Want to prepare for next week’s St. Patrick’s Day with something other than binge drinking this weekend? Or how about learning how to make your own peeps?
My good friend Lauri Ditunno of Cake Alchemy, the New York–based custom cake studio featured on the WE TV series Amazing Wedding Cakes, is leading two cool classes this month geared toward goodies for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. And if you sign-up and mention Prepare for CrossCheck, you get $25 off the cost!
St. Patrick’s Day Cake Decorating Class
The first class takes place tomorrow — hurry, there are just a few spaces left! During the two-hour, hands-on training session led by Chef Lauri, you’ll:
- learn how to make her famous beer buttercream filling and get the recipe for the cake,
- see a demo of three different fondant techniques (marbleizing, zebra design and imprinting),
- practice one of the three fondant covering techniques on your own cake,
- make fondant shamrocks,
- decorate your cake with a Cake Alchemy St. Patrick’s Day kit, to include:
– chocolate gold coins,
– a sugar beer bottle,
– edible shamrocks, and
– fondant confetti and streamers
- enjoy fresh-made Irish soda bread, and
- get to take your cake home to enjoy for the holiday.
The Cake Alchemy St. Patrick’s Day Cake Class takes place Saturday, March 13 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and costs $150 per person ($125 for Prepare for CrossCheck readers).
Gourmet Easter Chocolate and Candy Class
Green treats and beer-flavored sweets not your thing? Then consider Cake Alchemy’s upcoming gourmet chocolate class, Saturday, March 27, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Cost is $200 ($175 for Prepare for CrossCheck readers). You’ll learn how to make:
- candied almond chocolate eggs,
- peanut butter ganache truffles, and
- marshmallow bunnies and peeps!
In addition, Chef Lauri will give an in-depth chocolate tempering demonstration, and you’ll get to take home recipes, more than 40 pieces of gourmet chocolate and a half-dozen bunnies and peeps, and a Cake Alchemy old-fashioned chocolate bunny—all made from high-quality gourmet ingredients. Splurge on carrot cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting and toasted coconut throughout the lesson too! (I’ve tasted them; they’re heavenly.)
Cake Alchemy is located downtown between City Hall and Tribeca at 43 Park Place, 3rd floor, near the A,C,E,N,R,1,2 and 3 trains. To reserve a space call (212) 255-0584 or e-mail Cake Alchemy at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Cake Alchemy and Chef Lauri, who also taught for several years at the French Culinary Institute, visit www.cakealchemy.com.