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Baking Boot Camp for Amateurs

Home Cooking New York @ 158 Grand St, New York, NY

Learn the essential baking techniques in this hands-on series and become the go-to dessert maker for any occasion. Enhance your skills and discover the secrets behind perfect cookies, pies and tarts, savory bakes, and delicious cakes. Join us and impress your friends and family with your newfound baking expertise.

(2035) All levels 16 and older
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Baking Boot Camp for Beginners

Master the art of baking with this hands-on series that covers all the basic techniques you need to create delicious cakes, chocolates, pies, tarts, and breads. Impress your friends and family with your newfound skills and become the star baker you've always wanted to be.

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  • 16 and older
  • $495
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  • 158 Grand St, New York, NY
  • 12 hours over 4 sessions

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Class Description


What you'll learn in this basic baking class:

This hands-on, skills-based series covers the basic baking techniques you'll need to feel comfortable being called upon to "bring a dessert" to your next gathering. Or at the very least, understand a whole lot more of what is happening on the Great British Bake Off.

​This program meets every week for 4 weeks.

WEEK 1: Cakes 101

SKILLS COVERED: Building Batters, Butter vs. Oil Cakes, Sponge Cakes, Making Buttercream, Assembling a Double Layer Cake, Basic Piping, Caramelizing Sugar

RECIPES INCLUDE: Yellow Butter Cake (i.e. Birthday Cake) with Swiss Meringue Buttercream, Caramelized Fruit Upside Down Cake

WEEK 2: Chocolate + Confections

SKILLS COVERED: Choosing the Best Chocolate, How to Read a Chocolate Bar, Melting Chocolate, Making Ganache, What Causes "Seizing," Pastry Cream, Pate a Choux Dough

RECIPES INCLUDE: Chocolate Genoise Swiss Roll, Dark Chocolate Truffles, Eclairs with Vanilla Pastry Cream

WEEK 3: Pies + Tarts

SKILLS COVERED: Working with Pate Brisée (pie dough), Pressed Nut Doughs (tart doughs), Crimping Techniques, Blind Baking, Making Lemon Curd, Working with Puff Pastry

RECIPES INCLUDE: Seasonal Fruit Galettes, Lemon Curd Tart, Apple Tarte Tatin 

WEEK 4: Breads

SKILLS COVERED: Working with Yeasted Doughs, Working with Whole Grain Flours, Rising and Proofing Dough

RECIPES INCLUDE: Focaccia, Whole Wheat Pita Bread, Make-Your-Own Pizza, and Chopped Salad (for carb mitigation)

School Notes:  

For NYC In-Person Classes:

You’ll receive a complete recipe packet and enjoy a full sit-down meal at the end of class with your classmates. Our classes are BYOB, and you are welcome to bring a bottle to enjoy at the sit-down meal (not including our baking or dessert classes).

Our classes are hands-on, coupled with demonstration-style teaching. Everyone is situated at their own cutting board/chef’s knife station around a large wooden work table that accommodates the whole class (10 people max). We work together as a group, with the chef at the head of the table.

We focus on knife skills, preparing ingredients for cooking, and we strive to find every opportunity to offer you a hands-on experience at the stove and at your station, all within the spatial parameters of a single stove/family-style kitchen. We ask for volunteers to assist in all cooking.

Refund Policy

For Public Classes:

We have a firm business days cancellation policy (for credit only) to ensure that we have enough time to re-fill your seat with another student.

Please note: Boot Camps require business days notice to be rescheduled.

While it is not in our nature to say no, we are simply not able to accommodate last-minute illnesses or work-related conflicts. However, you are always welcome to send someone in your place, because we understand that these things do happen.

Classes are not refundable.

For Culinary Boot Camps:

Because of the volume of Boot Camps we offer, we cannot offer make-up classes to everyone who misses a class, as it happens too often. As a consolation we have two options for making up missed classes, provided you alert us ahead of time.

  • Send a friend in your place (and make them cook you a meal based on their new skills, as repayment!), or
  • Opt for our “Plan B” program: You can register for any single class that covers the same/similar coursework you missed, provided it still has an open seat 48 hours before it runs. That way you can take another class and we are just filling empty seats. Please note, this is a last-minute, drop-in option, not something that can be scheduled more than 2 days in advance. This does require that you keep tabs on our schedule to see what is available (the number of open seats is part of every class listing).

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Thank you for understanding!

Reviews of Classes at Home Cooking New York (2,035)

(4.7-star rating across 2,035 reviews)
  • Baking Boot Camp for Beginners

    Reviewed by Camlyn W. on 5/12/2023
    I like how everyone is so hands on and assisting in everything, Makes it easier to learn and also have fun doing it.
  • Baking Boot Camp for Beginners

    Reviewed by grazielle s. on 12/20/2022
    Great hands on baking class, just the right amount of time learning and practicing different bakes. Our instructor was Erica, she was very engaging and helpful with her tips and tricks! Would be back for another class!
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Students at Baking Boot Camp for Beginners appreciate the hands-on approach of the classes, allowing them to both learn and have fun. They feel that the class strikes a good balance between learning and practicing different baking techniques. The instructor, Erica, is praised for being engaging and helpful, providing valuable tips and tricks. Students have expressed their satisfaction with the class and their desire to return for more.

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Home Cooking New York

Founded in 2002, Home Cooking New York provides intimate and hands-on cooking classes at their cooking school in downtown New York City. Their students range from absolute beginners to amateur home cooks who want to expand their culinary education.

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