International Cakes

Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Cakes

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Culinary Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques and Dessert Styling, or equivalent.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    From East to West, primitive to progressive, most common to most avant-garde, cakes are good for the soul. They draw people together, enliven celebrations, and embody the rituals and histories of cultures around the world. This course will focus on the cultural background of famous classic cakes in order for students to understand the origin and the history behind famous international representative creations. Emphasis will be placed in the analysis of the area of origin of each cake in order to find connections between ingredients, preparation techniques and the final creation. Students will join this journey among different traditions, stories, ingredients and folklore, learning dedicated skills for the preparation of international classics. Pavlova, Sacher Torte, Baklava, Black Forest Cake, original NY Cheesecake, and the Tres Leches cake are only some of the creations that will be experienced during this trip among traditions.

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