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Life Skills: Intro to Baking

This course listing applies to a Spring 2016 course. To find current courses, check out the Find a Course page.

Spring 2016
NST 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

This class is for all of you who have little or no baking skill and want to learn to make cakes and pizzas without setting fire to you and your roommates!

Benefits of knowing how to bake awesome things:

  • You get to eat awesome things
  • Your roommates will love you
  • You can invite that cute classmate over to have cupcakes

In this decal, we'll teach you how to make a wide variety of baked goods, assuming little or no previous experience. You'll be taught the various techniques to make different goods as well as the importance of the essential ingredients and what they do in the recipe. 

Each week, there'll be 1.5 hours of class (approx. 10 min. presentation and tasting baking, 40 minutes discussion, 30 minutes lecture).

You'll be put into pairs at the beginning (don't worry, you can choose your partner if you want, and we'll also take into account where you live and whether you two get along) and you'll work in pairs to make a recipe at home each week. We'll give suggestions for recipes but you're also welcome to try recipes that you find online or in books.

One unexcused absence is allowed but you and your partner are still expected to do the baking for that week.

There will be very short 1-2 page readings assigned from an e-book. These are designed to help you understand more about the "why" behind baking. Attendance will be taken weekly in the form of a one question quiz that should be very easy to answer if you have done the reading. 

There will be a final, which will take place before dead week. This will be a chance for us to all bake together in the Morgan Lab.

As a project, you'll compile your recipes (and any recipes that other people used that you like) each week into a recipe book with annotations and notes for improvement or modification. By the end, you'll have your own collection of recipes so you can continue baking in the future! 

How to Enroll:


Monday & Tuesday section times/locations have been posted! The info sessions will be on the first day of class for each section, during class time.

If you have already filled out an application, please edit your response to answer a few questions regarding sections and info sessions.

Applications are now closed. 

If you have applied to this DeCal, please stay tuned for emails! We're excited to see you all in the info session next week. 

If you are interested in this DeCal but you are a more advanced baker, you can get involved by applying to the Intro to Baking Facilitator Internship

The goal of this internship is to train future facilitators to teach the DeCal. You will learn more about how this DeCal runs behind the scenes and about the processes and logistics involved. 

Facilitator Internship Application:

Course Contact: introbaking AT

Faculty Sponsor: Kristen Rasmussen

Time & Location:

Monday SectionKylie Huang
Michelle Zheng
30107 GPBM 5p-6:30p1/25full
Tuesday SectionPatricia Li
2031 EvansTu 5:30p-7p1/26full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: BakingDecalSpring2016Syllabus.pdfJan 1369kbAdobe PDF (Viewer)View Download

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