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 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. Ingredients and quantities shared below as well:

Bread recipe quantities:

  • All- Purpose Flour – 1 ½ Cups (195 – 200 gms)
  • Yeast (Instant) – ¾ teaspoon
  • Vegetable Oil – 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) **You can also use Butter or Margarine
  • Sugar – 2 Tablespoons (25 gms)
  • Salt – ¼ teaspoon (Pinch)
  • Water (Lukewarm) – (approx.) 1/3 – 2/3 cup (85 – 160 ml)
  • Egg – 1 pce (beaten) – Egg wash

This is for a small loaf pan bread yield (Pan is appx. 5″x2″) You can double the recipe for a regular sized loaf pan. (9″ x 4″ bread pan)

RESOURCES: Tips for beginners on bread baking and using yeast:

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

If you would like to get our main recipe book: Baking with Amari: Cakes, Cookies and Breads. Click here for full information on how to get the book.

Happy Baking!

8 tools you have in your kitchen to start a home-baking business – podcast Ep. 15

Hi Bakers and Bakerettes. For our 15th Podcast episode; for hobby bakers who are looking to start a baking business and feel the need to get lots of money to buy tons of baking equipment – this episode is for you.

In this episode I share 8 tools you already have in your kitchen which you can start using in your home-based business then go adding over time.
All the best – Happy caking!

Ep. 15 – The Baking with Amari Podcast

Hi Bakers and Bakerettes. For our 15th episode; for hobby bakers who are looking to start a baking business and feel the need to get lots of money to buy tons of baking equipment – this episode is for you. In this episode I share 8 tools you already have in your kitchen which you can start using in your home-based business then go adding over time.

All the best – Happy caking !

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, 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 the search for “The Baking with Amari Podcast”

Amari Baking and Decoration Classes Scheduled for March 2020

Here’s an update on the classes we’ll be holding in the month of March 2020. If you would like to attend any of these classes; make sure to contact us and schedule a visit or if you would like to make an inquiry on any of the classes; you can call/text/Whatsapp on 0701796688 or email us on: amaribreads@gmail.com.

Amari students during our Intermediate Cake & Decoration class Feb 2020

Remember you have to book your spot by placing a deposit for any class. Deposits are non-refundable; so if you book a class – please purpose and plan to attend.

To get full details of topics covered in the class, just click on the highlighted class link and you’ll get the details:

Amari Basic Baking Short Course – 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. Dates(Saturdays) March 7th, 14th & 21st: 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Cost = Kshs. 8,500. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 5,500 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop a week before. Book by March 5th. If you book with full payment – you only pay Kshs. 8,000

Amari Advanced Cake & Decoration Course – this course is for you if you’re looking to improve your intermediate cake making & decoration skills to an advanced professional level. Dates: March 3rd to 6th, 10th to 13th, 17th to 20th & 24th to 27th: 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Cost = Kshs. 36,500. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 5,500 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop a week before. Book by Feb. 29th. If you book with full payment – you only pay Kshs. 33,500

3-Day Beginner Fondant Class – This class is for you if you’re looking to start learning how to decorate using fondant. Dates: (afternoons) March 17th – 19th: 1.30 p.m to 6.30 p.m. Cost = Kshs. 6,000. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 4,000 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop a week before. Book by March 14th.

1-Day Beginner Yeast Pastries Class – this course is for you if you’re looking to learn basic entry-level bread skills for a day. DateMarch 23rd. Cost = Kshs. 2,000. Book by placing deposit of Kshs. 1,000 and if possible; please visit the bakery workshop. Book by March 21st.

Students from our 1-Day Beginner Yeast class in 2019

Why you should start a home-baking business in Kenya – Podcast Episode 14

Hi Bakers and Bakerettes. In our 14th episode; I share 3 reasons why you should open a home-based baking business; especially if you bake at home and you’ve been thinking about baking for business.
It is definitely a good idea to turn your baking passion into an income generating activity.
If you like this episode; please make sure to share it.
Thank you – til next time! ^_^

Episode 14 – The Baking with Amari Pocast

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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 the search for “The Baking with Amari Podcast”

Why you should register a Business name for your baking business in Kenya

In this post; we share 3 reasons why you should run your small bakery business legally in Kenya by registering your bakery business name. Whether you have a small baking shop or you’re running a home-based baking business; you should register a business name.

You may be wondering why that’s important, here’s why:

  1. You’re able to own your own business identity.

This means that no one else can use your exact business name at all. You’re able to own your bakery business identity comfortably.

Own your business brand

2. It ensures that you’re running a legal business

If you’re baking for business; the best way to do it is in line with the County law. This will avoid any challenges you may encounter in the future especially when dealing with larger or corporate clients, or with government officials. If you’re doing business; do it the right way.

3. Helps make sure that you’re using an original name

You may pick a name to start using when baking for business; especially when baking at home. Then after using the name for a few months; you discover that there is another Business with that exact name. To avoid that type of challenge; search for a business name before starting business or at least early in your business journey. This will help you secure your own business name.

Below is the video we posted on the same topic:

Please leave a comment on what you think and if you have any challenges as a bakery doing business; please comment below and we’ll try and help us much as possible ^_^

Misconceptions of the Kenyan Baking Industry – Podcast Ep. 13

Hi Bakers and Bakerettes. In our 13th podcast episode; I share a few of the misconceptions that bakers who are starting home or small baking businesses tend to have. especially in Kenya when they’re starting out. They tend to realize over time that what they expected may be very far from the actual reality.

I hope this brings you value. Happy Baking -til next time.

The Baking with Amari Podcast- Episode 13

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, 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 the search for “The Baking with Amari Podcast”

4 Tips on improving your cake decorating skills: Podcast Episode 12

In our 12th Episode; I share 4 tips that will help you as a cake decorator; especially if you’re struggling with perfecting your cake decorating skills.
Hope this brings you great insight; feel free to share ^_^
Happy Caking, til next time!Bakingbakery

Episode 12 – 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, 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 the search for “The Baking with Amari Podcast”