Coming in February, Hello Cupcake is unveiling a new series of cupcake design classes. Participants will learn will learn the tricks of designing and decorating cupcakes – from piping the frosting to rolling and stamping the fondant. Best of all, you’ll leave with a dozen of your own personally decorated treats.
I was invited to a preview event tonight,* and got to see a sneak peak of some of the techniques they’ll be teaching. Hello Cupcake’s Executive Pastry Chef, Todd Miller, showed us how to roll and stamp fondant, while Emily Macel, who works in the kitchen, showed me how to make frosting carrots (mine were . . . interesting). And Penny Karas, Hello Cupcake’s owner and founder, demonstrated the secret of those perfectly piped swirls (constant pressure and a steady hand).
The Hello Cupcake staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, and I’m sure the classes will be a hit with DC cupcake fiends. Classes are two hours and cost $50, and each one is centered around a different holiday theme. The first class will focus on cupcakes for Valentine’s Day, and is scheduled for February 13 from 10:00 am to 12:00. Sign up in-person at the Dupont store, or email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
Hello Cupcake also unveiled their new blog – youhadmeathellocupcake.com, which they’re launching just in time for Valentine’s Day. Just post your worst (or . . .best?) pick up stories and get a chance to win a free cupcake. Given that this is DC, land of bad pick up stories, I’m sure competition will be stiff.
*Blog disclosure – this was a free “preview” event for the media, so I didn’t pay for my cupcakes (nor for the pink champagne).