Friday, January 21, 2011

County's cakes made by Edmonds CC Baking students

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Edmonds Community College Baking students made the cakes for Snohomish County's 150th birthday celebration. Read the article, "Let the celebration begin" and "Snohomish County prepares to celebrate its sesquicentennial," in The Herald.

The Baking program provided one stacked showpiece cake made of classic white cake with caramel orange buttercream and enrobed in fondant which displayed a hand-crafted rendering of the event logo in royal icing.

In addition, they prepared three constellation cakes: two chocolate cakes with mascarpone mousse and finished in chocolate buttercream and a sunshine cake, yellow cake with blueberry Bavarian cream filling finished in vanilla buttercream.

"We intend to serve cake to the county!" said chef instructor in baking and pastry arts Betsy Buford as the students worked to bake the cakes for the event.

The students also crafted pastillage pieces, made of sugar-based dough, for decoration. These include hand-painted sugar salmon.

The college's one-year baking certificate started in 2008 as an addition to its long-standing Culinary Arts program. The baking certificate prepares students for entry-level work as bakers for hotels and restaurants as well as catering companies, independent bakeries, and the bake shops in major grocery stores. Students learn the art of baking and presenting breads, cookies, cakes, pies, and pastries. There are about 20 students in the baking program this winter and there are plans in the works to begin a two-year baking degree at Edmonds Community College this fall.

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