Cook Like A Pro Series

Cakes & Pastries

Course Overview

This course is intended to help pastry lovers and aspiring bakers improve their ability to make a wide range of delicious cakes and pastries. You will discover basic methods, experiment with various recipes, and pick the brain of our seasoned baker/chef. You'll have all the information, abilities, and self-assurance required to begin your baking journey.

Upon completion of this short course, you will be able to produce a wide array of delicious and visually stunning cakes and pastries, whether for personal enjoyment, special occasions, or professional endeavors within the culinary industry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Skill Development: You will gain a comprehensive understanding of baking techniques, including ingredient functions, precise measurements, mixing methods, baking temperatures, and timings required for various cakes and pastries.
  • Technique Mastery: You will master fundamental baking techniques such as cake layering, frosting, pastry dough preparation, shaping, decorating, and other intricate methods necessary for creating visually appealing and delicious baked goods.
  • Diverse Recipe Knowledge: You will expand your repertoire and adapt to various baking styles and flavors by being introduced to a wide range of recipes covering different types of cakes, pastries, and specialty treats.
  • Creativity and Adaptability: You will adapt recipes, experiment with flavors, and develop your unique twists on traditional cakes and pastries.

About Reliance College

Reliance College, which was established in the early 1980s, is a trailblazer in the field of tourism and hospitality education, turning out highly regarded professionals on a global scale. We've come to realize over the years that this is a vibrant, quickly expanding field that needs leaders with our same level of assurance, expertise, and enthusiasm.  Offering a curriculum that combines essential management abilities with highly skilled practical training, we are committed to developing the next generation of hospitality industry leaders.

Who Should Join this Course?

  • Anyone who has a passion for baking and a desire to learn the art of creating delicious cakes and pastries
  • A beginner looking to develop his/her skills
  • An experienced baker wanting to refine his/her techniques

What You Will Learn

10th March 2024, Sunday


  • Lemon Meringue Tart: A classic dessert that consists of a buttery crust filled with tangy lemon curd and topped with fluffy meringue.
  • Matcha Opera Cake: A delicious dessert that combines the flavors of matcha, a finely ground green tea powder, with the elegance of a classic French opera cake. It typically consists of layers of almond sponge cake, matcha buttercream, and chocolate ganache, creating a harmonious balance of flavors and textures.
  • Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake: A decadent dessert that combines the rich and creamy flavors of both chocolate mousse and cheesecake. It typically consists of a chocolate cookie crust, a layer of smooth and velvety chocolate mousse, and a creamy cheesecake filling.

  • Cake Making Mastery: Learn the art of creating various types of cakes, such as sponge cakes, layer cakes, chiffon cakes, and specialty cakes like red velvet or black forest. 
  • Pastry Essentials: Explore the world of pastry-making, including dough preparation, shaping, and baking techniques for pastries like croissants, puff pastry, and tart shells. 
  • Decorating Techniques: Master decoration methods such as frosting, piping, fondant work, and other embellishments to enhance the visual appeal of cakes and pastries. 
  • Specialty Treats: Delve into specialised treats like macarons, eclairs, cream puffs, and other delicate pastries that require precision and finesse. 
  • Flavors and Fillings: Experiment with different flavors, fillings, and frosting combinations to create unique and delicious baked goods. 
  • Troubleshooting and Tips: Address common baking issues, troubleshooting techniques, and tips for achieving consistent and exceptional results. 
  • Advanced Techniques: Advanced-level lessons for those seeking to challenge themselves further, including intricate designs, sugar work, and advanced pastry artistry. 
  • Presentation and Plating: Understand the importance of presentation, plating, and styling to create stunning displays of baked goods. 
  • Recipe Adaptation and Creativity: Unleash your creativity by adapting recipes, experimenting with flavors, and developing signature creations. 

Chef Profile

Nurainol Akma Abdul Malik

Chef & Lecturer (Reliance College)

Nurainol Akma is a culinary artist with a passion for baking and pastry making. She is a Chef and Lecturer, covering various pastry and baking techniques in her lessons, and is a Bronze Medalist at the 2023 Malaysia Culinary World Cup. Akma also runs a successful cookie business, demonstrating her commitment to quality and flavour, earning a dedicated following among pastry enthusiasts. With her extensive knowledge and experience, she has successfully curated and conducted workshops, sharing her love for baking and pastry making with aspiring chefs and enthusiasts alike. Through her passion and dedication, Akma continues to inspire and empower individuals to explore their own creativity in the world of culinary arts

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