Before cupcakes, the only vehicle for frosting consumption was the bare hand, and the only place to load frosting onto that vehicle was the neighborhood frosting bucket. Learn to use frosting the evolved way with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a cupcake-decorating class or a cake-pops class at Castle of Cakes (a $40 value).
Helmed by sugar-savvy sovereign and former Wilton Method instructor Sonya Washington, Castle of Cakes leads students through the fundamentals of cupcake composition. The three-hour cupcake-decorating class introduces participants to nine blank cupcake canvases that they decorate with sugar-laced embellishments such as flowers, ladybugs, or smiley faces with eyes that always appear to follow them. During the three-hour cake-pops class, confectioners work with delectable creations that are crafted from crumbled cake and frosting before being placed on a lollipop stick and dipped in chocolate. Decorating pupils bedeck 12 cake pops with designs of their choice, then whisk them home to enjoy with family members or lock away in the family trophy case. Cupcake flavors vary on each day, and students can choose from both afternoon and evening classes.
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.
750 East Pyle Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89183