Simple Cakes

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Simple Cakes LIVE will run on Sunday 15th May 2022!


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 casual 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 courses so we do not recommend it for students who have already completed those courses.


Sunday 15th May 2022 at 2.00pm-5.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time​ (UTC+10) via Zoom. 


The session will be recorded and will be available for you to watch afterwards if you are unable to attend the Live Session or rewatch it at a later date.

If you are interested in joining a future course, please fill out your details at the bottom of this page and you'll be one of the first to know when dates are released.



Student numbers

We will only be accepting a maximum of 30 bakers for this course 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 course suitable for?

This course is suitable for everyone from absolute beginners through to experienced bakers. As this course is completed online, it is available to students from all over the world.

What will I learn?

This course 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 12 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.

What will I get?
  • A 3-hour virtual live baking demonstration (which will take place on Zoom and will be recorded for you to rewatch in your own time) where you will learn and bake along with Anneka Manning
  • 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 about baking your own beautiful cakes surrounded (virtually) by like-minded people
  • A thorough understanding of the cake-baking process and how to apply what you’ve learnt to be able to troubleshoot in the future and ensure baking success
  • Membership to BakeClub's exclusive The Kitchen Table online group
  • Invaluable printable information sheets and recipes
  • Baking confidence, knowledge and skill to use regularly at home
How will I get the most out of this session?

To get the most out of this session, you need to set aside the time to attend the Live Session with Anneka and read the support material supplied before the Live Session. 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 course.

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

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

    Love the idea of learning online?


    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

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