More about us!
Le Dolci Culinary Classroom hosts over 15 culinary classes virtually and online. Our wonderful culinary studio hosts public classes on evenings and weekends and during the day you will find us hosting corporate team building events and renting our space to Food Network film crews.
Our class list:
- Apple Pies
- Breads - Challah
- Parisian Macarons
- Pasta Making - stuffed gnocchi are our specialty
- Chocolate Making
- Cinnamon Bun
- Cookie Decorating
- Churros & Crullers
- Cake Decorating Classes - Lambeth, Floral, Buttercream
- 6 Week Adult Bootcamp
- 6 Week Online Cake & Buttercream Course
- 5 Day Cake and Buttercream Masterclass
- 6 Week Kids' Saturday Morning Camps
Our class types:
- Classes for anyone wanting to learn to bake, decorate or try something new in our kitchen
- Private birthday parties for adults and children
- Corporate team building events
- Bridal and bachelorette parties
- PA Day, March Break and Summer Camps for kids aged 7-11
- Date night classes
- “Me Time” classes - join by yourself and get lost in the world of buttercream fun with us.
How we started
Le Dolci Bakery & Culinary Classroom opened in 2008 in London, UK out of owner Lisa Sanguedolce’s teeny flat in the leafy neighbourhood of Maida Vale. Now operating in Toronto, Ontario Le Dolci Culinary Classroom is here to serve your culinary education needs (we sold the bakery side of the business in 2022).
About our Founder, Lisa Sanguedolce
After being laid off from her job and getting excited for her friend Deepika’s wedding Lisa decided she would make the wedding cake! With no experience Lisa delved into the cake world going to cake shows across the UK –she lugged home a suitcase of cake supplies from Manchester, and started testing out recipes and making lots of treats for neighbours who could hear her baking in her tiny oven ‘til midnight. At the wedding, Lisa was asked if she had a business and she said, YES! Eek, she didn’t, but this is how her journey started. She got some international press for her Cake Box of the Week and started teaching cupcake decorating classes at her friend Clara’s little Italian café in Notting Hill, and voilà her business was born.
Toronto's Le Dolci 2.0
Lisa returned back to Canada in 2011 and moved into her first retail space on Dundas West, with a beautiful view of Trinity Bellwoods Park. Between those cosy brick walls Lisa & her team taught classes each weekend and sold beautiful wedding and special occasion cakes and cupcakes out of their little space. People from all around the world have come for classes to celebrate an occasion or learn more about cake and many corporate team building parties have been held since day one.
Lisa hired fantastic pastry chefs to teach classes like macarons, pies, wedding cake decorating and the art of breads and chocolate souffles. Some of the most talented cake designers in the world worked at the bakery creating wild and wonderful works of cake art.
2018 - The start of new homes and new adventures
In 2018, Lisa gave birth to her son and in the same year the classroom moved out of Dundas West into its new location on 12 Sousa Mendes where all of the classes and team building events take place. Our forever classroom home is a gorgeous two floor 2000 sqft studio space. In that same year the bakery facility moved to a 4,000 square foot space as the bakery was selling cakes to Loblaws, Fortino's & McEwan Foods.
The Le Dolci team has made cakes for celebrities like Drake, Mark Wahlberg & The Property Brothers and sports celebrities like Jose Bautista, Mitch Marner & Josh Donaldson have all had the bakery on speed dial. The dream customer for Lisa is Oprah so if you have her address she wants to send her a cake, or better still have her in a class!
2022 onwards - Full Steam Ahead for the Culinary School.
After achieving so much with the bakery, and surviving the covid years (yikes!), the bakery part of the business was sold so Le Dolci could focus on growing the Culinary School, increasing the number of classes and sharing more knowledge with you all.
Over the years Lisa worked with her adored Momma Dolce who was with her from day one. Everyone got to meet Momma Dolce on Dundas West; she was always around offering a helping hand to all and also feeding everyone her home made pizza and pasta for lunch!
Today, Lisa has a wonderful team of pastry chefs, cake decorators and administrators who are in her opinion, the best in the world, and takes pride in each customer being treated like family.
"I would like every customer that walks in or interacts with us to feel like a member of our Le Dolci family."
After 16 years in the business, Lisa hopes you and your family enjoy every class, sweet treat you've made and interactions with her team as much as she loves coming to work each day to create classroom magic for you!
There is always room for another cake and pastry lover in our family,
so join us in our culinary class adventures.
Lisa & The Le Dolci Team