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

August

14

2022

Hunka Burnin' Love Cake

1:30 pm
To
5:30 pm EDT

The first version of our Hunka Burnin’ Love cake was created in the late ’80s at Zingerman’s Delicatessen. Then, as today, the Deli version is a whopping 7-pound cake! It’s a four-layer, 9-inch round cake that can easily satisfy 30 people. (The Deli serves big pieces though, so each cake is cut into 16 slices for individual sale.) The cake itself is a fudgy, dense, chocolate buttermilk cake filled and iced with lusciously smooth dark chocolate Swiss buttercream. 

In this hands-on class, we’ll teach you how to create a more modest-sized (9-inch, 2-layer) Hunka Burnin’ Love cake that is great for birthdays or just everyday enjoyment. 

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

In-Person: We'll end class with a tasting of what we made and you'll go home with some great coupons.

Virtual: You’ll need a stand mixer with paddle and whisk attachments.

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Virtual Class
$85.00
10 spots left

August

18

2022

Fermentation Fun: A Virtual Demo with Amanda Feifer

6:00 pm
To
8:00 pm EDT

Dive into fermentation with educator and enthusiast Amanda Feifer. In this virtual demo, we'll go through the specifics of making vegetable ferments (including sauerkraut and fermented pickled vegetables) and kombucha and then switch gears to loads of other fun and easy home ferments such as kefir, yogurt, vinegar, and more. 

She’ll discuss equipment, ingredients, food waste, health benefits, and best practices while diving deep into the ways that understanding the basic science of this process gives you the freedom and confidence to dump bad (and boring) internet recipes and push the boundaries of flavor that fermented foods can provide.

Join us and learn how to harness the power of microbes for a truly healthful, probiotic, living pickle with no hot stove required.  

This demo will be recorded and sent out after class; feel free to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Amanda Feifer has a long-standing crush on food and beverage fermentation. Since she left the world of Big Food in early 2011, she's been teaching classes that range from kefir and kombucha to koji and kvass. She writes the fermentation blog Phickle, and wrote the book on vegetable fermentation (Ferment Your Vegetables, 2015). You can find her pics of stinky, bubbly things on Twitter and Instagram at @phicklefoods.

*Please note that this is not a virtual hands-on class but a demonstration held over Zoom—this means that you’ll be watching as the guest chef prepares dishes. Unlike our hands-on classes, this is not an interactive experience, and thus, we do not encourage attempting to bake or cook along with the program. 

*Recipes will be emailed two days before class.*

 

Virtual Class
$25.00
114 spots left

August

20

2022

Cinn-ful Cinnamon Rolls

8:00 am
To
12:00 pm EDT

Join us for one of our most popular hands-on classes! Your family and house guests won't soon forget waking up to the aroma of butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar from freshly baked sweet rolls. Learn how it's done! In this hands-on class, we'll teach you the basic techniques of creating a sweet dough. You'll get plenty of hands-on practice in class with mixing, kneading, hand-shaping, and proofing yeasted doughs. We'll also show you how versatile our sweet dough is in a selection of recipes both sweet and savory. 

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and all the sweet dough baked goods you made in class. 

In-Person: We'll end class with a tasting of what we made and you'll leave with sweet dough to bake at home later as well as some great coupons. If you're traveling more than an hour to attend, you may want to bring a cooler and ice pack to class with you for storing your bake-at-home sweet dough on the ride home.

Virtual (2-day): On Day 1, we'll make our sweet dough, before refrigerating it overnight. On Day 2, we'll teach you to make and bake three delicious treats both sweet and savory.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I've been baking for years and have worked in a bakery—I just love learning new tricks I might not know. —Barb S.

The cinnamon rolls were as light as pillows and the taste was pure heaven. —Joyce S.

Such a nice experience! I don't have much baking experience and I loved every minute of it! —Jolie S.

This was my best class yet, out of probably a dozen. I love the versatility of what I can do with the dough. —Beth S.

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In-Person Class
$135.00
4 spots left

August

20

2022

Sweetheart Tarts

8:00 am
To
12:00 pm EDT

Join us for this hands-on class as we make adorable individual tarts that are elegant desserts for any occasion. We'll teach you how to make sweet, buttery Pâte Sucrée (pronounced, pat-sue-cray), the sweet pastry dough traditionally used for tarts; the techniques for rolling and shaping the dough into individual tart shells; and then how to blind bake them to a crispy golden brown.

Next, we'll make 2 flavorful fillings for your 6 individual tart shells—cherry almond and caramel nutand, once filled, bake them to perfection. Your dinner parties just got a tasty upgrade that will make you look like a rockstar.

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and all the sweetheart tarts you made in class.

In-Person: We'll end class with a tasting and you'll also leave with some great coupons.

In-Person Class
$135.00
3 spots left

August

20

2022

Flatbreads Around The World

1:30 pm
To
5:30 pm EDT

This hands-on class takes you all the way back to the origin of bread. Flatbreads have been around since humans first picked wheat off the stalk and decided to grind it and heat it. Together, we’ll make Whole Wheat Tortillas*, Za'atar Bread, and Freshly Milled Whole Grain Naan; and we’ll demonstrate how to make a proper Matzo. We'll teach you everything you need to know to make these versatile, full-flavored flatbreads.

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

In-Person: We'll end class with a tasting and you'll also leave with some great coupons.

* Please note, we use lard in the tortilla recipe, but if that doesn't work with your dietary needs, we can substitute butter. Just let us know ahead of time.

What our guests have to say about this class:

These breads are amazing! I loved them all so much! The only difficulty with the class is deciding which one to make first. —Dana Y.

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Virtual Class
$85.00
8 spots left