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with Abby Dodge
Online Class

Baking Boot Camp: Cakes & Crusts

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Gain a reputation for the best cakes and pies around with guidance from cookbook author Abby Dodge. To begin, Abby shares her secrets for a moist, one-bowl banana cake topped with irresistible cream cheese frosting. Next, it's all about the right ways to bake with chocolate as you master the classic chocolate layer cake and luscious chocolate buttercream frosting. Fresh fruit tarts are always a hit, so up next, focus on press-in and cookie crusts, and then fill each with whipped mascarpone and luscious seasonal fruit. You'll never fear pie dough again after your next lesson! Create a rustic berry galette and learn Abby's special ingredient for your most delicious dough ever. Finally, master pie from scratch! From apple pie with a simple crumb topping to an easier-than-ever lattice top variation, you'll always win rave reviews when you serve this classic treat.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h54m

Included in this Class

1. Quick, Two-Step Cakes

1. Quick, Two-Step Cakes

Pastry chef and baker extraordinaire Abby Dodge kicks off her baking boot camp with a simple and delicious single-layer banana cake. Learn how to properly measure out dry ingredients and fold them into the wet ingredients. Add the finishing touches with a mouthwatering cream cheese frosting.

2. Mixing & Baking a Layer Cake

2. Mixing & Baking a Layer Cake

Who doesn't love chocolate cake? Abby takes your baking skills a step further with this classic layer cake, starting with how to perfectly grease and flour your pans and then demonstrating the right way to cream together butter and sugar. Learn about butter temperature and how to recognize visual cues that your batter is flawlessly mixed, then identify when the cake layers are perfectly baked.

3. Building & Frosting a Layer Cake

3. Building & Frosting a Layer Cake

Finish off your chocolate cake with a rich and silky chocolate buttercream frosting. Watch as Abby shows you how to cut your cooled cakes into layers and learn how to assemble and frost those layers. Is your mouth watering yet?