Simple Cakes

Learn all there is to know about making the cake you want to bake, eat and share in this fun and informative LIVE online baking class.

Simple Cakes is not currently scheduled.

If you are interested in a future class, please fill out your details below and you'll be one of the first to know when new dates are released.

Anneka has a wealth of baking knowledge that she so kindly shares. I felt her support and genuine interest in teaching people shone through. It didn’t feel like just another online class. The little tips that came up during the Live Session wouldn’t have if it was just a recipe or recorded session; they were invaluable. This course was a great way to join a small community of like-minded bakers and tweak my baking to guarantee better results.

Fiona Parker, Melbourne

Learn all there is to know about making the cake you want to bake, eat and share – right in your very own kitchen!

Simple Cakes is a fun and informative 3-hour LIVE virtual baking session where you will learn a range of foolproof recipes and countless practical tips giving you everything you need to bake, ice and decorate delicious – and impressive – cakes.

Anneka Manning will guide you through the process and share her more than 30 years of baking experience, knowledge and research, as well as all of her handy tips and tricks. You will have the ability to bake along with her as well as ask any questions that arise as you bake together during the session.

The virtual Live Session will be supported by printable recipes and resources which will become your go-to every time you wish to bake your own beautiful cakes at home.

At the end of the session, you will walk away with a repertoire of reliable recipes that will become your go-to bakes be it for a special afternoon tea, a casual weekend picnic or the school cake stall.

So, join us and say goodbye to store-bought and packet cakes forever!

Please note: Simple Cakes is a condensed version of our Cakes for Beginners and Cakes online classes so we do not recommend it for students who have already taken part in those classes.


This class is not currently scheduled. If you're interested in joining a future class and would like to be notified when new dates are released, please fill in your details at the top of this page. 



Student numbers

We will only be accepting a limited number of bakers for this class so that Anneka can answer your baking questions during the Live Session and provide personal feedback.

This course encouraged me to bake out of my comfort zone and be more experimental and creative with cakes. I gained so many extra little tips that make my cakes even more refined ... [It included] so many good recipes that I will do over and over as I know they work every time ... This course is definitely worth it.

Pippa Bell, Nundle NSW

Who is this class suitable for?

This class is, quite simply, suitable for everyone – from absolute beginners to more experienced bakers who want to brush up on their cake-baking skills. As this class is completed online, it is suitable for students from all over the world.

What will I get?
  • A 3-hour virtual live baking demonstration (which will take place on Zoom and will be recorded) where Anneka Manning will take you through the three main mixing methods used when baking cakes. You will have the opportunity to bake a Vanilla Buttercake along with Anneka
  • Access to Anneka's baking experience, knowledge, tips and tricks, and the ability to ask her any questions that come up during the session
  • A chance to learn surrounded (virtually) by like-minded people
  • A thorough understanding of how to make cakes and how to apply what you’ve learnt to be able to troubleshoot in the future and ensure baking success
  • Invaluable printable information sheets and recipes
  • Lifetime access to the live video and course material
  • Membership to BakeClub's exclusive The Kitchen Table online group to continue asking questions and share your baking
  • Baking confidence, knowledge and skill to use regularly at home
What will I learn?

This class covers the three main mixing methods used when baking cakes: The Measure & Mix Method, The Measure & Beat Method, and The Creaming Method.

Each recipe includes multiple variations (giving you a repertoire of over 20 different cakes!) as well as how to adapt for different tin shapes, from standard round and square tins through to cupcakes and sheet cakes.

Included are also a number of recipes and instructions for different types of icings (glace, buttercream, frosting and ganache) and clever decoration ideas for your cakes, as well as loads of helpful information, tips and tricks around cake baking.

    I have always loved baking but wanted to deep dive into making perfect cakes and the science behind it ... I loved the virtual class, especially during lockdown!

    Suzie Naidu, Sydney

    How will I get the most out of this online class?

    To get the most out of this class, you need to set aside the time to attend the Live Session with Anneka and read the support material supplied beforehand. The Live Session will be recorded so it will be available to watch at any time if you are unable to attend. However, we do recommend baking along to get the most out of the class.

    What if the dates don't suit me? Can I still enrol in the class?

    If the date of this class doesn't work for you, you can still enrol and take part in your own time. While you may miss out on the Live Session, it will be recorded and will be available to watch when it suits you. You will have lifetime access to the video, as well as all the course material (including all of the resources and recipes).