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!

Does this sound like you?

Your cake recipes are all different.

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 spend too much money on ingredients.

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..

You struggle to plan, maintain quality & set expectations.

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..

Spoiler alert,

Baking doesn't have to be that hard!



Versatile Baker

A comprehensive online course that helps you streamline your baking system in order to produce consistent results, every single time.

All recipes use 6 core ingredients:

ONE base recipe:

Here's what you'll learn


The science behind the baking process.​

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.


The streamlined DTC baking system.​

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.


The flavour development 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.


You'll no longer have to:







Want proof?

Hear what our students say


Rated 5.0 out of 5
5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 213 reviews)
Very good1%

Work smarter, not harder

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 26, 2023

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!

Che Osbaldiston

Wonderful course

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 4, 2023

A great course that helps with flavour exploration without hundreds of extra hours of trial and error! Highly recommend.


The Versatile Baker

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 30, 2023

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.



No other recipes needed!!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 19, 2023

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!!

Nadia Eaton

DTC changed my life

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 13, 2023

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.


Simply amazing

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 10, 2023

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

Amanda Hospedales


Flavour Variations

15+ flavour variations included and a guideline to help you create more.


Recipe Cards

Cakes, cupcakes, baked donuts, donut ganache glazes, simple syrups & fillings recipes. 


Specialty Substitutions

Gluten-free, egg-free, lactose-free and dairy-free substitutions. 




Earl Grey




Red Velvet





Chai Tea


+ more

Hey there,

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.

Thao x

Who is this course for?

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.

We got you!

How about lifetime support?



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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Versatile Baker today!


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Every Versatile Baker enrolment in December 2022 gives you an entry into the draw to win.

*Winner will be drawn and contacted via email on 05 January 2023 

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

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal – $4316

National Bushfire Disaster Appeal – $2025

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