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Navajo Tech Baking Students Whip Up Wedding Cakes for Fall Finals

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For advanced baking students at Navajo Technical University, fall finals involve busting it in the kitchen to make and design four-tier wedding cakes.

On Thursday, December 5 at 2 p.m., the students will be sampling the community on their white-frosted, four-deck desserts in the Hospitality Building of the University's Crownpoint campus. The wedding cake event is free and open to the public and will feature 12 to 15 wedding cakes that community members will judge. Participants will vote on the cakes, ranking them in categroies of best-looking and best-tasting.

The community will actually help determine students' grades; bakers will be graded based on the number of votes they receive. After the tasting event, community members can purchase the cakes. It's a good deal for brides- and grooms-to-be looking to score a tasty deal. Prices on each cake will vary depending on what the student prices their work, but will usually run between $40–$120.

“It’s a four tier wedding cake assignment with each tier being a different kind of cake,” stated NTU baking instructor Joe Chapa. “Some of these cakes can sell for as much as $1,800 in a bakery and, on the Navajo Nation, they can run between $500-$1,000.”

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Students will be on hand to present their cake and explain what went in to them and how they were made.

For more information about NTU’s wedding cake final, contact Chef Joe Chapa at or call 505.786.6126.

Courtesy Navajo Technical College

Former NTU baking student Anessa Boyd of Kayenta, Arizona served up a slice of wedding cake as part of her finals in December 2012.