‘Devoted to Bakes” (formally “Devoted to Cakes”) was set up in 2012 as a custom cake business. During a four year stint living abroad, Loraine began teaching students baking at the British International School Jakarta. On their return to Ireland, they taught adults and kids through camps, parties and workshops. They collaborated with a number of venues, businesses and food festivals to offer onsite events in Dublin and Wicklow. They have encouraged thousands of students to explore the craft and joy of baking through their workshops in schools, camps and events. When the “Covid” pandemic hit, they adapted the business to teach interactive online baking workshops, connecting baking bubbles around the world. Currently, they are creating an online learning platform for you to access baking tutorials and courses. You can get a flavour of what they are creating via their social media channels. Eventually, they hope to combine this online learning platform with face to face classes and events for bakers young and old(er).
We aim to demystify baking through teaching the skills, science and art of the craft. Immaterial of how experienced you are, for us, it is about designing workshops that are accessible, inspirational and enjoyable. Through our a range of bakes, topics and tips, baking will be a time to relax, explore and create with us. Our passion for teaching baking, goes way beyond the bakes, with the focus on the experience, which stays with you, long after you have left our workshops.
Their approach to the craft of baking, brings sustainability to life in practical and simple ways. The knowledge and skills of baking connect us to the generations that have gone before us, while supporting future generations to be more sustainable. Through an awareness about seasonal products, local producers, interdependence and heritage grains, the simple act of mixing flour and some basic ingredients can have a profound ripple effect.
Having previously worked in mental health services Loraine has seen how baking can be used as a therapeutic tool.
“It helps you focus on the task at hand, brings you out of your head and away from negative thoughts. The tactile nature of kneading dough or rolling pastry enables you to slow down and helps you feel grounded and present in the moment. There is a meditative quality about doing simple tasks like mixing or whisking. Baking with family is a great opportunity to bond and giggle. Especially when your bakes don’t always go to plan”.
FOUNDER & OWNER
Loraine started the company in 2012 after leaving her career in psychotherapy and drug counselling to pursue her love of baking. Originally, she established a custom cake business and then discovered her passion for teaching the craft of baking. Now an qualified artisan baker, Loraine is devoted to sharing these skills with you, to create delicious bakes.
With over 15 years experience working in education, Tom brings his love of learning to assist in the planning, development of the workshops. Apart from providing clear and engaging learning opportunities, Tom sees passion and fun as the key ingredients to teaching and learning.
WHAT THEY SAY
Review from McKenna Guides