Zingerman's Baking and Cooking Classes in Ann Arbor

BAKE! is Zingerman's hands-on teaching bakery in Ann Arbor, MI, tucked between Zingerman's Bakehouse and Zingerman's Creamery.

We offer dozens of different bread, pastry, and cake hands-on baking classes and cooking classes both in our teaching kitchens and online for virtual classes. We also offer the ability to customize your experience with private classes, both in-person or virtual.

All of us at Zingerman's Bakehouse know the joy and excitement of baking something really good and sharing it with friends when it's hot out of the oven. Our baking and cooking classes will leave you with that same joy, the food you made, and the inspiration and skills to continue your baking journey.

Our in-person classes (except for family classes & kids camps) are designed for adults aged 17 and up. Virtual classes (except for virtual kids classes) are designed for adults as well, however, households are welcome to participate together, so kids can join in the fun, too.

We want to encourage a love of cooking and baking early, so we also offer a variety of classes designed for kids that include multi-day camps for kids and teens, and more. Head to the kids’ classes and private classes pages for more information.

Upcoming BAKE! Classes

December

8

2022

Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookies 2022

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EST
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Our most popular class of the year! 

Join us to get into the holiday spirit and make four festive, fancy cookies, worthy of your family cookie plate. It is guaranteed fun and is known to inspire new family traditions!

This year’s cookie lineup has a cookie for everybody. We always try to include nuts, fruit, chocolate, and spice; this year, we added freshly milled flours to the mix, too.

Alfajores
Petite, tender shortbread sandwich cookies. Often filled with dulce de leche, they’re frequently thought of as a South American treat, but they likely originated in the Middle East and were made with dried fruit preserves and rolled in nuts. Our version reflects the South American tradition.  

Sesame Thumbprints
A fun and shockingly good twist on the traditional thumbprint cookie. Buttery cookies coated in sesame seeds and filled with Michigan-made tart cherry preserves make for an irresistible flavor combination. 

Whole Grain Cut-Out Cookies
Rolled sugar cookies made with freshly milled whole grains—both soft white wheat and rye!—and delightfully dressed up for the holidays. A flavorful upgrade on a classic that you’ll find yourself returning to all year long.

Chocolate Orange Ginger Crinkles
A seasonal twist on chocolate crinkles, these soft, chocolatey cookies are warmed up with orange zest and a touch of ginger.
We’re happy to once again be offering an optional kit for Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookies for those who would like to make baking cookies at home as easy as possible. It includes (almost!) everything you need for this year's Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie lineup and ingredients will come already scaled for your baking pleasure.

Key info for Virtual Students –The student guide will be available in October for the virtual classes and Zoom links will come in your reminder email.

THIS SPECIAL CLASS HAS SOME SPECIAL RULES: 

  • If you cancel a Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie class with more than 7 days notice, you will receive a full refund or credit towards a future class. 
  • Class credits will expire if not used within 5 years from the date of cancellation. 
  • We're sorry, there will be no refunds or credits for Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie classes canceled with less than 7 days notice or for missed classes. You are welcome to send someone in your place.

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Virtual Class
$85.00
2 spots left

January

4

2023

Noodling about Strudeling

1:00 pm
To
4:00 pm EST

Remember when you were little and the gym teacher pulled out a compact plastic bundle and magically unfurled it into a huge parachute that the whole class could fit under? Well, you’ll have that experience all over again when we take a grapefruit-sized piece of strudel dough and stretch it out to cover a 24-square-foot table. Then we’ll make sweet and savory fillings to finish it off. This is just about the most fun you can have making food.  

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, the strudel you made in class, and strudel dough to bake later at home. You'll also leave with some great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

My strudel before was a disaster! Now I have confidence I can make it at home. —Chrissy

It was a fun class, taught by excellent instructors. They showed us that making a great strudel is not as hard as I thought. —Mike C.

I came hoping it would help me feel empowered to do more at home and I feel like it has done just that. So thank you so much!!! —Karissa M.

In-Person Class
$110.00
9 spots left

January

5

2023

Wholey Whole Grain Breads

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EST

We all know that whole grains can be good for us, but that’s not the only reason to eat them. With the right recipes and techniques, they can taste great, too. In this hands-on class we’ll teach you to make Bakehouse Country Wheat bread, a whole-grain raisin bread, and a masterful Multi-Grain bread. This class will change how you think of whole-grain bread. 

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, the loaves of bread you made in class, and some great coupons.

In-Person: We'll end the class with a bread tasting and you'll also go home with some great coupons.

For some background on the Bakehouse's journey into freshly milled whole grain flours, head to our blog and read: "Whole Grains and Hope" and "7 Reasons to Fall for Freshly Milled Flour"

What our guests have to say about this class:

Such a fun and pressure-free environment to learn how to make some complicated recipes. This class demystified bread and made it more approachable for at-home baking. —Ally Y.

I want to turn this into my hobby. I found it very relaxing and there is bread at the end of it all! —Panduranga R.

These were slightly complicated breads and all directions and demonstrations were exceptionally clear. —Anon

In-Person Class
$135.00
9 spots left

January

5

2023

Scones 3 Ways

1:00 pm
To
4:00 pm EST

A great class for beginning bakers. Learn the keys to flaky and tender scones, such as how to properly cut the butter into the flour. You’ll make three varieties of Bakehouse buttery scones—sweet crystallized ginger, savory cheddar herb, and flavorful orange and date scones, made with freshly milled hard red spring and soft white wheat.  Scones are simple to make and really delicious fresh out of your oven at home, so these recipes will surely become some of your favorites to reach for!

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, three dozen scones you made in class, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I will be making scones in my home baking, I didn't realize that they could taste so GOOD! Thank you! —Kristen S.

The amount of scientific knowledge about baking was fascinating. —Joshua A.

I actually thought it was going to be more difficult, but I had no problem following along. And the scones are delicious! Taking this class made me feel much more confident to be able to make these at home and I am a very amateur baker. —Sarah B.

In-Person Class
$110.00
8 spots left

January

6

2023

King Cake

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EST

Happy Carnival, where King Cake rules supreme! In this hands-on class, whether in-person or virtual, we'll teach you two ways to make the quintessential centerpiece dessert for kicking off and closing out the Carnival season.  First, we'll make the traditional French version featuring buttery layers of puff pastry filled with almond frangipane and a whole almond tucked inside. Both elegant and festive, the French King Cake is often made for the Christian feast day, Epiphany or Three King's Day, in January when the Carnival season starts. Get the slice with the whole almond inside and you’re crowned king (or queen) of the party.

Second, we'll make the more familiar New Orleans style of King Cake that's often served on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday at the end of the Carnival season. It's made with a tender sweet dough and decorated with green, purple, and gold icing in honor of The Big Easy's official Mardi Gras colors: green for faith, purple for justice, and gold for power. Receive the slice with the plastic baby tucked inside, and good luck and good fortune are yours.

You’ll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the 2 King Cakes you made in class.

We'll end the in-person class with a King Cake tasting and you'll also go home with some great coupons.

In-Person Class
$135.00
4 spots left