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!

Enrolment Opens Tuesday 13th September 2022

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:








Rated 5.0 out of 5
5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 524 reviews)
Very good3%

Well worth it!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 11, 2023

I’ve been baking and decorating for a long time but the tips & techniques in this course have really helped me with my ability to decorate faster and the final

Product is much better!

R Berry


Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 5, 2023

Signing up to the dtc course started with the buttercream mastery claSS . It was so good i had to sign up for the Versatile baker class and i’ve been mind blown. My baking business has taking a turn for the better as I’ve learned so much about efficiency and time management . The recipes are unbelievably so goodddd ..

Mesoma Cake By M.A.C

The best of the best!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 5, 2023

I’m a busy mommy of 4 and I love baking. Making a tall cake is my always go to cake especially for my boys’ birthday party. Buttercream Cake Mastery helps me made a creation that always amazed my family and friends. It is indeed , the best of the best ! Looking forward to learn more from the course! Thank you Thao!


An Amazing Transformation

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 3, 2023

I love baking and creating. Buttercream Mastery has truly elevated my cake design skills. I can now create my cakes efficiently and effectively. No more wasting time on other online resources. Thanks to the effective methods in the course, I can now streamline my time to create beautiful and tasty cakes. I am looking forward to learning much more from the course.


Best Investment I’ve made in my business yet

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 2, 2023

I am a bit of a course junkie and have spent more time & money on courses (pertaining to all aspects of running a business) than I want to admit. Some have been worth it but mostly not. Due to certain past experiences in learning online, I was holding back from enrolling in Buttercream Cake Mastery. I gave in eventually and boy am I glad! The extent of detail that Thao goes into in the tutorials and the support that is available is next to none. I was skeptical that it’s an online course and might not be as effective as a face-to-face one. However, now I feel like it’s a lot more effective than an in person class would have been because the tutorials/videos/written resources are so detailed (and handy) that it’s almost fool proof if you can follow instructions to the T. My caking skills have jumped ten fold in just weeks and so much more confident with my designs and flavours now. Cannot recommend this course enough if you want to be a confident caker who works with buttercream.

Priyanka Baruah

The best of the best!!!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 15, 2023

I spent a lot of time making cakes with fondant, cakes with buttercream icing were quite a challenge for me. That´s why I can assure you that “The buttercream cake mastery” is one of the best online courses I have taken during my entire career as a pastry chef.

It is a super complete course, Thao does not hesitate at any time to tell you all the secrets to achieve a luxury cake with professional finishes.

Above all, Thao highly prioritizes the proper use of time and that is already a game changer if you bake cakes for a living.

In this course I found many tips that helped me improve my work a lot and that is evident among the first cake I made to this day. The cost of the course is an investment that will pay off at some point.

I am happy now because now i know how to apply the proper techniques to achieve 5-star cakes and not fail in the attempt.

Vanessa Cobo




Earl Grey




Red Velvet





Chai Tea


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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. 

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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.



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.

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!

Yes, you will! For more on Certificates, click here.


Enroll in


Versatile Baker today!


Three payments of


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Best value

One payment of


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*The payment plan option is processed through Teachable, our online school platform, which charges a VAT fee where applicable. 

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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

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