Before cupcake pans, personalized dessert portions were made by baking full-size cakes and shrinking them in the dryer. Skip extra steps with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a Cupcakes 101 icing class at Butter Lane on East Seventh Street (a $50 value).
Butter Lane's cupcake connoisseurs imbue curious cooks with the power to frost cupcakes in traditional American style, earning the outfit a featured spot on Martha Stewart and Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. During the one-hour Cupcakes 101 class, small groups of about 12 students don aprons and proceed to fully stocked prep stations to make Butter Lane's delectable frostings. Sweet-toothed snackers learn the recipes for Butter Lane's classic American chocolate, vanilla-bean, and cream-cheese flavors and even make their own versions of non-traditional toppings such as raspberry, peanut butter, and cinnamon. Once recipes have been mastered, students clothe bare cupcakes with custom designs and learn the secret to Butter Lane's technique and signature swirl, eventually competing for the prize of Best Icer in a stadium arena. When the class concludes, students take home recipes and a barbershop's dozen of four deliciously and personally prepared cupcakes.
Beyond innovative icings and fine flavors, these cupcakes have integral character, as they're made from high-quality ingredients, including local, organic dairy, real vanilla beans, pure cocoa, and fresh fruit. Pink floral wallpaper and a chalkboard menu make Butter Lane a cozy spot to sugar up and navigate the sweet seas of incredible cupcake choices.