Written by Zion Phillpotts, a fifth-grade student and a burgeoning scribe in the 826CHI writing program.
Sweets are like Christmas trees: you can decorate them, they are both popular around the holidays, and you can find them on the living-room floor covered in lights. Add style to your own sweets with today’s Groupon to Give Me Some Sugar. Choose between the following options:
- For $37, you get a cake-decorating class for one (a $75 value).
- For $72, you get a cake-decorating class for two (a $150 value).
Give Me Some Sugar has three fun [cake-decorating classes](http://www.givesugar.com/Deal-Site-Eligible-Classes.php), all taught by Alessandra Sweeney (a.k.a. chef Alekka). Each two- to 2.5-hour class is held on weekends and has no more than 12 students. In the Basic Cake Decorating class, students learn how to buttercream the cake, use a piping bag, and add a crumb coat to the cake to keep it warm when it's ice-skating in the freezer. In the Cake Balls & Pops class, bakers learn how to make cake balls, which are like donut holes made of cake, and cake pops, which are pretty much just like cake lollipops. Trainees also embellish the treats with sprinkles and toppings. In Fun with Fondant, students design their own decorations on the cake using fondant, which is the sweet icing spread on cakes for special occasions, such as the cake's birthday. Pastry-prettifying supplies are included for in-class use, and guests get to take the cake home after the class.
Give Me Some Sugar
A row of brown aprons lines the seafoam green wall in the kitchen at Give Me Some Sugar. Students wrap themselves in these aprons in preparation for lessons taught by seasoned chef instructors. In basic classes, students squeeze piping bags filled with fresh buttercream to adorn pre-made cakes with rosettes, shells, and blueprints of perpetual-motion machines. Specialty classes show students how to work with specific ingredients, such as fondant classes in which participants cut out shapes and letters, or cake ball classes in which students learn to decorate round shapes with sprinkles and candy and how to pump basketballs full of cake. Students age 8 and up of almost any skill level can find a class that fits and don't have to worry about procuring their own icing bags or aprons, because the studio provides all needed supplies. Staff members will also ensure gluten-free or vegan supplies are on hand with prior arrangement.
2205 W Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60618