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 17 & 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 offer a variety of classes designed for kids. We offer virtual classes and multi-day camps for kids and teens, and more—head to the kids' classes and private classes pages for more information.

Upcoming BAKE! Classes

September

23

2020

Dinner Series: Hungarian

12:00 pm
To
4:30 pm

This class is being offered virtually.

Let's make dinner together! First we’ll bake pogácsa, a rich and tender dinner roll. Then we'll cook a pot of Paloc Levés, a hearty lamb and vegetable soup. Finally, for dessert, we’ll roll up some Kifli, buttery Hungarian almond cookies.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, dinner for four, and great coupons!

Hungry for more Hungary?
-Check out our Hungarian menu at Zingerman's Bakehouse
-Stop in to the Bakehouse and ask for a taste of our favorite Hungarian foods.

Virtual Class
$75.00
10 spots left

September

23

2020

Baking Pies a Plenty

5:00 pm
To
9:00 pm

This class is being offered virtually. 

Every baker should know how to make a pie crust. You never stood on a chair to help Grandma bake a pie? You don’t get many second chances in life, but here’s your opportunity to learn how she did it.

In this class, we’ll deliver the techniques of how to make a pie crust the Zingerman's way—creating a flaky crust with butter, and another crust using lard and butter (no shortening allowed!).  We'll teach you how to make the dough by hand, successfully roll it out, show you what par-baking a crust is, and how to crimp the edges to make your pies look beautiful. Pie flavors for this class vary by season (Apr-Sept: blueberry and chocolate cream, Oct-Mar: apple and pecan). Roll up your sleeves and join in the fun so you can tell all your friends you learned how to make a pie crust.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to make pie crust at home, two 10-inch pies, and great coupons.

*We're sorry. Our repeat class discount does not apply to November Thanksgiving pie classes. 

What our guests have to say about this class:

I thought I knew plenty about pie crust and was hoping for more confidence and consistency. I learned more than I could've ever imagined. Encouraging, no-judgment environment, knowledgable teachers, great value. —Josh B.

I am so much more confident and I can't wait to try these crusts at home. First time in 100 years that I made a crust that fit the pan, was delicious, and didn't come from a box. —Lee Anne S.

Have long feared the pie, even though I made okay ones. Techniques=confidence=more pies. My friends will thank you. —Susan L.

Virtual Class
$75.00
9 spots left

September

24

2020

Esterházy Torta: Walnut Cream Coffeehouse Cake

12:00 pm
To
4:00 pm

This class is being offered virtually. 

In the late 1800s Hungary enjoyed a coffeehouse culture of delicious fancy tortes and great coffee. Philosophers, artists, musicians and politicians gathered in coffeehouses to share ideas and camaraderie while eating cake! We’ll teach you to make one of the classics.

Together, we'll make Esterházy Torta, an elegant dessert that could end up being your hallmark. It’s made up of thin, soft layers of toasted walnut cake, filled with a luscious Swiss vanilla and toasted walnut buttercream, and topped with a white and dark chocolate poured fondant glaze in a distinctive design resembling the traditional French Napoleon pastry. It’s a classic sold at all traditional Hungarian bakeries. Join us for some Hungarian flavor!

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, one Esterházy Torta, and great coupons.

WHAT'S DIFFERENT WHEN YOU TAKE THIS CLASS VIRTUALLY: 

Please note that you will need a stand mixer with a whip attachment for this class. 

Virtual Class
$75.00
8 spots left

September

24

2020

Celebrate Chocolate

6:00 pm
To
9:30 pm

This Class is Being offered virtually. 

Calling all chocolate lovers! Let's bake some of our favorite treats that will satisfy your need for a chocolate fix: Hot Cocoa bundt cake, Chocolate Challah bread, and chocolate ganache-filled s’more tart. This class teaches a variety of vital baking techniques and versatile components, too! 

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, a small Hot Cocoa cake, a loaf of Chocolate Challah, a 9-inch s'more tart, and great coupons.

What's Different When You Take This Class Virtually:

We make a large Hot Cocoa cake and the S'more Tart. We do not make the Chocolate Challah. You will need a stand mixer with a whip attachment to make the meringue topping for the S'more Tart. A torch for toasting the meringue is helpfully delicious but not required. 

What our guests have to say about this class:

This was an ambitious class! We accomplished a great deal without feeling rushed or pressured to finish—the class moved along at a comfortable pace. My knowledge of baking methods and techniques continues to grow and I continue to be amazed by the level of instruction. —Dara K.

Chocolate challah has changed my life! —Candy S.

I knew absolutely nothing about baking before coming to this class and was quite nervous about being thrown into it, but the instructor did a wonderful job demonstrating everything in a totally understandable way. I feel far more confident! —William J.

Virtual Class
$60.00
2 spots left

September

25

2020

Boston Cream Pie

9:00 am
To
1:00 pm

This class is being offered virtually. 

In spite of its name, Boston Cream pie is actually a layer cake. It also happens to be the official dessert of the state of Massachusetts. Like many American foods, there is a storied history along with a debated controversy about where to award credit for creating the original version. Some say this divine dessert was created in the 1800s for the opening of the Parker House hotel in Boston, MA. They are also famous for their Parker House rolls. Score a double food claim-to-fame for this historic dining room! However, others say it did not appear on the menu until the 1950s. The modern day version of Boston Cream Pie from the Omni Parker House hotel actually includes rum in the pastry cream, a poured fondant on top, and sliced almonds around the sides. Some records indicate that Boston Cream Cakes were actually cream puffs originally. Of course, we can't forget the Boston Cream doughnut you can also find everywhere. Funny how foods deliciously evolve over time.

Zingerman's Bakehouse Boston Cream Pie is comprised of two layers of moist vanilla chiffon cake (a light sponge cake made with meringue), filled with vanilla bean pastry cream, covered in thin layer of vanilla buttercream, and glazed in rich dark chocolate ganache. Take one bite to taste it, and you'll know why it has a whole state so devoted to it. (Like all our cakes please enjoy responsibly, at room temperature, for maximum flavor and ideal texture.) It's been a wildly popular addition to the cake menu at Zingerman's Bakehouse, having never gone “on vacation” since its debut. It must be good, if we do say so ourselves.

In this class, you'll learn to make all four components of our Boston Cream Pie from scratch and assemble them. First, you will watch our expert instructor demonstrate the recipes and techniques before your eyes, and then you will try your hand at them. You’ll fold together the fluffy vanilla chiffon cake batter, whisk real vanilla beans into your carefully cooked pastry cream, whip a voluminous egg white meringue for the vanilla Swiss buttercream, and melt dark chocolate to stir into your rich ganache. Put them all together, and you have one heck of a dessert that will be a welcome addition to family dinners, birthdays, and holidays.

But that's not all these recipes are great for. These are versatile dessert components and touchstone baking techniques that will prove useful for creating other desserts at home. Just think: chiffon cake for trifles and tortes, pastry cream for fruit tarts and cream puffs (or, we say just grab a spoon!), buttercream for birthday cakes, and chocolate ganache for stuffing cupcakes or making truffles (or anything that needs a bold chocolate boost). The tasty possibilities are endless. And you are well on your way to being a master of making desserts.

You'll go home with Zingerman's Bakehouse Boston Cream Pie recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, a finished 9-inch Boston Cream Pie, and great coupons.

What's Different When You Take This Class Virtually:

Nothing! You will need a stand mixer with a whip attachment for this class. 

What our guests have to say about this class:

Looking forward to expanding my skills and using components of the class in other desserts. —Denise A.

Virtual Class
$75.00
10 spots left