Like playing video games, cake decorating requires an eye for detail, steady hands, and the ability to avoid stepping in colorful goo. Strengthen hand-eye coordination with today's Groupon: for $80, you get a petit-four-decorating class at Dragonfly Cakes in Sausalito (a $160 value). Classes are held on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Check the reservation website for complete details.
Dragonfly Cakes' skilled team of confectionary clairvoyants shares its gourmet gâteau-enhancing skills during petit-four-decorating classes held in a fully stocked commercial kitchen. After instructors demonstrate how to create decadent petits fours, students learn to finish the dainty pastries by dipping and embellishing them. Students will encase handheld desserts into liquid confections such as milk chocolate and construct gum-paste flowers, marzipan laser perimeters, or other delicious decorations to adorn 24 petits fours, then take centerpiece-busting masterpieces home at the end of the class.
Each session's attendance is kept at a maximum of 15 students to ensure bourgeoning dessert artists get the attention they need to become proficient, and Dragonfly Cakes supplies all necessary ingredients and equipment. Participants are advised to wear closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for baking, such as Poppin' Fresh hats.