Bianca's Designs' dessert-decorating instructor Barbara Reed schools students in the wizardly Wilton method of decoration and design. In a single two-hour class, partner pairs from every walk of life, from mothers and sons to best friends to doppelgängers en détente, learn about the intricate art of icing-bag filling and its use in glamorizing cakes and cupcakes before dabbling in fresh fondant. Student pairs are supplied with all the tools and enough icing and fondant to sneak tastes of while constructing their confectionary creations. This introductory class serves as a good first step on the pastry pilgrimage before taking more advanced classes or absorbing the knowledge of a master pastry chef via osmosis.
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as pomegranate plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, and cranberry; $4.79) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as mango magic (mango, pineapples, and non-fat yogurt; $4.29), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the kiwi citrus green tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the muscle blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.79 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.79 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
The Cake House & More's first-rate confectionery-crafters whip up a staggering selection of cakes, cookies, and cupcakes that are made from scratch each day. Handheld and homemade from family recipes, The Cake House's mouthwatering cake-grenades ignite taste sensors with flavorsome bursts of key lime, carrot, german chocolate, or coconut topped with buttercream or chocolate icing. Red velvet cupcakes save the living room drapes by swathing tongues in a more palate-friendly fabric, while dessert devotees who measure the value of their sweets solely by weight can trade today's Groupon for one-dozen rich pound cake cupcakes.
Owners Hilde and Clause Friese moved to the U.S. from Munich and Hamburg to share their incredible recipes with their new friends and neighbors. The bakery boasts fresh, handmade breads, cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, and the famously flaky apple strudel, a pastry carefully filled with apples and cinnamon sugar. For lunch, you can try to wiggle your way through a giant pretzel ($5), served with house-made German mustard. For dinner, go with a classic German banquet of wiener schnitzel ($16), piles of scalloped pork lightly breaded and sautéed, served with German potato salad and seasonally fresh vegetables. If the menus' girths overwhet your appetite, just head to the bar for a liter of German craft beer. Then muster your confidence and use today's Groupon to challenge your friends or foes to find out who can eat 57 potato pancakes the fastest.
Beginning as a humble sweet-potato-pie purveyor, Welna Scott expanded her dessert endeavors to include traditional and boozy cupcakes, as well as specialty cakes and other styles of pies. Adorn tables forged from scarecrow bones with two classic autumn pies, or choose one dozen cupcakes in flavors such as coconut with coconut whipped cream or strawberry with whipped strawberry cream cheese. Of-age adults opting for both pie and mini cakes can request alcohol infusions for the latter, a small modification that combines the three most popular luxuries: dessert, drinking, and turkey basters.
Rum cakes are the treat of choice at JustRumCakes, though there is more to this business than meets the eye. Seven styles of rum cake pepper the menu, ranging from raisin rum cake and pecan rum cake to pineapple rum cake infused with fresh pineapples. Celebration cakes make for a tasty and eye-popping addition to any occasion, and feature designs such as 3D renditions of objects or images printed on the frosting. The menu also teases tongues with indulgent cupcakes in flavors such as vanilla swirl and pineapple express.