Sponges

The ultimate online course

"Sponges have always terrified me. I knew there was a method that I was not doing, so was great to get this info. This is a great online course ... Loved it!" – Cath OSullivan, Perth

Discover the secrets to super light sponges – in your own time!

Sponges is an online course that will have you whipping up your own light and fluffy sponge cakes – in your own time, at your own pace – all from your own home kitchen!

Made up of a combination of demonstration videos, printable recipes and invaluable information sheets that you can study at your own pace, this fun and accessible course will teach you everything you need to know to conquer your fear of these gorgeous, classic cakes at home.

Guided by Anneka Manning, she will share her more than 30 years of baking experience, knowledge and research, as well as her practical and handy tips and tricks.

At the end of this course, you will walk away with fail-safe recipes, techniques and confidence you need to bake a gorgeous sponge whenever the mood takes you!

"Give it a go! Anneka will have you making a sponge in no time." – Alison McRoberts, Melbourne

Who is this course suitable for?
This course is, quite simply, suitable for everyone. As this course is completed online, it is available to students from all over the world.

How does a self-guided course work?
This online course is completely self-led and self-paced. Upon enrolment, you will gain access to the course content which you can work through at your own pace. You can log on whenever it is convenient for you and complete the modules one day at a time.

You can take as long as you need to complete the course – it's up to you how quickly you want to work through the content. You will have lifetime access to all the videos, recipes and printable information sheets so you can dip in and out of it whenever it suits you.

There is the option to connect with other bakers via Facebook through BakeClub's exclusive The Kitchen Table membership group and via Instagram using #bakeschoolsponges. This way you can share your experience and support each other as your confidence and skills grow.

So, is Sponges for me?

  • Have you always wanted to bake your own golden, light sponge cakes at home?
  • Would you like to learn a new technique and expand your baking skills?
  • Would you like to be guided and inspired by Anneka's 30+ years of baking experience in your own kitchen?
  • Do you have more time on your hands at the moment and keen to learn a new skill?
If any of these sound like you, then this course is the one for you!

What will I get?
  • Four downloadable modules which will take you through the complete process of making your own sponges
  • Invaluable printable information sheets and recipes
  • A thorough understanding of the sponge-baking process and how to apply what you’ve learnt to be able to troubleshoot in the future and ensure baking success
  • Membership to BakeClub's exclusive The Kitchen Table online group
  • Baking confidence, knowledge and skill to use regularly at home
What will I learn?
This course covers the various mixing methods and techniques used when making sponge cakes and includes the following recipes:
  • Classic Hot Milk Sponge
  • Raspberry Swiss Roll
  • Powder Puffs
  • Lemon Chiffon Cake
  • Sponge Fingers
  • Coffee & Almond Genoise (Gateau Moka)
  • Elderflower Gin Sponge
Included are also clever ideas on how to embellish your sponge cakes, as well as loads of helpful information, tips and tricks around sponge baking.



Your Instructor


Anneka Manning
Anneka Manning

Anneka Manning is an author, food editor, cooking teacher, home economist and the founder of BakeClub. With over 30 years' experience, she specialises in teaching the ‘why’ behind the ‘how’ of baking, giving home cooks the know-how, understanding and skill to bake with confidence and success, every time.


Course Curriculum


  Welcome to Sponges!
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  Module 2: Sponge Technique Videos
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Frequently Asked Questions


How will the course work?
This course is made up of 3 key components: A live demonstration which will take place on Zoom where Anneka will take you through the baking process; Written recipes and resources which you can work through at your own pace; and a closed Facebook Group where you can ask Anneka any questions that come up as well as troubleshoot any issues that arise during the course.
What's included in the cost of the course?
• A virtual live baking demonstration (which will be recorded) where you will learn and bake along with Anneka Manning through the complete process of making your own sponge cake • Access to a closed Facebook group where you will be able to ask Anneka any questions that come up during the course, as well as personal and timely baking advice, guidance and inspiration • A chance to learn about making your own sponges surrounded (virtually) by like-minded people • A thorough understanding of the baking process and how to apply what you’ve learnt to be able to troubleshoot in the future and ensure baking success • Invaluable printable information sheets and recipes • Baking confidence, knowledge and skill to use regularly at home.
How many students per course will there be?
We will only be accepting a maximum of 30 bakers for each course so that Anneka can answer your baking questions during the live sessions and provide personal feedback via the Facebook page throughout the course.
Do I have to use Facebook to take part in the course?
An important part of this course is the closed Facebook group which allows you to share your experience, receive timely support and generally communicate with Anneka and the other students. If you are not a Facebook user, or you’re apprehensive about joining the group, the course can still be completed without being a member however we do find that our students will get more from the course if they do participate. The more you get involved with the group and share your experiences, the more value it will add to your experience.
What if I miss the live session or am unable to watch it due to time differences?
The live session will be recorded and uploaded on to the Teachable platform so that you can watch it (or re-watch it) in your own time.
How long do I have access to the course content?
You will have access to the course content for six months from the date the course begins, so you can revisit any of the content and support material once the course has finished. The Facebook group will remain open for questions and feedback until the last day of the course, but you will be able to refer back to the content for up to 6 months after the course finishes.
How will I get the most out of this course?
To get the most out of this course, you need to set aside the time to attend the live session with Anneka, read the support material supplied and practise your baking over the duration of the course. The live session will be recorded so it will be available to watch at any time if you are unable to attend. However, we do recommend baking along to get the most out of the course. We do understand that life sometimes gets in the way so the content and live session video recording will be available for 6 months after the completion of the course. However, access to Anneka via the Facebook group will only be available to students for the duration of the course.
Can I use a BakeClub Gift Certificate to pay (or part-pay) for this online course?
Yes, absolutely! Please contact us ([email protected]) if you would like to use your BakeClub Gift Certificate towards this online course.

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