Creating a meal from scratch is both challenging and delicious, much like playing "Stairway to Heaven" on a clarinet made out of a candy cane. Master treat-melding with today's Groupon to Castle of Cakes. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get admission for one person to any baking class (up to a $60 value).
- For $45, you get admission for two people to any baking class (up to a $120 value).
Sonya Washington, cake and pastry creator and Wilton method instructor, leads novice bakers through various sweet techniques during her two- to three-hour classes. Those unfamiliar with the basics, such as the difference between baking soda and baking powder or the fastest route to a gingerbread man’s candy heart, can expand flaky horizons during a Baking 101 seminar. Students can also explore the pliable nature of fondant as they absorb techniques for coloring and kneading the dough-like substance before delving into decorating techniques in the Fun Fondant class. Guests can also tote toddlers along for a Mommy and Me class, wherein protégés decorate cupcakes, fill cookies, and determine once and for all whether sprinkles fall under the category of invertebrates. Click here to view upcoming course offerings and schedule a class.
Castle of Cakes
Cake artist Sonya Washington has seen a lot in the last 30 years. She left behind a corporate position to pursue her confectionary dream, and even spent nine months homeless while working to save her fledgling sweet shop. But all those trials are behind her, and they’ve paid off.
With educational certificates in cake decoration and pastry design, Sonya and her business have become so successful that she gives away more than 10,000 mini cupcakes annually, either to charity or as samples. She trains new generations of sweets makers with daily classes, which cover topics including baking for couples, advanced cupcake creation, and how to spot counterfeit buttercream frosting that is actually just gold. While waiting to pick up cake pops in gluten-free or sugar-free configurations, patrons press their noses against glass to peer at Sonya’s cakes, which have included some shaped like guitars, cars, and hats.