So you'd like to get creative with cake, or finally learn to make bread. But where to start? We've rounded up a bunch of Canberra spots where you can get in touch with your inner baker.
A Petal Ruffle Ombre cake made by "Latorta" at Majura Park staff Jade Elpick, left and Kata Heming. Photo: Graham Tidy
Canberra's premiere cake supplies store also plays host to a variety of specialised decorating courses. Look out for guest appearances from star decorators from across the world. There are also kids classes during school holidays where budding bakers can learn to make cupcakes decorated with everything from Batman to Minions.
Chef Andrew Haskins during a cooking demonstration at 3 Seeds Cooking School at the Fyshwick Markets. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Top chef Andrew and Catherine Haskins' cooking school at Fyshwick mostly focuses on meals but their schedule this winter also includes a "Perfecting Pastry" course where you learn to make sweet and savoury shortcrust and butter puff pastry. Or do the "Warming Winter Pies" class and make your own pie from scratch.
Cooking school Foodish is at the Belconnen Markets. Photo: Supplied
Alayne Chanter and her team at Foodish do cooking classes at the Belconnen Markets. Among their upcoming schedule are a workshop on pastries where you learn to make shortcrust, blind bake and eventually turn out Danishes and other delights. For the past three years David Damour, the master baker at Bean & Grain, has also run workshops on breadmaking.
Chef Zhou Chen, right, shows Claire Low a vegetable shortening fish sculpture in a food art class at the CIT. Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Institute of Technology runs regular short courses for people who want to learn to cook and their cake courses are often very popular. The Introduction to Cake Decorating is a six week beginners guide to using fondant, making sugar roses and moulding little animals and people.
Cake Decorating Solutions
Cake Decorating Solutions includes clases on buttercream piping. Photo: Supplied
This is a Sydney chain of cake stores that also has an outlet in Fyshwick. You can take classes in buttercream piping, emoji cupcakes, and two-day courses in elaborate showstopper cakes.