by Leslie P



With the Holidays right around the corner, what better way to prepare than by taking a family baking class? Kid-friendly baking and dessert decorating classes have been popping up all over the Kalamazoo area. We have compiled a list of bakeries that offer you a variety of opportunities to create something together with your children while making a fun baking mess in someone else’s kitchen!






4104 Sprinkle Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

CakeNCandy offers a wide variety of decorating classes including basics, advanced and kid programs. Kid-friendly classes include:

Adult and Child Cake Decorating is a 90 minute class designed for an adult and a child over 6 years old. Each participant gets a 5” cake to ice, decorate and take home to enjoy. Classes are $15 each.

Monthly Kid Classes are 90 minutes long and designed for children 8 to 14 years old who have an interest in learning to decorate desserts. Topics include cake, candy, cookies, cupcakes, and cake pops. November’s class will be held on Saturday, November 8th with Gingerbread as the focus. Classes are $15 each.

A week-long Kids Camp, held in the summer, offers a different baking subject each day of the week. Your child can attend the whole week or on any particular day. Classes are 90 minutes each and include topics of cake decorating, candy making, cookies, cupcakes and cake pops. Classes are $15 each or $70 for the week-long camp.

To register visit


Garden Gate Cafe

230 South Kalamazoo Mall
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Garden Gate Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo is known for their wonderful cupcakes and now they are jumping on the family baking idea. They recently held a Halloween baking event where families of 2 to 4 were able to bring home two dozen sugar cookies, pumpkin muffins and cupcakes. They plan to hold similar baking events before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Follow the Garden Gate Cafe’ Facebook page to be one of the first to sign up as soon as the dates are announced!


Continental Pastries & Deli

928 West Columbia Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49015

Continental Pastries & Deli in Battle Creek offers classes as part of their Continental Kids Program. Classes range from $5 to $25. Weekly classes are held on Thursday mornings and the larger monthly classes are held on Sunday afternoons. Past classes have included topics of Pizza and Cake Decorating and Cupcake Decorating, with their next monthly class on Sunday, November 9 being Calzones and Cupcakes. Calzones and Cupcakes is designed for you and your child to prepare and cook a calzone together. While the calzone is baking, you get to decorate 6 cupcakes to bring home. A beverage for both is included.

To find out more information or register for a class, check out Continental Pastries & Deli Facebook page or call and ask for Allison or Kristy.


See below for a list of additional locations that offer occasional opportunities for you and your children:

Kalamazoo People’s Food Co-op offers cooking classes with a variety of topics. Classes start at $20 each and kids 12-17 can join for free with the purchase of an adult spot. You can register by visiting their website:

Kellogg Community College’s Lifelong Learning Program includes a craft and cupcake decorating classes for adults and children. More information can be found on their website:


Did we miss one of your favorite bakeries or restaurants that offer kid-friendly baking classes? Please let us know so we can add it to our list!






By | 2014-11-05T06:12:07+00:00 November 5th, 2014|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Learn, Newly Published|2 Comments

About the Author:

Leslie is passionate about promoting everything the Kalamazoo area has to offer. A mother of two, she enjoys reading mystery novels, trying out new recipes and browsing Pinterest for new ideas.


  1. Jessi November 5, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Hi, 2 questions. Do you know of any Brunch with Santa events in the Portage/Kalamazoo area? The few I know of are not open to the public.

    Second, any great Christmas Lights that are a must to see with kids? I am not impressed by downtown Kzoo’s Bronson Park. I know the Ron Wiser house is pretty spectacular. Any other good ones within Kzoo county to see?

    Thanks for the help 🙂

    • Jill P November 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Jessi,

      Thanks for your questions. We are going to work on a “Santa Sighting” post due out in December. We put one together last year and had a pretty good list. For the Christmas lights, I’ll
      ask our Facebook readers if they know of any. We couldn’t find enough last year to put together a full listing. We’ll see what we can come up with for this year. Great questions! Thanks!

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