Though less devastating than banana-cream pies, cakes still provide effective suppressive fire during fancy dinner-party food fights attended by Larry, Curly, and/or Moe. Today's Groupon lets you lock and load with this smile-inducing ammunition: for $29, you get a four-week cake-decorating class at Ice A Cake in Scarborough (up to a $60 value).
Ice A Cake imparts cake-decoration know-how in the tradition of the Wilton School of Cake Decorating, emphasizing a mastery of technique to unlock creative cake expression. Instructor Lika Zowmi—a member of the Wilton Method instructor hall of fame and boasting 20 years of teaching cake spackling—leads three courses to educate aspiring dessert architects on how to create ornate, complex cakes for any occasion, such as graduation from cake-decorating school.
Each course is a perquisite for the next, totalling four weekly 2.5-hour classes limited to 10 students. Course one teaches frosting apprentices how to prepare icing in three consistencies, as well as bag preparation and pressure control to dispense icing in precise dollops. Decorating techniques include stars, shell borders, rosettes, drop and pom-pom flowers, plus writing and printing passages from War and Peace, all skills students hone as they complete an entire cake. Course two delves deeper into icing consistencies and complex flower decorations, venturing into royal icing and basket-whispering technique as students work toward a final "basket of flowers" cake design. Course three focuses on completing a cake using fondant icing, exploring more advanced techniques such as fondant flowers, tinting, ruffle borders, and creating geometric designs.
Students can bring their own materials, which are not included, though students are eligible for 10 per cent off their first purchase of decorating materials. Should students need to miss a class due to last-minute conflicts or can't-put-down blog posts, Ice A Cake allows them to take a make-up lesson in next round of classes. Prospective baked-goods artists having trouble finding a convenient class time can email Ice A Cake, which does its best to accommodate client schedules as it plans upcoming courses.
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Lika Zowmi and Nimali Senaratne both boast years as cake decorators, experience that they bring into the classroom every time they teach at Ice A Cake. But their experience isn't the only thing they have to drawn on. They structure their courses according to the Wilton Method of teaching, dividing courses into four levels with increasingly complex techniques. Though the first course is all about simply getting cakes to turn out, the fourth includes the skills needed to make and color beautiful confectionery flowers and other decorations. Lika and Nimali also prioritize keeping their skills current by continuing to professionally decorate cakes and anything else that would look better with piped frosting on it.
4465 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, Ontario M1S 5H9