Cake Baking and Decorating Retreat

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, California
October 17–18, 2020


In this two-day, intensive, hands-on cake baking retreat at San Francisco Cooking School, you’ll bake alongside our editor-in-chief, Brian Hart Hoffman, and learn expert cake advice from chef instructor Robin Rodriguez.

At this retreat, you will bake your own multi-layer cake from start to finish. You’ll learn techniques for baking tender layers of moist yellow cake; how to prepare delicious fillings such as jam, buttercream, and whipped ganache; pro tips for crumb coating cakes; best practices for assembling; how to make a luxurious Italian meringue buttercream; and how to pipe and decorate like a true pro. 

We will dive deep into a variety of pastry tips, building in lots of time for you to get practiced in piping a variety of different decorating techniques. You’ll learn how to finish your cake with a smooth or textured finish; how tools like cake wheels, combs, and spatulas are your new best friends; and how to color your buttercream for a picture perfect end result.

Each day at San Francisco Cooking School includes morning coffee, lunch (with wine to celebrate your baking accomplishments!), and plenty of time to taste and talk about all things cake-related. So, roll up your sleeves, tie on your apron, and let’s bake.

Please note all 14 spots of this baking retreat must be filled by September 15 for the retreat to take place. Don’t wait! Register today.

We will send an email confirmation to all participants when this number has been met.

Testimonials from Previous Retreat Guests

“The weekend was priceless… full of joy and laughter centered around baking in an incredible environment. An amazing opportunity to immerse myself in baking with new knowledge and friendships gained. I came home inspired and confident to replicate techniques at home.”

“Everything I’ve come to love about Bake from Scratch magazine I experienced tenfold in the baking retreat! Along with the fabulous food and spot-on instruction, the conversation and laughter shared over rising dough or wine glasses with fellow bakers was an absolute highlight!”

“There’s nothing better than baking alongside other passionate bakers and having plenty of fun and delicious food along the way. This is one baking experience I will always remember!”

What’s Included
  • All hands-on classes at San Francisco Cooking School, including coffee, lunch, and wine
  • A special gift bag from Bake from Scratch
What’s Not Included
  • Travel to/from San Francisco
  • Hotel accommodations.

Have a question about this baking retreat? Contact us.

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About Chef Robin Rodriquez, Instructor, San Francisco Cooking School

Robin Rodriguez is a seasoned professional with more than 22 years of experience in bakeries, restaurants, and high-end catering. Teaching is a lifelong passion for Robin, and she is dedicated to sharing her skills with students so they can confidently pursue their own career paths.

Saturday, October 17
San Francisco Cooking School Cake Baking and Decorating Retreat
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, October 18
San Francisco Cooking School Cake Baking and Decorating Retreat
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The entire trip cost (100%) is due at booking. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. We accept payment by American Express, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and Amazon Pay. Trip prices are in US dollars.

The price of the trip includes all classes at San Francisco Cooking School.

Since the trip is nonrefundable, we suggest buying trip insurance through a company like Travelex. You can also check with your credit card company to see if they provide travel insurance.

If you don’t purchase travel insurance, you agree to indemnify us against any charges that might otherwise be covered by your insurance. You further agree that we are not responsible for any costs of cancellation by you.

Your credit card will be charged by Hoffman Media, the parent company of Bake from Scratch.

We reserve the right to cancel the trip if fewer than 12 participants have signed up by September 15, 2020. If Bake from Scratch initiates the cancellation, we will refund all payments. We will send an email confirmation to all participants when this number has been met.

Have a question about this baking retreat? Contact us.

Are children able to attend this retreat?
All participants must be 18 years old or older to attend this baking retreat.

Is this baking class hands-on?
This class is hands-on. Over the two days, you will bake and decorate your own cake that you will leave with on Sunday. You will be paired up at a baking station with another baker.

How many people will be in class?
This retreat is limited to 14 people, so the class size will be intimate.

Is this retreat better suited for professionals or home bakers?
Our retreats are geared for passionate home bakers, but professionals are always welcome.

Where should I book a hotel room in San Francisco?
There are a lot of hotel options in the Union Square area of town, which is nearby.

If I am visiting and don’t have a car, what’s the best way to get to San Francisco Cooking School?
Several ride-sharing services, such as Lyft and Uber, are available in San Francisco. You can also ask your hotel to arrange transportation for you.

Is there parking available at San Francisco Cooking School?
There is one parking lot nearby: Opera Plaza Garage. Street parking is available, but please do not leave anything (even empty bags) visible in your car.

What should I plan to wear?
Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back. Aprons will be provided.


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