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Pastry & Baking Arts - New York Campus

Explore proper techniques and methods for professional pastry, baking and contemporary desserts in our Pastry & Baking Arts program.

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Home to ICE’s flagship location, New York City has long been regarded as one of the nation’s culinary epicenters. 

Since our founding in an Upper West Side studio apartment, to our current 74,000-square-foot home in the heart of lower Manhattan, ICE has been dedicated to teaching the next generation of culinary professionals right here in NYC.

Where Creativity and Technical Skills Come Together

The delicate balance of technique and creativity is what makes the world of pastry and baking unique. This intensive hands-on program is designed to help you become an accomplished baker. In as little as eight months our proprietary curriculum covers a plethora of baked goods, including cookies, breads, cakes, viennoiserie, pies, choux and more. In addition, entire courses are dedicated to plated desserts, chocolate and sugar confections and cake decoration technique, both modern and traditional.

Quick Facts

Program Name: Career Pastry & Baking Arts

Program Duration: 8-11 months

Class Times: morning, afternoon, evening and weekend

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New York Pastry & Baking Arts Schedule Options

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Morning (8 months)

  • Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Start Dates: August 9, September 18
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Mid-Morning (8 Months)

  • Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Start Date: September 12, October 21
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Afternoon (8 months)

  • Hours: Mon.-Fri., 3-7 p.m.
  • Start Date: September 24
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Evening (11 months)

  • Hours: Tues., Weds., Thurs., 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
  • Start Date: August 27
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Weekend (10 months)

  • Hours: Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Start Date: September 28

Dual Diploma Discount

Combine business and pastry and baking skills to accelerate success. Students enrolled in the Pastry & Baking Arts program who also enroll in another diploma program, such as Restaurant and Culinary Management, can receive a discount worth up to $4,000.


One Quick Conversation is All it Takes

From day one, ICE is here to help make your dreams of attending pastry and baking school a reality. One quick conversation with your Admissions Representative can open the door to endless opportunities. They’ll also set you up with a personal Student Financial Services counselor, who can help guide you through the many financing options available including federal financial aid, loans, scholarships and more.

Explore our NYC Campus

With a hydroponic farm, a chocolate lab and a culinary technology lab across 78,000 square feet in lower Manhattan, ICE’s New York campus is designed with you in mind. Come see for yourself, or take a virtual tour.

Learn about Externships

A hands-on externship in a professional industry kitchen is a vital component to the ICE education. Working closely with your Career Services Advisor, we’ll help you find the right fit to start getting experience and broadening your network even while you’re still in school.

Alumni News

ICE is proud to have over 17,900 alumni across the culinary industry. Our students come from diverse backgrounds with varied goals, which means our alumni land in some of the most interesting roles across the industry. Read some of their stories and get inspired.

ICE’s Career Pastry and Baking Arts program contains nine courses, offering students comprehensive training in the art and techniques of a variety of methods. The first eight courses are composed of 100 four-hour lessons taught by expert ICE Chef-Instructors at ICE’s lower Manhattan facility. Students start with a foundation of essential techniques and ingredients and build upon that knowledge to study breads, cakes, chocolate and intricately plated pastries. 

The ninth course is an off-site externship at a location chosen by the student based on his or her career goals, working with our dedicated Career Services advisors to ensure the right fit.

The program is constructed as follows:

Course 1


44 hours

The program begins with in-depth education on the ingredients, techniques and procedures that the students will use throughout the program, including:

  • Identification and discussion of the essential ingredient groups such as sugar, dairy and fruit.
  • Weights and measures, food safety, knife safety, sanitation, and equipment use and identification.
  • Introduction to basic decorating skills, the use of a pastry bag and making and utilizing cornets.
  • Introduction to hydrocolloids, including pectin and gelatin, for making items such as panna cotta.
  • Techniques for preparing fruit-based desserts, including paring, poaching, roasting, macerating, drying and candying.
  • The theory and practice of sugar cookery, including the preparation of fudge, torrone, nougatine lollipops and brittle.
Course 2


56 hours

All well-executed desserts rely on a mastery of fundamental techniques. In this course, students begin the journey toward that goal by studying:

  • Introduction to chocolate and tempering.
  • The basics of custards for preparing desserts like crème brûlée, crème caramel, bread puddings and pastry creams.
  • Introduction to pâte à choux to prepare items such as éclairs and Paris-Brest.
  • The basics of egg and egg white theory to prepare desserts such as soufflés, meringues and buttercreams.
  • How to prepare a variety of cheesecakes, including sour cream and mascarpone cheesecakes.
  • Production of frozen desserts such as ice creams, sorbets and granitas.
Course 3


40 hours

Bread is at the crossroads of the culinary and baking arts. At the heart of this deceptively simple food is some of the program’s most challenging material, including:

  • The technique and theory of working with yeasted doughs: fermentation, dough hydration, temperature control, kneading and formation methods.
  • Application of this knowledge by baking a variety of yeast items, including braided, olive and sourdough loaves along with brioche, bagels, baguettes, focaccia, pizza, pretzels and doughnuts.
  • The techniques to create laminated doughs such as croissant and Danish.
Course 4


60 hours

Mixing, rolling, turning and forming: These are the essential skills pastry arts students should master as they're taught how to prepare the wide variety of doughs that are the basis of so many pastry items, including:

  • Classic doughs techniques such as pâte brisée (flaky), pâte sucrée (sweet) and pâte sablée (cookie) to make individual tarts, pastries, scones, biscuits and shortcakes.
  • Creation and utilization of laminated and layered doughs such as puff pastry, phyllo and hand-stretched strudel.
  • Proper rolling and shaping techniques for preparing tarts, galettes, pies (single-crust, two-crust and lattice), palmiers, mille-feuille, fruit strips, pithiviers, croissants, pains au chocolat and a variety of Danish specialties.
  • Specialty pastry shop items such as baklava, cannoli, linzer tortes and sfogliatelle.
Course 5


48 hours

From pound cake to génoise, pastry arts students go beyond the classic recipes to explore the theory and technique of cake making and expand their abilities to create original cakes. Highlights include:

  • Butter-based and egg-foam cakes including layered and rolled versions.
  • The theory of batter balance for preparing cakes using various mixing techniques including one-stage, high-ratio and creaming method. Cakes prepared include carrot, pound, white, yellow, crumb and chocolate along with muffins. Egg-foam cakes such as angel food, chiffon and génoise are also included.
  • Cupcakes with advanced piping and gluten-free baking.
  • A wide variety of cookies and bars, including biscotti, brownies, madeleines, macarons, rugelach, magic bars and rainbow cookies.
Course 6


52 hours

Batters produce more than the familiar cakes we often see: More complex techniques give us an international assortment of cakes and plated desserts. Covered here are:

  • Complex layered cakes utilizing an assortment of cake layers including nut sponges, génoise mousseline, biscuit joconde and pain de gênes.
  • An assortment of classic American and European cakes, including opera, miroir, tiramisu, crepe cake, mousse cakes, carrot, red velvet and German chocolate cake.
  • Individual and entremet cakes.
  • A plated dessert section that includes theory, preparation and presentation of multi-element, contemporary plated desserts. Pastry & Baking Arts students recreate and prepare recipes by award-winning chef and ICE Creative Director, Michael Laiskonis.
Course 7


44 hours

Of the various mediums used by pastry chefs to express their vision, none is more seductive than chocolate. This comprehensive course takes students beyond the basic techniques and allows them to experience the joy of creativity as they produce and assemble a chocolate showpiece. Highlights include:

  • Chocolate production, theory and tempering methods.
  • Dipping and enrobing items such as truffles and framed centers.
  • Preparation of chocolate bars and filled chocolates including a wide variety of bonbons.
  • Creation of chocolate and isomalt showpieces.
Course 8


56 hours

Cake decorating represents the ultimate fusion of art and craft. Students’ effort and practice in prior classes are rewarded as they take their skills to a new level by preparing tiered cakes. Highlights include:

  • Advanced buttercream flowers and borders, royal icing and rolled fondant decorations.
  • Gum paste flowers, including peonies, lilies, roses and more.
  • Floral arrangement and tiered cake assembly.
  • The use of marzipan, white and dark modeling chocolate for making flowers, fruits, figurines and decorations.
  • This course culminates in the creation of an original three-tiered celebration cake.

Learn more about ICE's Professional Cake Decorating program.

Course 9


210 hours

At the end of their in-class training, all Pastry & Baking Arts students are assigned an externship. While the Institute of Culinary Education recommends that students extern in restaurant kitchens, they may request venues such as hotels, catering companies, pastry shops, bakeries or test kitchens in order to meet their professional goals.

Why Should You Enroll at ICE? Ask an ICE Graduate!

Pastry Chef Rachel Thebault is an ICE alum"I intended to open a chocolate business, but during my time at ICE, I realized how much I loved baking and cake decorating, so I opened Tribeca Treats with a broader offering then just chocolates. Now cakes account for about half of our business!"

— Rachel Thebault
Owner, Tribeca Treats
Pastry & Baking Arts, Graduate