Terri Bakes teaches baking classes for the individual and groups in various locations throughout the Lake Area. Book a class for your next girls' night out, to better your own skills, or simply for fun!
Terri is a baking and cake decorating instructor, teaching in retail, community and private in-home instruction. Where there’s a whisk, there’s a way - She can bring the class to you. Her goal is to teach the next-generation-bakers. What is learned in baking goes far beyond the kitchen walls. Baking gives you confidence and focus and the knowledge to combine butter, flour, sugar and eggs to create something wonderfully delicious.. it’s love made edible.
As a young girl, Terri was fascinated by the beautiful towering cakes made by her Great-aunt Fronnie. It was like watching a magician as she pulled the delicious cake from the oven as the mouth-watering aroma filled the air. Her Aunt then would crack and separate eggs and pour sugar and whip up the most beautiful white frosting that would be perfectly swirled upon evenly divided chocolate layers of deliciousness. Terri was in Love!
Learning to bake and sharing her love of baking has taught Terri that sharing her knowledge with others and the next generation is so important. The experience is just as important as what is being learned – and what is being learned through baking goes beyond the kitchen walls. Lasting memories are created, fundamentals can be applied to other tasks and we learn to communicate with others. In a world where technology rules, the basic skills of traditional baking are being lost. In Terri's way of thinking, baking warms the heart and feeds the soul. It is something to be valued and shared.
If Terri is not baking or teaching, she is reading baking books or watching baking shows. Terri gets inspiration from the Food Network, baking on PBS and anything Julia Child (she is a Julia Child fan-girl!). Terri has been a frequent visitor to Julia's kitchen at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History over the years.
Terri believes that learning never ends...and travels to King Arthur Flour in Norwich, VT for continuing education baking classes. She loves, loves, loves KAF.
Collecting cookbooks and Bundt pans are her an obsessions , especially any out of print or vintage books. She have almost every year of the Southern Living Annual Recipe books. Terri recently discovered “Let’s Bake” with Beulah Ledner: A legendary New Orleans Lady” while combing through the State Library of Louisiana online catalog. This tiny lady, a housewife and a mother living in New Orleans introduced us to the multi-layered French Doberge. Terri used Beulah's recipe to make last years birthday cake. See her blog post, “It started with a Lemon Meringue Pie.”
Terri used to bake for local Farmer's Markets but that cut into her teaching. What she loves, is to teach all she knows and loves about baking. She bakes, teaches and sometimes she is on TV. Terri appears on the KPLC Midday Show and made it to LA for the final auditions for Season 4 of The Great American Baking Show.
When you take a class from Terri, you'll enjoy a hands on class like no other. You will leave the class with knowledge and the inspiration to bake the world a better place.
Terri lives in her hometown Moss Bluff, LA with her patient husband who has come to accept you can never have too many Bundt pans.