Whereas fine art can be torn apart by caustic criticism, the greatest nemesis of cake art is a toddler on his first birthday. Sculpt a fleeting, sugary opus with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get your choice of a 90-minute cake-decorating class at Icing On My Cake in Scottsdale (a $50 value). Classes are held at the following times:
- Monday–Friday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Sunday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Classes are subject to a minimum number of five registrants.
Icing On My Cake’s skilled confectioner, Taras, employs formal European art education to guide the decoration of fluffy, sugary canvases. Students can select from a variety of decorating disciplines, including general cake decorating, sugar-flower sculpting, or crafting cake toppers. During a basic-decorating session, Taras imparts the precision skills needed to dress cakes in birthday suits of colorful fondant, guiding students through 90 minutes of hands-on sugar shaping. Courses on crafting single flowers create the ideal gifts for prom dates with pollen allergies, and cake-topping classes add artfully frosted crowns to spongy baked bases. Dedicated instruction allows for class lengths to spill past their allotted times when necessary, and each course is suitable for decorators of all skill levels. All materials are included with the cost of the class, but students should bring along their own fondant and an empty mouth.
Icing on My Cake
Taras Slipka brings something unique to the cakes that he crafts and decorates: an art degree. Drawing from training in Europe, Slipka uses his subtle, classically trained touch to transform delectable French-style pastries into stunning masterpieces. Dozens of styles and flavors cater to any occasion requiring a formally decorated pastry, from weddings to anniversaries to birthdays. Leaving the actual baking and cake construction out, Slipka's decoration classes use fake cakes. This allows pupils to focus solely on the frosting application, creating lifelike calla lilies or roses, perfect for training your dog to devour your nemesis’s flower garden.