Though less devastating than banana-cream pies, cupcakes still provide effective suppressive fire during fancy-dinner-party food fights attended by Larry, Curly, and/or Moe. Lock and load smile-inducing ammunition with today’s Groupon to the America's Biggest Cupcake Decorating Event, the Pittsburgh Edition, from Charm City Cupcakes, held August 20 at the Marriott Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. Choose from the following options:
- For $50, you get a Cupcake Decorating 101 workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., including a decorating kit (a $100 total value).
- For $50, you get a Cupcake Decorating 101 workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., including a decorating kit (a $100 total value).
- For $60, you get a Mommy/Daddy & Me cupcake-decorating workshop from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., including a decorating kit (a $120 total value).
- For $50, you get a Girls' Night Out Cupcake Decorating 101 workshop from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., including a decorating kit (a $100 total value).
The pastry chefs at Charm City Cupcakes hone apprentices' abilities to artistically adorn baked goods through fun-filled workshops that borrow directly from Charm City's cupcake classes. During the Cupcake Decorating 101 workshop, students learn to create frostings as well as proper piping and filling techniques. They slather prebaked chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with mouthwatering buttercream icing, creating cupcake borders and icing flowers and allowing tiny cakes to stylishly comply with standard "no shirt, no service" policies. Alternatively, the Mommy/Daddy & Me workshop facilitates quality time between parent and child as they take sweet-toothed cues from a friendly instructor. With prebaked cupcakes in hand, participants learn to create kid-friendly shapes and tasty floral arrangements. Afterwards, embellishment laureates in both workshops can take home their finished products to complement dinner or display in edible picture frames on the living-room wall.