The Baking Club at the Helms College Augusta School of Hospitality was originally formed to allow students and staff interested in cake decoration a way to elaborate and expand their knowledge of the craft. Baking and pastry is a required part of the Helms College culinary curriculum for all students. However, club founder and chef instructor, Amy Nolan, began the club as a way to expand the knowledge and gain practice for students who want more in-depth understanding of cake decoration. The club allows the students more hands-on experience with the tedious decorative methods such as fondant and compote.
Along with the valuable expertise the baking club members have gained, they also have found a way to hone in on their skills and give back to the community in the process. During preparation of their first cake, the members decided in lieu of wasting the stunning cakes they have created they could use their creation as a catalyst to bring happiness. The Social Activities Director for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Mandy Lee, worked with the baking club on donating these enchanting cakes to the children to enjoy.
The Children’s Hospital of Georgia was thrilled and to date, the baking club has donated and delivered three cakes for the young patients. The first was a stunning St. Patrick’s Day cake complete with rainbows and a smiling teddy bear atop. Other designs the baking club has donated are cakes with Alice in Wonderland and Finding Dory themes. This collaboration allows patients and staff at the hospital to celebrate as if every day is a special occasion with each cake that is donated. The excitement is palpable when a cake if setup for display prior to cutting into the masterpiece!
The baking club is open to all culinary students and staff of the Augusta School of Hospitality. To learn more about the Baking Club and other activities available to students at Helms College, contact our Augusta School of Hospitality at (706) 651-9707, or visit our website at Helms.edu.