Key Skills

No-fail baking techniques for Yolanda's top cake & icing recipes.


Lessons stacked into a 4-week structure for easy learning, or go at your own pace!

Skill Level


Virtual Classroom

Watch on mobile or desktop with 24/7 lifetime access!

About This Class

Learn Yolanda’s key skills and recipes for better baking! Step-by-step video tutorials plus written instructions for some of Yolanda’s core baking techniques. 

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Yolanda Gampp

CLASS LENGTH:  20 Video Lessons (3 hours, 54 minutes)

Lesson Plan

Week 1

- Yo's Banana Cake

- Dark Chocolate Ganache

- Yo's Homemage Caramel

Week 2

- Yo's Carrot Cake

- Pineapple Simple Syrup 

- Cream Cheese Frosting

Week 3

- Yo's Ultimate Vanilla Cake

- Yo's Italian Meringue Buttercream

- Lemon Simple Syrup

Week 4

- Yo's Chocolate Cake

- Coffee Simple Syrup

- Yo's Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Vegan recipes

Vegan versions of all recipes in the course!

Bonus Week

- Yo's Peanut Butter Cake

- Oreo Cherry Cheesecake Brownie Squares

- Brown Sugar Buttercream

Yo's top baking tips

FAQs & Tips to become a better baker!

Meet Your Teacher

About Yolanda

Meet Your Teacher

About Yolanda

With over 20 years of experience as a professional cake decorator, Yo has gone from self-taught cake to celebrity baker. She’s the well-loved judge on Fox’s Crime Scene Kitchen and has been featured on Netflix’s Nailed It, and Food Network’s Best Baker in America and Cake Wars. As the face of How To Cake It on YouTube, she’s received over half a billion views!

Fans call her the “Beyonce of Cakes,” and we agree that she’s an absolute queen. No detail escapes her notice, so you can be sure that every one of her recipes has been tried, tested, and perfect. Now, she’s ready to show you how to make perfectly easy cakes. 

Home bakers LOVE learning from Yo!

As Seen On


"I joined the Cake & Icing Basics Program and I’m so glad I did! I made Yo’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake and the Italian Meringue Buttercream and it came out AWESOME!”

- Melissa Rachenmacher

“I had a lot of fun with […] Yolanda’s Cake & Icing Basics Program. I made a 6 layer, 6” banana bread cake with chocolate ganache […]” 

- junebugcakes 

"I usually use Swiss Meringue Buttercream and although it’s tricky, it has been my go-to for a while.. ’til now. I just tried your Italian Meringue and it was perfection.” 

- Nany Indriago

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Basics of Baking Course