icon_wink.gif
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks you guys this was really helpful!! i really do want to go to school but it is extremely costly unfortunatley. And also an hour away from my house! lol so i will feel my way through the best i can and hopefully stumble across some classes closer to me.
post #14 of 18
I took Wilton classes so I can decorate cakes. But I work full time so I couldn't go to any culinary school. Then I took an adult ed class in a community college and a baking class in another adult ed program. Both were taught by Mimi Fix who wrote two books.

If you're just a hobby baker you don't need her business book, but her Home Baking for Profit taught me so much. She owned a bakery and cafe and explains how many things that professionals do we can do, too, even in our kitchens.
post #15 of 18
I graduated from culinary school in Baking and Pastry Arts. Best time I ever had in school. I was fortunate enough not to have to take out loans and the school is in my town. I already had several other degrees, so I transferred in a lot of credits and got out early. I also tested out of every class I could just to concentrate on baking science and baking labs. Best. Education. Ever.
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