Zingerman's Baking and Cooking Classes in Ann Arbor

**January 2022 Update** 

Effective immediately, BAKE! is requiring proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test for in-person classes. We’re implementing these guidelines in response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases throughout our region in order to help protect both our staff and you, our guests. Face masks will still be required to be worn at all times when inside BAKE!.

All guests will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of attending a class. Upon entry to BAKE!, one of the following will be required:

  • An official, government-issued vaccination card listing the guest's name and dates the last dose was administered. 
  • A photo or digital version of an official government-issued vaccination card listing the guest's name and dates the last dose was administered.
  • A printed or digital negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test administered by a healthcare professional within 72 hours of the class that includes the guest's name and date the last test was administered. Over-the-counter or home testing kit results will not be accepted.

For more information on local testing sites, please visit Washtenaw County’s Health Department website.


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

January

26

2022

Detroit Classics

12:00 pm
To
4:00 pm EST

Experience three classics from Detroit institutions that have been around since the 1920s and 1940s. Together in this hands-on class, whether in-person or virtual, we'll make Detroit-Style Deep Dish Pizza, with caramelized cheese edges baked in a blue steel pan; Spiced Almond Cookies, in the traditional windmill shape; and a Long John Coffee Cake, with a butter, brown sugar, and walnut streusel. Get a little piece of history and a big bite of flavor, along with plenty of hands-on practice and tips for mastering these classic recipes. 

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the pizza, cookies, and coffee cake you made in class.

We'll end the in-person class with a tasting of what we made and you'll go home with some great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

This class helped me realize that baking isn't as intimidating as I had feared, and can be fun (and not just a chore). —Remy D.

These classes make home baking seem much more doable. —Margaret B.

I never wanted to make pizza at home but now I definitely will. —Arielle J.

In-Person Class
$135.00
3 spots left

January

26

2022

Chocolate Fix

6:00 pm
To
9:00 pm EST

Calling all chocoholics! There's a new chocolate lineup! In this hands-on class, whether in-person or virtual*, we'll make some of our favorite treats that will satisfy your need for an ultra-rich chocolate fix: totally addictive, deep dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroons; and our newest American hit, rich Missippi Mud Pie, which is decadent for sure and full of new techniques to learn: a new brownie recipe, soft chocolate ganache, and toasted meringue! It's gonna be chocolate-covered fun! 

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the Mississippi Mud pie and macaroons you made in class.

Well end the in-person class with a tasting of what we made and you'll also go home with some great coupons.

*Please note, for the virtual class, you'll need a stand mixer with a whip attachment or a hand-held mixer to make the meringue topping for the Mississippi Mud Pie. A torch for toasting the meringue is helpfully delicious but not required.

 

In-Person Class
$110.00
3 spots left

January

30

2022

Opera Torte

8:00 am
To
12:00 pm EST

This sophisticated French cake is thin layers of almond sponge cake brushed with espresso simple syrup and layered with rich chocolate ganache and espresso buttercream. For all its elegance and beauty, the Opera cake is surprisingly simple to make (we won’t tell if you don’t!), once you master its individual elements. It’s all about the almond and coffee flavors!

In this class, we’ll teach you how to make all of the components to this exquisite cake and several valuable baking techniques along the way: almond sponge cake, espresso simple syrup, chocolate ganache, and espresso buttercream. These are wonderful base pastry recipes that can be used in many other applications as well, so they'll be great to add to your repertoire!*

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge and techniques to recreate them at home, and the Opera Torte you made in class. 

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

Would you like a slice of history with your cake? Here’s what we learned about the Opera cake from Janine Marsh at The Good Life France: “The creation of the cake goes back to 1955 when great French pastry chef Cyriaque Gavillon worked at the legendary Dalloyau shop in Paris. Dalloyau have been trading since 1682 and were suppliers to the court of Versailles. It was the perfect match when Cyriaque, a genius with patisserie and an artist who created the most amazing cakes and sugar decorations, and Dalloyau got together.  When inventing the Opera cake he wanted to make something that in taking one bite, would give a taste of the whole cake. He worked on layers and tastes and came up with a wonderfully sophisticated cake. His wife told him it reminded her of the Paris Opera House, Palais Garnier. It was a name that stuck, the Opera cake was born.”

* Please note, for the virtual class, you'll need a stand mixer with paddle and whisk attachments to make the Opera Torte. Also, our almond sponge cake recipe cannot be made without almond paste, an essential ingredient that provides the main structure of the cake. A simple sponge cake, however, can be substituted if you would like to make one ahead of time. We'll be baking the almond sponge cake in a 12- by 18-inch baking sheet and the cake layers will be about 1/4-inch thick.

In-Person Class
$135.00
1 spot left

February

3

2022

Scones, 2 Ways

12:00 pm
To
2:30 pm EST

A great class for beginning bakers. In this hands-on class, whether in-person or virtual, we'll teach you the keys to making flaky and tender scones, including how to properly cut the butter into the flour; the results might even convert any scone skeptics in your life into scone lovers.

Together, we’ll make two varieties of Zingerman's Bakehouse scones—a dozen each!

Ginger Scones
Unapologetically laden with butter and cream, these scones get their brilliant burst of ginger flavor from sweet and spicy crystallized ginger.

Cheddar Herb Scones
These tender, flaky, savory scones are made with aged cheddar cheese and a flavorful burst of fresh rosemary.

We’ll also give you other add-in ingredient options (chocolate, blueberry) and suggestions for what works best for ingredient substitutes.

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 the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the two dozen scones you made in class.

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

Include

In-Person Class
$100.00
2 spots left

February

3

2022

Zingerman's Deli Pot Pies

5:30 pm
To
9:30 pm EST

In this hands-on class, we'll teach you how to make the Zingerman's Delicatessen recipe for really great chicken pot pies from scratch, including mixing and rolling the flaky pie crust, cooking and assembling the aromatic filling, and shaping the pies. Join in the hands-on fun and learn to make a classic comfort food. 

Our recipe will make 6 mini 5-inch pies OR 2 luscious 9-inch or 10-inch chicken pot pies! We'll talk about how you can freeze one (or both!) and bake them later.

You'll leave the BAKE! class with the recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the pot pies you made in class. You'll also go home with some great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I always make things into a big deal in my head, and this showed me it's not that difficult—just takes some planning! I can't wait to get home and bake/eat my pies, and I actually think I'll make them again! —Ellen H.

In-Person Class
$135.00
1 spot left