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Sponges is not currently scheduled. 

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

This class absolutely exceeded my expectations. Anneka has a very warm and engaging style. The instructions were clear and being able to watch along made all of the difference. Give it a go! Anneka will have you making a sponge in no time.

Alison McRoberts, Melbourne

Discover the secrets to super light sponges – right in your very own kitchen!

Sponges is a 2-week online course that will have you whipping up your own light and fluffy sponge cakes – all from your very own kitchen!

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, this fun and accessible course will teach you everything you need to know to conquer your fear of these gorgeous, classic cakes at home.

Guiding you through the course will be Anneka Manning, ready to share her more than 30 years of baking experience, knowledge and research, as well as her practical and handy tips and tricks. You will have access to a closed Facebook group throughout the 2-week course where you will be able to ask Anneka any questions that arise while you practise your baking.

At the end of this course, you will walk away with fail-safe recipes, techniques and confidence you need to bake a gorgeous sponge whenever the mood takes you!

What will you get out of the Sponges Live Session? Anneka explains during a previous course in the video below:


If you are interested in joining 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

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 via the Facebook page throughout the course.

Sponges have always terrified me. I knew there was a method that I was not doing, so was great to get this info. This is a great online course that you could refer back to for 6 months. Loved it!

Cath OSullivan, Perth

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 [to be announced] via Zoom.

During the live session, Anneka will demonstrate the process of making a sponge cake, giving you the opportunity to bake along with her. 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.

Watch the video below for a sneak peek into one of our Live Sessions...

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is, quite simply, suitable for everyone. 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.

What will I learn?

This course covers the various mixing methods and techniques used when making sponge cakes and includes the following recipes:

  • Classic Hot Milk Sponge
  • Raspberry Swiss Roll
  • Powder Puffs
  • Lemon Chiffon Cake
  • Sponge Fingers
  • Coffee & Almond Genoise (Gateau Moka)
  • Elderflower Gin Sponge

Included are also clever ideas on how to embellish your sponge cakes, as well as loads of helpful information, tips and tricks around sponge 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 through the process of making your sponge
    • 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 surrounded (virtually) by like-minded people
    • Membership to BakeClub's exclusive The Kitchen Table online group
    • A thorough understanding of the sponge-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 Sponges for me?
    • Have you always wanted to bake your own golden, light sponge cakes at home?
    • Would you like to learn a new technique and expand your baking skills?
    • Are you unable to get to one of Anneka's face-to-face classes but would still love to join her in her own kitchen and receive direct feedback and advice from her?
    • Do you want to be surrounded by like-minded bakers and have the opportunity to share your love of baking with them?

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

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    Great online baking course where you learn lots of tips and tricks from a good teacher.

    Helen Wong, Hong Kong

      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.

      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.

      Anneka is a great teacher and very supportive. Accompanied by the closed Facebook group, this is a great learning environment.

      Jenny Hayley, Victoria