Bakers Journal

Introducing the Sugar Arts Institute

January 17, 2012
By Sarah Ferguson

January 17, 2012, Sugar Loaf, NY – Master Confectioner Julie Bashore has set out to change the face of the sugar arts industry with her newest venture, the Sugar Arts Institute. 

Bashore, who has studied and taught around the world for three decades, recognized a void in the industry for an accredited, standardized certification program that specializes exclusively in baking, cake decorating, and sugar arts. The Sugar Arts Institute (SAI) not only fills this void, but also aims to unify the international edible arts community and raise the standards of excellence in the industry as a whole.

The SAI is a not-for-profit enterprise designed as a five-year program. Students will receive certificate, associates, bachelors, or master’s degrees in sugar arts. Non-credit courses will also be available for hobbyists and children.

SAI instructors have been handpicked for their exceptional skill sets, teaching experience, and reputations. They come from diverse backgrounds and are leaders in the industry. These professionals are working with SAI to create a curriculum that will provide students with a structured and reputable education. One of the most unique features of the SAI is the tiered internship structure that will prepare students to thrive in real-world settings.


Courses will be offered at brick and mortar locations and onlie for artists of all levels around the globe.

Beyond molding the future masters of the industry, the SAI’s core vision is to facilitate innovative research, growth, and exchanges of ideas within the community of professional cake and confectionary artists.

Instructors are needed in all geographic locations to continue to grow the SAI network. Professionals who want to stay at the top of their field can contact Bashore directly at for more information on how to become a part of the SAI.

The SAI is sponsored by Satin Fine Foods and Ateco Products.

For more information about the Sugar Arts Institute, visit

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