The Versatile Baker

Don’t cheap out on ingredients, cheap out on your time.

There’s a reason for everything we do at DTC and the reason is always efficiency. No one has time to waste making multiple cake recipes with different ingredients and methods every week. The vanilla cake recipe uses butter, but the chocolate cake uses oil and the red velvet cake requires buttermilk. Planning, shopping, making – a weekly nightmare. Oh, is this you? We’re sorry. 

Cake life doesn’t have to be like this. 

In this comprehensive online course, we will guide you through the entire DTC baking and flavour making system and show you how to take control of your valuable time and processes so that you are able to achieve effortless results. Every single time.

  • One base recipe, 10+ flavour variations.
  • Same five core ingredients. Same method. Maximised efficiency.
  • One recipe makes: Cakes. Cupcakes. Baked Donuts. Gluten Free. Eggless. Lactose Free.

Get ready to become the versatile baker and creative flavour maker you know you can be! 

Who is this course for?

  • The Busy Commercial Cake Kitchen baking large quantities
  • The Home Kitchen baking cakes, cupcakes or baked donuts for the family
  • Everything in between

If you want to

  • Streamline your baking system and processes for maximum efficiency
  • Know how to creatively develop new cake flavours without spending thousands of dollars and years of testing
  • Produce delicious, flavoursome cakes that can wow any crowd
  • Restore balance to your hectic cake life
  • Unleash your creative potential


Then this course is for YOU!


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Rated 5 out of 5
December 23, 2021

Very simple but massively effective. Clear instructions that give amazing results and lots of lovely flavours to try. Definitely something to invest in


Simple yet effective

Rated 5 out of 5
December 23, 2021

Thao’s online courses are incredible. Im enrolled in 3 and they are straight to the point, no faff information with complimenting written & video material which together is brilliance.
From the the course layout to the recipes there’s just no messing about and I love how “time conscious” is the centre of it all.

T Ismail

The Versatile Baker

Rated 5 out of 5
December 22, 2021

I have been baking for over 20 years and still learnt so much from this course. Worth every penny.


The Versatile Baker

Rated 5 out of 5
December 22, 2021

Incredibly easy, tasty recipes and a fantastic online community for extra support. I have never managed to get a tall cake to bake properly until this course. Highly recommend.


The Versatile Baker

Rated 5 out of 5
December 22, 2021

As a home cook I have purchased nearly all the online courses and have found them so easy to follow. I have made most of them, especially during lockdown to save my sanity!


Worth the investment!

Rated 5 out of 5
December 24, 2021

I prioritize efficiency in everything I do, so I was thrilled to come across this course! I have invested in a few others in the past but the quality of presentation and information doesn’t come close to what Thao has put together. She is very knowledgeable and I hope to learn more from her in the future!


$499 AUD

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549 Students

Lifetime support from instructor

Access from desktop, tablet & Smart devices

Membership to exclusive Faceeebook Student Group

Certificate of completion

Thao Armstrong

What You'll Learn

We’ll show you from start to finish the most efficient baking and flavour making system

Learn the essentials in how to bake any cake correctly, including:

It starts with the correct mindset and that is to work smarter, not harder. This module helps you set attainable goals and be open to working more efficiently. Having effective systems in place saves you time and in turn creates room for experimentation. The more you experiment, the more confident you’ll be.

Everything you need to know to set up an efficient cake kitchen, including:

  • Essential tool list and brand recommendations
  • Ingredients & supplies list and brand recommendations
  • Time management including example weekly schedule
  • Food safety overview
  • Suppliers list with discount codes

A realistic serving guide for layer cakes.

  • Complete DTC standardised cake sizing system and how to create your own system to suit your kitchen and needs. Maximum efficiency guaranteed
  • Complete DTC cake cutting guide for round and square cakes from 4 inches to 12 inches
  • DTC servings number charts for single, skyscraper, two/three/four tiers cakes for both round and square.

Learn the essentials in how to bake any cake correctly, including:

  • Understanding how to achieve certain cake structure
  • Understanding the roles of essential ingredients
  • How to bake perfectly tall cakes that don’t burn around the sides
  • The full DTC baking system
  • How to cut level cake layers with ease using various tools

Learn to make the recipe that is the base to all the other flavours you’ll make:

  • DTC Vanilla Cake recipe
  • Recipe’s adaptability: sugar substitutes, gluten-free, lactose free, eggless.
  • Baking charts: batter weight, scaling ratio and baking time for cake sizes from 4” to 12”
  • DTC Vanilla Cupcake & Baked Donuts recipe
  • DTC tips & tricks

This module gives you the framework upon which you can experiment to come up with your own flavours

  • Cream infusion method
  • Whole ingredients method
  • Combination method

All the flavour variations recipes, including:

  • Earl Grey, Chai Tea, Matcha, Spiced
  • Lemon, Orange
  • Coffee, Caramel, Cookies n Cream, Funfetti
  • Banana, Raspberry, Blueberry, Cinnamon Apple
  • Recipes include cakes, cupcakes and baked donuts for each flavour

Bonus recipes:

  • DTC Chocolate Cake, Cupcake & Baked Donuts recipes
  • DTC Red Velvet Cake, Cupcake & Baked Donut recipes.

Pairing recommendations for every cake flavour, including bonus filling recipes.

A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to help you troubleshoot should things not go according to plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

The vanilla cake recipe is the same in both courses. However, The Versatile Baker goes into much more depth about the recipe itself in terms of purpose, adaptability and flavour making system. Think of The Modern Buttercream Cake Creator as your one stop shop to learn about how to make a modern buttercream cake from start to finish and The Versatile Baker as a more specialised study about baking and flavour making.

DTC cakes are similar in texture to butter or pound cakes, somewhere in the middle between a sponge and a mud cake. They are not too heavily dense nor too light, a perfect structure to team with buttercream.

No, these are the same recipes, just different oven settings and baking temperature. We did say maximum efficiency guaranteed!

Our team has worked extremely hard to ensure that the content included in this course is as detailed and beneficial to as many people as possible. However, we do understand that everyone’s learning style is different. This is why we offer a 7 Day Money Back Guarantee. You can take a look around the course, check out our PDFs and videos to familiarise yourself with our teaching method. If you decide that this course isn’t for you, just send us an email within 7 days of purchasing the course. We will ask you to complete a short questionnaire and then process your refund.  Simple as that!

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Course Delivery

Detailed written materials

Downloadable PDF documents in which EVERYTHING can be found from background information to recipes, step-by-step methods, pictorials, charts, tips & tricks etc.

Instructional videos

Straight to the point instructional videos with on-screen texts used to illustrate a particular technique.

Scheduled live Q&A sessions

Virtual live Q&A sessions where you can interact with the instructor and ask questions.

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