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Cakes is now SOLD OUT.

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.

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!

Cakes is a fun and informative 2-week online course 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.

This course is made up of a combination of a virtual live demonstration (which will be recorded so you can watch it again or in your own time) and printable recipe and information sheets that you can study at your own pace ensuring that you gain the confidence and skill to bake your own beautiful cakes at home.

Anneka Manning will guide you through the course 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 also have access to a closed Facebook group where you will be able to ask Anneka any questions that arise and be able to troubleshoot while you practise your cake baking throughout the 2-week course.

At the end of this course, 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!


30th July – 13th August 2021 (SOLD OUT)

If these dates don't work for you, you can still enrol and take part in the course in your own time.

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



Student numbers

Ticket numbers are limited for this course so that Anneka can thoroughly answer your baking questions during the live session and provide lots of personal feedback via the Facebook page throughout the course.

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

How will the course work?

This course is made up of 3 key components:

1. Live demonstration:
The live component of this course will take place on Saturday 31st July 2021 at 10.00am-12.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10:00) via Zoom.
During the live session, Anneka will demonstrate the three mixing methods usually used in cake baking and you will have the opportunity to bake a Vanilla Buttercake along with her in real time. This session will be recorded so you can look back at it as often as you like or watch it in your own time if you happen to miss it.

2. Recipes and resources:
The live session will be supported by printable recipes and resources which you can study and work through at your own pace. This will include additional recipes which you are encouraged to practise in your own time during the remainder of the course.

3. Closed Facebook Group
An integral part of the course will be the closed Facebook group. It will be the place where you can ask Anneka any questions that come up as well as troubleshoot any issues that arise during the course. It is also a place where you can share your experience with other like-minded bakers doing the course along with you. This group will be open for questions and feedback for the duration of the course but you will be able to refer back to the content for up to 6 months after the course finishes.

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.

Please note: the live component of this class will take place in Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10:00).

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) and includes six recipes (plus 15 variations!) including:

  • Vanilla Buttercake
  • Plum Crumble Cake
  • Caramel Pecan Cake
  • Danish Apple Cake
  • Lemon Yoghurt Drizzle Cake
  • Any Occasion Chocolate Cake

Each recipe also includes how to adapt it for different cake tin shapes, from standard round and square tins through to cupcakes and Bundt tins.

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 2.5-hour virtual live baking demonstration (which will take place on Zoom and will be recorded) where you will learn and bake along with Anneka Manning
  • Access to a closed Facebook group where you will be able to ask Anneka any questions that come up during the course, as well as personal and timely baking advice, guidance and inspiration
  • A chance to learn about baking your own beautiful cakes surrounded (virtually) by like-minded people
  • Membership to BakeClub's exclusive The Kitchen Table online group
  • 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
  • Invaluable printable information sheets and recipes
  • Baking confidence, knowledge and skill to use regularly at home
So, is Cakes for me?
  • Have you always wanted to bake your own beautiful cakes at home from scratch?
  • Would you like to learn a new technique and expand your baking skills?
  • Would you love to join Anneka live (virtually) in her own kitchen and receive direct feedback and advice from her?
  • Are you interested in meeting other like-minded people and sharing your love of baking?

If any of these sound like you, then this course is the one for you!

    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. I also liked posting pics on the Facebook page and troubleshooting cake fails!

    Suzie Naidu, Sydney

    How will I get the most out of this course?

    To get the most out of this course, you need to set aside the time to attend the live session with Anneka, read the support material supplied and practise your baking over the duration of the course. 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.

    We do understand that life sometimes gets in the way so the content and live session video recording will be available for 6 months after the completion of the course. However, access to Anneka via the Facebook group will only be available to students for the duration 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 for 6 months after the end of the course. The course material, including all of the resources and recipes, will also be available to you for 6 months. You will be able to access the closed Facebook group but it is only open for questions and feedback for the duration of the course (30th July – 13th August 2021).

    Do I have to use Facebook to take part in the course?

    An important part of this course is the closed Facebook group which allows you to share your experience, receive timely support and generally communicate with Anneka and the other students.

    If you are not a Facebook user, or you’re apprehensive about joining the group, the course can still be completed without being a member however we do find that our students will get more from the course if they do participate. The more you get involved with the group and share your experiences, the more value it will add to your experience.