Cupcakes, like skating rinks, are more enjoyable when properly iced and free of broken hockey sticks. Safely indulge in frosting with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a Mega Cupcake class at Cake and Art in West Hollywood (a $95 value). All classes are BYOB, and take place on Sunday at 3 p.m., Tuesday at 5 p.m., and Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The frosting sculptors at Cake and Art have masterfully adorned desserts for celebrities such as Jay Leno and Katy Perry and imparted their sprinkle techniques and icing knowledge upon students such as Mila Kunis during 90-minute cupcake classes. Parties begin with spatulas stirring up sugary mixtures made from signature recipes before hands grab specialized tools and go to work adding artful details to confections. With sessions capped at eight decorators, instructors spend ample time helping apprentices to craft perfect flowers that fool even the most evolved species of bumblebee and educating on proper topping-to-cake ratios. Students can carry home their edible artwork to display or quickly devour, allowing them to enjoy a treat that’s tastier than a peanut-butter-and-jellyfish sandwich. If at least five Groupon holders combine tickets, the crew may receive a private lesson. Children as young as 10 can take the class upon request.
Cake and Art
For 36 years, Cake and Art's kitchen has yielded batch after batch of imaginative desserts, including birthday cakes for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, Jay Leno, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber. Behind the scenes at the acclaimed shop—whose work has graced the cover of Life magazine—the skilled staff churns out a surfeit of cupcakes, cookies and brownies, and chocolate bars with creatively customized labels. Their specialty cakes boast foundations of vanilla, chocolate, carrot, red velvet, or lemon, and they often personalize the ubiquitous party treats with customer's photographs and themed designs. The shop's cupcake artist, Kody Christiansen, hosts cupcake-decorating classes and private parties that teach attendees a tier of skills, such as how to create a buttercream flower and how to profit from buttercream botanic gardens.
8709 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, California 90069Get Directions