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Agenda

Take a look through the agenda to get an idea of the incredible workshops, business sessions, and demos you'll be able to attend. But, don't plan the details of your day just yet. Times are not finalized and new sessions are still being added!

All sessions will be held from 8:45 AM to 7 PM CDT (GMT-5). We realize that based on your time zone you may not be able to attend the entire event. We offer event recordings in our ticket options so that you'll be able to catch up on anything you miss.

VIP Workshops

(These two hour workshops are open to all VIP ticket holders. Attend as many as you'd like.)

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Address

Stefani Pollack and Darren Fox

9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cake Decorating 101

Courtney Rich

In this hands-on cake class, Courtney will cover all the tips and tricks you need to make the most delicious tasting and beautiful looking cakes - from how to get your cakes to rise evenly, to mastering texture, to making the best buttercream, to decorating like a pro, she'll cover everything you need to know to get started on your cake journey!

(This is a hands-on class. Materials list will be sent out in advance.)


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Advanced Cake Decorating

Enrique Rojas

In this workshop, Enrique will teach how to give cakes texture and volume. This workshop also covers working with colour.


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Stunning Sourdough Breads

Beesham Soogrim

In this session, Beesham will cover the simple steps and rules to follow to master sourdough baking. We'll also talk about the health benefits of baking and eating sourdough breads, milling your own flour, and using heritage grains.

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Virtual Exhibitor Lounge / Break

11:20 PM - 1:20 PM

11:20 PM - 1:20 PM

Beginning Cookie Decorating Techniques

Jenny Keller

Bake with Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies!  This 2 hour class will be filled with baking tips, tricks and techniques to create her signature buttercream sugar cookies. You’ll learn to make, color and pipe buttercream icing onto cookies using a variety of decorating tips. Throughout the workshop, Jenny will answer baking, party planning and entertaining related questions.

(The is a hands-on class. Materials list will be sent out in advance.)


11:20 PM - 1:20 PM

Advanced Cookie Decorating Techniques

Julia M. Usher

Take your cookie decorating to new heights! In this session, Julia will show you how to design and decorate a mixed media springtime-themed cookie using a wide range of techniques: contoured royal icing transfers, piped royal icing flowers, embossed and/or molded cookies, precision airbrushing, and more.


11:20 PM - 1:20 PM

Let's Make Pie

Helen Nugent

In this workshop, Helen covers the techniques for creating a beautiful pie design using embossed pastry, latticing, and highly decorative flowers. Participants will learn how to:

  • Make a no-fail all-butter pastry using a food processor
  • Easily lattice a pie in a way that ensures the weave stays in place without ripping or tearing
  • Emboss pastry
  • Braid without ripping or tearing
  • Create beautiful flowers using a few inexpensive tools

This session is suitable for all skill levels. 


11:20 PM - 1:20 PM

Pie Art Techniques

Calum Franklin

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM

Virtual Exhibitor Lounge / Break

1:40 PM - 3:40 PM

1:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Fundamentals of Baking Science

Kristin "Baker Bettie" Hoffman

In this session, Baker Bettie will cover:

  • The Function of Baking Ingredients: flours, sugars, fats, eggs, leaveners
  • Making Ingredient Substitutions: How to do it properly and general rules of thumb
  • Ingredient Temperatures: when and why they matter
  • Foundational Baking Techniques: How to execute properly and why they matter
  • Assessing Baking "Flops" to Improve Future Results

1:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Beginner Cake Sculpting

Liz Marek

In this hands-on class, Liz will teach you:

  • the basics of making a sculpted volcano cake with dry ice and light effects
  • what cake recipes work best for sculpted cakes
  • what frosting works best for sculpted cakes
  • how to make a simple support structure (no special tools required)
  • how to stack and carve the volcano cake
  • how to add final details like greenery, dinosaurs and lava
  • how to make realistic smoke and light effects

(This is a hands-on class. Materials list will be sent out in advance.)


1:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Instagram-Worthy Photos with Your DSLR Camera

Jenn Davis

This session covers choosing the best lens and angle to capture your dish, using aperture and shutter speed to manipulate light, creating mood in a photo, and shooting tethered for a better workflow.


1:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Taking Professional Looking Photos on Your Mobile Phone

Sam Adler

In the session, you'll learn how to find the best light for food photography, how to use your phone like a DSLR camera and how to edit your phone photos.

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Virtual Exhibitor Lounge / Break

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Art of French Macarons

Melissa Huang

In this introductory session, Melissa teaches all of the steps required to make French macarons:

  • preparing French meringue
  • mixing (i.e., "macaronage") and colouring the batter
  • piping macarons shells (circle and simple animal design)
  • making ganache filling
  • assembling macarons


(The recording of this class will only be available through May 27, 2021.)


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Producing Professional Videos on a Mobile Device

Sasha Navy

  • Filming apps and phone settings
  • Studio setup - backdrops, equipment, and filming angles
  • Filming with both natural light and artificial lighting
  • How to create time-lapse videos
  • Editing videos on your mobile device
  • Using royalty-free music
6:00 PM - 6:10 PM

Quick Break

6:10 PM - 6:30 PM

Day 1 Wrap-Up and Announcements

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

VIP Cocktail Lounge

Join for a VIP networking hour! Virtually mingle with all of the attendees, speakers, and sponsors.

Don't Miss Out!

Join the most anticipated virtual gathering for bakers.

If you have further questions or are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring sessions or demos, please complete the contact form or email us at hello@thebakefest.com