Cake and Icing Basics: Sat, Sept 16; 12-3pm; Chef Michael Kalanty (Shattuck Ave)

Cake and Icing Basics: Sat, Sept 16; 12-3pm; Chef Michael Kalanty (Shattuck Ave)
From USD $135.00
  • Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: P1NFTZ


Chiffon Cake

French or Italian Meringue Buttercream Icing

Kitchen on Fire hosts art historian-turned-baker and award-winning author, Michael Kalanty, for a hands-on workshop. Follow Chef step-by-step while making your own chiffon cake and buttercream icing, as well as techniques for decorating. Learn proper mixing techniques and baking procedures for cakes, especially how to test when the cake is done baking. Overcome your fears and gain confidence around slicing cake into layers, assembling, and frosting. You will also learn basic piping skills for decorative borders of shells and rosettes.

Chef Bio:

With more than 20 years of baking and cooking experience, Michael Kalanty is a master in all things bread and has won several awards for his writing and teaching. 
His certifications include Executive Pastry Chef, Culinary Educator and Master Taster. Kalanty was also named Chef Instructor of the Year by Le Cordon Bleu and has several full-length baking courses online, produced in partnership with His first book, How to Bake Bread, won "Best Bread Book in the World" at the Paris Cookbook Fair in 2011.

What to wear/bring to class: Please wear close-toed shoes to all classes. If you have shoulder-length hair or longer, please wear it back and away from your face; we have plenty of hair ties in the kitchen for you to use and keep. Feel free to bring a favorite apron or a knife you want to practice with, but know that we will supply all the tools you need at class.

Wine and other Alcoholic Beverages: We whole-heartedly invite class participants (who are 21 and older) to bring any beverages they would like to enjoy during their stay at Kitchen on Fire for personal consumption. We cannot sell or distribute alcohol and we uphold ABC regulations. No minor can drink and we cannot have intoxicated students attending a class. Our friends at Vintage Berkeley wine shop on Vine Street will extend a 10% discount on any bottles you purchase for your class at Kitchen on Fire - just bring in this letter.

Allergies: Please take a look at the class menu. If you think you might be allergic to anything on the menu please get in touch and we can double check the ingredient list (

Happy cooking,

Kitchen on Fire