About Our Baking and Cooking Classes

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. (Virtual kids' classes are generally recommended for kids 8 and up, however, if you have younger kids that enjoy cooking, an adult helper is welcome to participate with them). We also offer virtual private classes that are great for kids' birthday parties and families that are educating at home. When available, in-person kids' classes include multi-day summer camps, teen classes, and family classes.

Our BAKE! Staff

Read our instructor bios

Sara Molinaro
BAKE! Principal
Nikki Lohmann
BAKE! Instructor
Susan Chagas
BAKE! Instructor
meg panchame
BAKE! Instructor
Amy Emberling
Managing Partner, Zingerman's Bakehouse
Frank Carollo
Managing Partner, Zingerman's Bakehouse

What happens in a BAKE! class?

In The Press

Educational Escapes (pdf)

Country Living, March 2012

Country Living encourages readers to take a BAKE! class to learn how to make our "legendary bread."

Bread Alone (pdf)

Saveur, April 2011

Saveur Magazine searched high and low for a rye bread that would stand up to their pastrami and corned beef. To their surprise, they didn't find that rye in NYC, they found it here in Ann Arbor at Zingerman's!

Get Schooled

Ready Made, Feb/March 2010

BAKE! classes are a great way to learn a new craft, start a new career or try something different.

Every Day Travel (pdf)

Rachael Ray Mag, 2010

Rachael Ray recommends BAKE! classes as one of "the best, most affordable ones out there."

Loafing Around in Ann Arbor, MI on Bake-cation

Chicago Sun Times

"The best part is you get to make a mess doing the fun stuff: baking. Zingerman's takes care of the not-so-fun prep work and cleanup," enthuses Chicago Sun Times travel editor Lori Rackl, who attended a recent 4-day Zingerman's Bake-cation. Rackl adds that the classes "are designed for all skill levels, from Martha Stewarts in the making to those whose baking experience consists of popping open a tube of refrigerated cookie dough."

Ann Arbor's Food Revolution (pdf)

Travel + Leisure, November 2008

Francine Maroukian tours the Zingerman's Community of Businesses and lingers at Zingerman's Roadhouse for "a taste of the best regional dishes in the country."

A Profile of Zingerman's co-founder Ari Weinzweig (pdf)

Everyday with Rachel Ray, September 2007

Trips You'll Talk About (pdf)

Midwest Living, May 2007

Profiling the four-day BAKE-cation, Hannah Agran calls it a "chocolate-dipped, cream-filled opportunity to learn from the best."

Bread by Post (pdf)

House and Garden, April 2007

Bakehouse favorites are highlighted in this roundup of some of the country's best mail order breads.

BAKE Someone Happy (pdf)

Detroit Free Press, February 2007

Free Press food writer Sylvia Rector reports on the four-day BAKE-cation.

What Are Are our Baking Classes Like?

  • Very hands-on! Whether in person or virtual, roll up your sleeves and dig in. This will help you learn the recipes. Though occasionally we do offer demonstration classes for those who prefer to just observe.
  • Designed for home bakers of different skill levels! From those of you who have never touched a measuring spoon in your life to those who feel pretty accomplished and want to learn more.
  • Available for all ages! We offer in-person adult classes, kid’s camps and classes, and family classes, as well as virtual classes for adults (or households) and kids classes.
  • Informative! Each class includes a discussion of ingredients and a time to taste in order to understand the value of using flavorful ingredients and using traditional methods in youryou baking and cooking. At Zingerman's we say "You really can taste the difference!"
  • A comfortable way to learn! Whether in our classroom or your kitchen, class size is limited to a dozen students and includes at least two instructors. You'll get one-on-one instruction and all of your questions answered.
  • Guaranteed to fill your belly! Not only will you be tasting what we create during the class, you will create a generous amount of delicious baked goods to share with friends and family.
  • Fun! Of course.
  • Bonus: For in-person classes, we do all the measuring and cleaning up!

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