Claire Teaches You Cake Baking (Lesson 1) | Baking School | Bon Appétit

  • Published on Apr 9, 2019
  • Bon Appétit's Baking School is in session! In the series premiere, Claire reveals her trade secrets for baking light and airy cake layers, using three unique methods. At last, you’ll finally understand how gluten actually works.
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  • Bon Appétit
    Bon Appétit  13 days ago +1219

    The next four episodes are available to stream on Bon Appétit’s streaming channel as Claire walks you through the next steps: sweet spreads, frosting, stacking the layers and decorations. See how to watch now here:

    • Tina Bakhos
      Tina Bakhos 6 days ago

      Alicia Parker thanks I'll try that!

    • e s
      e s 7 days ago

      I just want the measurements of each ingredient to be able to follow along sigh, another commenter said they have the measurements on their streaming channel but it seems that it’s not available in Europe or potentially outside of America in general. So I, along with many others can’t follow along.

    • Izzy Z
      Izzy Z 7 days ago +1

      Where can I find the recipe !? I’ve looked everywhere!

    • clmbheat.322
      clmbheat.322 7 days ago +1

      Where can I get the measurements for the carrot cake? Like how much oil and all? Or did I miss it?

    • Asi895
      Asi895 7 days ago +1

      Great instructions but what about the quantities? Or am I missing something?

  • FionaBledsoe
    FionaBledsoe Day ago

    I absolutely 100% forgot to coat the pan for two separate cakes yesterday and I became so frustrated I threw what I could get out of the pans into the trash, the rest into the sink. So... typical novice mistake lol

  • Zoe Fugere
    Zoe Fugere Day ago

    Where can I find the written recipes?

  • Tiffany Aranda
    Tiffany Aranda Day ago

    i dont think i can thank you enough for these videos

  • velocityJE
    velocityJE 2 days ago

    I don't eat sweets but I watched every second of this series. As a cook it's good to know how to make this stuff.

  • Mia L.
    Mia L. 2 days ago

    hey guys, can we have (written) recipes for all three cakes? maybe on bon appétit site

  • MrPresidential
    MrPresidential 2 days ago

    Molly is hot

  • kaileeemily
    kaileeemily 2 days ago

    White cake is my fave

  • kaileeemily
    kaileeemily 2 days ago

    Is butter okay instead of the cooking spray? I use butter on the pan then coat in flour but idk if that changes anything or if it's the same lol

    • Karen Murray
      Karen Murray Day ago

      Samething, but still add flour to coat butter.

  • Adhi AA
    Adhi AA 2 days ago

    Claire, in one word, if I'd have to describe her, is Kawaii.

  • Yamile Lugo
    Yamile Lugo 2 days ago

    I don't have a stand mixer... Im about to withdraw from this course.

  • Nahla Aly
    Nahla Aly 3 days ago

    Forget about cake, I understand gluten so much better now. For real.

  • Mark
    Mark 3 days ago

    At first I was like wth is this doing in my feed as a recommended video.... but then, Claire; A surprise to be sure but a welcome one. Claire, you're awesome. You make these vids great.❤️

  • Tom James
    Tom James 3 days ago +1

    Measurements for the Yellow Cake.
    Nonstick vegetable oil spray
    4 cups cake flour
    2 teaspoon baking powder
    1½ teaspoon baking soda
    1½ teaspoon kosher salt
    1½ cups buttermilk
    ½ cup vegetable oil
    2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 cups sugar
    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    ½ cup (packed) light brown sugar
    1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
    6 large egg yolks
    3 large eggs
    Taken from BA website for a different yellow cake they made however the difference was the frosting so this should be good

  • suna 173.6jm
    suna 173.6jm 3 days ago

    this is so informative and interesting omg

  • Tommy Rabaut
    Tommy Rabaut 3 days ago

    Anytime Claire is in the thumbnail I watch it

  • Kasey Fox
    Kasey Fox 3 days ago +1

    I’d love the recipes for all of theses cakes! BA post the links of recipes in the description please!!!!!

  • Ronald Cozzalio
    Ronald Cozzalio 3 days ago

    Has anyone found the exact ingredient measurements for the birthday cake. I have been looking but can't locate..

  • Briana Muro
    Briana Muro 4 days ago +7

    Where are the exact measurements for the recepies I really want to make that carrot cake. 😭

  • melzwazoo
    melzwazoo 4 days ago

    Okay I know this sounds very dumb but what exactly is cake flour? Self rising? All purpose?

  • Austiiee
    Austiiee 4 days ago

    I'm all for a multiple part series because it keeps us viewers coming back for more buuut now I have to wait for all 5 parts to make my damn cake 😂😂😱

  • 1983Wells
    1983Wells 4 days ago

    I came for the baking lesson, I *stayed* for the Arrested Development reference. AND THAT'S! WHY YOU ALWAYS! PREP THE PAN!

  • Betty's Kitchen
    Betty's Kitchen 4 days ago

    I like Clair’s earrings. Looks pretty. Cakes look delicious. Where is Brad? Oh...c

  • layal kamal
    layal kamal 4 days ago +1

    But where are the measurements?

  • Anna Wessman
    Anna Wessman 4 days ago

  • Underspawn
    Underspawn 4 days ago

    Cake pans with removable sides only need the parchment paper right?

    • 2nd breakfast
      2nd breakfast 3 days ago

      Are you talking about a springform pan?

  • burnt chicken nugget
    burnt chicken nugget 4 days ago +5

    I love this vid with my whole heart but damn that crooked cut birthday cake made me upset

  • T1ny T1m
    T1ny T1m 4 days ago

    i am more of a pie guy

  • ; The Tongue Of Angels
    ; The Tongue Of Angels 5 days ago +5

    Watching Clarie always reminds me of what an independent woman looks like. It never occurred to me how much she inspires me.

  • randomdoodification
    randomdoodification 5 days ago

    I have a problem... i'm compelled to watch everything Claire!

  • fatima jawed
    fatima jawed 5 days ago +1

    Claire please make bounty bars in B.A test kitchen. Thanks

  • Chris
    Chris 5 days ago

    I love Claire!!!!!! Long live Claire Saffitz x BA!!!!

  • Carlotta Gehring
    Carlotta Gehring 5 days ago

    Why did you use cake flour for the yellow and white cake but all purpose for the carrot cake? Can I switch those out for each other In baking and what effects will that have on the texture of the cake?

  • Jonathan Presly
    Jonathan Presly 5 days ago

    Claire needs her own cooking/baking show for sure. I absolutely love learning from her as she has such an easy going attitude.

  • Megan Behrmann
    Megan Behrmann 5 days ago +4

    Can you guys post the recipes for these?

  • A B
    A B 5 days ago

    Where to get the recipe?

  • Anne Cadavos
    Anne Cadavos 5 days ago

    okay now I want cake :(((

  • Stantastical
    Stantastical 5 days ago +4

    OK but why was this filmed in Janet's void from The Good Place?

  • ArmouredUnicorn
    ArmouredUnicorn 5 days ago +3

    All of this great content for free, thankyou, Bon Appétit

  • Jhon Knight
    Jhon Knight 5 days ago

    Hi Claire, please teache us how to homemade Douritos

  • MyTubeIsBetter20
    MyTubeIsBetter20 6 days ago

    If you think I'm about to sit here and watch a 20 minute video about how to bake layer cakes... YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!

  • Joshua Resnick
    Joshua Resnick 6 days ago

    I love this new series! audio is a bit funny.... but the show is a win :)

  • Aaron Darr
    Aaron Darr 6 days ago +2

    She’s like the best boyfriend ever she makes me feel like i can do anything

  • sincerely, sue
    sincerely, sue 6 days ago

    I wonder if using cake strips changes anything?

  • Jackie Wallace
    Jackie Wallace 6 days ago

    I was taught to never ever ever open the oven while baking a cake because the cake would fall, but you obviously opened the oven to rotate the pans. Is it safe to open the oven while baking cake?

  • Ohlee Creates
    Ohlee Creates 6 days ago

    I love you guys at BA!!! I love how we don’t have to pay to see this!!! ♥️♥️♥️

  • Veronica Stern
    Veronica Stern 6 days ago

    Claire, why does one need to sift the dry ingredients? I have always wondered what the purpose of that step was.

    BELITEGA 6 days ago

    love the white cake batter recipe

  • Mary Kathleen Phipps
    Mary Kathleen Phipps 6 days ago +1

    I can't seem to find measurements for the golden layer cake. Are they available?

  • JW Janzy
    JW Janzy 6 days ago

    Does any of this change at a higher altitude?

  • sunshine JD
    sunshine JD 6 days ago +1

    2:40 anything wrong with handheld mixers, they've always worked fine for me

    • sunshine JD
      sunshine JD 5 days ago

      +Summer Bandicoot ah I see. I just fold it with a spatula if I don't want to know the air out but I see that advantage to stand mixers. Personally I like to bake a bit but not enough to justify buying a stand mixer so the hand held works well enough for me.

    • Summer Bandicoot
      Summer Bandicoot 6 days ago +1

      The main disadvantage is that you can’t switch out the mixing attachments. Some recipes will explicitly call for the paddle attachment not the whisk attachment to avoid beating too much air into a batter/mix (which sometimes leads to collapse after baking). Practically speaking that’s the main downside, but the stand mixer also has the advantage of being able to walk away from it and let it mix on its own. Especially if you’re doing something like an Italian meringue frosting which can take a while, it’s nice to not have to stand there the whole time. I also haven’t found any handheld mixers with the ability to control speed in the way that stand mixers do. Often handheld mixers start at a pretty fast pace and only get faster - there’s no true low/stir setting, whereas stand mixers go from very slow to very fast. A stand mixer’s whisk attachment is also larger and can work more air into a mixture more efficiently than a hand mixer. Plus you have both hands available to pour things into the mixing bowl, no fumbling around one-handed.
      HOWEVER bakers have been using hand mixers exclusively for a long time (or even no mixer at all) with perfect success so if you rarely bake, it might not be a great choice to drop $400 on a stand mixer. If you do get a nice one it opens more options for what you can make too - stand mixers typically come with a paddle, whisk, and bread hook attachment, but you can often purchase extra accessories for making ice cream, rolling pasta, etc. But if your hand mixer works for you then there’s not necessarily any need to change that!

  • New World Order
    New World Order 6 days ago

    I f@!#$ love claire

  • rshaddinger
    rshaddinger 6 days ago

    I see Claire.... I click.

  • Wayn Song
    Wayn Song 6 days ago

    where is the recipe?

  • - LilMajin -
    - LilMajin - 6 days ago

    I don't even like cakes and i watched the whole video.

  • Harry Gascoine
    Harry Gascoine 6 days ago

    It’s simple. If I see Claire in a video I’ll click on it

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    fsck 6 days ago


  • Dunno
    Dunno 6 days ago +1

    Where are the recipes??

  • Ива нова
    Ива нова 6 days ago +1

    Can't find a recipe, is it somewhere?

  • Kaylee Claire
    Kaylee Claire 6 days ago +6

    "A cake that's properly baked should taste good without any frosting at all" YESSS. Any time my mom makes cupcakes for work I ask her to leave some without frosting for me, because they're SO GOOD just by themselves!

  • Aisha Diaz
    Aisha Diaz 6 days ago

    Where can I find the ingredients list and their measurments?

  • Kelly Yeo
    Kelly Yeo 6 days ago

    Surely I wasn't the only one cackling at the sheer SIZE DIFFERENCE of the carrot cake vs the rest. 😂😂😂😂🎂🎂🥕

  • Lindsey Conservative

    I’m sensing some Good Eats inspiration...

  • Taylor Bryant
    Taylor Bryant 7 days ago

    Can you make gluten free baking videos?

  • James Traylor Jr
    James Traylor Jr 7 days ago


  • Noel Ng
    Noel Ng 7 days ago

    would appreciate subtitles!!

  • Pippy Amorin
    Pippy Amorin 7 days ago

    I'm loving this series! They're fantastic. Super informative and entertaining!!

  • Quintus Aurelius Symmachus

    Why would you want to start with dry first? Once you add the dry ingredients, gluten development starts.

  • GarriFree
    GarriFree 7 days ago

    Emulsifying oil into eggs plus sugar is just sweet mayonnaise...mayo cakes

  • HimerosWings
    HimerosWings 7 days ago

    Can Americans stop making these Carrot cakes with actual pieces of carrot to bite on?

  • JP Ag08
    JP Ag08 7 days ago

    Convection or conventional baking?

  • Regina Cuevas
    Regina Cuevas 7 days ago

    Could you guys make a gluten free cake series?? Please :)

  • KamoGaming
    KamoGaming 7 days ago

    I like the cutaways to what would happen if you messed something up

  • Maddie Sig.
    Maddie Sig. 7 days ago

    Is there a commercial cake that is carrot cake without carrots? I just hate the texture but I love the cake flavor :/

  • jaymesEo6
    jaymesEo6 7 days ago

    You too can bake this at home!
    How? It's simple! Just watch all five EASY half hour videos that explain how to do it and all the ways you can fail because of your moderate to novice level of baking knowledge. See "simple!"

  • polite cat
    polite cat 7 days ago

    Such a babe 😍

  • Notics Varus
    Notics Varus 7 days ago

    Two questions
    1) do you fill the cake pans to the middle? Or focus on exact amount in each pan? For the yellow cake, you put in 750grams. I feel like I answered my own question...
    2) what do you with all the left over egg whites? Can anyone recommend a good recipe that uses a lot of egg whites? Angel food cake... hmmm... 🤔

  • Levi Marshall
    Levi Marshall 7 days ago

    10:28 Claires clap turns the oven off.

  • Diogo Valmor
    Diogo Valmor 7 days ago

    Algum brasileiro que fala inglês fluente, poderia legenda essa série para os mortais. Please.

  • Diana Jurado
    Diana Jurado 7 days ago

    Is it just me or there are no measures for flour or salt or anything? :(

  • catherineee22
    catherineee22 7 days ago

    This is so informative!

  • pgbluster
    pgbluster 7 days ago

    You are so telegenic and charming, and an excellent teacher.

  • Kaitlyn O
    Kaitlyn O 7 days ago

    The content we *need*

  • Valeria A
    Valeria A 7 days ago

    This is SO helpful for a novice. Thanks BA and Claire.

  • Sakata Gintoki
    Sakata Gintoki 7 days ago +1

    I like the visual explanation, its very informative and helps me see why not to do those things. Thanks Claire

  • Corinne Kenny
    Corinne Kenny 7 days ago

    I LOVE baking cakes but this video was so insanely educational I LOVEDDD it! Bon Appetit, y’all are absolutely killing the game! Thank you all for putting so much hard work to inspire and equip young people like me to continue to grow and develop my passion for baking!

  • Odessia Rogers
    Odessia Rogers 7 days ago

    So a German chocolate cake would be an oil cake right?

  • Bgramx
    Bgramx 7 days ago

    I’m just sad there’s not raisins in the carrot cake.

  • Spuffle
    Spuffle 7 days ago +2

    I cant find buttermilk anywhere in the UK

    • Scarlett D
      Scarlett D 4 days ago

      1 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice, let sit 10 minutes. Voila buttermilk.

    • ShogunFS
      ShogunFS 6 days ago

      Same in Argentina, one would assume that if they make it very basic, they would use the most generic, run of the mill ingredients not specific to the US

  • e s
    e s 7 days ago +88

    Can you please start including the ingredients in your videos please? I love your videos but sometimes I have to google for the exact same recipe and keep going in between the recipe on the BA website and the video for visual instructions and it’s hard to follow along to bake like that. Also someone said the measurements of the ingredients for the cakes in this video are listed on the streaming channel but the streaming channel isn’t available for people in the EU. Not to sound entitled, it’s just that I’d appreciate it because I really enjoy BA videos and it’s not always easy following along without the measurements there. Sorry if I sound demanding or rude in any way. I don’t mean to.

    • Anthony Suazo
      Anthony Suazo 4 days ago +2

      e s I agree with this!!! At least for the yellow cake please

  • Claudia Trammell
    Claudia Trammell 7 days ago

    Please can you do a chocolate cake also

  • doodbool
    doodbool 7 days ago

    teacher is cheating

  • Raquel
    Raquel 7 days ago

    I’ve been having a question for a while now. What would be the best height of a cake pan? I use 2 inches but I find it to be a little short.

  • The Lone Chowder
    The Lone Chowder 7 days ago +4

    I'll take the giant carrot cake if you don't finish eating it(づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ

  • Ken Danieli
    Ken Danieli 7 days ago

    On this episode, Claire's audio level is fine when she's in the kitchen. By Episode 2, her audio is muffled in the kitchen.

    • Joe Luxem
      Joe Luxem 7 days ago

      Audio is abysmal for this entire series so far

  • Brendan Bush
    Brendan Bush 7 days ago

    That lighting at like 19 mins, also you can tell Claire is wanting to go home after being there for hours lol.

  • elnubnub
    elnubnub 7 days ago

    Very smart show

  • Govin Venethethan
    Govin Venethethan 7 days ago

    never understood carrot who tf wants a a cake

  • Jana Troha
    Jana Troha 7 days ago

    Could anyone help me identify the brand of her earrings?? 🙏🏻🙏🏻 love claire, she’s the coolest! ❤️

  • MissFreya89
    MissFreya89 7 days ago

    I feel I will need that bread recipe as well.. Looks delish!!!