Become a Great Baker #1: Mastering the Tarte Tatin
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Become a Great Baker #1: Mastering the Tarte Tatin

Learn how to bake amazing large tarts, stunning personal desserts and make exceptional decorations!
4.9 (42 ratings)
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Last updated 6/2017
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 38 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Advance your baking career by learning a huge variety of critical recipes and sophisticated decoration skills.
  • Apply CakeNuvo's "principle of balance" to create cakes and desserts that are true culinary masterpieces.
  • Create many kinds of Tart Tatins, leveraging exciting, modern and intriguing designs and presentations.
  • Use various fruits to make Tarte Tatins including apples, pears, bananas, pineapples and peaches.
  • Assemble the Tarte Tatin as a large tart or as an individual dessert, as well as in different shapes.
  • Use critical baking methods to ensure your Tarts always turns out delicious and looks gorgeous.
  • Caramelize fruits to perfection consistently and efficiently.
  • Customize the Tarte Tatin recipes to match any taste, and add surprising, bold and unexpected flavors using various spices.
  • Serve the Tarte Tatin as sophisticated fine-dining style plated desserts, with 4 stunning designs to chose from.
  • Create 5 amazing presentations of large Tarte Tatin.
  • Create 6 kinds of unique and delicious decorations for the Tartes.
  • Work with caramel and isomalt to create attractive sugar decorations.
  • Work with puff pastry to make incredibly yummy palmier cookies and flavored twists.
  • Work with Tuile batter to create crunchy cookies in many shapes.
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  • No previous baking or cake decoration experience is necessary
  • Some basic baking utensils such as cake pans and a rolling pin are required
  • For some of the decorations you'll need a stencil and silicone mat - can be purchased through the class store

Learn how to make amazing Tarte Tatins in any size, shape and flavor, using many kinds of fruits and spices. Explore how to adorn and decorate them using sugar decorations, Tuile cookies, puff pastry treats and fresh fruits. Developed by award-winning pastry chef Irit Ishai, this course is your ultimate step-by-step guide to creating tarts and desserts that never fail to impress.

In the course you’ll learn how to make all of the recipes and decorations from scratch using inexpensive tools and fairly simple techniques. Master the art of making sophisticated sugar decorations using caramel and isomlat, and discover how to create yummy puff pastry treats, such as flavored twists and irresistible palmier cookies.

Toward the end of the course you'll get a detailed step-by-step demonstration of plating and serving these amazing edible creations as large tarts or individual desserts, using many serving and plating ideas that will surely wow your guests. Working on these culinary masterpieces will advance your skills and help you with many of your baking and decoration projects.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in a serious baking and cake decoration career
  • Beginner bakers who want to bake amazing Tarte Tatins using many kind of fruits
  • Intermediate bakers who want to learn a huge variety of important recipes and sophisticated decoration skills
  • Bakery and pastry shop owners who want to add fantastic large tarts and personal desserts to their offering
  • Professional pastry chefs who want to add sophisticated plated desserts to their menus
  • Anyone who loves the Tarte Tatin and would like to be able to make it at home
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
First Off - Let's Have Some FUN!
2 Lectures 03:52

Watch a short and exciting promo movie about this course, to fully grasp how we're going to transform the Tarte Tatin into a true culinary masterpiece.

Preview 01:59

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Optimizing Your Learning Experience
So You Want to Make a Great Tart...
3 Lectures 27:46
Before You Begin - WATCH THIS

In this lecture Irit presents a broad overview of what this course covers, and provides an introduction to the Tarte Tatin, which is one of the most respected and history-rich recipes in the world. She also explains how the recipes and decoration skills you'll learn can be used to create amazing Tarte Tatins and how they are useful for other baking projects as well.


Before making a Tarte Tatin you need to make many important decisions. You need to choose between many kinds of fruits, spices, types of dough, and decoration elements. You also need to decide whether to make a large tarte or personal plated desserts. In this lecture Irit walks you through the various issues you need to consider when making these decisions, so you end up with tarts that are a perfect fit for your event or setup.

Decisions, Decisions...
Making Caramel and Caramelizing
2 Lectures 26:48

In this lecture Irit explains about the three different types caramel you’ll make in this course. She also covers important safety guidelines you should pay attention to when working with hot caramel. Irit then shows you how to make the base caramel recipe. She also elaborates on the important topic of flavoring, and shows you how to enhance the basic caramel flavor by adding interesting spices and herbs, such as vanilla, cinnamon and rosemary. Adjusting the base caramel recipe helps you to create unique flavor combinations that make your Tarte Tatin really stand out.

Making the Caramel Base

In this lecture Irit discusses the different kinds of fruits that we'll use to make a Tarte Tatin: soft fruits (bananas, pineapples and peaches) and firm fruits (such as apples or pears). She also explains the trade-offs and factors you should consider when picking the fruits for your tart, and explains how to pick the best fruits at the store. She then dives into the process of caramelizing firm fruits in butter and sugar before using them to assemble the tart. This process makes the fruits softer and moister, as well as enhances their taste with caramel flavors. Note that you need to watch this lecture only if you're making your Tarte Tatin using firm fruits.

Caramelizing the Fruits
Assembling your Tarts
2 Lectures 32:13

In this lecture Irit demonstrates how to assemble a Tarte Tatin using soft fruits that are not caramelized. First, you'll learn how to assemble a large 8” tart, which can serve 8-12 guests. Then Irit will guide you through assembling the tart as a much smaller individual dessert. Both of these serving options are truly beautiful and extremely yummy! You'll learn how to choose dough for your tart, and how to work with puff pastry dough to cover it. All in all you'll learn how to assemble 3 kinds of tarts in this lecture: a large apple tart, a large pear tart, and finally you'll also assemble individual tarts. Remember that you need to watch this lecture only if you chose firm fruits (such as apples or pears) as the basis for your tart.

Assembling using Caramelized Fruits

In this lecture you'll learn the advantages of using soft fruits for your tarts, and discover how to assemble them using such fruits. You'll work on three different tarts: pineapples, peaches and bananas, which are all unique, unconventional and boldly flavored. On top of that, you'll explore pairing the fruits with interesting spices and herbs, that are infused into the caramel. This really elevates the flavor of your tarts, and creates extraordinary and delicious cakes and desserts. Finally you'll work with puff pastry dough to cover your tarts. Similar to the previous lecture, here Irit shows how to assemble the tarts as large 8" tarts or as personal desserts.

Assembling Using Soft Fruits
Making Puff Pastry Treats & Decorations
3 Lectures 24:45

Puff pastry dough is great for many kinds of pastries, cakes and tarts. In this course we use it to cover the tarts we're making, but we also use it to create some really delicious treats. During plating and serving we use these puff pastry treats to decorate our culinary creations. In this lecture Irit presents the two kinds of puff pastry treats we'll work on: the flavored twists and the Palmier cookies.

Introduction to Puff Pastry Treats

Flavored puff pastry twists are easy to make and extremely yummy treats that come together quickly and are simply divine. In this lecture you'll learn how to make them, and explore flavoring them using many kinds of spices, such as cinnamon, vanilla and even cocoa powder. You can use the techniques you'll learn here to come up with other flavors of your own, so your twists are always unique and interesting.

Flavored Twists

Palmier cookie is a delicious, yummy and crunchy culinary wonder. A cookie that you always want to get back to. On top of that they are the perfect treat for almost any occasion. It feels so fancy to place them on a cookie tray and serve with an afternoon tea. As you'll discover in this lecture, despite their incredible flavor, these cookies are super easy to make and take no more than 5 minutes of preparation. Irit will also let you in on important tips and tricks that will help you to bake perfect Palmier cookies consistently!

Palmier Cookies
Creating Tuile Decorations
2 Lectures 13:05

Tuiles are thin crisp cookies that can be made in many shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they are all based on Tuile Batter . In this lecture Irit teaches a super quick and delicious Tuile batter recipe, that you can use for many decorations and desserts. 

Preview 05:10

A beautiful, crisp Tuile cookie can be one of the most versatile decorations in your repertoire. Though the classic Tuile shape is the curved form, the possibilities of working with Tuiles are really endless. You can use them to make all sorts of desserts, such as delicious Mille-Feuille desserts or crunchy Tuile bowls filled with chocolate mousse. Tuiles can be used to make many different cookies and garnishes. In this lecture Irit demonstrates how to use Tuile batter to create spoon-shaped cookies, that are really cute and unique. You can use them to add height and wow-factor to any cake or dessert. We'll use the spoons later to decorate some of our plated tarts.

Tuile Spoon Decorations
The Magic of Sugar Decorations
2 Lectures 22:46

Caramel decorations are somewhat sophisticated, and are probably not something you’d make everyday. However if you feel like making something really beautiful yet relatively easy and quick, these pretty decorations are a great way to make your edible creations look stunning! In this lecture Irit demonstrates simple and effective techniques that you can use to create many kinds of intriguing caramel objects. The skills you'll learn offer tremendous flexibility and allow you to express our creativity any way we want.

Caramel Decorations

Isomalt is a sugar substitute that is made of sugar beets. It’s not as sweet as ordinary sugar and has less calories. Pastry chefs prefer it because it doesn’t crystallize as quickly as sugar, a fact that makes it much easier to use. In this lecture you'll discover how to color the isomalt and properly bake it, and how to create stunning sugar sheets in any color you want. You can break these sheets into gorgeous decorations that can be used to garnish many kinds of cakes and desserts.

Isomalt Decorations
Almost There... Final Preps & Baking the Tarts
3 Lectures 16:57

In this lecture Irit walks you through making caramel ganache. While traditionally ganache is made of white or dark chocolate and cream, in this recipe we’ll also add caramel to the mixture. As expected, the resulting ganache has a distinct caramel flavor, and it is in fact a very useful recipe. As an example, you can use use caramel ganache to fill macarons, and to make addictive and delicious chocolate candies. As you'll see later, Irit makes use of caramel ganache while decorating some of the large tarts and individual plated desserts.

Caramel Ganache

A Quenelle is an elegant, football-shaped scoop that is often made of ice cream. Garnishing your desserts with quenelles is a simple way to add a restaurant-y touch and a whole lot of sophistication. In this lecture Irit demonstrates a quick and simple way to shape ice cream into quenelles, that only takes a few minutes once you get the hand of it. You can use this exact same technique to make quenelles out of mousse and whipped cream.

Ice Cream Quenelle

After all the hard work you’ve done preparing and assembling the tarts, you absolutely want to make sure that you bake them right so they taste and look perfect! Figuring out the proper baking time is critical to the success of the tart, and since no 2 ovens are alike you'll need to figure out the precise baking time in your oven. In this lecture Irit walks you through the ins and outs of baking the tarts and uncovers critical tips and tricks that will help you while baking. She also explains all the signs you need to pay attention to, so your tarts turn out perfect  each and every time!

Preview 06:36
Plating & Serving Your Tarts
4 Lectures 40:52
Introduction to Decorating Large Tarts

Large Tarte Tatins are elegant, and are fairly quick and easy to make. This makes them the perfect choice when you host a group of friends for a lunch or dinner, on a relatively short notice. In this lecture Irit guides you through the decoration and serving of no less than five large 8" tarts! You'll discover how to use all the decoration elements you made to create stunning presentations for the large tarts. Obviously, you can use these designs as is, or as a starting point and inspiration for your own unique presentations.

Decorating & Serving Large Tarts

Introduction to Plating Desserts

In this lecture Irit walks you through creating 4 elegant, artistic and sophisticated plated desserts, using the individual tarts and the decoration elements that you've made. You'll also learn how to pay attention to CakeNuvo's Principle of Balance, which should always guide you when designing new cakes and desserts. The plated personal tarts you'll make in this lesson are so impressive that they can be easily a part of the menu of a respected fine-dining restaurant!

Plating Fine-Dining Style Personal Tarts
BONUS - Making Great Puff Pastry Dough From Scratch
2 Lectures 23:58

Puff pastry is one of the greatest inventions in baking, however it is one of those recipes that people are afraid or reluctant to make themselves from scratch. In this lecture you'll understand the basic components of puff pastry, and discover some of the trade-offs associated with choosing ingredients for the dough.

Preview 03:59

In this lecture you'll get a detailed, step-by-step guidance of the preparation process of puff pastry dough. Learn how to make the lean dough and the butter block, and follow Irit through 6 cycles of rolling and folding. Throughout the process you'll explore many secrets, tips and tricks, all of which necessary to master this amazing dough.

Making Puff Pastry Dough
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About the Instructor
Cake Nuvo - Online Baking School
4.8 Average rating
182 Reviews
407 Students
4 Courses
Where Cakes and Art Mix

CakeNuvo provides high-end online video classes in cake decoration and baking art, guiding students step by step through their journey in the art of cake design, and encouraging them to unleash their imagination and creativity. Starting from basic methods and reaching the most intricate and awe-inspiring designs, every online class provides students with detailed and structured demonstrations, and is packed full with unique techniques and battle-tested tips and tricks, which can only be learned through real-life experience. 

CakeNuvo’s classes are exciting to watch, and address the needs of enthusiasts and pros alike. We believe that almost everyone can learn cake design! Our focus is on helping you to create stunning cakes, desserts and other baked creations, and we provide you techniques and tools to do this in an easy and consistent fashion. We make sure to break down even the hardest tasks to simple and achievable objectives, and hold your hand and guide you to make sure that the end result is beautiful and awe inspiring!

Irit Ishai
4.8 Average rating
182 Reviews
407 Students
4 Courses
Award-winning pastry chef, Founder of CakeNuvo

I'm an entrepreneur and award-winning pastry chef, with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of baking, pastry art and cake decoration.

I worked at several fine-dining restaurants, designing innovative recipes and plated desserts. Most notably, I've been head pastry chef at the famed Manresa Restaurant (currently 3 Michelin stars), named one of the world’s 50 best restaurants By Restaurant Magazine. At Manresa I collaborated with renowned chef David Kinch, winner of the Iron Chef competition. 

I perfected my chocolate-making skills working under master pastry chef Pascal Janvier, who was named one of the top 10 pastry chefs in America in 1998 and 1999 by Chocolatier Magazine.

Building on my extensive fine-dining experience, in 2004 I founded "Sugar Butter Flour", a European-style pastry shop and bakery, which specializes in high end custom cakes, desserts, chocolates and wedding cakes. It became one of the most successful and widely recognized bakeries in the Silicon Valley, with 2 retail stores and dozens of large high-end wholesale customers.

In 2011, after 8 long and fulfilling years, I sold Sugar Butter Flour and established CakeNuvo, an online school for pastry art, where I'm lead instructor and course designer.