Cake and Buttercream Online Course – Le Dolci
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6 Week Cake and Buttercream Course

Learn the baking basics behind swoon-worthy cakes in this 6-week course.

Become the cake decorator you've always dreamed of being

This course is designed for students of all levels of experience.

No matter your level, you’ll walk away with: 

  • 10 original recipes tested and perfected by Le Dolci’s chefs (and enjoyed by countless customers)
  • 30+ video tutorials to help you learn the techniques and skills to master cake baking and decorating
  • 2 decorated cakes you’ll be proud to post to Instagram (and, then eat) 
  • Hands-on experience baking and decorating cakes from the comfort of your own kitchen
  • Feedback on your cake creations directly from Le Dolci’s very own cake artists 
  • Weekly live community calls to get support from Le Dolci’s community of cake creators
  • Fool-proof tips and tricks to avoid (and troubleshoot) common cake mistakes
  • Decorating secrets that will level up your baking and decorating skills


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What does this course include?

  • 6-weeks of immersive curriculum to level up your baking and decorating skills
  • Personalized feedback from Le Dolci’s chefs and cake artists
  • Joining a community of budding cake enthusiasts who are ready to cheer you on
  • Access 10 fan-favourite Le Dolci recipes
  • Access to video lessons, recipes and community for 30 days after your course ends
  • Certificate of Completion from Le Dolci Bakery and Culinary Classroom

Le Dolci's step-by-step curriculum


Onboarding and Introduction

Before class starts, there are a few things you’ll need to do to be ready to go on for your first class. Le Dolci’s Lisa Sanguedolce explains how to get set up and what you’ll need to have and know ahead of time to get the most out of this course.


Week 1: Vanilla Cake Two Ways

Start with the most popular of Le Dolci’s cakes - vanilla! You’ll get a tutorial on the fundamentals of baking, tools and scaling, oven temperatures, the science of gluten, and more. 

Lesson 1: Tools and scaling

Lesson 2: Butter vs. oil theory

Lesson 3: Vanilla butter cake

Lesson 4: Baking instructions and oven temperatures

Lesson 5: Vanilla oil cake

Lesson 6: All about gluten

Week 2: Chocolate and Acid

It’s time for all things chocolate cake. Test out Le Dolci’s signature chocolate cake and learn the science behind red velvet cake.

Lesson 1: Acid vs. alkaline

Lesson 2: Chocolate cake

Lesson 3: Red velvet cake

Week 3: Glorious Sponge Cakes

Sponge cakes are delightful, but they can be intimidating. Learn the secrets to baking up feather-light sponge that are tasty and impressive.

Lesson 1: It’s all in the egg

Lesson 2: Classic Genoise cake

Lesson 3: Separating eggs

Lesson 4: Traditional sponge cake


Week 4: The Icing on the Cake

Let’s dive deep into all things buttercream. Master the techniques behind Le Dolci’s smoothest buttercreams and discover your favourite.

Lesson 1: The wonderful world of buttercream

Lesson 2: American buttercream

Lesson 3: Swiss meringue buttercream

Lesson 4: Buttercream troubleshooting

Lesson 5: Simple syrup and soaks


Week 5: It’s a Naked Cake

What’s behind every beautifully decorated cake? Well-soaked and stacked layers, and crisp corners. All of which you’ll practice as you make your very own naked cake. 

Lesson 1: Naked cake?!

Lesson 2: Prepping your cake layers

Lesson 3: How to stack a cake

Lesson 4: Creating a naked cake and crisp buttercream corners

Lesson 5: How to make chocolate ganache

Lesson 6: It’s time to chocolate drip

Lesson 7: Cleaning up the cake board

Week 6: Masking, Cake Combs and Simple Buttercream Finishes

You’re now ready to learn and practice the decorating fundamentals behind those Instagram-worthy cake creations you love. 

Lesson 1: Masking time

Lesson 2: Crumb coat and chill

Lesson 3: How to mask a cake

Lesson 4: Buttercream colours and ombre effect

Lesson 5: Simple buttercream textures

Lesson 6: Comb your cake?

Ready to start? Enroll in one of our next classes:

Some kind words from our previous students.

"Chef Amanda was so kind and patient"

Leanne Elnicki

"so easy to follow and FUN"

Sarah Hobbs

"So worth it. I'll be back for more!"

Blessing M

If you love baking and want to try to expand your skills, definitely try Le Dolci.

Emma Isai

"I had an amazing time at the 3-day cake decorating class"

Andrea Roberts

"Lindsay at Le Dolci was amazing . She is the master at everything!"

Sara Poursafa

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?
This course is for all skill levels, whether you’re new to baking , a hobbyist who wants to build up their skills or a more experienced baker looking to fine-tune their techniques. Each lesson is designed so you can learn fundamental principles of baking and decorating, and give you the opportunity to practice. 

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in a 6-week learning experience that will level up your baking knowledge and skills, under the guidance and with the support of trained and experienced cake artists, this course is for you.

How much baking knowledge and experience do I need to take this course?
This class is jam-packed with information and you’ll likely get different things out of it depending on your level of baking knowledge today. If you’re a complete beginner, don’t worry - each lesson is self-contained and fully comprehensive. If you have some experience, this course will give you a strong foundation to build upon. And, if you’re more advanced, you’ll appreciate the huge range of deeper techniques, tips and creative strategies we have to offer.

How does the 6-week course work, exactly?
Enrolled students will join the 6-week course at the same time, so you have a community of aspiring bakers to support and inspire you. Each week, you’ll sign into the Le Dolci classroom to watch the video lessons and work through each of the assignments on your own. 

By Sunday evening, you’ll submit photos of your cake creations which will be reviewed by Le Dolci’s chefs, who will provide you personalized feedback. 
Once a week, you can join our live community call where you can connect with other students and Le Dolci’s chefs to talk all things cakes, review the week’s activities and ask any questions.

After 6 weeks, you’ll have decorated 2 cakes, applying the new skills, techniques and ideas you’ve learned and practiced throughout the course. 

What is the time commitment for this class
This course has been designed to be completed over 6 weeks. It is self-guided, so within each week you can watch the videos and complete your assignments at a time that works best for you. You can expect to spend about 3 hours each week watching videos and completing assignments. 

Homework is due Sunday evening, and Le Dolci’s chefs will review and return their feedback by Monday afternoon.

Are classes live? Do I have to log on at a specific time?
The video lessons included in each weekly module have been pre-recorded and can be watched whenever is best for you. 

However, there are several scheduled times you’ll want to keep in mind. Homework is due to be submitted on Sunday evening to stay on track with your cohort. This will allow the chefs to mark your assignments and return their feedback ahead of the community call. 

Also, the community call will be scheduled via Zoom at a set time once a week. This is your opportunity to connect live with other students to discuss the week’s activities, and support and inspire each other creatively. 

What tools and equipment will I need for this class?
Most of the things you’ll need are likely already in your kitchen: things like an oven, a refrigerator, bowls and measuring cups. You’ll also want to common baking equipment on hand, too, like a stand or hand mixer, scale, parchment paper or silicone sheets, cake pans. 

Once you enrol, you’ll receive a full checklist of equipment and ingredients you’ll need to complete the weekly assignments. 

What happens if I miss an assignment deadline or don’t finish the class on time?
We recommend that you follow the curriculum as it’s laid out. This will help you stay on track with the other students in your class, so you can keep supporting and inspiring each other. Committing to the schedule is also the best way to build momentum in your cake decorating journey. 

If you do fall behind, we’ll still be here ready to cheer you on. As much as this course was designed to build your baking skills, it’s also an opportunity to get creative and have fun. 

Will I still have access to the class after the 6 weeks?
Yes, you will have access to all video lessons and recipes for a full 30 days after your course ends.

How much does the class cost?
This 6-week, immersive course is $249, plus applicable taxes. That’s $47 a week to access an online step-by-step curriculum that will level up your baking and decorating skills, and have you enjoy creative time in the kitchen. 

Does it matter what time zone I’m in?
You can take this course from anywhere in the world. The lessons are pre-recorded, so you can watch them around your own schedule. No matter your time zone, assignments are due on Sunday evening, and personalized feedback will be provided to you via our online platform. 

Where things might get tricky for those in different time zones is our live community calls. Le Dolci is based in Toronto, Canada and community calls will be scheduled in the early evenings during the week. Day and time will vary between each session. 

What if I’m busy right now? Can I enrol later?
We know it can be hard to fit in personal creative time within your busy day. That’s why we created a course that can fit into almost anyone’s busy week. But if you can’t make it to our next session, don’t worry, we’ll run this course once again in 6 weeks’ time.

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