Want to take an online baking class? Here are some of the best online baking classes for you to try, taught by professionals and expert bakers. I've also included food science courses on this list, as well as baking science books and food photography resources.
I have taken a lot of baking classes, on and offline, and also read a lot of baking science books. Here's a list of classes and resources I recommend if you want to learn more and go more in depth on some of the topics we have covered, or if the topics interest you!
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Online baking classes
- Masterclass: Get a MaterClass membership and you will have access to baking and pastry arts courses taught by:
- Dominique Ansel Teaches French Pastry Fundamentals: world-renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel teaches pastry fundamentals, from how to bake a classic tart to croissant-making from scratch
- Joanne Chang: Bake Like a Pro: cookbook author and pastry chef Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery in Boston teaches baking basics and baking science in this class so that you can get creative
- Apollonia Poilâne Teaches Bread Baking: Apollonia Poil¨âne is a 3rd generation bread baker and the owner of the famous Poilâne bakeries in Europe. She is sharing her bread-baking secrets that have helped her master the trade.
- Skillshare: Get a membership with Skillshare and you'll be able to take so many baking classes:
- For macarons, take a class with Marie Asselin of the blog Food Nouveau! She also teaches an excellent class on gelato-making.
- Chocolate Academy: Sign up for a membership with Cacao Barry's Chocolate Academy to learn about pastry and chocolate-making from professionals around the world. This is really a great deal considering how much content you will have access to! You can also take in person classes if you are in Montreal (or Chicago). I took a three day class dedicated to macarons and another three day class on chocolate for beginners. Both were fantastic! I learned so much and went home with a lot more knowledge and several boxes of treats!
- Monthly: Sign up for the Christina Tosi baking class with Monthly, covering cookies, pies, and cakes. I took this course in 2021 and it was informative, easy to follow, but also challenging.
- Demi classes—learn how to make marmalade and candied fruit through classes with pastry professional Camilla Wynne. I am a huge fan of Camilla and her books (Preservation Society and Jam Bakes). I've taken her in person marmalade class, so you will undoubtedly learn a ton from her online classes!
- Virtual baking classes with Molly J. Wilk—Molly J. Wilk's pastry classes are very affordable. Each class covers a specific theme or type of pastry, like Opéra cake, Saint-Honoré, éclairs, etc. The prices vary but are very affordable!
Online science of cooking and science of baking courses
- Harvard edx Science and Cooking course with Michael Brenner, Pia Sorensen, and David Weitz (AWIN)
- University of Hong Kong Coursera Science of gastronomy
Food photography courses
If your interest is more food photography, you have a few options:
- ACE Camps, for in person food photography classes in various locations around the world. I have taken two ACE Camps, one with Hélène Dujardin and one with Aran Goyoaga. Both classes were excellent and really helped me become a better photographer.
- The Bite Shot offers a ton of free info and also paid food photography classes. These classes come highly recommended by many food bloggers.
- Foodtography by Sarah Crawford of Broma Bakery is another online class that you may want to check out
Regardless of how much baking experience you have, never stop learning! There's always room to grow and improve. A little extra practice doesn't hurt, especially under the guidance of professionals, who love to share their passion and knowledge with us. Take a baking class online! You won't regret it!