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The BwB Home Baking Academy!

Hi Family! It’s May 28, 2022, and I’m sitting here, giddy and full of gratitude. The first TWO courses at the Begin with Butter Home Baking Academy are available now, and as I think about the journey to get to this point, I am so amazed and so proud.

The Begin with Butter Home Baking Academy…is OPEN! 😊

What is the Begin with Butter Home Baking Academy?

The Begin with Butter Home Baking Academy is the home of Begin with Butter’s downloadable-on-demand courses, created by yours truly.

The goal of the Begin with Butter Home Baking Academy is simple: to demystify baking with thoughtfully-designed, fun courses designed especially for home bakers, aspiring bloggers and cottage bakers. The courses contain video instruction, PDF downloads, and access to me, as well as a tremendous community of supportive bakers who give ongoing support to each other.

Ready to learn more?

Visit the BwB Home Baking Academy

The initial two courses focus on cake, just in time for the start of your summer baking! Coming this fall: bread basics! The BwB Home Baking Academy will be updated on an ongoing basis so that you can always find a course to help you deepen your baking knowledge in a fun and approachable way.

The two cake courses are geared towards beginning and intermediate bakers who want to improve their consistency and make the best cakes of their lives. After taking a course, you’ll be able to create more consistent, delicious baked goods: you’ll know the “what” and the “why” every time you set foot in the kitchen. And that knowledge is liberating!

We’re all about breaking baking barriers at Begin with Butter. I’m so proud of these courses because they will help you do just that!

What Courses Are Available?

Currently, there are two courses available at the Begin with Butter Home Baking Academy. The first course, Creative Cakes (USD $197), is for people who want to free themselves from others’ baking recipes; instead of following the rules, they want to literally write them. Whether you want to create your own cake recipes from scratch, or whether you want to be able to change existing cake recipes with confidence, this course is for you!

The second course, Perfecting Cake Techniques (USD $97), is for bakers who want to learn the techniques that will help them make consistently delicious cakes. This course is my love letter to anyone who isn’t exactly sure how to properly cream butter and sugar, and for those people who can’t understand why their cake batters are frequently curdled. This course is also perfect for people who are just starting to bake, and who want to avoid a very costly and steep learning curve! Whether you want to make my Ruby Red Velvet Pound Cake or my Snickerdoodle Pound Cake, this course will give you the perfect foundation!

(note: a costly and steep learning curve is a completely legitimate way to learn how to bake. It’s how I learned! But it can be frustrating and it is not necessary.)

What Level of Baker Can Take These Courses?

These courses are geared toward all levels! However, if you’re completely new to baking, and just trying to get a handle on the basics, then I’d recommend starting with Perfecting Cake Techniques. Learning the techniques will make you much more consistent and give you tremendous confidence. And the other course will be there when you’re ready!

If you’re ready to take your baking skills to the next level, and you want to start creating your very own cake recipes, then Creative Cakes is your course! Not only will you master the techniques that are covered in the Perfecting Cake Techniques course, you’ll learn fundamental baking equipment, the science of ingredients, the magic of ratios, and finishing touches as well. It’s truly freeing to be able to pick up flour, sugar, butter, and eggs and make something from your own inspiration.

Bakers of any level can take the self-paced Creative Cakes course, because it contains fun lab assignments that help you deepen your baking knowledge even more. And there’s oodles of support, both from me and the community of bakers who have come before you!

If you have questions about which course is right for you, send me an email and let’s chat!

Why Should I Take a Course?

When you’re learning to bake, you can absolutely read and experiment. And read and experiment. And read and experiment some more. I learned exactly this way and it took me several years (and thousands of dollars in ingredients) to master basic cake techniques. First, there was the matter of finding great sources for information, then digesting the information, and then practicing what I’d learned. I had no idea whether I was even on the right track until I’d spent hours reading and practicing. But, since culinary school was out of the question and I was determined to learn in a way that made sense to me, I kept at it.

For the first year, all of my attempts were hit or miss, and I was pretty dejected and frustrated a lot of the time. But I remained determined, and I had wonderfully supportive taste testers, so I kept going.

I created these courses for the 2014, “pre-baker” version of me; I wanted to shorten the learning curve (and those dejected feelings) for others. The truth is that trial and error has always been an effective teacher. The goal of these courses, though, is to cut down on the trial and error phase! With all of the information in one place, as well as a community to let you know you’re on the right track, you’re set up for success the moment you click “buy”. 😊

Where Can I Learn More About the BwB Home Baking Academy?

The Begin with Butter Home Baking Academy is located on my Thinkific platform. You can go directly to the main Home Baking Academy Page right here! Or, you can click here to send an email with your questions. I love hearing from community members and am happy to answer any questions that you have about the courses. 😊

Hope to see you soon at the BwB Home Baking Academy!

-S

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