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free or inexpensive baking classes??

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I used the search function and did'nt find much(most baking and/or cooking classes are like $75 dollars), but are there any free or cheap baking classes that people can take just for fun? like at micheals arts and crafts where they have cake decorating for $18 dollars, anyways, if anyone can point me in the right direction, thank you

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    1. I have also been looking for this. Most "for fun" classes do seem quite expensive. I am checking out the New School of Cooking in Culver City, and the "cheaper" classes are around $60!

      1. What do you want to learn? Bread, cake, pastry? West Valley Occupational has an excellent class but it may be too intense. Do you have friend who can teach you what you want to learn?

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        1. re: Kate is always hungry

          No kidding?! I live very close to it. I never imagined they might have pastry classes.

          1. re: rainey

            They have a baking course and a cooking course. I went there and got a certificate in cake decorating. It's a good place to see if you want to get more involved in the culinary profession.

        2. I don't think that's a fair comparison between a cake decorating class at Michael's and a cooking class.

          Of course, that Michaels class is cheaper. It was probably only an hour, and you're comparing it to cooking and baking classes that usually last several hours.

          I think you need to define what is more important to you- learning to cook and bake or are you looking more for something fun and cheap.

          If its the former, then I'd suggest going to a class with hands on experience. But, that's not going to be free or inexpensive- that class needs to buy the ingredients for the students to cook or bake with, limit the size of the class so the teacher can keep an eye on the students, etc...

          1. ABC cakes does different types of classes. The ones I was looking at are $40, once a week for 4 weeks. I am not sure if that is $40 per day, but on the web sight it seemed like it was $40 for the whole time, which is a very good price.
            Hope this helps, and here is a link to their web sight
            http://www.abccakes.com/code/class.shtml