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Baking Swaps

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Bake cakes that fit your lifestyle, whether you’re gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, or simply averse to specific ingredients.

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What You Get

  • 4 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including recipes
  • Detailed instruction, explanation and demonstration
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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With a few healthy tips and ingredient swaps, making your favorite sweet recipes fit your dietary needs is simple. Join our resident cake slayer, Joshua John Russell, as he shares smart baking substitutions to make four delicious, lifestyle-conscious cakes. By the end of class, you’ll be able to modify recipes for all kinds of special (or not-so-special) occasions. Plus, find out how Joshua changed his eating habits to accommodate his own dietary requirements.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Gluten-Free Cookie Cake
Dive right in by learning to make a gluten-free cookie cake that tastes just like the chocolate chip cookies we all grew up with. Topped with a beautiful ganache and colorful sprinkles, this is a great recipe for kid and grown-up events alike.
2. Dairy-Free Cheesecake
3. Vegan Carrot Cake
4. Chemical-Free Rainbow Cake

Recommended with this class

  • Standard baking implements: pots, pans, mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, spatula, whisk
  • Stand mixer, food processor
  • Springform pan,

Taught by

Joshua John Russell
Joshua John Russell
Joshua John Russell is an Atlanta cake artist and popular instructor. He's also the star of the YouTube series "Man About Cake." He learned baking and pastry arts at Johnson & Wales University, but his elegant and detailed cake designs are all his own. A finalist in "Last Cake Standing," he has appeared on the "Food Network Challenge" 15 times, showing the world cake artistry that is by turns ornate, over-the-top and seriously cool.

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