: The Online Baking and Decorating Cakes Certification Course is designed for serious home cooks or aspiring bakers and chefs who wish to master cake baking and decorating at their own pace. In this online course students will have the opportunity to learn to differentiate between blended, creamed and whip cake methods, understand the differences between a high and low ratio cake, how to plate desserts, the theory behind building edible art as well as design, quality and structure techniques for producing high quality specialty decorated cakes. Students will work with an assigned professional chef mentor to perfect their cake baking and decorating skills and knowledge.
Identify and describe the differences in basic and high ratio cakes, sponge cakes, fruit and healthy cakes.
List and describe the functions of the key ingredients in cake preparation.
Compare and describe the various production methods when baking cakes.
Identify the criteria in determining doneness in cakes.
Demonstrate the proper baking, assembling and decorating of a cake.
List the faults, causes and remedies when trouble shooting cheesecake production.
Demonstrate the proper procedure/s and techniques in making Cheesecake, and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing.
Explain how our senses (smell, taste, touch, sight and hearing) impact dessert plate presentations.
Identify and describe the guidelines for effective plate presentation.
List the key elements that need to be considered in dessert plate presentation.
Identify popular fruit-based sauces.
Compare and describe the differences in anglaise and custard based sauces.
Identify popular plate decorations for cakes.
Explain the necessary steps to follow when piping.
Demonstrate the proper procedure/s and techniques in making Raspberry coulis, Vanilla Anglaise and Sabayon.Instructor Description
: Featured Escoffier Chefs:
Chef Randall Sansom, is the Chief Academic Officer and Corporate Executive Chef.
Chef Randall has over 20 years of experience as a professional chef, food and beverage director and culinary educator. He brings an innovative and entrepreneurial touch to education through curriculum development, student centered learning and educational technology. Randall holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management and an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institutes. Career highlights include positions as Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director at prestigious country clubs in Texas, designing and opening multiple food service establishments and developing web applications for restaurant inventory and purchasing management. Randall’s experiences have taken him into almost every facet of the culinary industry including hotels, restaurants, country clubs, retirement communities, catering and research and development.
Chef Susie Wolak
Chef Wolak has over thirty years of pastry and baking experience, she brings substantial knowledge to the program. She had been Executive Pastry Chef for the famed Metropolitan Club in Chicago as well as for the Hilton Hotel in Northbrook, Il. Chef Susie also taught classic gateaux work and petit fours class at the college level as the lead pastry chef instructor at a local college. She received her education at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellen, Illinois, at the Chicago Sommelier School, and at the Alliance Française-French Culture and Language.
Chef Thomas Kaltenecker
Chef Kaltenecker started his culinary education at a young age at the Bundeslehranstalten fuer Tourismus, Semmering in Austria, Europe. During his training he traveled extensively through Europe, competed and worked in many segments of the hospitality industry. In 2000, he started teaching culinary arts and hospitality here in the USA. He has taught for Elgin Community College, developed programs and facilities for Robert Morris University and chaired the culinary management program at McHenry County College. Chef Thomas also worked and consults high end restaurants, bakeries and pastry shops. During his professional career, Chef Thomas received his BBA from Northwood University and currently is enrolled in a Master degree program with Capella University; both program online. He is certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health as well as through the International Foodservice Executives Association and the American Hotel, Motel and Lodging Association Educational Institute. Chef Thomas supports sustainable culinary and hospitality management, farm to table movement and the use of local products.Chef Cesar Herrera
Chef Herrera was introduced into the restaurant industry at a very young age. He began helping out at his dad’s friend's restaurant, by the time he was in High School he was a line cook at “1776 Restaurant” in Crystal Lake, IL, cooking fine dining American Cuisine. After a few years he became the Sous Chef at “Pub on the Square,” another fine dining restaurant located in Woodstock, IL. After gaining great knowledge, he opened “Genovese’s Café,” an Italian cuisine restaurant, as the Executive Chef in Crystal Lake IL. His next project would be the Executive Chef at “Docks Bar & Grill” located on Bangs Lake in Wauconda, IL. His latest venture would be the opening of a Irish Gastro Pub, “Middleton’s On Main” in Wauconda, IL, which in its first year was recognized as “Best New Restaurant in the Chicago land for 2012” and “Best Restaurant in Lake County” by the Daily Herald. After 25 years of experience as a chef, he would like to help other students achieve their goals through the Escoffier Online Culinary Program.
Chef Michael Zema, Chairman and Professor Emeritus, Elgin Community College Hospitality and Culinary Arts Program
Chef Zema served as the Program Director and Culinary Professor for 28 years at Elgin Community College (ECC). Chef Zema created the culinary program, developed curriculum, and taught
This course does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.