Courses in Baking Arts

We offer exciting, instructor lead, short courses in the art of baking.
Come and take a hands on, practical approach to becoming a successful baker.

Bread Baking

Bread Baking

Bake breads such as panini, ciabata, baguettes, and even make your own sourdough

French Pastries

French Pastries

Prepare French delicacies like croissants, puff pastry, choux pastry and palmiers

Cake Baking

Cake Baking

Learn to bake a range of batters to make and bake carrot, fruit, cheese, chiffon cakes and more

Cake Decoration

Cake Decoration

Decorate like a boss, with specialist sugar art techniques and Joseph Lambeth piping methods

Our courses cater for beginners and intermediate learners and professionals

Compliments tertiary qualifications through practical hands on experience

Upskills curious home bakers and hobbyists and professionals in the industry

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Our Courses

Only eight students are enrolled per class intake, so book well in advance to secure your seat.

Certificate in Patisserie Studies

4 Months

This course includes our Master Cake Decorating, Speciality Cakes, Meringues and Bread Baking courses in one comprehensive SETA accredited skills program.

Learn the foundations of baking in our food science theoretical practical studies. Learn to understanding Food Service and Business Management with the addition of recipe writing, standardization and food costing calculations.

French Pastries

2 Weeks

Learn to make Croissants, Sweet Shortcrust Pastry, Puff Pastry, Brioche Dough, Choux Pastry, Èclairs, Paris Brest and Macarons in this practical course. Compliment French pastries by learning to make custard, compotes, glazes and syrups.

Master Cake Decorating

4 Weeks

Learn the fundamentals of cake decorating from beginners level, and finish your cakes with the finest decorating techniques.

Covers Haute Couture textured cakes advanced, royal and butter cream icing piping techniques, decorating with chocolate, sugar wired flowers and painting on cakes.

Includes a food service management module teaching how to manage and calculate food costing and writing recipies.

Speciality Cakes

2 Weeks

Learn to bake 8 different speciality batters, including victorian chocolate sponge, fruit and carrot cake, apple crumble, banana cups, different cheese cakes, orange chiffon cake and swiss rolls.

Covers the necessary theory required to successfully mix and bake nearly any classical cake batter.

Bread Baking

2 Weeks

Learn to make a starter sourdough from scratch. Bake the Italian Ciabatta and Focaccia, French Baguettes, Pain de Campagne, Swiss Braids, Pizza dough and Pita bread.

Join in theoretical sessions that teaches the history of bread and how bread has changed the world over the years. This course covers the yeast fermentation process and what happens in the kneading, dough development and baking process.

How to Enroll

Here’s some information on how the enrollment process works…

  • View our calendar and select your course
  • Download and fill in a registration form here
  • Send the form to us at this email
  • Receive a quote and pay a 50% deposit
  • Send your proof of payment
  • Receive a confirmation student number
  • Attend class

A message from the owner

French pastries are close to my heart. With a family history originally from Lamotte d”Aigues in the French province “Provence”. My father is proudly French and although I didn’t know my grandmother, I was told she could bake up a storm.  Sharing many family recipes from my grandmother with you, is honouring her memory. For the past two years I have been updating my food blog with new research and recipes. — Nicolette van Niekerk
(N.Dip Foodservice Management and Nutrition)


I loved the pastry course. With 6 people in a class your learning experience is invaluable. My family couldn’t believe the wonderful things I brought home each day. Nicolette is warm and friendly and always nearby to advise and encourage. I can’t wait to do the bread and the cakes course !
— Claire Richards

Contact Us


Map to The Food Academy, Cape Town Unit G9 Centurion Business Park Democracy Way Marconi Beam Cape Town 7447
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