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Baking and Pastry Arts

Master the art and business of baking.

Program Overview

Located just north of Seattle, the Edmonds College Baking and Pastry Arts program prepares you for a career in the baking industry.

You can earn a Baking Certificate in one year or an Associate of Technical Arts Baking Degree in two years. You will learn important foundational skills, such as entremet, specialty cakes, plated desserts, tarts, petits fours, artisan breads, and viennoiserie. If you pursue your two-year degree, you will also develop bakery management skills and learn how to make chocolates, confectioneries, wedding cakes, and edible showpieces.

Graduates of our certificate will be qualified for entry-level positions in the baking and pastry arts industry.  They may become cake decorators, bread bakers, bakery retail associates, and pastry cooks. Graduates of our associate degree programs will be prepared to go on to managerial roles.

Why Choose Baking at Edmonds?

  1. You'll gain practical, real-world experience at the student-run Pastry Corner, a retail outlet located inside the College Cafe.
  2. Classes are small, which means our chef-instructors provide personalized instruction and can help you explore a pastry specialization.
  3. You'll be exposed to a broad range of pastry specialties, including breads, artistic cakes, and boutique mini pastries.


Compare the costs and lengths of our culinary arts degrees and certificates.

Career Opportunities

Our baking certificate prepares students for the following positions:

  • Baker
  • Bakery Retail Associate
  • Bread Baker
  • Cake Decorator
  • Caterer
  • Pastry Cook

Our associate degrees prepare students for the positions listed above as well as the following:

  • Bakery Manager
  • Bakery Owner
  • Cottage Bakery Owner
  • Pastry Chef
  • Personal or Private Pastry Chef

Frequently Asked Questions

Get Started Today

The first step is to sign up for an advising session. Your advisor will provide an overview of our baking and pastry arts programs, explain equipment and uniform requirements, answer any questions you have, and help you decide which program is right for you.


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