Classes and Instructors

The Bake Fest 2024

May 18, 2024 - May 19, 2024

All live classes are included in your ticket!

And remember: you'll have recordings of every class for a year after the event ends.

What makes The Bake Fest so special? The HUGE variety of classes! Browse all of the speakers and classes we have lined up for this May’s The Bake Fest below. We’ll continue to add to our lineup as planning goes on, so join our email list to get updated when we add new classes. Remember, your ticket includes recordings of these classes for a whole year, so you can revisit them again and again.

Note: All dates and times listed below are CDT (GMT-5).

May 18, 2024

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Power of "Baketivism"

We are thrilled to welcome keynote speaker Rose McGee to The Bake Fest! Acclaimed baker, social activist, author and beloved “Pie Lady” Rose McGee is here to share her inspiring journey in her keynote address, The Power of “Baketivism.” Though she’s known for her incredible sweet potato pies, Rose’s story is all about recognizing your heart’s deepest desires and living a purposeful life. For Rose, baking was a vehicle for unity; after the shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014, Rose was suddenly inspired to bake pies and bring them to Ferguson. Since then, McGee has shared over 4,000 pies with members of her local community in St. Paul & Minneapolis. Her work recently earned her a 2023 Facing Race Award from the St. Paul & Minneapolis Foundation, a recognition that honors anti-racism advocates for making Minnesota a place where everyone can thrive.
Rose McGee is President and Founder of Sweet Potato Comfort Pie: A Catalyst for Caring and Building Community. She is author of the newly-released children’s book “Can’t Nobody Make a Sweet Potato Pie Like Our Mama.” Rose’s “baketivisim” approach has earned her recognition as Citizen of the Year in her community of Golden Valley, Minnesota (where she resides), one of Minnesota’s 50 Over 50, a Facing Race Awardee, the prestigious Bush Fellowship, Black Collectives Fellowship, the University of Minnesota Hub Residency Fellowship, and more. She has been featured on the national PBS series, “A Few Good Pie Places,” has a TEDx Talk on “The Power of Pie”, was recognized on the Rachel Ray Show for her unique ability to make pie a social justice food item, was featured on NBC Nightly News, and appeared on Al Roker’s Family Style. She was selected by the Japanese Press as one of 50 Stories in the World doing positive things during COVID.
Rose McGee

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Connect & Chat

Visit our networking area to video, voice, or text chat with fellow attendees, instructors, and sponsors

Featured sponsors:

ClearBags (Product Showcase + Q&A)

Featured instructors:

Rose McGee

10:30 AM - 12:25 PM

Beautiful Bow Cookies

Hands-On Class

Lauren Anderson (@lollyshomekitchen)

Move beyond ordinary cookies and welcome the art of crafting beautiful, presentation-ready Cookie Bows in this hands-on workshop! Drawing from her graphic design background, Lauren is here to teach you how to add a creative touch to your cookies, making them perfect for any event—from casual get-togethers to sophisticated weddings. Specifically, you’ll learn how to make impressive bow cookies using different royal icing techniques and textures! By the end of the session, you’ll leave with a set of stunning cookies that are simple to make and look great, too.

Lauren is a graphic designer-turned-cookier who is obsessed with creating more joy in life and in the kitchen. She decorated her first cookie when she was going through the hardest years of her life. After having a baby with a serious medical condition, her life changed in an instant. Eventually, she found some stability, and decided to bring something into her life that was just for her: cookie decorating!

 

After successfully growing her own home bakery, she took her business online in 2020 and began reaching cookie class-goers worldwide. While expanding her class repertoire, she applied her natural creative tendencies to create courses, cookie recipes, and decorating classes that have taught over 50K bakers how to decorate sugar cookies like a pro.

Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson

Lambeth Wedding Cakes, Sponsored by LorAnn Oils

Hands-On Class

Have you heard of the now-trending Lambeth cake? It’s a vintage style of cake decorating popularized in the 1930s. Lambeth cakes are decorated with intricate piping details, layering the buttercream and creating what looks like a fluffy, ruffly dress.

 

In this Lambeth wedding cake design class, Kala will teach you how to stack and decorate a two-tier Lambeth style wedding cake. You’ll also recieve a wedding cake and buttercream recipe and piping guide to support your practice!

Meet Kala, a celebrated cake designer, recipe developer, and author known for her enchanting abstract buttercream floral designs. Featured in prominent publications such as American Cake Decorating Magazine and Brides.com, Kala’s journey has taken her from owning a beloved wedding cake business in Nevada to where she is today – doing brand work in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Now, she crafts recipes, photos, and videos for her clients, while also offering digital resources like her e-book, “Cultivating Your Home-Based Cake Business.
Kala Boulard
Kala Boulard

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Connect & Chat

Visit our networking area to video, voice, or text chat with fellow attendees, instructors, and sponsors​

Featured sponsors:

aspecialtybox.com (Packaging Q&A), ClearBags (Product Showcase + Q&A), Stahlbush Island Farms (Q&A With Pastry Chef), The Ta-Daa Box (Demo + Giveaway)

Featured instructors:

Lauren Anderson, Kala Boulard

1:30 PM - 2:25 PM

Piping Perfect Cupcakes

Hands-On Class

Courtney Carey (@cakemehometonight)

Want to seriously improve your cupcake skills? You’re in luck, because Courtney loves baking cupcakes! In her class, Piping Perfect Cupcakes, you will learn the basics of buttercream swirls to make beautiful, bakery-quality cupcakes at home!

 

Specifically, you will learn how to fill and use a piping bag without the mess, how to mix colors for an aesthetic swirl, and how to create 12 different buttercream swirl designs on cupcakes using only 3 piping tips.

 

Courtney is releasing her debut cookbook, Girls Just Wanna Bake Cupcakes, in May 2024, featuring cupcakes inspired by nostalgic treats. She is excited to share her knowledge and skills to help beginner bakers pipe the perfect cupcakes.

Courtney Carey is the creator of Cake Me Home Tonight, a popular baking blog focused on easy and delicious dessert recipes for home bakers. Courtney is a self-taught baker who has a serious love for cupcakes and all things ’80s. With over 20 years of experience baking and developing recipes, Courtney loves to share simple and irresistible dessert recipes along with baking tips and tutorials to make baking fun and stress-free. Her goal with Cake Me Home Tonight is to inspire new bakers and help home bakers to build baking confidence.
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Using AI for Your Bakery

Tasha Helton (@the.commoncookie)

If you think you’re not tech-saavy enough to use artificial intelligence (AI) tools, think again! Tasha Helton is here to break down the big concepts into small bites. In her class, you’ll learn how AI can be a powerful tool for business owners. From recipe development, to ingredient sourcing, to marketing and data analytics, Tasha will teach you how to plug AI into your processes to make running a business that much easier. Get ready to save time—and make more money—with the help of AI!

Tasha Helton is the visionary behind The Common Cookie, a renowned gluten-free bakery. With over 17 years of expertise in technology, Tasha brings a unique fusion of culinary artistry and digital innovation to her craft. She leverages cutting-edge tools such as AI to streamline operations, enhance customer experiences, and elevate the art of baking to new heights.
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"Ice Cream" Cake Pops

Hands-On Class

Dina Krutonogiy (@celebrate_by_ml)

Cake pops… with a twist! Join Dina Krutonogiy as she reveals her secrets for making a perfect cake pop AND how to assemble her special “ice cream” cake pop design. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to prepare the cake pop dough, how to get perfect meltable chocolate consistency, and how to assemble the “ice cream” cake pops that look just like ice cream—sticks and all. As a self-taught baker, Dina is eager to share her journey and knowledge with other bakers like YOU!
Dina Krutonogiy is a self-taught home baker, mom and founder of Celebrate by ML, a New York home-based baking business. She started her baking journey during the pandemic by offering individually-served or wrapped custom desserts, such as cake pops, cookie kits, meringue pops, cupcakes, marshmallows and donuts. She believes in the power of “baking with heart,” mixing in passion, love, and care into your baked goods to express love and connection to those enjoying your desserts.
Dina Krutonogiy
Dina Krutonogiy

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Sponsor Demos

Castiron

ClearBags

MFG Tray

Learn all about the products and services that our sponsors offer, plus win attendance prizes from select sponsors.

2:50 PM - 3:05 PM

Sponsor Demos

aspecialtybox.com, an Oliver, Inc. company

Nielsen-Massey

Paper2Eat

Learn all about the products and services that our sponsors offer, plus win attendance prizes from select sponsors.

3:10 PM - 3:25 PM

Sponsor Demos

Stahlbush Island Farms

Stover & Company

The Ta-Daa Box

Learn all about the products and services that our sponsors offer, plus win attendance prizes from select sponsors.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Sponsor Meet & Greet

Connect with sponsor representatives and get your questions answered by going to the networking area, plus chat with featured instructors

Featured sponsors:

Ankarsrum (About Our Brand), aspecialtybox.com (Packaging Q&A), Castiron (Demo + Q&A), ClearBags (Product Showcase + Q&A), MFG Tray (Q&A), Nielsen-Massey (Vanilla 101), Paper2Eat (Q&A), Retail Bakers of America (Q&A), Stahlbush Island Farms (Giveaways + About Our Brand), Stover & Company (Demo), The Ta-Daa Box (Demo + Giveaway)

Featured instructors:

Courtney Carey, Tasha Helton, Dina Krutonogiy

4:30 PM - 5:55 PM

The Science of Cookies

Tammy Brennan (@tammyscookiecompany)

Join Tammy Brennan, owner of Tammy’s Cookie Company in Vancouver, Washington, as she spills her secrets for show-stopping (and drool-worthy) cookies worthy of any kitchen table or bakery case.

 

Tammy’s class will focus on the science of baking, with a special emphasis on cookies. She’ll review the role of ingredients in cookie and baking, butter knowledge (both creamed and browned), how to improve consistency of your bakes, how to create a cookie with a soft inside and a crispy outside, and how to stuff and finish a cookie so they’re picture-perfect!

Tammy Brennan owns Tammy’s Cookie Company in Vancouver, Washington. She is a self-taught baker who specializes in artisanal bakery-style cookies. Tammy creates her own recipes and is known for her signature browned butter cookie dough. She also makes her own fillings and toppings for her cookies.

 

Within the last year, Tammy has developed a fast-growing Instagram account. Her passion for the science behind baking has established her as one of the go-to cookie experts on social media.

Tammy Brennan
Tammy Brennan

3D Spring Topiary Cookie (Part 1)

Hands-On Class

Julia M. Usher (@juliamusher)

Decorators of all skill levels are encouraged to join Julia in this two-part, hands-on session! World-renowned sugar artist Julia Usher will show you how to make a delightful 3-D topiary cookie set on a lifelike brick patio (which is also a cookie!). This project is perfect for bridal shower and springtime garden party favors, or centerpieces when arranged en masse. Along the way, you’ll get lots of practice with several cookie decorating and construction techniques, including contoured and embossed cookies, dipping, sponging, royal icing roses, wafer paper bows and embellishments, piping on contoured cookies, 3-D sandwiching and multi-level assembly, spackling, and various cookie crumb effects.

 

NOTE: This class spans two sessions. On Day One, long lead-time items that require icing drying time will be made; on Day Two, finishing touches will be added, and the project parts will magically come together with Julia’s expert guidance.

Julia M. Usher is a world-renowned sugar artist most recognized for her pioneering work in 3-D cookies. She’s authored over 15 books and ebooks, manages the prominent Cookie Connection™ online community, sells her own line of cookie products, and travels the world teaching cookie decorating. Julia’s many awards and accolades include Cake Masters Cookie Artist of the Year (2013), EAGAA International Sugar Artist of the Year (2016), TASTE Breakout Foodie of the Year (2019), Best Online Cookie Decorating Classes by The Spruce Eats (2020), and nominations for the ACADA Global Hero Award (2021/2022) and Cake Masters Hero Award (2023). Recently, she introduced licensed 3-D cookie courses with the Japan Salonaise Association. Julia’s favorite mantra is “live sweetly,” which she urges everyone to do every day!
Julia M. Usher
Julia M Usher

Sourdough 101, Sponsored by Ankarsrum

Hands-On Class

Caitlin Vincent (@the.sourdough.baker)

Learn the art of artisan sourdough from The Sourdough Baker herself, Caitlin Vincent! Caitlin’s class will be taught in the reverse order of making sourdough in order to demonstrate each method with as many visual cues as possible.

 

Participants will learn how to properly score a loaf of sourdough for the perfect ear, ways to shape a sourdough boule and incorporate inclusions, what to look for in regards to bulk fermentation completion, sourdough gluten-development techniques including kneading sourdough in a stand mixer, and the effects of autolyse on bread dough.

Caitlin Vincent, also known as The Sourdough Baker, is a home baker, blogger, YouTuber, and mom of two who bakes sourdough and teaches others how to do the same. Her goal is sourdough versatility: teaching others various techniques used to make sourdough bread and many ways to use a sourdough starter. For Caitlin, sourdough is more than just artisan bread; anyone can make sourdough, no matter their lifestyle.
Caitlin Vincent
Caitlin Vincent

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

End of Day Remarks

Wrap up the first day and win prizes

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Happy Hour

Kick back and unwind with fellow attendees after a great day of learning by going to the networking area

Featured instructors:

Caitlin Vincent, Julia M. Usher, Tammy Brennan

May 19, 2024

8:30 AM - 8:55 AM

Day 2 Welcome Message

Recap of the first day and learn what to expect on the second day

9:00 AM - 10:55 AM

Zebra Cakes, Sponsored by Nielsen-Massey

Hands-On Class

Brittany Berlin (@the_bananadiaries)

Zebra cakes are a crowd-pleaser, and baker + food blogger Brittany Berlin is here to walk you through her recipe from start to finish! In this hands-on class, brought to you by Nielsen-Massey, she will teach you how to make this showstopping cake. Along the way, you’ll learn about choosing the right vanilla. (Like coffee, vanilla comes in a ton of different varieties, and each variety has a big impact on taste). And, because Brittany specializes in vegan baking, this zebra cake is vegan—though you would never know! Brittany will show you some simple swaps that you can incorporate into any recipe to veganize it. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to make your very own zebra cake.
Brittany Berlin is the creator of The Banana Diaries, a vegan food blog dedicated to teaching and sharing how to make your favorite dessert recipes entirely vegan (no eggs and dairy-free!). Founded upon a desire to show just how easy plant-based cooking and baking can be, Brittany’s blog takes the stress out of converting your favorite traditional recipes to vegan ones with simple, approachable methods and tricks that will leave your bakes unbelievably eggless and dairy-free!
Brittany Berlin
Brittany Berlin

Quick Croissants: Intro to Lamination

Hands-On Class

Kristin "Baker Bettie" Hoffman (@bakerbettie)

Have you wanted to make croissants, but feel intimidated by the dough making process? Never fear—chef instructor Kristin “Baker Bettie” Hoffman will introduce you to the process of creating laminated doughs for quick & easy croissants!

 

During this hands-on class, you’ll learn what laminated dough is, tips for success when making laminated dough, how to make a quick croissant dough, how to shape classic and chocolate croissants, and how to know when your dough is fully proofed and ready to bake.

 

Want to practice as you learn? This is a hands-on class, so make sure to have your ingredients ready to go!

Kristin “Baker Bettie” Hoffman is a trained chef, baking educator, cookbook author, and owner of Bettie’s Chicago, a 1950’s styled event space and recreational baking school in downtown Chicago. Since 2011, she has created educational content about baking on the Baker Bettie website, YouTube channel, and on social media! Kristin specializes in teaching fundamental baking techniques, basic bread baking, and sourdough. Her approach is to break down baking science in an approachable way to help bakers build their confidence in the kitchen.
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Baker Bettie

Selling for Special Occasions, Sponsored by Castiron

Leah Smith

In Leah’s class, you’ll discover where YOUR superpowers overlap with what your customers want—and what sells! Learn how to make the most of your available marketing and sales channels, how to use business tools to do the non-baking work for you, and how to approach everything in business like a recipe. If you have a business or want to start one, don’t miss this amazing, info-packed class with Leah Smith!
Buildling a business is Leah Smith’s superpower. Over the last 15+ years, Leah has helped build small businesses and large companies at every stage, from pre-seed through IPO, including Groupon, 1stDibs, Tappan Collective, Lobus, Otis, Public.com, and more. She has a deep understanding of strategic business needs within a wide range of business types, like marketplaces, FinTech, SaaS, and beyond. From sales and operational management; strategic planning and executive leadership; and business development and financial modeling, Leah helps businesses large and small optimize and execute against a thoughtful and clear path to growth.
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Leah Smith

3D Spring Topiary Cookie (Part 2)

Hands-On Class

Julia M. Usher (@juliamusher)

Decorators of all skill levels are encouraged to join Julia in this two-part, hands-on session! World-renowned sugar artist Julia Usher will show you how to make a delightful 3-D topiary cookie set on a lifelike brick patio (which is also a cookie!). This project is perfect for bridal shower and springtime garden party favors, or centerpieces when arranged en masse. Along the way, you’ll get lots of practice with several cookie decorating and construction techniques, including contoured and embossed cookies, dipping, sponging, royal icing roses, wafer paper bows and embellishments, piping on contoured cookies, 3-D sandwiching and multi-level assembly, spackling, and various cookie crumb effects.

 

NOTE: This class spans two sessions. On Day One, long lead-time items that require icing drying time will be made; on Day Two, finishing touches will be added, and the project parts will magically come together with Julia’s expert guidance.

Julia M. Usher is a world-renowned sugar artist most recognized for her pioneering work in 3-D cookies. She’s authored over 15 books and ebooks, manages the prominent Cookie Connection™ online community, sells her own line of cookie products, and travels the world teaching cookie decorating. Julia’s many awards and accolades include Cake Masters Cookie Artist of the Year (2013), EAGAA International Sugar Artist of the Year (2016), TASTE Breakout Foodie of the Year (2019), Best Online Cookie Decorating Classes by The Spruce Eats (2020), and nominations for the ACADA Global Hero Award (2021/2022) and Cake Masters Hero Award (2023). Recently, she introduced licensed 3-D cookie courses with the Japan Salonaise Association. Julia’s favorite mantra is “live sweetly,” which she urges everyone to do every day!
Julia M. Usher
Julia M Usher

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Connect & Chat

Visit our networking area to video, voice, or text chat with fellow attendees, instructors, and sponsors​

Featured sponsors:

The Ta-Daa Box (Demo + Giveaway)

Featured instructors:

Brittany Berlin, Kristin “Baker Bettie” Hoffman, Leah Smith

12:00 PM - 1:55 PM

Food Blogging for Beginners

Lynn April (@freshaprilflours)

Curious about blogging? Lynn April is here to share her journey from a part-time hobby baker to a full-time food blogger! Lynn started by sharing her recipes online, and now she manages a miltiple six-figure online business through blogging, social media and email marketing. In her session, Lynn will share with you exactly how she cultivated her content to reach her target audience, and how her content has grown into a library of over 600 recipes that serve people around the globe every day.
Lynn April is a professionally trained biologist and self-taught baker-turned-recipe developer, food photographer and cookbook author. Lynn transformed her small home baking business into a multiple six figure online business through blogging, social media, and email marketing.
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Lynn April

Mini Cake Decoration Masterclass

Hands-On Class

Mini cakes are some of the most versatile desserts—and there are a million ways to decorate them! Bev Hansen is here to teach you all her decorating tricks to make your mini cakes pop off the plate (or the shelves).

 

In Bev’s class, you’ll learn how to whip up perfectly smooth and flavorful frosting, master the art of crumb coating for a flawless finish, and explore various decorative techniques, including textured designs. You’ll also learn Bev’s secret to piping beautiful buttercream roses using a flower nail, effectively transforming your mini cakes into works of art.

 

Bev, renowned for her precise and artistic cake designs, is thrilled to guide you through these techniques, ensuring you leave the class with newfound confidence in your skills.

As a classically-trained pastry chef and owner of Bev’s Custom Bakery, Bev enjoys teaching the foundations (and fixes!) for baking and decorating cookies, cakes, isomalt, and savory treats to her students of all ages and abilities, both in-person and online.

Bev Hansen
Bev Hansen

3D Printing for Bakers

Lucie Radcliffe (@lucie.bakes)

There is so much that bakers can do with a 3D printer. Not only can you print cookie cutters, but you can print cake stands, cake toppers, molds and figurines!

 

In Lucie’s fun and informative class, you’ll learn all about the basics of 3D printing—where 3D printing came from, what can be printed, and how it all works. Then, you’ll dive into the technical side of 3D printing, so you leave with enough knowledge to explore it on your own. Perhaps most valuable, Lucie will share what NOT to do when you’re 3D printing, so you can avoid common pitfalls and just have fun.

Lucie Bakes is a professional Graphic Designer turned Sugar Artist, and now the owner of a home-based 3D-printed-cookie-cutter business! Lucie got her first Creality Ender 3D printer for Christmas in 2018 from her husband, Spencer, an engineer who regularly works with 3D software, CNC routers and laser-cutting tools. She was confident that if anyone could figure out which printer was the best (and most cost-effective) for her needs, he was the one who could do it. They make a great team, and Lucie is excited to share her knowledge at The Bake Fest!
Lucie Radcliffe
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Whipped Ganache Mastery

Hands-On Class

Sabrine Sanon (@sabpastriesco_)

Whipped ganache is a light, delicious layer to take your desserts to the next level. Sabrine will guide you through the art of making whipped ganache for all kinds of desserts, including cake fillings, macaron fillings, tart or pie toppings and choux fillings.

Sabrine Sanon, the woman behind the viral vanilla bean whipped ganache videos, is a passionate baker and recipe developer who started her journey as a home baker before transitioning to an educator and sharing all of her knowledge. She will teach you everything you need to know to make the perfect whipped ganache for your cakes, macarons and tarts!
Sabrine Sanon
Sabrine Sanon

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Connect & Chat

Visit our networking area to video, voice, or text chat with fellow attendees, instructors, and sponsors​

Featured sponsors:

The Ta-Daa Box (Demo + Giveaway)

Featured instructors:

Lynn April, Bev Hansen, Lucie Radcliffe, Sabrine Sanon

2:30 PM - 3:55 PM

Wafer Paper Flowers for Cakes

Hands-On Class

Anna Astashkina (@floreacakes)

The butterfly ranunculus flower is a beautiful addition to any cake—and using wafer paper to make them is easier (and quicker) than you think! In Anna’s Wafer Paper Butterfly Ranunculus class, you will learn how to create lifelike flowers using wafer paper using a variety of techniques. With these new skills, you’ll be able to create Instagram-worthy wafer paper Ranunculuses, feel confident in your ability to create modern flowers and charge premium prices for your cake designs, and amaze your customers with trendy flowers all year round!
Anna is a pastry chef, award-winning wedding cake designer, and educator for cake designers and home bakers at Florea Cakes. Her mission is to simplify the wedding cake creation process with wafer paper flowers and to help you grow your cake business.
Anna Astashkina
Anna Astashkina

Easy Flower Power Pies

Hands-On Class

Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (@thepieous)

Just in time for wedding season, learn to color pie dough and create beautiful (but easy!) floral pies. OG Pie Artist Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin will show you how to achieve vibrant, enticing pops of color in this fun, hands-on class!

 

Grab your apron, tools and ingredients, because in this Jessica’s class, you will bake along with Jessica and assemble your own colourful floral pie at home. You’ll learn the do’s and don’ts of mixing different types of pigment with pastry dough; how to incorporate different flavoring for an extra layer of sophistication and delight; and how to use fondant plunger cutters, cookie cutters, and other typical food-safe household items to fashion beautiful flowers from pie pastry quickly and easily.

 

At the end, you’ll have the chance to ask all your Pie Art questions during the Pie Art Q&A with Jessica, so that you feel confident putting your own personal spin on the techniques you just learned. Don’t miss it!

Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin is the OG Pie Artist. Known as ThePieous on Instagram, she has appeared as a pie judge on The Today Show and Food Network, and is the author of the book “Pies Are Awesome: The Definitive Pie Art Book” with foreword by Duff Goldman. Her work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and publications around the world, including Forbes, People, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, and her tutorial videos have been viewed over one hundred million times. She delights in passing on her knowledge and experience as a pastry whisperer, and spreading the joy of Pie Art to others!
Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin
Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin

Florals & Lace: The Perfect Spring Cookie

Hands-On Class

Lindsay Johnson (@theflourshoppecookieco)

In Lindsay’s hands-on cookie class, you’ll learn multiple techniques to create a cookie with a textured lace background and flat floral transfers piped on top.

 

You can work along with different sections of the class live! In the class, Lindsay will cover how to make and apply lace to a cookie, how to color muted icing tones, how to pipe flat floral transfers, how to add detail to your floral transfers, how to pipe leaves and how to attach floral transfers to the cookie. Join us!

Lindsay is a stay-at-home mom turned cookie decorator. She is a self-taught baker and has been making cookies for about 4 years. She loves trying new techniques and adding unique details to her cookies. Florals, muted colors, and elegant touches make up her favorite cookie sets. She can’t wait to share her method for making a cookie filled with lace, floral transfers, and the prettiest spring details!
Lindsay Johnson
Lindsay Johnson

Cake to Cash: Home Bakery Pricing 101

Taylor Turner (@thecakecanvasstudio)

Want to simplify your pricing process and ensure profitability? Then you won’t want to miss this class. Taylor Turner will guide you through a crash-course in strategic pricing techniques and introduce you to her innovative pricing calculator, designed to revolutionize the way you set your prices.

With Taylor’s guidance, you’ll navigate through each step, gaining the tools and confidence needed to price your products or services with precision and flair. By the end, you’ll have the tools, knowledge and confidence needed to price your products with precision.

Taylor Turner is a self-taught baking virtuoso, cake designer and owner of The Cake Canvas Studio, an online custom cakery that specializes in creating edible works of art for all occasions. She found her love for cakes in 2015 and has since transitioned into empowering other bakers to elevate their business and decorating skills. Taylor specializes in teaching bakers how to price their cakes like a pro, build their clientele and set their businesses up for success. She uses a relatable and fun approach to help bakers turn their hobby into a prosperous business.
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Taylor Turner

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Connect & Chat

Visit our networking area to video, voice, or text chat with fellow attendees, instructors, and sponsors​

Featured sponsors:

Stover & Company (Demo), The Ta-Daa Box (Demo + Giveaway)

Featured instructors:

Anna Astashkina, Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Lindsay Johnson, Taylor Turner

4:30 PM - 6:25 PM

Decorating with Fresh Flowers

Hands-On Class

Katelyn Allen (@sweetkatebake)

Safe, stunning, and secure: these are the three traits you’ll learn to achieve when use fresh flowers as decorations on your cakes! In Katelyn’s energizing and uplifting class, you will learn the ins and outs of decorating cakes with fresh flowers.

 

Discover which flowers are safe, how to identify them, how to arrange them with confidence and style, and methods to protect both the cake and the blooms. Get ready to master the art of floral cake decoration!

If you haven’t yet been mesmerized by Katelyn’s stunning desserts, uplifting kitchen dancing, or elegant wedding cakes, allow us to introduce her: Katelyn, known as Sweet Kate Bakery, lives up to the name – her sweet and fun personality shines through in every dessert she bakes.

 

Katelyn has been baking up a storm for over 10 years now. She started off baking for friends and family, and then couldn’t stop the orders from coming in!

 

From baking, to decorating, to on-site assembling of uniquely designed, (often) sky high wedding cakes, everything she does draws you in for a closer look, because everything she makes is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for your stomach. Catch her on IG @sweetkatebake!

Katelyn Allen
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The Art of Caramel

Hands-On Class

Carly Preston (@adventures_in_yum)

Do you love caramel? Well, this class is for you! Carly Preston is here to share her go-to caramel recipe that is extremely versatile and—did we mention—super delicious?! You’ll not only learn how to make this dreamy cookie butter salted caramel, but you’ll also learn fun and tasty uses such as no-bake millionaire bars, chocolate covered caramels, and more!
Carly is a content creator who loves to constantly experiment and try new things in the kitchen. Carly has grown a large following via her blog and YouTube channel, where her 50K subscriber community enjoys her tie-dye mini cake videos, savory creations, drinks, food reviews and more.
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Carly Preston

Growing a Home Bakery from Scratch

Nika Spencer (@whiskworthtasting)

Ready to turn your love of baking into a thriving home bakery business? Join Nika and dive into the essentials of building a steady client base, crafting irresistible offerings, and setting prices for long-term success. Learn insider commercial bakery tips for efficiency and master the art of low-stress, high-profit pre-sales.   In addition to her class material, Nika will offer case studies and give live coaching sessions to a couple lucky attendees! Whether you’re starting fresh or looking to level up your bakery game, this course is jam-packed with practical insights to help you bake your way to success.

Nika Spencer runs a home bakery called A Whisk Worth Tasting, based in Lafayette Hill, PA. The bakery has been licensed by the PA Department of Agriculture since January 2021 and is well-known for creating beautiful custom cakes for all occasions. Since opening to the public, A Whisk Worth Tasting now boasts a steady repeat client base with bookings on schedule two years in advance.

 

Nika is a self-taught baker & custom cake decorator with commercial bakery experience. She also teaches cupcake and cake decorating classes throughout the Philly suburbs. Nika has been baking since childhood; she started decorating cakes after making her daughter’s first birthday cake five years ago.

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Nika Spencer

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Bigger Bolder Baking

Gemma Stafford (@gemma_stafford)

We are thrilled to welcome Gemma Stafford, the celebrated Irish chef behind Bigger Bolder Baking, as one of our keynote speakers! In her address, Gemma will share her journey from a small town in the South East of Ireland, to a Michelin-Starred restaurant, and now, to the Bold Baking Network, the first-ever 24/7 baking TV channel founded by Gemma. Gemma’s global baking experiences and her philosophy of bold, creative, and accessible baking have inspired millions. This talk is the confidence boost you’ve been looking for to continue boldly along your baking journey.

For more than a decade, Irish-born chef Gemma Stafford has been bringing her passion for teaching people to bake with confidence to her top online baking show and brand, Bigger Bolder Baking. Today, with more than 8 million followers (also known as “Bold Bakers”) and half a *billion* video views to date, Bigger Bolder Baking has become the leading – and indispensable – multimedia destination for bakers.

 

Gemma’s unique combination of expertise, bold recipes, and approachable techniques have led to appearances as a judge on Netflix’s Nailed It!, Food Network’s Best Baker in America, and Hulu’s Baker’s Dozen, along with appearances on national and local TV nationwide.

 

Soon, Gemma will bring the first-ever baking TV network to free, ad-supported streaming television (FAST) platforms in 2024, offering a 24-hour programmed network dedicated to home-baking enthusiasts worldwide.

Gemma Stafford

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

After Party

Have fun hanging out with your new baking besties by going to the networking area

Featured instructors:

Katelyn Allen, Carly Preston, Nika Spencer, Gemma Stafford

Check back for more classes coming soon!

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