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

January

17

2021

Opera Torte

9:00 am
To
1:00 pm EST

This class is being offered virtually. 

This sophisticated French cake consists of thin layers of almond sponge cake that have been 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!

We’ll teach you how to make all of the components to this exquisite cake: almond sponge cake, espresso simple syrup, chocolate ganache, and espresso buttercream. All of these are wonderful base pastry recipes that can be used in many other applications as well, so they will be great to add to your repertoire!

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.”

WHAT'S DIFFERENT WHEN YOU TAKE THIS CLASS VIRTUALLY:

**Please note that a stand mixer with a whisk and paddle attachment are required for this class. This cake cannot be made without almonds. Almond paste is used and it’s an essential ingredient as the almond sponge cake provides the main structure of the cake. A simple sponge cake can be substituted if you would like to make one ahead of time. We’ll be baking the cake in a 12”x18” sheet tray and the cake layers will be about ¼” thick.**

Virtual Class
$75.00
1 spot left

January

17

2021

Dinner Series: Hungarian

2:00 pm
To
6:30 pm EST

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 into the Bakehouse and ask for a taste of our favorite Hungarian foods.

Virtual Class
$75.00
1 spot left

January

21

2021

Baking Pies a Plenty

5:00 pm
To
9:00 pm EST

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, and two 10-inch pies.
 

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
4 spots left

January

23

2021

Getting Eggy With It Breakfast Class

9:00 am
To
1:00 pm EST

This class is being offered virtually. 

In this class, we’ll deliver the techniques of how to make two brunch classics: quiche and strata. (No need to reserve them for mornings though, they’re delicious at any time of the day!) 

For the quiche, we’ll start by making a flaky, all-butter pie crust, teach you how to make the dough by hand, successfully roll it out, show you what ‘blind baking’ a crust means, and also how to crimp the edges to make your quiche look beautiful. Then we’ll make a rich custard of eggs, milk, cheese, and bacon and bake them for a delicious dish your family will ask you to make again and again.

For the strata, you’ll learn how to make a back-pocket meal that easy to pull together, but impressive enough for guests. Plus, they’re make-ahead friendly, so they're just right for a mostly hands-off dinner or brunch when you have time to prep in advance. We’ll be making ours with meat and veggies and so much cheese! It will be divine. 

Virtual Class
$75.00
1 spot left

January

27

2021

Italian Cookies

5:00 pm
To
9:00 pm EST

This class is being offered virtually. 

Send your cookie jar on a vacation! Italians love cookies almost as much as they love pasta, and the variety of cookies you find across Italy is stunning. In this class, we get to the basics of making four traditional Italian cookies: cherry sesame biscotti, pignoli, amaretti, and ricchiarelli. Biscotto Italiano!

What's different when you take this class virtually:

Please note that a stand mixer with a whip attachment is required for this class.

 

 

 

Virtual Class
$75.00
5 spots left