$165 per person
What You'll Learn
By the end of the class, you will:
- Be able to prepare even cake layers
- Know how to frost a smooth cake
- Apply professional pastry techniques to “crumb coat” and decorate a birthday cake
About This Class
Expert baker or not, everyone should be able to nail one killer birthday cake from scratch.
The best birthday cakes start with a recipe for moist, flavorful cake- not complicated, and reliable every time. The next step is having a filling and a frosting you can vary with whichever flavors you like, and being able to create a few even layers finished with some celebratory embellishments.
This isn’t a wedding cake – we’re not talking fondant or multi-tiers here. Instead envision rainbow sprinkles, piped frosting, drizzled icing, or chopped nuts. We will show you how to bake it, fill it, frost it, and decorate it so you go home with not only your finished cake but the skills to bake celebration cakes anytime.
You will bake and decorate a birthday cake from scratch
- Wine included
- Light meal served in class
- Suitable for vegetarians
- Ages 18+
All students must show proof of vaccine before entering school and will be required to wear a mask unless eating/drinking.
We understand and respect that lifestyle decisions during Covid are an individual choice. If you test positive for Covid while the class is in session, you will be asked to send a friend in your place until you have a negative test. Classes will not be rescheduled, credited or cancelled. Once the class session starts the class is non-refundable. This was our policy pre-Covid and continues to be our policy today. We hope you find this policy acceptable and understand that this policy is required for a small school like SFCS to operate and open our kitchens for great food experiences.
The average duration of our current cooking classes is 4 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback. Most of the time you’ll be working with a partner or small group on a few different recipes.
Doors will open 10 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school to have their vaccine cards checked the first week of class (these will only need to be checked once).
Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. New, disposable masks are available should you need to replace yours while in class.
Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.
You will sit down with your classmates to eat what you’ve all prepared, along with some wine. We do suggest you have a small snack before class as dinner does happen towards the end of each session.
Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks are required while in the building.
Lori’s impressive career as a pastry chef began in the teaching kitchens of Johnson & Wales University, where she earned a degree in Pastry Arts. Upon moving to San Francisco, Lori cut her teeth in some of the city’s top restaurants, including Postrio, Bix, Gordon’s House of Fine Eats, Fifth Floor, and Home Restaurant. She then taught for two years at the CA Culinary Academy. Lori may be best known for the beloved Baker & Banker restaurant, which fed hungry San Franciscans for five years beginning in 2009, and its adjacent bakery, which specialized in American desserts and breakfast pastries.