Like a materialistic lover, cake frosting doesn't play nice unless you fork over a lot of dough and give it some sugar. Persuade cakes to sit pretty with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a two-hour cake-decorating class for two at Amazing Kakes (a $100 value). Classes are held on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Amazing Kakes’ artistically minded bakers teach frosting fledglings the secrets of transforming fondant into floral blooms during two-hour workshops. Groups of up to 16 pupils learn the ins and outs of molding the sweet, malleable substance into a massive, vibrant rose to decorate the top of a wedding cake or conceal the entrance to a manhole. Techniques learned in class can be adapted for other popular desserts, such as cupcakes, cookies, or cans of frosting. All materials are provided, allowing students to observe firsthand Amazing Kakes’ efforts to use exclusively sustainable and nontoxic products.
Amazing Kakes sugar artists Yvette Humbert and Kim Sanchez, whose creations have been featured on the Food Network and in The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2010, apply their artistry to made-to-order wedding cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops. The flavorings and fondant in their cakes hail from Switzerland, imparting a distinct European note to flavors that range in complexity from red velvet to champagne bellini. The duo's commitment to detail extends to its firm stance on only designing wedding cakes in-person, though the two have flown as far as San Francisco and the moon to construct and attend to celebratory pastries.
Humbert and her fleet of instructors share their expertise in cake-making classes, teaching students to mimic their magic in a roomy, sunlit classroom. In general classes, including topics such as how to make fondant or gum-paste flowers, bakers add new techniques to their repertoires, and during more specific classes, they learn to build cakes that resemble anything from the University of Texas at Austin tower to a high-heeled shoe. All materials are generally provided, allowing students to observe firsthand Amazing Kakes’ efforts to use exclusively sustainable and nontoxic products.
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