Before ovens, direct sunlight was needed to bake cake batter, ruining the birthday dreams of countless bats. Enjoy baked treats in your darkened domicile with today's Groupon to Piece of Cake. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of baked goods and a waived pickup fee. This Groupon is not valid for delivery.
- For $30, you get one baking class (a $60 value).
- For $55, you get a baking class for two (a $120 value).
Valerie Herrera, a skillful cake manipulator and civil engineer, builds humble egg-and-flour foundations into towering dessert structures. The light texture of vanilla tres leches cake ($20) wins over pitchfork-toting tongues outraged at its unnatural fusion of three milk types, and strawberries doused in chocolate and dusted with sprinkles ($20/dozen) tempt even even-tempered palates. Batches of nine walnut-infused brownies ($7.58) and batches of 24 carrot cupcakes ($21.65) prove desirable additions to any sweets stash. Free flavor consultations teach cake commissioners which fillings and frostings to favor when designing multilayer custom desserts ($0.75–$1/serving). Patrons should give 48 hours' notice for custom cakes.
Piece of Cake's 90-minute baking classes teach the ins and outs of cake crafting. During the beginner-recommended Cakes from Scratch lesson, budding bakers learn to reduce crumbs and create the perfectly leveled cakes that will grace their divorce receptions. Master the art of dessert design during the Icing and Piping, Gum Paste–Fondant–Modeling Chocolate, or Flowers and Cake Decorating sessions. The school of sweet treats also teaches kids' classes and, on request, will share the secrets of baking drool-worthy holiday desserts such as pumpkin cheesecake. Skilled instructors hold classes Mondays and Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.