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 $30, you get a Baking 101 class for one person (a $60 value).
- For $50, you get a Baking 101 class for two people (a $120 value).
Founded by a certified cake decorator, pastry designer, and Wilton Method instructor, Castle of Cakes offers Baking 101 classes to initiate students into the craft of dough-based confections. Much like a toddler with his first glob of Play-Doh, students spend each three-hour session discovering the basics of measuring, mixing, spreading, and kneading while producing their very own handmade treats. Lessons culminate in the baking of student-prepared pop tarts and turnovers perfect for sharing with friends or savoring in front of pie-eating-contest rivals. The instructor furnishes all course supplies and ingredients, so guests are required to bring nothing but their teeth.
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.