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Just Cakes! (4 Week Series)

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Price $325.00
Instructor: Marie Perfetti
Location: At The CSCA
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We think Julia Child said it best: “A party without cake is just a meeting.” Whether vanilla, chocolate, simple, elaborate, layered, bundt, or otherwise, cake holds a special place in our hearts. Join our cake-only techniques series to learn new techniques, styles, and recipes for cake preparation and decorating. From classic to modern and everything in between, practice decorating with butter cream, whipping up genoise, or creating luscious fillings to brighten every event with the ultimate symbol of celebration.


This series is for adults 18 +. Each class length estimate is 4 hours.


Classes in this series cannot be made up.

Events in this Series:

Just Cakes! - Week 1 - Foam Cakes

Week 1 – Foam Cakes: Foam cakes are light, airy cakes made of flour, sugar, eggs, and in some cases butter. The fluffiness comes from beating air into egg whites, which lets any subtle flavors shine. We love these cakes at tea time!  

Recipes this week include:

  • Chocolate Genoise with Orange Buttercream
  • Boston Crème Pie
  • Sambuca Sin Sponge Roll
  • Dreamscicle Roulade

Just Cakes! - Week 2 - Butter Cakes

Week 2 – Butter Cakes: Butter cakes, like pound cake, are made with significant quantities of butter and a chemical leavening product such as baking soda or baking powder to build up heft. Our butter cake recipes include jams, ganache, buttercream fillings, and frosting to create showstopping centerpieces.

Recipes this week include:

  • Checkerboard Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream
  • Julia Child's Eighty-Fifth Birthday Cake
  • Coconut, Coconut, Coconut Cake
  • Lemon Luxury Cake

Just Cakes! - Week 3 - Flourless Cakes

Week 3 – Flourless Cakes: These naturally gluten-free cakes make dessert accessible to our gluten-intolerant friends and those with Celiac disease. We also love them for their rich, decadent flavor and versatility.

Recipes this week include:

  • Queen Mother Cake
  • Hungarian Hazelnut Cake
  • Lemon Pistachio Praline Dacquoise
  • Chocolate Feather Bed

Just Cakes! - Week 4 - Tortes and Layer Cakes

Week 4 – Tortes and Layer Cakes: Typically made with many eggs and little flour, these luscious beauties are often filled with layers and layers of whipped cream, buttercream, mousse, jam, or fruit. They’re often reserved for upscale or elaborate evening celebrations where the dessert is the star of the whole menu.

Recipes this week include:

  • Tiramisu
  • Opera Cake
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Chocolate Orange Dobos Torte