What You'll Get
- C$89 for cake-making workshop for one (C$249 value)
Designed for beginners, the class touches on a variety of techniques. All supplies and ingredients are provided, and students will get to take home two six-inch cakes and two recipes at the close of class. Teachers recommend that all participants bring along an apron, notebook, and pen.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Reservation required. Must be 15 years old. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Sugartiers is a collaboration between sugar-paste artist Rosalind Chan—whom Teresa Kruze of Metro Canada calls "an international superstar in the cake decorating world"—and her former student, experienced chocolatier Evalin Chong. As Chan told Duhlicious food blogger Madalina Paul in 2010, she learned the art of baking from her mother, and left her native Malaysia to study French pastry at the renowned Ritz Escoffier school in Paris. She immigrated to Canada, where she decided to give up a successful corporate career and devote herself to the art of professional cake decorating. Chan then returned to Malaysia to found and teach at the International Centre of Cake Artistry, one of the largest baking institutes in that country.
Chong holds a diploma in food-and-beverage management and is a certified wedding planner. Both women have shared their expertise as Wilton Method instructors, and stay ahead of ever-changing wedding-cake trends. Chan told Sue Kanhai of YorkRegion.com, “Years ago, no one knew what red velvet was—they thought it was a fabric! Now it’s such a hip thing." The popularity of red-velvet cupcakes was also the topic of a 2010 article in the Toronto Star, which mentioned Sugartiers' tasty version.
The duo offers baking and decorating courses in at their shop, where they teach students to cover cakes or scratch-prone leather furniture in layers of colourful fondant. They also operate a retail supply store, take-out bakery, and catering operation, handcrafting more than 36 flavours of macarons and cakes such as dark chocolate or moist carrot and pineapple.