What is BAKE!?
BAKE! is the hands-on teaching bakery at Zingerman’s Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, MI. Since 2006, our mission has been to share our knowledge and love of baking with the home baking community, seeking to preserve baking traditions and inspire new ones.
Where are you?
BAKE! is located in Ann Arbor, MI at Zingerman’s Southside, near the intersection of State Street and Ellsworth Roads. You’ll find us at 3723 Plaza Drive, between Zingerman’s Bakehouse and Zingerman’s Creamery. Map & Directions
What types of classes do you offer?
We offer more than 60 different bread, pastry and cake hands-on baking 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. Plus occasional special events, like demonstrations from visiting baking experts and cookbook authors as well as speakers on related food and historical topics.
BAKE! class key:
Hands-On In-Person: You’ll watch the recipes being made by the instructor, learn about techniques and ingredient choices, make the recipes yourself, with help and guidance, and go home with all the food you made in class. We provide tools and pre-measured ingredients and do all the cleanup.
Hands-On Virtual: From your own kitchen, you’ll watch the recipes being made by the instructor, learn about techniques and ingredient choices, make the recipes yourself, with help and guidance, and enjoy the food you made in class. You provide the ingredients and tools.
Demonstration: You’ll watch the recipes being made, learn about the techniques, instructor, and history of the food—and enjoy a tasting, if in-person.
Brown Bag Talk: You’ll listen to an expert presentation on a food-related subject—and enjoy a light meal, if in-person.
Do I need baking experience to attend a class?
You do not need any previous experience to bake with us. Our classes are designed to teach home bakers of every skill level, from those of you who have never touched a measuring spoon before to those who feel pretty accomplished in the kitchen. We’re confident we can help you learn.
What do I need to know about signing on to my virtual class?
To have the best experience, please download Zoom onto your device. We will be online 15 minutes ahead of time to answer your questions. Your Zoom link will not work until the day of the class!
Is there a minimum age for your classes?
The majority of our classes are intended for adults, ages 17 and up. We do occasionally offer family classes where adults can bake with their children, ages 7 and up, or summer kids camps for ages 10-15. 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.
Can my teenager come with me to an adult class?
If you think your child can focus for the length of the class and would enjoy it, we would be happy to have them. Teens ages 13-16 can join an adult in any class (except BAKE!-cations®) for 50% off the regular class price. Please call 734-761-7255 for this discount.
Does BAKE! offer classes for professional bakers?
We’re sorry, no. Our classes are designed for home bakers and our recipes are intended for personal use.
What should I wear?
Please be ready to bake. We suggest wearing clothes you don't mind getting a little flour on, short-sleeved shirts, and closed-toe comfortable shoes.
What do I bring to class?
You don’t need to bring anything with you to your class. We will provide aprons, pens, ingredients, tools, and all other class materials. If you are transporting your final recipes a long distance please come with your own packing materials. Sometimes a cooler would be appropriate.
What time should I arrive for class?
Arriving at BAKE! 5 to 10 minutes before class would be great. Most of our classes are packed with activity and we like to begin and end on time.
Will we eat during class?
We usually taste at the end of our hands-on classes. You can always arrive early and get something to eat at our bakeshop. Demonstrations and Brown Bag Talks include light meals. All-day bread baking classes include lunch. BAKE!-cations® include both breakfast and lunch.
What is your class cancelation policy?
If you cancel a class with at least 3 days notice, you will receive either a full cash refund or credit towards a future class. If you cancel with less than 3 days notice, you will receive credit toward a future class. Class credits will expire if not used within 5 years from the date of cancellation. We're sorry, there is no refund or credit for classes canceled with less than 24 hours notice or for missed classes. You are welcome to send someone in your place.
Some extra special classes have extra special rules:
If you cancel a BAKE!-cation® or Kids Camp with more than 30 days notice you will receive a full refund. With 14 to 30 days notice you will receive a refund or credit for half of the cost. Class credits will expire if not used within 5 years from the date of cancellation. We're sorry, there is no refund or credit for BAKE!-cations® or Kids Camps canceled with less than 14 days notice or for missing them. You are welcome to send someone in your place.
If you cancel a Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie class with more than 7 days notice, you will receive a full refund or credit towards a future class. Class credits will expire if not used within 5 years from the date of cancellation. We're sorry, there will be no refunds or credits for Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie classes canceled with less than 7 days notice or for missed classes. You are welcome to send someone in your place.
Do my class credits expire?
If you cancel a class and receive class credit, it will expire 5 years from the date of cancellation.
Are your classes tax-deductible?
Sorry, none of our classes or camps are tax-deductible.
Can you recommend a hotel?
Weber's Inn, 7 miles away. Call (734) 769-2500 and ask for the Zingerman's rate.
Sheraton, 1 mile away.
Avalyn Garden Bed & Breakfast, 4 miles away.
The Graduate, 4 miles away.
Residence Inn by Marriott, 5 miles away.
The Kensington Hotel, 1 mile away.
Hilton Garden Inn, 1 mile away.
What else is there to do nearby?
If you’re planning a visit to Ann Arbor, there are many iconic locations to visit such as the University of Michigan football stadium, museum of natural history, and museum of art. Or check out Kerrytown, Ann Arbor Farmers Market, and of course the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. Destination Ann Arbor is a great source to find many more attractions, events, and hotels.
If I can't come to a class, will you send me the recipes?
We want you to be successful when you BAKE! at home, so our recipes come with class attendance. That way you can get all the information you need. As many of our students have noted, there is nothing like seeing someone do it, doing it yourself, and getting immediate feedback.
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