Welcome, Friend!

Listen: it's a MYTH that you can't create your very own cake recipes. A total MYTH.

Hi there! I'm Shani Whisonant, the Chief Butter Ambassador and Owner of the Begin with Butter Home Baking Academy, and your personal Baking Bestie! Are you constantly frustrated by poor outcomes when you "experiment" with cake recipes? Have you ever tried to create a cake recipe of your own, with...not great results? 😬 Do you feel restricted because you *have to* use someone else's recipe every time you take out your butter and sugar? Well, you don't have to feel that way ever again, and the answer is easier than you could ever imagine. Welcome to Creative Cakes!
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Tell Me About Creative Cakes!

I Thought You'd Never Ask 😊

Creative Cakes is an on-demand course that I developed for the home baker/cottage baker/aspiring blogger who loves (and lives) to bake. In this course, you'll learn how how to shape raw ingredients into the cakes of your DREAMS. You'll be more than a baker: you'll be a recipe developer!

Our Students Loved this Course!

See what others are saying about Creative Cakes 🎂

“Shani changed my life with her course. I am as confident during baking as I have always been while cooking...you gave me the foundation I needed to become this free spirit home chef recipe developer that I love being.”

Mila M.

“Having a genuine love for baking, I knew there was something missing in my skills. I simply followed recipes with having great outcomes and sometimes not so much...After taking your baking classes, I now understand and respect the science behind baking. It is definitely changing the game for me in producing a consistent product.”

Sharonne M.

“This class was just what I needed & it was such a treat! It has awakened the sleeping baker inside of me once again. Shani's style of teaching is so easy to follow...in the end you're taking all the skills she's given you and creating your own recipe. it's really exciting to put it all together.”

Tamiko B.

“This is by far the best money ever spent, if you want to really amp up your baking game. I'm by far a more confident and capable baker after taking Shani's class...I can't recommend it enough.”

Emily E.

“With 50 years experience baking, I can now look at a recipe and understand why it works. She explains everything in an easy to understand manner...it's been like having all of your best friends in the kitchen with you.”

Amy M.

“Shani provided value to everyone in the class by sharing tips relevant to relative novices like me, to the seasoned baker interested in honing their skills.”

Christine S.

Here's What You'll Learn!

Learn the Secrets of Recipe Development With Your Favorite Baking Bestie and Baking Science Super Nerd!

  • Chapter 1: Fundamental Equipment for Cakes - Find out what you *need* to create your own cake recipes, and what you can leave in the cart for later.

  • Chapter 2: The Science of Baking Ingredients - In this chapter, you'll learn the science behind the most important cake ingredients, and why that science matters when you *ahem* modify others' recipes. (I see you, Recipe Rebels!)

  • Chapter 3: Perfecting Cake Techniques - Behind Door #3, you'll learn how to execute the most important cake techniques. Bonus: you'll see *exactly* what I do as a blogger and cottage baker to come up with consistently amazing, original cakes EVERY TIME.

  • Chapter 4: The Magic of Ratios - 🚨 Baking Super Nerd Alert 🚨 This chapter is so exciting! It's where you'll learn all about the importance of culinary ratios, and why they are the best starting place for original cake recipes!

  • Chapter 5: Finishing Touches - In this chapter, you'll learn three easily customizable cake toppers that you can change in any number of ways. With these base recipes, you can make your original cakes even more special!

Meet your Chief Butter Ambassador!

Shani Whisonant, Baking Science Super Nerd

For the last 8+ years, I've spent every day learning how to create my own amazing cake recipes. Learning the science behind baking can be a struggle for a self-taught baker (trust me, I've been there!). Now, I've put everything I've learned into an easy-to-follow, self-paced course that will take you from feeling overwhelmed by recipes that don't turn out quite right to developing your very own tasty cake recipes in one course.  That's right!  You'll get the benefit of my eight years of experience distilled into this amazing program.  You complete it in *your* time.  Whether that's two weeks or six weeks, I'll be here to guide you.

Become a Kitchen Boss With Creative Cakes

  • Stop Wasting Time or Money on Baking Experiments

    Learn baking science in a fun, engaging & rewarding way without costly mistakes or waiting years to perfect your recipes!

  • Build Your Kitchen Confidence

    Learn how to confidently develop your own creative cake recipes that'll have everyone asking *you* to bring YOUR SIGNATURE cake to every event. You'll begin as a baker and end as a recipe developer!

  • Access anywhere, anytime!

    You are in charge of your education. Access our video lessons and downloadable worksheets on your time and learn at your pace.

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Why Take a Course to Learn This?

Because the Culinary School of Hard Knocks is a 1-Star Experience.

I'm a proud graduate of the Culinary School of Hard Knocks.  That's the tongue-in-cheek way that I describe the way I learned to bake: too much trial and error, too much time spent trying to figure out which sources of baking information were good ones (and which ones...weren't), waaaaaaay too much money on wasted ingredients.  So, while I graduated from there, it was beyond frustrating at times, and there were many times that I wanted to quit.  I give it 1 star.

When I was learning, I longed for a reputable, approachable, one-stop-shop where I could improve my baking skills and have a great time.  I never found exactly what I was looking for, so I created it here for you!  It's my goal for you to feel more empowered and confident every time you bake; you can get all the tools that you need in this handy, fun course without having to pay for actual culinary school.  😊 

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  • What level baker is this for?

    This course was developed for all skill levels, from those who've never picked up a whisk or turned on their oven to those who've been following others' recipes for years. The Creative Cakes Course was created to help you go from recipe follower to recipe creator in a very short amount of time!

  • Why this course?

    Learning baking science can be a struggle. I've been there! But I've taken 8+ years of study and distilled it into an engaging, fun, easy-to-follow program that's self-paced for you, so that you don't have to struggle like I did! I'm bringing you the course I wish I had when I started baking.

  • What's included in the program?

    The course will give you all the tools you need to begin creating your own recipes at home! After purchase, you'll have lifetime access to the entire video library for the course. You'll also get all of the course printables that I use as handy kitchen guides, and the course workbook!

  • When does the program begin?

    The Creative Cakes Course launched on May 10, 2022. You can start whenever you're ready!

  • How long does this course take to complete?

    That, my friend, is totally up to you! There are five chapters in the curriculum, with a total of 2.5 hours of video instruction, combined with impactful and fun printables and lab assignments to help solidify your learning! Whether you complete the course in a weekend or a month is completely up to your schedule. That's the beauty of this course; it will always be here when you're ready.

  • What if I'm not satisfied with the program?

    We offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! If you are not satisfied with the course, you can request a refund within 15 calendar days of purchase (not inclusive of the purchase date) at [email protected]. Please review our refund policy for full terms and conditions.

Your Journey to Creative Baking Starts Here.

You don't have to worry about terrible cakes and inconsistent experiments any more.  Sign up today to start making the very best cakes of your life!