The key isn’t knowing how to do 10 different things. It’s knowing how to achieve 10 different things from doing ONE thing.
This isn’t about YOU being versatile. It’s not about requiring YOU to be able to adapt to many different functions or activities.
It’s the other way around.
This is about the versatility of your cake recipes and processes. It’s about having ONE recipe that can be adapted for many situations and requirements.
Build a baking system that does the heavy lifting so you don’t have to, today!
The vanilla cake recipe uses butter, but the chocolate cake uses oil and the red velvet cake requires buttermilk. Don’t even get started on the cupcake recipes. There are way too many processes and methods to learn and master, you just cannot keep up! Everything just takes way too long..
You have to stock every ingredient under the sun just to make a few different flavours. Butter, oil, buttermilk, cocoa, white sugar, brown sugar, milk etc, they all add up. Oh, it’s not just the money. It’s the storage space too! Your pantry is bursting at the seams and it’s driving you mad..
When someone asks ‘what do your cakes taste like?’, you freeze because the answer involves relaying a full essay. ‘Well, the chocolate cake tastes like a mud cake and the vanilla is lighter, like a sponge…’
Having too many different recipes mean you can’t properly plan, bake, maintain quality and & set consistent expectations for your clients..
A comprehensive online course that helps you streamline your baking system in order to produce consistent results, every single time.
Baking is a science, and you cannot master it unless you possess the fundamental knowledge of how that science works.
You’ll learn everything you need to know about the different styles of cakes, the role of each ingredient, the baking process, the role of heat as well as kitchen management and more.
There’s a reason for everything we do at DTC and the reason is always efficiency.
You’ll come out of this with an in-depth understanding of our extremely efficient baking system, sizing and serving system and more. These systems will help you cut your time in the kitchen in half and double your result at every stage in the baking process.
You’ll get access to our famous DTC Vanilla Cake recipe as well as 15+ other flavour variation recipes and flavour pairing recommendations.
You’ll also equip yourself with easy to follow guidelines that will help you develop your own flavours.
Baking fresh and from scratch does not mean baking on the same day the cake is required. Learn how to set yourself up for successful baking from the beginning, that means understanding:
DTC cakes are specifically developed for tall, structured cakes and the DTC baking system is highly geared towards efficient baking. Understanding how this system works will lay the ground work for you to be able to make the DTC cake recipes successfully and eventually develop your own flavours.
Baking is a science. In order to find long term success, you need to first understand how this science works.
The DTC Vanilla Cake recipe forms the basis for all other recipes in the DTC Baking System. Therefore, it is crucial to take a deep dive into the make up of this recipe.
We have developed certain guidelines in order to make the flavour development process as simple as possible. Follow these guidelines and the sky’s your limit.
The following flavours use the cream infusion method. For each flavour, both the cake and cupcakes & baked donuts recipes are included.
The following flavours use the whole ingredients method. For each flavour, both the cake and cupcakes & baked donuts recipes are included.
Hailed the best chocolate cake ever by our students, this module look into the characteristics of the chocolate cake recipe.
Red Velvet Cakes are often tender and too soft for tall, structured cake. The DTC Red Velvet Cake has amazing structure all the while staying true to the light chocolate & tangy flavour of a red velvet cake.
The most tested flavour, DTC coconut cake is here! And you can get your hands on this juicy bonus by completing a small challenge inside the course.
Who doesn’t love a bonus, right? These bonus recipes are constantly being added to course as we continue to experiment with more flavours.
Get access to our past live coaching calls and learn more about common issues and how to troubleshoot.
Hear what our students say
The Versatile Baker course is money well spent! Thao has developed a fantastic program of base recipes which removes the stress of hoping the cake will turn out…. as it works EVERY time! Plus she has sorted the difficulty of trying to work out how much you need when scaling recipes but also tips to make up your own flavours to experiment with.
I get so many compliments on my cakes but it comes down the Don’t Tell Charles method. Stress free and simple recipe with a streamlined system for great cake every time so you can spend more time on decorating the cake…… or stressing about delivery the cake!
A great course that helps with flavour exploration without hundreds of extra hours of trial and error! Highly recommend.
I always struggled with measuring ingredients accurately and baking perfect cake with good taste. Mine used to be dry and not tasty. I was disappointed but I took a leap and enrolled in Thao’s Versatile Baker course and never looked back.
BEST DECISION EVER ❤️
This course has allowed me to try 7 flavours based on a simple method with more still to try when I get a chance.
The possibilities available in the versatile baker course mean there is no need to go looking around for other recipes, and means the baking of multiple flavours can be super efficient!
I’m so pleased to have invested in this course and can’t wait to keep experimenting with the recipes in it.
Thank you Thao for doing all the leg work to create these recipes and make all our lives so much easier!!
I can’t even begin to explain how much impact DTC courses have had on my life. I started as a hobby baker, as most people do, but really struggled!! All-nighters, failing recipes, and lots of stressful tears. I had almost given up. Then I discovered DTC, and I’m so glad I did. The cakes taste amazing (I literally have people messaging me saying it’s the best cake they’ve tasted), skills and expertise shared in the courses have helped make me so much more efficient and most importantly, it has provided me with confidence. Instead of worrying about recipes and if I’ll manage to make a stable buttercream, I can focus on design and appearance of the cake because I can trust the cakes and DTC buttercream will be perfect! Of course, practice and experience has helped with improving over time, but credit definitely goes to Thao and her well-thought-out courses that achieves exactly what it sets out to do – encourage us to cake smarter, not harder.
Thao has designed this course so simple for anyone to adapt to these recipes and techniques. I was gifted this course a few years ago from my husband, because I couldn’t seem to achieve sharp edges. These courses have been a total game changer in my life. we thoroughly enjoy offcuts of cake, I bake almost every week now. these recipes are my go to, tried and trusted recipes. you won’t go wrong investing in these courses
15+ flavour variations included and a guideline to help you create more.
Cakes, cupcakes, baked donuts, donut ganache glazes, simple syrups & fillings recipes.
Gluten-free, egg-free, lactose-free and dairy-free substitutions.
I’m Thao, the founder of Don’t Tell Charles and your course instructor. My passion is to help aspiring cake makers achieve success by working smarter, not harder.
I started my cake making journey as a home baker back in 2012. In my 10 years as a modern cake designer, I’ve been through it all. I’ve done the hard slog, wasted years making mistakes (and learnt heaps from them), so I know what you’re going through and how it feels. I’m here to shorten the journey for you, to give you tried and true, expert advice you can trust.
It’s the reason why I created this course, and continue to improve and update its content. The recipes and system herein have been tested for over ten years, and have been proven by hundreds of our students to dramatically cut down the time spent testing, planning and baking. This also means an increase in enjoyment before, during and after the baking process.
I know taking the first step is always the hardest, but I also know that you can do it. I’m rooting for you!
To your cake making success.
Whether you own a cake business or are a hobby baker who makes cakes for friends and family, this course will completely change your baking life for the better. Higher efficiency in a business means better productivity and increased profits. And higher efficiency in general? It means less time mucking about, stressing, second guessing and more time for fulfilling things like growing your skillset.
The course contains video, presentation and written materials that have been thoroughly prepared for you to be able to consume in your own time. There is no live aspect to the course except the support. As in, when you ask a question in the course or in the FB group, you’ll get an answer from Thao and other fellow students in real time.
You can enroll now to take advantage of the limited time offer and start the course whenever you’re ready. It is a self-paced course, which means you can go through it at a pace that suits YOU. The plus side is, it doesn’t matter when you do the course, your access to support is there when you need it.
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.
At DTC, nothing is just a recipe. Vanilla cake recipes are aplenty on the Internet. What makes ours special is the fact that it forms the basis for a whole entire baking system. If the vanilla cake on its own is a 10, the whole DTC baking system is a 100. Everything we teach form a cohesive system that are designed to give you ‘long term’ success. For this reason, the DTC Vanilla Cake isn’t available as a standalone recipe.
However, if you would like to try one of our cake recipes, check out The Perfect Chocolate Cake.
DTC cakes have amazing structure, and are not only perfect with buttercream. They are also great with ganache, for carving or with fondant covers.
The cupcake and baked donut recipes use the same core ingredients and method, just different oven settings and baking temperature. We did say maximum efficiency guaranteed!
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 Buttercream Cake Mastery 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.
Buttercream Cake Mastery helps you build the right modern buttercream cake making foundation. It is an A-Z course that covers baking as one of its modules (DTC vanilla cake recipe included). However, The Versatile Baker goes into a lot more depth regarding the science behind the baking process and the DTC baking system. The only overlapping information between the two courses are the DTC Vanilla Cake recipe and some basic baking knowledge.
For a comprehensive comparison of the two courses, click here.
The Versatile Baker is essentially the Vanilla Bundle and the Chocolate Red Velvet Bundle together. Check your Vanilla Cake Bundle course material in Teachable for a special discount.
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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For the first 4 months of 2020, we donated $17,000 AUD to organisations that helped, and continue to help, those affected by the devastating bushfires that ravaged Australia:
Foodbank NSW – $4316
Wildlife Victoria – $4317
Vets for Compassion – $450
Foodbank Victoria – $1575
Between May 2020 and August 2021, we donated all proceeds to Foodbank Victoria who are doing incredible work to help with the COVID-19 Food Crisis. To date (end of August 2021) we have donated a total of $7251.00 to Foodbank Victoria.
You can read more about the amazing work they’re doing here: Foodbank Victoria.
From October 2021, all donations will be made to Impact For Women, who are making a difference for women and children escaping extreme violence at home.
Impact For Women – $1587.55
Vinnies Flood Appeal – $777
Foodbank QLD – $663
Foodbank Victoria – $1999