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Choose Between Two Options
- $79 for a three-hour fondant-based cake-decorating class for one (a $175 value)
- $149 for a three-hour fondant-based cake-decorating class for two (a $350 value)<p>
An accomplished cake decorator teaches bakers of all skill levels to decorate cakes with fondant—a thick, rolled-out style of cake decoration. After students assemble their cakes’ layers and coat them with creamy buttercream frosting, they dress each one in a coat of smooth, pliable fondant. Optional colors, polka dots, and stripes add interest to the cakes, and sculpted pieces such as bows and flowers add three-dimensional decor. All necessary materials are included with the class. Find the class schedule here, though additional class dates may be available.<p>
New Jersey Sugar Art Academy
To help sugar artists of all skill levels take their desserts to new heights, Francesca Elmenshawy, owner of Francesca’s Cakery, joined accomplished cake designer Silvina Barboza to teach intensive baking courses. Though their 10- to 12-student classes range from Baking 101 to an intensive course held in Spanish, most of the lesson plans fall somewhere in the middle. Fondant classes, for instance, introduce the versatile cake-decorating and sculpting medium to cake decorators who prefer their art to be edible. A three-part series on gum-paste flowers targets lessons to specific skill levels, teaching beginners the basics of rolling and cutting material for the dessert flowers. The hands-on, accessible classes earned a mention on Food Babbles, a blog whose writer described the teacher as "a gracious hostess."