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Brilliant baking classes in honour of GBBO

On your marks. Get set. Bake! GBBO is back. Muddy’s excited, you’re excited, everyone’s excited and to celebrate here are some amazing local baking classes where you can learn how to do some whipping, caramelising, chaffing and tempering of your own…

Gourmandises Academy, Cottenham

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Say ‘oui’ to a session at the home studio of Corinne Payet, award-winning patissière and lover of fancy French desserts. Suitable for all kinds of cooks, from toast burner through to croquembouche master, with plenty of classes to choose from including chocolate, patisserie and macarons. There are some interesting savoury cooking classes too, such as Flavours of Reunion Island, where Corinne was born. Tempted? There’s a Patisserie masterclass (£110) 10am-3pm (2 Oct). Bon appetit!

Moo Moo Cakes, Cavendish 

Want to whip up a Vicky sponge with ease? Need to create your own drip cake? Got the urge to improve your icing? Chief chef Fiona can show you how during a course or private workshop (1-2-1 or in a group up to four) in her lovely country kitchen. From £120 including tuition, ingredients and getting to scoff everything you’ve made! 

Two Magpies Bakery Bake School, Darsham

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Legendary bakery and cafes (including Southwold and Aldeburgh) which also has a Bake School. I’m liking the look of the Dedicated To Doughnuts (which I am) half-day sesh (30 Oct) which teaches you how to hand-mix the dough, scale, shape, fry, fill, decorate and take home (ok, devour), for £65. There are also Continental and Scandinavian baking days, a pizza masterclass and even an introduction to sourdough that involves a little bit more than ‘hello’. Gift cards and private lessons available. 

White Cottage Baking School, nr Bourn

Book a workshop at this impressive artisan baking school and discover how to create Italian bread, sourdough and French baguette. Expert Helen Underwood will show you all the tips and tricks of the trade in her country house kitchen during the sessions, which include a welcome brekkie, lunch and homemade goodies from the bakery. Christmas Baking (£125)  from 10am-3pm (1 Dec), where you’ll learn to make stollen, panettone and ricciarelli, seems like a good investment. And if you’re feeling really kneady, there’s even a six-night baking retreat in Italy this Autumn (18-24 Oct).

Cambridge Cookery, Cambridge

The hip neighbourhood cafe, where you can enjoy brunch, lunch and cocktails, also has a cookery school with a packed events calendar offering everything from Bread Making for Teens to Curries Of The World. Best of all is a private party, where you and your pals get to take over the kitchen, in particular Bake Off (£70pp) inspired by GBBO and as competitive as you wish. You’ll be taught how to create cakes and scones over three hours, plus get a light lunch or supper, welcome fizz and goody bags to take home brimming with all the delicious things you’ve made (hopefully). 

Fifi’s Cakery, Elsworth

Macarons, cake decorating, cup cakes even a flamingo buttercream cake class (I have no idea what this is, but I’d eat it for sure)…the list of classes on offer at this award-winning celebration cake specialist are very on point with GBBO. The Cherry Blossom Cake Class (27 Nov) looks fab-u-lous and you’ll learn everything from how to cover a two-tier cake to hand painting a blossom tree with 3D branches and sugar blossoms: Noel and Matt would be proud. Gift vouchers make a great pressie for the Prue or Paul in your life.

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