5 Online Baking Classes (My 2015 Bucket List!)

Isn’t the internet just wonderful? Without having to leave your apartment (or ahem, comfy bed) you can literally learn from some of the best in the industry and acquire new skills no matter whether if you live in a big city or a small bo-dunk town. Growing up in a small town myself, there really wasn’t a marketplace of classes to take in-person so a lot of the things I learned were from watching copious amounts of food network, watching YouTube tutorials, or reading cookbooks and magazines. Now that I’ve gotten into a groove of running my biz full-time for about a year now, I’ve been making it a point to take some time away from client work once in a while (oh so hard!) and learn some new skills that I wouldn’t otherwise make time for. I’ve been slightly addicted to scouring the web for new, fun (and useful!) online baking classes to take and I’m excited to share a few of them that are on my baking bucket list for this year!

Learn some new baking skills without having to leave your couch! This is a fun list of online baking classes (ahem...donuts, cake pops!) by food & DIY blogger Melissa at Design Eat Repeat!

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Cosmic Triple Chocolate Cake Donuts

The web is filled with picture-perfect recipes & successes, but can we talk about the recipe fails for a second? The first fail being that I went to the grocery yesterday for lettuce and left with a donut pan. I’ve been eyeing one on Amazon even since taking a donut making class on Craftsy, so when I saw one at the grocery store for $10 (I got this one), I finally gave in (grocery stores should be banned from carrying tempting kitchen gadgets). I was eager to put it to use, so I motivated myself to clean the kitchen (does anyone else have to clean before making a new mess?) and whipped up a good ol’ chocolate donut batter. All was going well, the batter looked splendid, so I did what I always do with new recipes. I gave that spatula a swipe and gave it a taste. Only to immediately find the nearest paper towel to rid my mouth of such a horrid, sour taste. Something had gone seriously wrong, but I had no idea what. I checked the milk to make sure it wasn’t expired, double checked that I hadn’t dumped the entire box of baking soda inside the batter, and then tested it three more times (making this face each time) before I realized this was not going to work. Knowing there was no salvaging, I painstakingly dumped out the bowl to start again. I carefully re-measured the milk, flour, and just as I was about to pour in the sugar I realized that it was actually the container for SALT. Yup, I had previously dumped 1/2 cup of salt into the batter instead of 1/2 cup of sugar. How does one manage do that? Well in my defense, I was trying to empty the containers I filled for this photoshoot instead of using my normal containers and totally forgot that I even filled one with salt. I mean, I could have read the label that I myself taped on the container, but that would be too easy wouldn’t it?

Cosmic Triple Chocolate Cake Donuts

After I recovered from this major mishap, I actually managed to find the sugar container and went on to make a batch of edible chocolate donuts. Edible being the key word. This was the first time I’ve made homemade cake donuts with a donut pan, and soon realized that chocolate cake donuts are literally just donut shaped cupcakes. Same taste, different shape. And I’m not opposed.

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