Welcome to the BwB Home Baking Academy!

I help bakers break baking barriers.

I can help you bust baking barriers.

Baking can feel very scary.  I get it because I used to feel the same way!  I made mistake after mistake, felt completely incompetent, and wasted thousands and thousands of dollars in ingredients while I was trying to do the most basic techniques.  😩

Learning techniques and baking science doesn’t have to be this big scary thing, and that knowledge isn’t just for the “chosen few”.  You don’t have to be intimidated.  I’m here to make it all super fun!

Come on in and see what we have to offer at the Begin with Butter Home Baking Academy!

Special Event: Begin with Butter Bread Bootcamp is Coming This September!

Join Me for Bread Bootcamp on September 17th and 18th!

You've asked and I've heard you! Bread Bootcamp is here!
In this LIVE, interactive two-day course, you'll learn:
* What yeast is, and how to work with it successfully;
* The right ingredients for the best bread;
* Tips and techniques to know when your dough is ready to move to the next step;
* Tips and techniques for shaping;
* All about kneading, rising and proofing; * And so, so much more!

And did someone say freebies? Why yes, that was me!

As a "thank you" for signing up for this class, you'll ALSO get:

* Two special bread recipes that are not yet on the Begin with Butter blog; AND
* A list of essential equipment and ingredients for bread-making (with my tried-and-tested favorites!)

After Bread Bootcamp 2022, you will be transformed into a more confident bread baker, and you'll be on the way to the best bread of your life.

Join now to start making incredible bread!

Our Flagship Courses:

Perfecting Cake Techniques ($49 USD)

Want to build confidence and consistency in your cakes? You don't have to create your own recipes to create unbelievably delicious cakes!

Does this sound like you?

* You're brand new to baking and want a one-stop shop to learn how to make delicious cakes from Day One;
* You're tired of getting inconsistent results when you follow cake recipes;
*You've wasted countless amounts of money, trying to recreate your favorite cake recipes and you *still* don't feel confident making them;
*You're sick of guessing what it means to "cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy";

If this is your current situation, Perfecting Cake Techniques is "perfect" for you!

Creative Cakes: Confidently Create Your Own Cake Recipes ($197 USD)

This one is for the recipe rebels like me. You love baking, but long to be free from others' cake recipes. You can start your journey from baker to recipe developer right...now.

Friend, does this sound like you?

* You want to make your own creative recipes, but your attempts have been... inconsistent at best;
* You love baking, but you feel restricted by others' recipes;
*The science of baking intimidates you (but it doesn't have to!);
*You want to know which equipment you absolutely *must have* to start a recipe developer journey (hint: it's not nearly as much as you think!);
*You want to have the most stunning, Instagram-worthy desserts at every gathering (and everyone will know that that's *your* cake recipe!);
*You want to learn how to translate inspiration into delicious, unbelievable cake that gets devoured at those same gatherings; or
*You're a cottage baker who wants to expand their cake offerings without wasting a crazy amount of time and money on cake development;

If this sounds like you, then Creative Cakes is your course!

If you're looking for an intimidating, difficult-to-follow or boring course, then, Friend, this isn't for you.

Because these courses are accessible, fun, and educational at the same time!

In Our Monthly BwB Masterclass Series, You Can Conquer Baking Obstacles in our Live Zoom Classes!

During our monthly Zoom Masterclasses, you can learn specific baking tips and techniques that will take your baking to the next level and beyond! Come and see what we have to offer!

August 2022-Finishing Touches!

Are you ready to elevate your cakes? Take your cakes up *several* notches this fall with the secrets you'll learn in this LIVE masterclass!

In this two-hour masterclass, I'll teach you how to create easily customizable simple syrups, glazes, fillings, and buttercreams for your special cakes. I'll demonstrate techniques for each of them, and you'll be able to access the video forever!

Oh! And you'll have fun printable recipes (with customizations included) to help you make your cakes truly yours.

Class Details:
Date: August 27, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. ET
Location: Zoom

Can't make the class? You can access the recording and materials forever when you sign up!

July 2022-Cake Decorating Techniques

Beautiful layer cakes don't happen by accident. In this July Masterclass, you'll learn the tips, tools, and techniques that I use to create beautiful layer cakes for my blog and bakery. By the end of this class, you'll be able to recreate two beautiful layer cake decorations that will make your cakes the hit of every event.

You'll also get my easily-customizable, exclusive American Buttercream recipe and a list of all of the basic decorating equipment that you'll need to start your decorating journey!

Class Details:

Date: July 23, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Can't make the live class? No problem! If you purchase the live class, you'll be able to watch the replay forever!

See What Some of Our Students are Saying!

This is by far the best money ever spent, if you really want to amp up your baking game. I'm by far a more confident and capable baker after taking Shani's class...I can't recommend it enough.

Emily E.


This Masterclass was absolutely amazing! It's perfect for all levels, but I'm going to share my experience as a new baker. For years I wanted to learn how to bake from scratch. It was such an intimidating process, until I met Shani of Begin with Butter. Her expertise, passion, and gift for teaching and baking make learning so much fun and inviting...I look forward to learning more baking techniques from BwB! Thank you again!

Artney W.


Shani changed my life with her course. I am as confident during baking as I have always been during cooking...you gave me the foundation that I needed to become this free spirit home chef recipe developer that I love being.

Mila M.


With 50 years experience baking, I can now look at a recipe and understand why it works. She explains everything in an easy-to-understand manner...it's been like having all of your best friends in the kitchen with you.

Amy M.


Stop Struggling with Baking!

Baking consistency and confidence are a click away. Our students have made amazing improvements with their baking skills. Why not you?