Like a protective parent, frosting has been smothering cake since its infancy. Help frosting let go or cling even tighter to its beloved brethren with today's Groupon to Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar. Choose between two options:
- For $9, you get $18 worth of profiteroles and frosting shots.
- For $27, you get a cupcake-decorating class (a $55 value).
Your Groupon is valid at the Santa Rosa, Cotati, and Napa locations; cupcake classes are held at the Santa Rosa location only.
A winner of The Food Network's Cupcake Wars, Sift bakes a lineup of desserts decadent enough to satisfy even the fussiest of sweet teeth. Tastefully tickle your mouth piano with a profiterole, a delicate puff of pastry filled with cream, dunked in ganache, and rolled in sprinkles ($1.50). Or, peacefully gulp the Car Bomb frosting shot, a rich shooter of chocolate, Guinness, and Irish-cream flavors served in a souvenir glass ($1.50). Aspiring emcees can toast to the marriage of flour and sugar with a Pink Champagne frosting shot, a raspberry-infused bubbly flavored treat ($1.50).
Meanwhile, the cupcake-decorating classes, co-instructed by Sift’s head decorator, teach starving frosting artists how to transform plain old cupcakes into visual and edible masterpieces. Open to all skill levels, the cupcakery’s class offerings range from working with fondant to growing the perfect gum-paste flower.
Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar has received a vast amount of press: North Bay Bohemian, Napa Valley Register, Off the Vine magazine, and Cupcakes Take the Cake featured the business. CityVoters named it the Best Cupcakes of 2010, Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, and 85% of Urbanspooners recommend the business.
- Like mini works of art, the cakes sit regally behind their respective name tags: "Pinking of You," "The Sky Is Falling!" and "Chocolatease" – Brodie Jenkins, North Bay Bohemian
- My favorite would have been the Knock Your Sox Off (Boston cream). So delicious! The pastry cream filling was spectacular and the cupcake was moist without being too moist. The chocolate ganache was nice and dark and not overly sweet, which is my preference. – Stacie Joy, Cupcakes Take the Cake
Sift Dessert Bar
Though Andrea Ballus' wedding frustrations propelled her into reality-television fame, the camera never focused on personal drama—instead, it zoomed in on the cupcakes. As she planned her marriage, Andrea couldn't find a bakery innovative enough to cater her reception. Rather than settle for tired designs, she decided to create her own cupcakes, mixing confections in signature flavors and garnishing them with edible art. These concepts led to the first incarnation of Sift—a dessert venue whose ingenious edibles have since won first place on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars and returned to compete on Cupcake Champions.
Sift Dessert Bar's current cupcake menu pays homage to classic tastes as well as cunning combinations, from the Snickerdoodle and Samoa to the Berry Good Cheesecake—a vanilla cake atop a graham cracker crust, filled with raspberry jam and topped with cream cheese frosting. Visitors can pluck their favorites from the onsite displays or order custom servings that suit a wedding or party theme. In the past, Andrea and her staff have festooned cakes with images of cheerful dragonflies, company logos, and Pink Floyd album art as well as holiday graphics for New Year's and Christmas.
Alongside their signature item, Sift prepares a separate catalog of nostalgic desserts, including whoopie cookies, french macarons, and ice-cream sandwiches.