B's Sweets, located at the foot of Signal Mountain, is offering customers an opportunity to create edible works of art through its fall cake decorating class, a series of two two-hour sessions to be held Tuesdays, Oct. 22 and 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
While B's Sweets has hosted several gingerbread house-making workshops in the past, this will be the shop's first class focused on cakes, said owner Brianne Hager.
The class is open to students age 10 and up and has an eight-student limit.
Hager said she had the idea for the class while baking a fall-themed cake for a client.
"It was basic enough, but not just your ordinary icing and cake," she said of the cake that served as her inspiration, which will serve as the model - and perhaps inspiration - for class participants.
During the first class, attendees will learn skills such as fondant detailing and airbrushing as they create leaves, acorns and walnuts for their cake. They will also shape their own initial with chocolate fondant to put on top of the cake, along with the other elements, the next week, when Hager will have a chocolate or vanilla cake prepared for them to decorate.
All tools and materials necessary are included in the $69.95 charge, and participants will leave with a cake and set of tools to take home.
Hager said she developed her love for cake decorating after taking her first cake decorating class in 2006.
"I liked that it was something new and different I could take home and do for my family," she said, adding that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and would be the perfect opportunity for her students to show off their new skills. "You get that warm fuzzy feeling when you make that special cake for your family."
Hager, who opened B's Sweets about a year and a half ago, said she has gotten a lot of requests from customers to do a decorating class. If this one goes well, she said she would like to offer more-advanced classes as well as classes for younger students.
No prior experience is necessary to participate in this class, said Hager.
"There are no mistakes," she said. "It's always fixable."