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

July

1

2022

Fresh Fruit Tarts!

12:00 pm
To
4:00 pm EDT

Fruit tarts are a favorite of food photographers because they look soooo sweet and fresh. When you see too many of them on the covers of glossy magazines, you start to get the idea that they’re for experts only. Don’t believe it.

In this hands-on class, we'll teach you how to make and blind bake a sweet and tender tart shell made from pâte sucrée (pronounced, pat-sue-cray), the sweet pastry dough traditionally used for tarts, and whip together a filling of rich vanilla pastry cream. Then we’ll compose our tarts together, teaching you how to arrange the fresh fruit on top in an artful way.Next time you see a succulent tart gracing the cover of Fine Cooking, you won’t be fooled.

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, the artful fresh fruit tart you made in class, and some great coupons. 

* In warmer months, we’ll adorn our tarts with summer’s bounty, from fresh berries to stone fruits. In cooler months we’ll bring a taste of sunshine to our tarts with a selection of fresh citrus supremes.

What our guests have to say about this class:

Such a fun baking class. Instructors not only teach us, but give each one of us the time and attention to learn and practice. They all are very professional!!! —Jinny S.

Being able to practice new techniques in a class where I can get help & feedback gives me the confidence to try them at home. —Jane B.

Was so much fun! I have already told my mum we are coming back next year. —Bex S.
 

In-Person Class
$135.00
6 spots left

July

1

2022

Bakehouse Summer Faves

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EDT

When summer comes to Michigan there is almost nothing better than eating local fresh berries of all varieties. To make the experience perfect, we've created a hands-on class centered around three delicious treats ready to highlight the season’s bounty.

Sweet Butter Tea Cake
Perfect for folks that get turned off by nuts, this tea cake may not have any extra ingredients inside, but it’s luscious, rich, and buttery—making it far from “plain.” 

Pavlova
A light and luscious cloud-like dessert made by piping a round of vanilla meringue and baking it until the exterior is crispy, but the interior remains soft and smooth. 

Sweet Cream Biscuits
Tender, fluffy biscuits made with, you guessed it, plenty of cream.

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

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

 

Virtual Class
$85.00
5 spots left

July

6

2022

Soft Pretzels

1:00 pm
To
4:00 pm EDT

Learn the secrets to traditional German-style soft pretzels made with lard and dipped in lye. We will teach you how to form the crossed pretzel shape and tell you the story of why a monk decided to have this food be “in prayer.” You'll also shape the soft pretzel stick, or baguette, we make at the Bakehouse. These simple but tasty rolls are sure to become a family favorite. We'll also answer the “burning” question, “Are these dipped in the same lye used to make soap?”

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipe, the knowledge to recreate it at home, all the soft pretzels you made in class, and some great coupons.

This class was formerly known as "Bavarian Baguettes: a.k.a. German Pretzels"

 

What our guests have to say about this class:

These classes are the ultimate experience! I have told so many people about it that I hope they don't take a spot before I get mine. I can't wait to make these at home! (I will not tell anyone how easy it is.) —Donna M.

I'm not afraid to try pretzels with lye now that I know the proper methods. —Dan S.

I loved the easy-going nature of the class environment and I learned a whole lot! I feel that this recipe isn't overwhelming and I'm excited to give it a shot at home! —Spencer W.

In-Person Class
$110.00
5 spots left

July

6

2022

Amber Waves of Grain: American Breads

5:30 pm
To
9:30 pm EDT

For most people, the phrase “American bread” conjures up some unfortunate stereotypes: most are bland, wheat bread is dry, and biscuits are just not flaky. In this hands-on class, you’ll taste just how good American breads can be. You’ll learn to make flavorful Michigan Wheat bread, Northern Cornbread, and our classic Bakehouse White. Get plenty of hands-on practice at mixing, kneading, and shaping too. Once you’ve taken this class, you’ll never have to settle for stereotypes again!

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and everything you made in class: two loaves of Michigan Wheat, a pan of Northern Cornbread, and  two loaves of Bakehouse White. 

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

In-Person Class
$135.00
4 spots left

July

7

2022

Chocolate Treats

1:00 pm
To
4:00 pm EDT

Calling all chocolate lovers to make Mud Pie and dangerous cookies. You'll learn our newest American hit, the Mississippi Mud Pie. It's decadent for sure and full of new techniques to learn: a new brownie recipe, soft chocolate ganache, and toasted meringue! For a daily chocolate fix to nibble on, we'll teach you our Michigan Double Cookie, made with cocoa powder, melted dark chocolate, and Michigan-grown hard red spring. They're an insider favorite at the Bakehouse and dangerously good.

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

In-person: We'll end the in-person 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 a whip attachment or a hand-held mixer to make the Swiss meringue topping for the Mississippi Mud Pie. A torch for toasting the meringue is helpfully delicious but not required. 

In-Person Class
$120.00
7 spots left