Zingerman's Baking and Cooking Classes in Ann Arbor

 
**Mask Update** 

Based on the current recommendations from the Washtenaw County Health Department, our staff members will once again be wearing masks at work, regardless of vaccination status, and we’re requesting that guests wear masks for in-person classes.

Thank you for being considerate of our team and your fellow BAKE!ers.


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

6

2022

King Cake

12:00 pm
To
4:00 pm EST

Happy Carnival, where King Cake rules supreme! In this hands-on class, we'll teach you two ways to make the quintessential centerpiece dessert for kicking off and closing out the Carnival season.  First, we'll make the traditional French version featuring buttery layers of puff pastry filled with almond frangipane and a whole almond tucked inside. Both elegant and festive, the French King Cake is often made for the Christian feast day, Epiphany or Three King's Day, in January when the Carnival season starts. Get the slice with the whole almond inside and you’re crowned king (or queen) of the party.

Second, we'll make the more recognized New Orleans style of King Cake that's often served on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday at the end of the Carnival season. It's made with a tender sweet dough and decorated with green, purple, and gold icing in honor of The Big Easy's official Mardi Gras colors: green for faith, purple for justice, and gold for power. Receive the slice with the plastic baby tucked inside, and good luck and good fortune are yours.

You’ll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, the 2 King Cakes you made in class, and some great coupons.

In-Person Class
$135.00
9 spots left

January

6

2022

King Cake

5:30 pm
To
9:30 pm EST

Happy Carnival, where King Cake rules supreme! In this hands-on class, we'll teach you two ways to make the quintessential centerpiece dessert for kicking off and closing out the Carnival season.  First, we'll make the traditional French version featuring buttery layers of puff pastry filled with almond frangipane and a whole almond tucked inside. Both elegant and festive, the French King Cake is often made for the Christian feast day, Epiphany or Three King's Day, in January when the Carnival season starts. Get the slice with the whole almond inside and you’re crowned king (or queen) of the party.

Second, we'll make the more recognized New Orleans style of King Cake that's often served on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday at the end of the Carnival season. It's made with a tender sweet dough and decorated with green, purple, and gold icing in honor of The Big Easy's official Mardi Gras colors: green for faith, purple for justice, and gold for power. Receive the slice with the plastic baby tucked inside, and good luck and good fortune are yours.

You’ll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, the 2 King Cakes you made in class, and some great coupons.

In-Person Class
$135.00
4 spots left

January

7

2022

Legally Magic Brownies

12:00 pm
To
4:00 pm EST

Brownies are easy even without a box mix, but you really can taste the difference when you make them with great ingredients. We’ll make four different varieties, including the Bakehouse's very own Magic Brownies, with or without toasted walnuts (called one of the top 20 recipes of all time by Midwest Living magazine), our Buenos Aires Brownies with dulce de leche caramel, our Pecan Blondies made with pecan praline, plus a recipe for fudgy brownies. After tasting all of these brownies you’ll leave feeling magical.

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

In-Person Class
$135.00
7 spots left

January

8

2022

Bake Me A Cake

8:00 am
To
12:00 pm EST

We have so much to teach you about how to bake a great cake! In this hands-on class you'll learn two cakes, each requiring a different mixing technique: fluffy white angel food cake, and dark intense flourless chocolate truffle cake*. We'll talk about choosing great ingredients and helpful tips for baking, plus you'll get hands-on practice mixing your cake batters. These cakes will outshine the box mix versions any day. Add them to your baking bag of tricks!

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

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

*Please note, for the virtual class, you'll need a stand mixer with a whip attachment. 

What our guests have to say about this class:

I learned several new tips to advance my home baking ventures. —Wendy M.

I am super excited to expand my home baking from my normal comfort items and to be able to make from scratch the items I purchase regularly. —Kim G.

In-Person Class
$135.00
4 spots left

January

9

2022

Baking Pies a Plenty

8:00 am
To
12:30 pm EST

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 hands-on class, we’ll deliver the techniques of how to make a pie crust the Zingerman's Bakehouse 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 and successfully roll it out, show you what "par-baking" and "blind-baking" a crust means, and also 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.

For some history on the American pie classics, apple and pecan, head to our blog and read: "Baking Apple Pies A Plenty for the Holidays" and "The All-American Pecan Pie."

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them and make pie crust at home, and the two pies you made in class.

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

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.

In-Person Class
$135.00
5 spots left