Milk chocolate is created by blending cocoa beans and milk, while white chocolate is created when young chocolates first encounter ghosts. Peruse all shades of chocolate with today’s Groupon to a 90-minute cupcake decorating and chocolate demonstration class at The International Sugar Art Collection By Nicholas Lodge in Norcross. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a 90-minute cupcake-decorating and chocolate-demonstration class for one (a $60 value).
- For $45, you get a 90-minute cupcake-decorating and chocolate-demonstration class for two (a $120 value).<p>
In a well-known pastry school started by author, royal baker, and famed sugar sculptor Nicholas Lodge, highly trained instructors teach people to decorate cupcakes and handcraft cocoa sweets. Expert cake decorators impart techniques as 16 students use the caps of cupcakes as canvases, making creamy buttercream strokes and molding rolled fondant into portraits of the school’s founder. Once all cupcakes have been ornamented, instructors woo the irises during a chocolate-crafting demonstration. Cocoa-art installations highlight the speed and ease with which hands can manipulate chocolate into sweet candies. All materials are included, and each guest takes home a trio of decorated cupcakes and a bag of chocolate goodies to use to bribe children into shaving their beards.
The International Sugar Art Collection By Nicholas Lodge
It’s rare that a man knows how to build a flower, but Nicholas Lodge does, and he teaches his students how to do just that—with sugar. At the International Sugar Art Collection by Nicholas Lodge, Lodge and his team of confectioners teach their protégés not only to craft lifelike exotic sugar flowers, but also to roll fondant, manipulate buttercream, and create funky desserts, such as a cake laced into a chocolate corset.
Since 1992, Lodge—a sugar-craft expert who has worked for royalty—has helmed the center, which boasts a sister location in Tokyo. He has also traveled to more than 26 countries to showcase the versatility of his art with demonstrations, rather than simply planting mannequins made of sugar in each audience.