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Baking hen party at the Academie

Baking hen party at the Academie

If you're looking for a classy, fun and a bit more sophisticated way to celebrate your hen do, a baking hen party at the Academie ticks all the boxes.

Group of ladies outside at a hen party at the cookery school Gourmandises Academie, Cambridge
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What to expect:

Hen parties at the Academie are tailored to your requirements. For this hen do, the bride was a keen baker, so a baking party was the perfect match.

Hens were welcomed with a complimentary glass of prosecco and a madeleine flavoured with orange zest and lemon and dipped in dark chocolate, it was a party after all. As the sun was shining the bubbly was served outside.

We then came back in and started some serious baking. The hens rolled their own sweet shortcrust (pâte sablée) and  baked some blueberry and raspberry frangipane. They then made their own chocolate tarts filled with a gorgeous ganache and pipped their own personalised decorations using white chocolate.

To finish in style, they also made their own fruits tarts, filled with a delicious crême pâtissière.They were able to pick fresh mint from the garden to decorate them in style. Impressive what can be done in just two hours. Each hen got to go back with a box of their own creation. So what’s not to like.

If you are looking for a similar kind of activity for your hen do, get in touch and let’s see what we can do. 


You can also find more information about our hen parties here


Hen parties

Hen parties with Gourmandises Academie

Hen parties with Gourmandises Académie

First of all congratulations on your engagement! I’m sure you’re all already planning your memorable day. But have you planned your hen do yet?

If you haven’t here are a few of the activities we organise at the Académie.


Hen parties with Gourmandises Académie

Whether your bride is a a novice baker or a cook extraordinaire, we have activities to please everyone during your hen party.

Mini bake off:

This is a fun and hands on activity. No soggy bottom is allowed here. You will learn how to make the perfect pastry, rustle-up your own mini tarts and go back with a box of your own goodies, so what’s not to like.

Luxury chocolate experience:

This is the ultimate Willy Wonka experience! Loads of chocolate making and tasting involved in this activity. Your party will be whipping-up truffles with gorgeous ganache in no time. The best bit is going back with a box of your own chocolates.

Hen parties with Gourmandises Académie

Eclairs decorating:

That is really a fun one. For those of you looking for something different from the usual cupcake decorating, this one is for you. You will be piping scrumptious chocolate and vanilla creme patissiere. Then comes the fun bit, decorating those beautifully piped eclairs with icing and everything you fancy really. This is where you can let your imagination go wild. Again your guests go back with a box of their own creation.

Afternoon tea à la Marie Antoinette:

I know what you’re thinking, not another afternoon tea with a load of finger sandwiches again. ( by the way, this is not a criticism of finger sandwiches, I love them, but it is rather everyday…). In fact there aren’t any sandwiches nor scones. Picture Afternoon tea like Marie-Antoinette used to have, with a myriad of little patisseries, mini gateaux, entremets, hand made chocolates, a table of delights for your bride to feast on with a glass of Kir Royal. This can be coupled with the activities listed above.



If you’d like to book your hen party with the Académie, send us an email

All the activities can take place either here in Cottenham for a group of 16 hens or we can arrange the activity to take place in Cambridge for bigger groups.

This list is not exhaustive, if you have an idea that’d you like to put together let us know.

A lot of the classes we offer can also be arranged as a group activity for your hen do. Have a look here.

Bon appétit!⠀

Corinne x