15 of the Best Baking Classes You Can Take Online Right Now, No Matter What You’re Craving

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You conquered sourdough bread, garden focaccia and dalgona coffee in the early days of the pandemic, during which you also begrudgingly mastered the art of video chatting. If you’re not totally sick of your stand mixer yet and still want to learn more, a virtual baking class is an awesome way to use your new talents while enjoying a homemade treat in the process. Here, 15 of our favorite baking classes online right now that bring recipes from all over into your kitchen.

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The Best Baking Classes Online, at a Glance

  • What You'll Bake: raspberry muffins, chocolate chip cookies, orange chiffon cake, lemon-berry Bundt

If you're a total newbie, it'd be wise to start with the basics. Learn all about flour, leavening agents, sugar, fats and more before diving into four simple recipes that you'll want to add to your collection for good. The class is led by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and baker, so you're in good hands.

  • What You'll Bake: Victoria sponge, carrot cake, brownies, butter biscuits, French meringues

Taught by a former bakery owner, this course has helped more than 17,000 students hone their skills in the kitchen. The baking projects are a bit tougher than muffins and cookies, so it's just right for newbies with a little more experience. You'll also learn what equipment to add to your collection, in case you want to bake more often once you finish the course.

  • What You'll Bake: fruit tarts, madeleines, chocolate cake, bonbons, croissants

You already follow Dominique Ansel on Instagram for Frozen S’mores, Blossoming Hot Chocolate and legendary Cronuts (he did invent them, after all). Now, you can get on the other side of the kitchen island with the French-American pastry chef and learn the basics behind his decadent, almost-too-pretty-to-eat creations. With a MasterClass membership, you’ll have access to 17 lessons (about 3½ hours of video) covering everything from mini madeleines and bonbons to fruit tarts and chocolate cake. You’ll also learn how to make a *flawless* croissant and the origin story behind the Cronut.

  • What You'll Bake: French macarons

French macarons are known among foodies as one of the toughest desserts to prepare. This course, led by an online baking school, will teach you the ins and outs of baking flawless macaron shells, mastering a variety of fillings and assembling the cookies for gift boxes and beyond. You'll even get to attempt fondant flowers to decorate them with.

  • What You'll Bake: tomato and cheese tart, apple tarte tatin, mille feuille with vanilla pastry cream, Danishes

If you think French macarons are easy-peasy, try tackling homemade puff pastry. This chef-led class will teach you various lamination techniques for making your own, then you'll get to use the puff pastry to make a handful of bakery-caliber desserts. You'll even get to prepare fresh pastry cream to boot.

Best for Bread Lovers

6. Apollonia Poilâne's Bread Baking

  • What You'll Bake: a variety of fresh, dry and stale breads

Gear up for 17 lessons dedicated to the art of bread baking, taught by the CEO of beloved Parisian bakery, Poilâne. Sourdough, wheat, rye, brioche and even croutons are covered in the course, along with the baker's famous rye sablés. As if baking the breads wasn't enticing enough, there's also a lesson on decorating your loaves like the pros do.

Best for Families

7. American Drop Cookies

  • What You'll Bake: The Ultimate Average Chocolate Chip Cookie, sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, molasses spice cookies and more

Are your kids always begging to help you in the kitchen? Let them get their hands dirty in this basic baking class that will teach you how to get your perfect cookie, whether that means making it chewier, crispier or sans-gluten. Lessons cover scaling, mixing, portioning, storing and more, and you'll gain access to a variety of simple cookie recipes to practice with.

  • What You'll Bake: authentic tiramisu

Tune into this one-hour class for beginners based in Olgiate Comasco, Italy to whip up a mouthwatering treat with friends. Silvia has been making tiramisu for 20 years and has attended the Tiramisu World Cup (yup, that's a thing). She'll give you a list of ingredients to buy beforehand, but she’s more than willing to work with you to find substitutes if necessary. (Note: The Italian treat needs 24 hours to chill, so plan your dinner menu accordingly.)

Best for Plant-Based and Gluten-Free Bakers

9. Vegan and Gluten-Free Baking

  • What You'll Bake: breads, muffins, cakes and more

Join vegan foodie and YouTuber Samuel Schanderl to learn the basics of baking without dairy, wheat or eggs. The course covers alternative flours, substitutions, tricks for helping dough rise, equipment and more before going into recipes for breads, rolls, cakes, cookies, brownies and more. If you're feeling extra ambitious, you can even try creating your own gluten-free flours.

  • What You'll Bake: pots de crème, lemon tart, apple pie

Only three of the famed chef’s 17 videos are dedicated to dessert...but you’re already subscribing to MasterClass to make Cronuts with Dominique, right? Check out Keller’s five-hour course, too, and you’ll learn poaching, sous vide and how to cut and fillet a whole fish—cooking savvy we could all use anyway. But back to the sweets: Try your hand at pots de crème, the Chef’s signature lemon tart with pine nuts and Granny Smith apple pie with a—wait for it—lard crust.

Best Hosted Baking Class

11. Make Cannoli with a Sicilian Home Chef

  • What You'll Bake: authentic Sicilian cannoli

Did you know that Sicilian cannoli are traditionally made with ricotta, not mascarpone? They’re well worth a try, and who better to teach you than a passionate, Sicilian-born cook in Milano, Italy? Tune in for a 90-minute course with Gianfranco, who will teach you all the steps for making authentic cannoli, from the crunchy peel to the chocolate chips. Reviewers say that he's engaging and a great storyteller, plus say the class is well worth the modest price. Make sure you round up the special recommended tools, like cannoli molds and a circle cutter, before booking.

Best for Aspiring Cake Decorators

12. All About Cakes

  • What You'll Bake: naked cake, watercolor cake, fault line cake, chocolate cake

This professional pastry chef knows a thing or two about constructing an Insta-worthy confection. Score a whopping 38 lectures that cover everything from the basics to specific types of decorated cakes. Since a cake is only as good as what it's frosted in, you'll also learn to make Swiss meringue buttercream, vanilla whipped ganache cream and raspberry coulis, as well as tempered chocolate spheres for garnishing.

Best for Traveling Bakers

13. Vegan Indonesian Street Food Desserts

  • What You'll Bake: varies by date

Airbnb reviewers say this is a one-of-a-kind experience that boasts both great food and engaging storytelling. Each class covers authentic Indonesian street food desserts, which are mostly gluten-free and vegan by nature. The recipes vary by date, so depending on which class you book, you could prepare anything from fried bananas and pandan pancakes to sweet porridge and coconut cake to sesame mungbean balls.

Best for Mastering the Baguette

14. Crusty French Baguette Online Experience

  • What You'll Bake: French-style baguette, customizable signature bread, French sandwich

Join an avid home cook and baker in Nice, France to learn the most important dish in all of French cuisine: bread. The instructor will teach you to make classic baguette and offer pointers for making your own signature loaf. In addition, you'll learn how to use the baguette as the base for an everyday French sandwich.

  • What You'll Bake: giant NYC-style chocolate chip cookies

Softball-sized cookies are the new cupcakes. We thought we needed to head to a fancy bakery to get our hands on one, but it turns out that this certified pastry chef can teach us all to make them at home. You'll learn the process for making this NYC-famous style of cookie from start to finish, then bake alongside the instructor. (P.S.: Your kids can sit in and help for free.)

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

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Taryn Pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...
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