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Upcoming online July Baking and Decoration classes at Amari

We’ve been running a few classes online and we’ve had quite some success with some of our students via e-learning. As we plan on how we will slowly re-start some of our practical classes in our bakery workshop. We’re still going to be holding online classes as well through-out the year for those unable to attend our physical classes.

We’re currently doing an intake for our July online classes. We will be offering five separate classes with a focus on different topics and baking techniques. Details are shared below for each class, if interested – please use the form below to reach out and inquire about joining the classes or contact us on no. 0701796688 (Call/SMS/Whatsapp: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Details:

Beginner Cakes & Buttercream Decoration 2-week Class. In this class you will learn how to bake Butter cakes and how to decorate with Buttercream frosting. This is a beginner level class.
Cakes covered: Vanilla Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet Cake, Fruit cake, Chocolate Fudge cake and Marble loaf Cake. How to decorate using American Buttercream frosting and Cream Cheese Frosting. How to decorate a Death by Chocolate cake using Glaze Ganache, Chocolate buttercream and Chocolate Shards. Decoration: How to layer cakes and decorate cakes with height, How to decorate borders and write on cake, how to decorate using edible print. Dates: July 1st to 15th The class will start July 1st 2020 and will end July 15th 2020, deadline to pay is July 5th

Beginner Sponge Cakes & Whipped Cream 2-week Class. In this class you will learn how to bake two types of Sponge cakes and decorate using fresh and non-dairy Whipped cream. This is a beginner level class.

Cakes covered: Vanilla and Chocolate Sponge Cakes. Black and White Forrest Cakes (how to assemble them). How to bake a Chiffon cake. How to decorate using non-dairy Whipped Cream and Fresh dairy cream. Decoration: How to properly layer cakes and decorate cakes using Whipped cream, cake borders and how to pipe flowers using Whipped cream. How to make two types of Chocolate cages and how to write using whipped cream. Dates: July 16th to 31st. The class will start July 16th 2020 and will end July 31st, 2020; deadline to pay is July 18th

Intermediate Decoration only 1-month class. In this class you will learn how to decorate using American Buttercream, Fondant icing, Whipped Ganache and SMBC. This is an intermediate level class – this means that you have to have some basic cake decoration skills.

Decorations/Topics Covered: How to decorate using buttercream frosting to get smooth sides, sharp edges and beautiful borders. How to layer and decorate tall cakes. How to make fondant and use it for cake decorations. How to use basic fondant tools e.g. molds, quilting tool, etc. How to make edible lace. How to decorate chocolate drips and make chocolate cages. How to pipe buttercream flowers. How to panel a fondant cake. How to make 4 types of sugar flowers. How to practice writing cursive on cake. Dates: July 1st to 31st The class will start July 1st 2020 and will end July 31st, 2020; deadline to pay is July 6th

Basic Cookies, Yeast and Puff pastries 1-month  Class. In this class you will learn to bake 3 types of cookies, 6 types of yeast pastries, Croissants and Puff pastry dough. This is a beginner level class.

Cookies covered: Chocolate chip cookies, Sugar cookies & Piped Vanilla Cookies. Yeast pastries: Home-made bread and scones, Yellow scones, Fried yeast donuts, Burger buns and Bagels.  How to make Croissants, Puff pastry dough and three types of puff pastry products: Palmiers, Sausage rolls and Meat Pies. Dates: July 1st to 31st The class will start July 1st 2020 and will end July 31st, 2020; deadline to pay is July 6th

2-week Custom Cake Decoration Only  Class. In this class you will learn how to decorate 3 Fondant Custom Cake designs: Fondant Jiko cake, African Pot and Fondant Kiondo cake. You will also learn how to make and use Fondant icing, American Buttercream frosting and Whipped Ganache. This is a decoration only class. This is an intermediate to advanced skill level class. This means that you must have prior knowledge of fondant making and an intermediate decoration skill level. Dates: July 6th to 20th The class will start July 6th 2020 and will end July 31st, 2020; deadline to pay is July 9th

Please Call/Text/Whatsapp us on no. 0701796688 (Monday to Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

You can also inquire using the form below.

Amari Online classes for the month of September 2020

As promised; we’ll be holding our online classes every month until the end of the year. For those who have signed up for our online classes and are truly committed; we’ve had success with them as they watch the videos and practice what they learn.

We’re currently doing an intake for our September online classes. We will be offering five separate classes with a focus on different topics and baking & decoration techniques. Details are shared below for each class, if interested – please reach out and contact us on no. 0701796688 (Call/SMS/Whatsapp: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Online class details below:

Beginner Cakes & Buttercream Decoration 2-week Class. In this class you will learn how to bake Butter cakes and how to decorate with Buttercream frosting. This is a beginner level class. Cakes taught: Vanilla Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet Cake, Fruit cake, Chocolate Fudge cake and Marble loaf Cake. How to decorate using American Buttercream frosting and Cream Cheese Frosting. How to decorate a Death by Chocolate cake using Glaze Ganache, Chocolate buttercream and Chocolate Shards. Decoration: How to layer cakes and decorate cakes with height, How to decorate borders and write on cake, how to decorate using edible print. Dates: September 1st to 15th The class will start September 1st 2020 and will end September 15th 2020, deadline to pay is September 5th Cost of online class is Kshs. 1,000

2-week Custom cakes Decoration Only  Class. In this class you will learn how to decorate three custom cakes: Kiondo cake, African Pot and Jiko cake.

Frostings covered: Whipped Ganache, Buttercream frosting and Fondant Icing. Concepts learned: How to carve and decorate a 3-D design of these cakes: Jiko, Kiondo and African Pot. This is a decoration only class. This is an intermediate to advanced skill level class. This means that you must have prior knowledge of fondant making and an intermediate decoration skill level. Dates: September 1st to 15th, 2020. Deadline to pay is September 5th. Cost of this online class is Kshs. 1,000

Basic Cookies, Yeast and Puff pastries 2-week  Class. In this class you will learn to bake 3 types of cookies, 5 types of yeast pastries, Croissants and Puff pastry dough. This is a beginner level class. Cookies covered: Chocolate chip cookies, Sugar cookies & Butter-scotch Cookies. Yeast pastries: Home-made bread, Dinner rolls, Yellow scones, Fried yeast donuts and Burger buns.  How to make Croissants, Puff pastry dough and two types of puff pastry products: Sausage rolls and Meat Pies. Dates: September 10th to 24th. The class will start September 10th, 2020 and will end September 24th, 2020; deadline to pay is September 13th  Cost of online class is Kshs. 1,000

Beginner Sponge Cakes & Whipped Cream 2-week Class. In this class you will learn how to bake two types of Sponge cakes and decorate using fresh and non-dairy Whipped cream. This is a beginner level class.

Cakes taught: Vanilla and Chocolate Sponge Cakes. Black and White Forrest Cakes (how to assemble them). How to bake a Chiffon cake. How to decorate using non-dairy Whipped Cream and Fresh dairy cream. Decoration: How to properly layer cakes and decorate cakes using Whipped cream, cake borders and how to pipe flowers using Whipped cream. How to make two types of Chocolate cages and how to write using whipped cream. Dates: September 16th to 30th. The class will start September 16th 2020 and will end September 30th, 2020; deadline to pay is September 20th  Cost of online class is Kshs. 1,000

Intermediate Decoration 2-week class. In this class you will learn how to decorate using American Buttercream, Fondant icing, Whipped Ganache and SMBC. This is an intermediate level class – this means that you have to have some basic cake decoration skills. Decorations/Topics Covered: How to decorate using buttercream frosting to get smooth sides, sharp edges and beautiful borders. How to layer, fill and decorate tall cakes. How to make fondant and use it for cake decorations. How to use basic fondant tools e.g. molds, quilting tool, etc. How to make edible lace. How to pipe buttercream flowers. How to panel a fondant cake. How to make 2 types of sugar flowers. How to practice writing cursive on cake. Dates: September 10th to 24th. Deadline to book this class is September 13th. Cost of this online class is Kshs. 1,000

P/S: Facebook account required to join this classes, as the online classes are held in a private/secret Facebook group for the two weeks.

Please Call/Text/Whatsapp us on no. 0701796688 (Monday to Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to inquire or book.

Why You Need to Register a Business Name for Your Baking Business in Kenya

Hi everyone; short post today on why it’s important to at least register a business name when you start baking for business.

First reason;

  • To own your own identity and brand. By making sure you’ve registered a business name, this means nobody else can actually use that business name and it belongs only to you.
Own your own brand

Second reason;

  • To run a legal business
  • If you’re baking for business, you need to do it legally, meaning you need to have a registered business name.

Third reason;

  • To make sure your business name is original
  • If you start a business using a name you haven’t registered, you might find somebody else using that same name later on.

If you would like to register your business name; you can go through the process online: visit ecitizen.go.ke to get started.

I hope this post has shared some helpful insight, if you have questions on the above topic – please comment below.

Make sure to share this post with someone you know who may benefit from it. Sharing is caring ^_^

6 Pricing Strategies You Can Use When Pricing Your Baked Products

Bakers and Bakerettes; especially those just getting into the baking industry or looking to start seriously baking for business in order to earn some income; struggle with how to cost their products correctly.

In this post; I wanna share the various types of pricing methods, why you need them and factors to consider while you’re pricing. This will be helpful to you especially if you’ve been able to cost your baked products; but you’re unsure on how to price and what you should consider while doing so.

Premium Pricing

  • This refers to costing a product at a high price due to its high quality.
  • This strategy is used for luxury custom and/or wedding cakes that are usually packaged really well. Or other high quality and artisan baked products.
  • The target market is usually consumers looking for good quality, who aren’t worried about budget.
Chiffon cakes by Amari – this is our premium priced brand for cakes

Penetration Pricing

  • This refers to when you enter the market with a really low price that you will later increase.
  • It’s a good strategy when you’re new in the baking industry and want to penetrate the market quickly.
  • You need to make sure that you inform your customers – that the price you’re selling at is a discount or sale price and that it’s going to increase later.

Economy Pricing

  • This strategy is used for low-budget, fast-moving products like breads, cookies and commercial cupcakes/queen-cakes.
  • If your target market is low-budget, you can offer them fast-moving products at a low price.
  • In order to make a profit, you have to mass produce, keep your costs low and make a lot of daily sales.

Price Skimming

  • This is when you’re introducing a new product (or technique) into the industry; pricing it really, really high and then as it gets saturated in the market, your price comes down.
  • This strategy is used for products that the industry has never heard or seen, which is rare in the baking industry. Though it works very well on new decoration techniques and styles/designs in the cake decorating industry.
New designs or techniques can use the Price Skimming method

Bonus pricing strategies  that should be used in conjunction with the above:

Psychological Pricing

  • Refers to using numbers to psychologically affect your client’s decision to purchase e.g. Ksh.999 instead of Ksh.1000.
  • The aim is to attract customers by making it look as if that product is actually cheaper than it really is.

Promotional Pricing

  • This is when you offer discount pricing during a certain season, such as Valentine’s Day and other holidays, or for specific products, such as BOGO (Buy One, Get One half off).
  • This strategy should be used often in your business, at different times of the year.

Importance of Choosing the Right Pricing Strategy

  1. You’re able to price well for your target market
  2. Attracting the right clients in the right niche will help you make sales. Examples: Using the economy pricing strategy for your luxury cakes will make your target market wonder why they’re so cheap. The premium pricing strategy can’t work for a low-budget target market that can’t afford highly priced products.
  3. Ensures you’re pricing for profit – you’ll have a profitable business.
  4. Using the wrong pricing strategy means you might not be making any profit.
  5. It ensures that you know your niche; this enables you to choose the right pricing strategy and price your products in a way that helps you make a profit.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Pricing Strategy
  • What type of business do you have? e.g. Do you only bake when you have an order?
  • Are you a luxury brand? Do you offer custom cakes that are really high quality?
  • Are you a high volume bakery? Do you bake a lot of products/Pastries daily and sell to people?

You need to know what kind of bakery business set-up you have, in order to know how you will price.

I hope the above information has been helpful to you. If you struggle with costing and pricing, please reach out to us. We offer free online costing classes and we also have a Pricing E-book you can purchase.

So I’m curious , are you a baker who’s doing business? Have you priced and costed your products? Are you struggling with pricing? Please share below.

Amari Online classes for the month of August 2020

As the month of July ends and we see an increased interest in our online classes, we’ve decided that we’ll continue holding our online classes every month until the end of the year. For those who have signed up for our onlineclasses and are truly committed; we’ve had success with them as they watch the videos and practice.

We’re currently doing an intake for our August online classes. We will be offering five separate classes with a focus on different topics and baking & decoration techniques. Details are shared below for each class, if interested – please reach out and contact us on no. 0701796688 (Call/SMS/Whatsapp: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Details below:

Beginner Cakes & Buttercream Decoration 2-week Class. In this class you will learn how to bake Butter cakes and how to decorate with Buttercream frosting. This is a beginner level class.

Cakes covered: Vanilla Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet Cake, Fruit cake, Chocolate Fudge cake and Marble loaf Cake. How to decorate using American Buttercream frosting and Cream Cheese Frosting. How to decorate a Death by Chocolate cake using Glaze Ganache, Chocolate buttercream and Chocolate Shards. Decoration: How to layer cakes and decorate cakes with height, How to decorate borders and write on cake, how to decorate using edible print. Dates: August 1st to 15th The class will start August 1st 2020 and will end August 15th 2020, deadline to pay is August 5th Cost of online class is Kshs. 1,000

Basic Cookies, Yeast and Puff pastries 2-week  Class. In this class you will learn to bake 3 types of cookies, 5 types of yeast pastries, Croissants and Puff pastry dough. This is a beginner level class.

Cookies covered: Chocolate chip cookies, Sugar cookies & Peanut Butter. Yeast pastries: Home-made bread, Dinner rolls, Yellow scones, Fried yeast donuts and Burger buns.  How to make Croissants, Puff pastry dough and three types of puff pastry products: Sausage rolls and Meat Pies. Dates: August 10th to 24th. The class will start August 10th, 2020 and will end August 24th, 2020; deadline to pay is August 13th . Cost of online class is Kshs. 1,000

Beginner Sponge Cakes & Whipped Cream 2-week Class. In this class you will learn how to bake two types of Sponge cakes and decorate using fresh and non-dairy Whipped cream. This is a beginner level class.

Cakes covered: Vanilla and Chocolate Sponge Cakes. Black and White Forrest Cakes (how to assemble them). How to bake a Chiffon cake. How to decorate using non-dairy Whipped Cream and Fresh dairy cream. Decoration: How to properly layer cakes and decorate cakes using Whipped cream, cake borders and how to pipe flowers using Whipped cream. How to make two types of Chocolate cages and how to write using whipped cream. Dates: August 17th to 31st. The class will start August 17th 2020 and will end August 31st, 2020; deadline to pay is August 20th  Cost of online class is Kshs. 1,000

Intermediate Decoration 2-week class. In this class you will learn how to decorate using American Buttercream, Fondant icing, Whipped Ganache and SMBC. This is an intermediate level class – this means that you have to have some basic cake decoration skills.

Decorations/Topics Covered: How to decorate using buttercream frosting to get smooth sides, sharp edges and beautiful borders. How to layer, fill and decorate tall cakes. How to make fondant and use it for cake decorations. How to use basic fondant tools e.g. molds, quilting tool, etc. How to make edible lace. How to pipe buttercream flowers. How to panel a fondant cake. How to make 2 types of sugar flowers. How to practice writing cursive on cake. Dates: August 10th to 24th. The class will start August 10th 2020 and will end August 24th 2020; deadline to pay is August 13th  Cost of this online class is Kshs. 1,000

2-week Wedding Cake Decoration Only  Class. In this class you will learn how to decorate two Wedding cake designs. How to take a wedding cake order, cost and price a wedding cake and how to give a quotation. Wedding cake contracts and consultations.

Frostings covered: Whipped Ganache, Buttercream frosting, Gum paste and Fondant Icing. Concepts learned: How to stack a 2-tier cake and how to stack a 3 tier cake. How to make edible fabric, sugar lace and use stencils on cake.

This is a decoration only class. This is an intermediate to advanced skill level class. This means that you must have prior knowledge of fondant making and an intermediate decoration skill level. Dates: August 17th to 31st. The class will August 17th 2020 and will end August 31st 2020; deadline to pay is August 20th. Cost of this online class is Kshs. 1,500

N/B: Facebook account required to participate in the classes please.

Please Call/Text/Whatsapp us on no. 0701796688 (Monday to Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

3 Quick tips to get you Wedding Cake orders in 2020

Hope you’re all doing well. Today, I want to cover a topic that a lot of bakers, especially amateur bakers – or if you’re really new in the industry, tend to ask or comment in a lot of our platforms. A lot of Bakers ask, “How do I get my first wedding cake?” Or, “How do I attract wedding cake orders?”

I’ll share a few tips below on how to attract your first wedding cake orders below:

  1. Start building a portfolio

So the first thing I tell you, even if you’ve never baked a wedding cake order, I would suggest decorating cake dummies as if you’re doing a wedding cake order, and then take pictures of that and you’ll have like something to showcase to show that you can actually do a wedding cake for someone.

Do a sample cake dummy to show-case your skill
  • 2. Take a wedding cake class

The second thing you can do, if you are not confident in your skill, is to take a wedding cake class. We sometimes we offer these three-day classes for wedding cakes. Once you take a class; you’ll gain that confidence you need. After the class, make sure to repeat what you have learned in your kitchen. Practice decorating a wedding cake, take pictures and use them to attract orders.

Join our 3-day Wedding cake classes and learn lots
  • 3. Shadow a baker who does wedding cakes

Approach a baker who mentors you or who you’re close to and help them out when they’re doing a wedding cake. You’ll get the practice you need and you’ll get to see the process of making a wedding cake. Going through the whole process with another baker one or two times, will give you the confidence you need to be able to do it yourself when you get an order.

I hope those tips will help you in getting your first wedding cake order. If it has or you have a question on this topic, please leave a comment below.

If you’re interested in our 3-Day wedding cake class, we have one coming up in July from 28th to 30th. You can check details here = Amari Classes. You can also contact us on no. 0701796688 (call/sms/Whatsapp) to inquire as well.

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Amari intake for Practical Baking & decoration Classes in July 2020

We’re glad to announce that we’re restarting our practical classes from July 13th, 2020. We will do so very carefully with precautions in place to ensure Covid-safety for both our instructors and students. Below are the pre-caution on Covid Safety in our bakery workshop

COVID-19 SAFETY: Please note that we require all our students to wear a face mask all through the class, we will also provide a dust-coat and gloves for you to wear as well during practical classes. All these precautions are mandatory and if you cannot abide by them; you cannot attend our classes. If you fail to comply while in class with any of these precautions, you will be ask to leave the class. In line with the social-distancing directive; we are only taking 4 students per class.

Shared below is our schedule for July classes, we are still working on the August schedule and we’ll update as time continues. Thank you to all for your continued support. To book for any class, please call ahead to schedule a visit to know the place, before starting class. Contact us on no. 0701796688 (Call, SMS or Whatsapp), you can also send us an email at: info@amaribakery.com

Amari Short Basic Baking Course. Dates: July 13th to 17th (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily) Cost: Kshs. 8,500. Deadline to book is – July 10th.

This course is for you if: You’re getting into the baking world and you want to learn basic baking skills to use at home as a hobby or to test out whether Baking is a skill you’re interested in pursuing.

Amari 3-Day Beginner Fondant Class Dates: July 21st to 23rd (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily) Cost: Kshs. 5,000. Deadline to book is – July 18th.

This course is for you if: You’re looking to start learning how to decorate using fondant. This is a decoration only class, no baking.

Amari 1-Day Beginner Yeast Class. Date: July 24th (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily) Cost: Kshs. 2,000. Deadline to book is – July 21st.

This course is for you if: You’re looking to learn basic entry-level bread skills for a day.

Amari 1-Day Local Pastries Class. Date: July 25th (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily) Cost: Kshs. 2,000. Deadline to book is – July 22nd.

This course is for you if: You want to learn how to make simple local fried snacks in your home kitchen for a day.

Amari 3-Day Wedding Cake Class. Date: July 28th to 30th (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily) Cost: Kshs. 8,000. Deadline to book is – July 25th.

This course is for you if: You’re looking to learn how to decorate and stack cakes for wedding orders. This is a decoration only class, no baking.

Amari 1-Day Puff Pastries Class. Date: August 1st (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily) Cost: Kshs. 2,500. Deadline to book is – July 30th.

This course is for you if: You’re looking to learn or improve your Puff pastry skills for a day.

Contact us if interested in attending any of the above classes, our bakery workshop is located on Ndwaru rd, in Riruta/Waithaka area, off Naivasha rd. On Google Maps, search “Amari Baking Center”. If you want to attend the classes and you’ve never visited our bakery workshop; please call ahead and schedule a visit – it’s not mandatory but it’s highly advise-able for time planning when it comes to punctuality in class.

To visit, please make sure to call ahead and confirm the best times to visit as the bakery workshop may not be open to visitors at all times. Thank you

Amari Online Baking and decoration classes in 2020

During this time of social distancing and a government directive to avoid close-contact gathering; we have had to postpone our physical and practical classes; just to ensure safety for all, including our instructors.

We at Amari haven’t stopped sharing baking, decoration and baking for business knowledge though; we’re just doing it in a different way – Online.

If you’re looking for ways of learning or improving your baking or cake decoration; we have various options for you, online you can use. Firstly; we sell recipe e-books (PDF Format, unprintable), please check this link = www.amaribakery.com/books for the full list of all the e-books we have available. You can also take the time to read information and baking tips shared on this blog site, check the “Baking 101” and “Our Recipes” categories – lots shared there ^_^

We also have a YouTube channel where we share lots of baking, business advice and decoration tutorials as well – Amari YouTube Channel. We’re also on Instagram and Facebook where we share tons of info and updates on current classes on those profiles as well – if you don’t, please follow us.

We also have a list of online classes that will run May to July 2020 listed below. If you’re interested in any of the classes below; please reach out to us and you’ll get full details on how to join and access the class.

You can reach out to us using the contact form below, or via email: Please mention which online class you’re interested in: amaribreads@gmail.com You can also send DM (Direct message) on our social media platforms as well. You can also reach us on: 0701796688 (Monday to Saturday) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. **(Whatsapp or Text preferably please)

Duration for the classes:

N/B: NEXT INTAKE IS IN JUNE 2020. We’ll update the dates soon.

Cookies, Yeast & Puff Pastries Class: May 1st to June 30th. Topics Covered: Bread (home-made & commercial), Buns/Scones (home-made & commercial), Hot dog buns, Burger buns, Donuts, Pretzels, Bagels, Croissants, Puff pastry dough & products: Palmiers, Meat Pies & Sausage rolls. Sugar Cookies, Lady finger cookies, Meringue cookies, Short bread, Chocolate chip cookies and Coconut Macaroons (*Please note these are not ‘Macarons’).

Class videos will only be available for that duration of time; after that you will no longer have access. You will get all recipes for the class as files that you can save or print. Cost is Kshs. 1,000 – pay to Lipa na Mpesa, Buy Goods till no. to access the class. It’s held in a Private Facebook group which you will be invited to. Deadline for intake for this class is May 5th; after that we will no longer take in more students.

Basic-Intermediate Cake & Decoration Class: May 1st to June 30th. Topics covered:Vanilla Chocolate Chip cake, Chocolate Fudge, Red Velvet, Cherry cake, Light and Rich Fruit cakes. Black and White Forrest cakes, Chiffon cake. Decoration: Whipped Cream (fresh & non-dairy), Buttercream frosting (American), Royal Icing and Glaze Ganache. Techniques: Forrest cakes assembly, Writing on cake, Piping and cake borders, Chocolate cage, Drips on cakes, How to decorate a 1Kg cake order. Edible print and how to decorate tall cakes.

Class videos will only be available for that duration of time; after that you will no longer have access. You will get all recipes for the class as files that you can save or print. Cost is Kshs. 1,000 – pay to Lipa na Mpesa, Buy Goods till no. to access the class. It’s held in a Private Facebook group which you will be invited to. Deadline for intake for this class is May 5th; after that we will no longer take in more students.

Cake Decoration Online Class: May 11th to July 11th. Topics Covered:American Buttercream (advanced techniques e.g. piping), Royal Icing (piping and making 3 consistencies), Non-Dairy Whipped cream – how to whip and designs, Fresh cream – how to make and use, Whipped Ganache: crumb-coating a cake with it and decorating with it. SMBC: how to make and decorate with it. How to make fondant (two recipes) and  gumpaste. Techniques taught: tall cakes, stencils, air-brushing, painting on cake, writing cursive on cakes, Basic Chocolate decorations using molds, Sugar flowers: un-wired (4 types) and wired flowers (3 flowers), Wafer paper; how to use it to decorate cake – Basic designs. Fondant decoration techniques: tall cakes, quilting design, how to use molds for borders & how to use silicone mats.

Class videos will only be available for that duration of time; after that you will no longer have access. You will get all recipes and templates for the class as files that you can save or print. Cost is Kshs. 1,000 – pay to Lipa na Mpesa, Buy Goods till no. 89736 to access the class. It’s held in a Private Facebook group which you will be invited to. Deadline for intake for this class is May 18th; after that we will no longer take in more students.

Interview with Kenyan Baker – Chef MaryKate of Food Concepts – Podcast Ep. 16

Hi Bakers and Bakerettes. In our 16th episode I interviewed a Kenyan Baker – MaryKate Maina. She shared a little bit about herself and a bit of advise. She also asked me a few interesting questions as well. Hope this episode brings you value. All the best and Happy Baking. Til next week!

The Baking with Amari Podcast

To listen on Anchor (Podcast app) – Click here

Our Podcast is also available on other platforms; they are: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Pocket casts, PodBean, Radio Public, Overcast, Stitcher and Anchor. You can listen in on your favorite podcast app and if you don’t have one and would like to try one out, you can check out “Anchor” or “Stitcher” on Google Play, download and then search for “The Baking with Amari Podcast”

If you would like to watch the video interview, watch below:

How to make Home-made Bread from Scratch

We shared a video with a step by step tutorial on how to make your own bread at home. This is a simple and easier method; best for home baking.

If you have a small microwave size oven or a home cooker with an oven; you can make your own fresh bread at home. Please watch the method below.

To get the full bread recipe, ingredients and tips on using yeast; click here and submit your e-mail = http://bit.ly/BreadRecipeForm

The recipe will be sent directly to your e-mail address. If you don’t see it in your inbox; check spam folder in case ^_^

All the best; please do comment below if you have tried the recipe out or if you have any other bread making related questions. Happy Baking!