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    Donut Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

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    Be prepared for your inner Homer Simpson to do a happy dance as you discover the art of making delicious donuts by hand. In this all-levels class, you'll prepare both cake-style and raised-style doughs as your foundation. Next, follow along as a professional chef guides you through techniques such as frying, glazing, dipping and filling. Create such mouthwatering varieties as maple and bacon-glazed long johns, mini pumpkin donut holes with cinnamon sugar, chocolate cake donuts with dulce de leche glaze and coconut flakes, and Bavarian donuts (custard-filled yeast-raised dough with chocolate glaze). When you're done creating your tasty treats, you'll sit down for lunch with your classmates and celebrate a job well done. Afterwards, head home with a box of your crave-worthy creations.
    Donut Boot Camp (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create delicious donuts by hand
    • Discover the art to making both cake-style and raised-style doughs
    • Prepare tasty varieties such as chocolate cake donuts with dulce de leche glaze and coconut flakes
    • Master the skills to properly satisfy your cravings
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    6 positive reviews
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    Cake Balls & Pops Making

    (13)
    Cake on a stick? Will the wonders never cease? Take your cakery skills in fun new directions with this hands-on cake pop workshop! You'll learn simple recipes for crafting perfectly formed cake balls. Once cooked, dip and decorate your sweet creations with eye-catching toppings! Cake pops are great mini-desserts that are easy to bake in your home kitchen. Plus, they make great treats for birthday parties, holidays, and other celebratory occasions. You'll also leave class with an assortment of cake pops to share at home. Talk about a handy skill.
    Cake Balls & Pops Making

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to make cake pops during a hands-on confectionary workshop
    • Master techniques for flavoring and decorating your pops
    • Bring home an assortment of treats to share
    • Enhance your dessert repertoire with some fun new skills
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    13 positive reviews
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    Macaron Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

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    How can such a tiny treat be so delicious? Discover the answer as a professional pastry chef takes you through the delicate art of creating the macaron. You'll whip up three tantalizing varieties, including chocolate macarons with raspberry jam and coffee buttercream, toasted coconut crunch macarons with salted caramel filling, and lemon macarons with white chocolate lemon ganache. Practice the techniques of the masters, from selecting the best chocolate and whipping egg whites to using a piping bag and making ganache. You'll work in small groups as you build your skills and see your works of art come together, step by step. Then sit back and taste the sweet satisfaction of a job well done.
    Macaron Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the appetizing art of the macaron from a professional pastry chef
    • Practice important skills such as working with nut flours and making ganache
    • Create delicious varieties such as lemon macarons with white chocolate lemon ganache
    • Discover the skills to turn your kitchen into your new favorite pastry shop
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    6 positive reviews
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    Cake Baking 101

    (13)
    Let them eat cake! Let them all eat cake! Once this workshop is complete, you'll be able serve delicious, yummy cake whenever you want! Master the delicious art of cake baking in a professional culinary studio. Learn to correctly measure dry and wet ingredients, and combine them into a perfect batter. You'll also get tips on baking temperature and learn to make an Italian Meringue Buttercream frosting to compliment your cake! On the menu are several mini-cakes that are yours to keep. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, pound cake, and carrot cake. And then there's the eating part. We love the eating part.
    Cake Baking 101

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to bake cake during a professional culinary class
    • Pick up tips for measuring, mixing, and baking
    • Master a delicious buttercream frosting to compliment your creations
    • Finish class with several mini-cakes that are yours to keep
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    13 positive reviews
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    Buttercream Flowers

    (13)
    You've been staying up, scrolling through all those photos of elaborately decked out cakes and daydreaming about making your own. The flowers look too precious to eat -- could they really be made out of frosting? Your experienced baking instructor will make your diy fantasy come true as you learn how to pipe buttercream flowers to top your own 6-inch chocolate cake. You'll cover: rose, apple blossom, anemone, daisy, mum, ranunculus, carnations along with buds and leaves. You'll leave the class with a confection that would look at home on even the most pretentious pinterest page -- but it will look even better on your plate at home!
    Buttercream Flowers

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Join forces with Chicago's most rebellious cake decorators for a crash course on flowers
    • Learn to make the sugary flowers of your dreams into a reality
    • Practice pipetting buttercream flowers on a 6-inch chocolate cake
    • Learn to make rose, apple blossom, anemone, daisy, mum, ranunculus and carnations complete with
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    13 positive reviews
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    Donut Boot Camp

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    Who doesn't love fried dough? You'll make both cake-style and raised-style doughs, and show you how to fry, glaze, dip and fill them to perfection. You'll go home with a boxful of your very own fresh creations! Lunch will be served, and fresh coffee will be flowing.
    Donut Boot Camp

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to make sweet batter, prepare yeast dough, deep-fry, prepare glazes and more!
    • Take home a box of donuts
    • Sip on fresh coffee while learning a delicious new skill
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    24 positive reviews
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    Candy Bars from Scratch

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    You LOVE halloween. The costumes, the stupid parties, and the candy -- can't stress the candy thing enough. You don't have to wear a funny outfit and paint your face to enjoy your favorite candy bar -- learn how to make them in the comfort of your own home! Your experienced instructor will walk you through the step-by-step process of making: Peanut Butter Cups, "Chit-Chat" Bars, Twixters and Snicker-Snackers. Is there anything bigger than king-sized? Emperor-sized Snickers you say -- we can get behind that!
    Candy Bars from Scratch

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Join forces with Chicago's most rebellious cake decorators and learn how to make your favorite candy bars
    • Make Peanut Butter Cups, "Chit-Chat" Bars, Twixters, Snicker-Snackers
    • Learn the secrets that make these sinful snacks so delicious
    • Improve your repertoire of recipes with these crowd pleasers
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    13 positive reviews
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    Basic Cake Decorating

    (13)
    After this class, decorating cakes will be a piece of .... Well, cake! Grab a premade chocolate cake and turn it into a work of edible art! You'll learn to level, cut, and fill like a professional during this hands-on class. Color buttercream with gel color, master the art of crumb coating, find out how to fill a piping bag, learn to use a coupler, and master piping techniques such as rosettes, shell bordering, dots, and handwriting! The icing on the cake? You get to take your project home with you!
    Basic Cake Decorating

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Master the art of cake decoration during a hands-on workshop
    • Level a premade cake, fill it, and crumb coat it
    • Learn to fill a piper and use it to create rosettes, shell borders, and handwriting
    • Take your cake home with you to share and enjoy
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    13 positive reviews
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    Fun with Fondant

    (13)
    Do you knead fondant? Find out during this hands-on culinary class. You'll learn to make mouthwatering fondant icing from scratch, add color to it, and use fondant cut-outs to turn a chocolate cake into a treat for the eyes, as well as the stomach! Plus, pick up techniques for crumb coating a cake (or cupcakes). With the skills you learn in this class, you'll be able to produce boutique-quality cakes from your home kitchen! Plus, you'll take home a few tasty treats to prove it! So no, you don't knead fondant -- but you definitely need it!
    Fun with Fondant

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to make fondant during a hands-on confectionary workshop
    • Master techniques for decorating eye-catching cakes
    • Bring home an assortment of treats to share
    • Enhance your dessert repertoire with some fun new skills
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    13 positive reviews
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    Jerry's Baking Book Club

    (13)
    You may be wondering: What's a 'Jerry' and what's a 'baking book club'? A 'Jerry' is an excellent baker working for Chicago's premier cake decorating establishment in The Windy City (that means Chicago). Not only does Jerry enjoy baking, he enjoys reading books about baking. He even dreams about baking (Jerry's Baking Dream Journal Club to come soon!). If Jerry was not a cake decorator extraordinaire he would have been a librarian (he loves the dewey decimal system). The Baking Book Club combines his passion for baking and his extensive collection of cook books into one fantastic evening. He will pick one of his favorite cook books and teach you how to make three savory selections out of it. Jerry is a pretty cool guy and his Baking Book Club scintillatingly delicious.
    Jerry's Baking Book Club

    2205 W Belmont Ave, Chicago

    • Join forces with Chicago's most rebellious cake decorators for a tasty evening
    • Find out who Jerry is and what his Baking Book Club is all about
    • Create three delectable treats of Jerry's choosing
    • Enjoy an activity that will be totally sweet
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    13 positive reviews

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