Baking & Pastry Arts

Indulge in the artistry of baking and pastry. Be transported to the world of delicate pastries, bread-making expertise, and confectionery craftsmanship. Explore the captivating experience of crafting delectable baked goods that can truly enchant the senses.

20 min read

Commercial Baking: A Guide to Scaling Your Bakery Business

Take your bakery business to the next level with this guide to help you scale successfully.

April 19, 2024
11 min read

A Guide to Sourdough Bread: Recipes, Traditions & Baking Tips

Get started making your own delicious sourdough bread from home! Our guide can give you the insights and information you might need to excel.

March 29, 2024
7 min read

Confectionery Arts: The Sweet Side of Baking & Pastry

What are the confectionery arts? See how this niche blends creativity with technique to produce sweet results in the baking and pastry world.

September 13, 2023
10 min read

Do You Need Pastry School to Be a Pastry Chef?

Passionate about pastry arts? Have you considered pastry chef training? Find out if you really need to attend pastry school to become a pastry chef.

September 4, 2023
9 min read

Baking Basics: Essential Baking Tips & Techniques for Beginners

Every baker can benefit from some foundational baking techniques. Pastry school can help you pick up these skills.

August 14, 2023
5 min read

5 Baking Competition Shows You Should Watch as a Pastry Student

We’ve rounded up the best baking competition shows to watch on TV to elevate your skill set and explore modern baking techniques.

June 2, 2023
6 min read

What Is Gluten-Free Bread and How Is It Made?

Find out what gluten-free bread really is and how it’s made–from the ingredients to the baking process.

May 19, 2023
6 min read

6 Pastries Every Professional Baker Should Know How to Make

Every professional baker should know how to make these seven pastries. Build your pastry skills with Escoffier.

May 10, 2023
5 min read

How to Make Fudge: 3 Tips for Making Your Best Fudge

Check out these tips for making fudge if you’d like to whip up a batch of this smooth and creamy confection.

March 8, 2023
7 min read

How Much Can Baking Classes Cost?

If you’re interested in picking up some new kitchen skills, you may be wondering how much baking classes can cost.

February 24, 2023
8 min read

How to Open a Bakery: 6 Steps to Success

Ready to explore how to open a bakery? Consider these easy steps including location, capital, permits, and more.

February 13, 2023
11 min read

How Much Does It Cost to Open a Bakery?

The cost to open a bakery may include leasing a space, permits, renovations, equipment purchases, inventory, and more. Plan your bakery with cost estimates.

January 13, 2023
6 min read

Cake Decorating Tips: How to Choose the Right Pastry Bag

Choosing a pastry bag? Discover how these tips might impact your cake decorating techniques in the kitchen.

December 15, 2022
6 min read

5 Ways Chefs Can Continue Their Culinary Education

How do professional chefs stay up-to-date with contemporary culinary techniques, trends, and more? Explore the best culinary education for chefs today!

November 11, 2022
8 min read

How to Make Bread from Scratch

Wondering how to make bread from scratch? Discover the basic process, including proofing, kneading, and shaping, plus explore different yeast variations.

November 4, 2022
6 min read

What Can You Learn in a Bread Baking Class?

From handling dough to the science of baking, here’s what you can learn in bread baking classes.

September 26, 2022
6 min read

Sanitation Best Practices in Bakeries

Besides knowing how to produce breads and pastries, here are some ways bakers can keep their bakeries clean and sanitized.

July 22, 2022
6 min read

6 Advanced Baking Techniques Every Pastry Chef Should Know

Once you master the baking basics, it’s time for advanced skills. Here are seven advanced baking techniques every pastry chef should know.

July 14, 2022
10 min read

What Is It Like to Be a Pastry Chef?

Find out what it takes to work in a bakery or pastry department. What is it really like to be a pastry chef, and how can you get started?

June 22, 2022
6 min read

What Can You Learn in a Cake Decorating Class?

Find out how cake decorating classes—like the ones in Escoffier’s Baking & Pastry Arts programs—can help you elevate your cakes from good to great.

June 13, 2022
9 min read

Is Pastry School Worth It?

Is pastry school worth the investment of money and time that it takes to complete? Here’s how an education can help your career.

June 10, 2022
7 min read

7 Best Pastry Arts Books According to Professional Chefs

With so many baking and pastry books to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones to read. Start with these recommendations from professional chefs.

June 1, 2022
8 min read

What Can You Learn in Baking School?

Are you curious about what baking school can teach you? Here are some of the skills and techniques you may learn to help prepare for a career or promotion.

May 16, 2022
8 min read

Are The Baking and Pastry Arts a Career For You?

Learn about the baking and pastry arts and find out if you’re the type to thrive in this detail-oriented industry.

April 25, 2022
7 min read

How to Become a Cake Decorator

If you love turning cakes and frostings into works of art, you may be wondering how to become a cake decorator. Here are some steps to get started.

April 10, 2022
6 min read

A Brief Guide to Viennoiseries: History & Most Popular Types

What is a viennoiserie? An entire category of pastry. Take a peek into the history and distinct features of these sweet, pillowy treats.

April 6, 2022
6 min read

6 Skills Every Baker Should Have

While the art and science of baking involves working with various ingredients and techniques, many great bakers could benefit from these six skills.

March 9, 2022
7 min read

7 Cake Decorating Techniques Every Pastry Chef Needs to Know

Whether your goal is to become a wedding cake designer or a well-rounded pastry chef, here are seven cake decorating techniques you should know.

February 7, 2022
7 min read

Pastry Chef vs. Baker: What’s the Difference?

Bakers and pastry chefs begin with a similar skill set. But each goes on to specialize in a different branch of the baking world. Learn the difference!

January 27, 2022
6 min read

How to Become a Chocolatier

Fancy a career as a chocolate expert? Find out how to become a chocolatier so you can master this sticky-yet-satisfying artistic medium.

January 21, 2022
7 min read

How Much Do Pastry Chefs Make?

Before you leap into a new career in the baking or pastry arts, what are the salary prospects? And what are the variables that impact those wages?

December 16, 2021
9 min read

“Be Unapologetically You”: Chef Steve Konopelski on Changing Careers and Being Yourself

Not all successful chefs started culinary careers early. Some found cooking in their “second act,” like entrepreneur and Chef Instructor Steve Konopelski.

October 11, 2021
8 min read

From Motorsports to Making Tortes: Escoffier Certified Master Pastry Chef® Frank Vollkommer

Meet Certified Master Pastry Chef®, Culinary Olympics Gold Medalist, Escoffier Director of Culinary Industry Development, and motorcycle racer Frank Vollkommer. Learn about his impressive culinary career.

June 21, 2021
10 min read

Master Baker Colette Christian on Perseverance and Never Giving Up

Not long ago, the commercial kitchen was a man’s world. But pioneers like Master Baker Colette Christian made a space for themselves, and the female chefs that followed.

March 19, 2021
7 min read

Building an Online Pastry Shop

Online pastry shop owners have a considerable advantage with access to numerous resources such as social media, delivery services, and of course, this article.

January 18, 2021
6 min read

Importance of Organization in the Kitchen

An organized kitchen is vital to the operations and efficiency of any food business. Learn why it’s important and get tips to organizing your own cookspace.

December 18, 2020
2 min read

Today is Escoffier Day!

October 28th, is not only Auguste Escoffier’s 174th birthday, but is also the official Escoffier Day as proclaimed by the...

October 28, 2020
9 min read

A Conversation with Expert Baker and Entrepreneur, Andy Clark

Last week, Escoffier hosted an exciting virtual event with expert baker and business owner Andy Clark. While Andy is a...

July 22, 2020
4 min read

Is Farm to Table Possible, or Practical, for Bakeries?

Achieving the farm to table concept is possible for bakeries, as long as they acknowledge the nature of this goal and key align processes with it.

November 25, 2019
4 min read

Why the ‘Baked Goods Triangle’ is Important for all Pastry Chefs

Online pastry students have good reason to be mindful of all of the core baking trends, but they should be especially attentive to the baked-goods triangle as they hone their culinary craft.

October 16, 2019
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