The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but to make it that far you have to be disguised as baked goods. Don a cape of baked goodwill with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a signature fruit cake at Classic Bakery Inc. in Gaithersburg, Maryland (a $20 value).
Classic Bakery’s kitchen craftsmen bake an immense selection of artfully crafted cakes, combining old-fashioned ingredients with sweet and sophisticated flavors culled from decades of homemade family recipes.The 6-inch signature fruit cake (a $20 value) layers a mosaic of natural sweets atop a feathery yellow sponge cake, keeping fruits mortared in place with a beribboned dollop of creamy filling. After calling 24 hours in advance, customers pick up their handcrafted morsel, which serves four to six people or 16–32 imaginary friends.
Working together with his son Areen, Classic Bakery owner Rubic Movsessian handcrafts cakes, cupcakes, and pastries with recipes passed down through the family for more than 50 years. He bakes three-layer cakes from scratch and offers 40 yellow-cake flavors, such as bourbon vanilla, five sponge-cake flavors, such as marble, and 35 fillings in the likes of oreo cream and fresh mixed fruit. With this vast array of ingredients and the help of arrow-toting cherubs, he also constructs elaborate customized wedding cakes. In addition, he slaps deli cuts of salami, ham, or roast beef between bread and pours steaming cups of armenian coffee and espressos, serving more than 15 sandwiches and an equal number of drinks.