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Baking Boot Camp: Cakes & Crusts

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Learn the secrets to baking cakes and pies that are always a success! From a decadent chocolate layer cake to the perfect apple pie, get ready to impress.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including recipes
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Abby Dodge
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Building & Frosting a Layer Cake
4. Tart Crust Techniques
5. Free-Form Crust Techniques
6. Single-Crust Pie Techniques
7. Double-Crust Pie Techniques

Taught by

Abby Dodge
Abby Dodge
Abigail Johnson Dodge is a two-time James Beard-nominated and IACP-winning author, baker, food writer and media personality. A longtime contributing editor to Fine Cooking magazine, Abby is the author of 10 cookbooks, including "The Everyday Baker." Her recipes and articles have appeared in dozens of cookbooks, publications and websites. Along with regular appearances on TV and radio, Abby teaches popular baking and cooking classes nationwide. For more information, visit her website,

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