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Discover a world of sweet creations with dessert and pastry classes in NYC. From mastering the art of macarons to creating decadent chocolate desserts, become a skilled pastry chef and impress your friends and family with delicious treats.

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Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Making

Raaka Chocolate @ 58 Seabring St, Brooklyn, NY

Uncover the art of crafting delectable dark chocolates from scratch in this immersive hands-on class. Learn the secrets of selecting and grinding single-origin cacao beans, tempering the chocolate, and creating your own signature bars. Indulge in an extensive tasting of Raaka Chocolate's creations and leave with the skills to make bean-to-bar chocolate at home.

Friday, Mar 1st, 2–5:30pm Eastern Time

Bake Your Own French Croissant

Atelier Sucré @ 104 East 7th St, New York, NY

Discover the art of creating the perfect French croissant at Atelier Sucré. Indulge in the flakiness and buttery goodness as you learn to make traditional croissants, pains au chocolat, and savory ham & cheese croissants. Take home your creations along with detailed recipes to impress your next brunch guests.

Sunday, Mar 17th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

French Macarons (Gluten Free Recipe)

Atelier Sucré @ 104 East 7th St, New York, NY

Discover the secrets to creating perfect French macarons at Atelier Sucré. Join our hands-on class and learn the specific techniques needed to master this delicate pastry. Impress your friends and family with this sophisticated dessert that is also gluten-free!

Wednesday, Feb 28th, 6:30–9pm Eastern Time

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French Macaron

CocuSocial Cooking Classes

Learn the secrets of creating exquisite French macarons in this hands-on class. Discover the art of meringue mixing, piping, baking, and assembling these delicate treats. Explore a variety of decadent flavors and fillings, perfect for gluten-free and dairy-free enthusiasts.

Sunday, Feb 25th, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

Make & Take Truffle

Roni-Sue's Chocolates @ 148 Forsyth St, New York, NY

Learn the art of making your delicious chocolate truffles with Roni-Sue's Chocolates. Discover the secrets of ganache making and create your custom-flavored fillings. Take home your handmade truffles and a container of "homework" ganache to continue your sweet creations.

Sunday, Feb 25th, 11am–12pm Eastern Time

French Tarts & Madeleines

Atelier Sucré @ 104 East 7th St, New York, NY

Discover the art of elegant French pastries at Atelier Sucré and elevate your afternoon "snack" with the traditional Gouter experience. Master the art of creating tarts filled with light custard cream and indulge in the delicate taste of lemon and chocolate or fresh fruit. Accompany your creations with the perfect Madeleines, and impress your loved ones with your newfound skills.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 6–8:30pm Eastern Time

Hand-Rolled Chocolate Truffle Making

Raaka Chocolate @ 58 Seabring St, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the art of handcrafted chocolate bark at Raaka Chocolate. Learn how to temper dark chocolate and create your unique bark using a variety of seasonal toppings, from festive sprinkles to savory herb blends. Indulge in a sweet and savory treat that will delight your taste buds throughout the holiday season.

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 11am–12:30pm Eastern Time

Eclair & Cream Puff

Atelier Sucré @ 104 East 7th St, New York, NY

Discover the secrets of the traditional French art of creating light and flavorful eclairs and cream puffs in this hands-on class. With guidance from the chef, you'll learn the step-by-step process and take home your hand-made treats, along with recipes and instructions to recreate them at home. Don't miss this opportunity to perfect your dessert-making skills!

Saturday, Mar 9th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

Intro to Macarons

NY Cake Academy @ 118 W 22nd St, New York, NY

Discover the secrets to creating delectable and flawless Italian macarons in this introductory course at NY Cake Academy. Uncover the art of troubleshooting common baking challenges while working in small groups, and enjoy the ease and excitement of making these delicate treats. All supplies and materials are provided for a seamless learning experience.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 3:30–6pm Eastern Time

Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Mousse & Madeleines

Atelier Sucré @ 104 East 7th St, New York, NY

Discover the art of crafting delectable French desserts with expert guidance from a renowned Chef. Uncover the secrets behind creating unforgettable treats that you can savor in class and recreate in your home kitchen. Indulge in the sweetest experience at Atelier Sucré.

Saturday, Apr 6th, 6–8:30pm Eastern Time

Chocolate Soufflé & Apple Tart

Atelier Sucré @ 104 East 7th St, New York, NY

Discover the secrets of creating light and airy soufflés and delectable fresh apple tarts in this hands-on baking class. Master the skills to recreate these French national treasures in your own kitchen and impress your friends and family with your culinary prowess.

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 6–8:30pm Eastern Time

Doughnuts

The Brooklyn Kitchen @ 63 N 3rd St , Brooklyn, NY

Master the art of creating delectable doughnuts as you learn essential techniques such as ingredient selection, safe kitchen practices, and dough proofing. Indulge in a menu featuring classic glazed yeasted doughnuts, apple cider cake doughnuts, and quick apple fritters. Allergy accommodations are available upon request.

Sunday, Mar 10th, 3–5pm Eastern Time

Macarons & Entremets with Fred Cibisi-Levin

NY Cake Academy @ 118 W 22nd St, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity and elevate your baking skills with a renowned pastry chef. Master the art of crafting exquisite French pastries and desserts with precision and finesse.

Saturday, May 4th, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

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Viennese Desserts with Nick Malgieri

NY Cake Academy @ 118 W 22nd St, New York, NY

Explore the delicate world of Viennese pastries and learn to make hand-pulled strudel dough, traditional apple strudel, hazelnut-scented Linzer hearts, and sweet vanilla pretzel-shaped cookies at NY Cake Academy. Indulge your sweet tooth with these exquisite treats inspired by the art of Vienna.

Sunday, Mar 10th, 12–4pm Eastern Time

Cake Decorating 101

NY Cake Academy @ 118 W 22nd St, New York, NY

Master the art of cake decorating and elevate your skills to create stunning, textured buttercream cakes. Learn a range of piping techniques, from shells to rosettes, and discover how to apply them to your creations. Unleash your creativity and impress with beautiful designs at NY Cake Academy's Cake Decorating course.

Saturday, Mar 9th, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

Luck of the Icing Sugar Cookie Decorating Class

Sugar Sketch @ 410 Columbus Ave, New York, NY

Transform plain cookies into edible works of art with Sugar Sketch's innovative cookie decorating techniques. Join us for a delightful experience that will sweeten your baking repertoire.

Sunday, Mar 10th, 11am–1:30pm Eastern Time

Chocolate Bunny and Duck with Jörg Amsler

NY Cake Academy @ 118 W 22nd St, New York, NY

Learn the art of creating whimsical and delightful chocolate sculptures with a master chocolatier. Join us for a sweet adventure in crafting edible masterpieces.

Sunday, Mar 17th, 10am–2pm Eastern Time

Coffee Cupping & Chocolate Tasting

Raaka Chocolate @ 58 Seabring St, Brooklyn, NY

Explore the fascinating world of coffee and chocolate through an immersive sensory experience. Discover the art of coffee cupping and chocolate tasting, as you indulge in the flavors and aromas of single-origin coffees and dark chocolates. Enhance your palate and gain insights into the key flavor profiles of these delectable treats at Raaka Chocolate.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 11am–12:30pm Eastern Time

Chocolate Desserts with Nick Malgieri

NY Cake Academy @ 118 W 22nd St, New York, NY

Indulge in the perfect springtime treat with a delectable selection of chocolate desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth. From cheesecake brownies to a flourless chocolate soufflé, these irresistible creations will have you craving for more. Discovery of the art of chocolate desserts at NY Cake Academy.

Sunday, Mar 24th, 12–4pm Eastern Time

Advanced Cookies with Jörg Amsler

NY Cake Academy @ 118 W 22nd St, New York, NY

Uncover new techniques and flavor profiles to take your cookie creations to the next level. Explore the art of cookie decorating with a professional pastry chef and bring your sweet visions to life.

Sunday, Mar 17th, 3–5:30pm Eastern Time

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Think about the last time you enjoyed a dessert. You enjoyed it, right? What if you could make it at home? 

Dessert making has been around since ancient times. Even the Romans were enjoying ice cream. Cultures around the world have their own dessert traditions, and not all of them are as sweet as the modern day. Many recipes from the past include fruits, nuts, and grains.

Technically speaking, desserts are classified as sweets eaten after a meal. In the U.S., desserts tend to vary by season, for instance pumpkin pie is often served in the fall and pistachio cake is served in the spring around the Easter holiday.

Pâtissiers or pastry chefs are those professionals who have dedicated their time to training and mastering the art and science of dessert making. You don’t have to be a professional to learn how to make good desserts, though. There are plenty of hobbyists and enthusiasts who enjoy the process and eating the fruits of their labor.

Why You Should Learn Dessert Making in NYC

Everyone should have a hobby they enjoy. Dessert making is so sweet you just might find you like it. Not only can it relieve stress and feel productive, it can also bring you into a community of people who like dessert making as much as you do. Attending in-person or online classes to learn offers the opportunity to meet many people you may not have otherwise met. 

For those who love taking care of their family and friends, dessert making is almost sure to win you an MVP status among your inner circle. When you take the time to hand make something for a person you care about, it shows you think of them and listen when they’re talking to you. 

Aside from being a delicious hobby, dessert making could also be a healthy “side hustle,” new career, or even a full time business venture. There are 34,000 dessert-based businesses in the U.S., and the industry is worth approximately $17 billion. That means there’s plenty of room for another passionate individual (you) to add a creative new business. 

If you’re interested in professional training and organizations in the dessert making industry, consider looking into the Institute of Culinary Education, Culinary Institute of America, and American Bakers Association (located in Washington D.C. with virtual events). 

If you like to give back to the community, you might enjoy volunteering your newly acquired dessert making skills to organizations like Icing Smiles which makes cakes and other desserts for families with children who have a critical illness. Bake Back America began during the pandemic to serve first responders, essential workers, and those in need with baked goods prepared by volunteers. For Goodness Cakes bakes delicious birthday cakes for youth in underserved areas.

In-Person Dessert Classes & Schools in NYC

New York City is a wonderful place to learn dessert making. With so many in-person classes to choose from, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, get hands on, and bond with others who enjoy dessert making, too. Not to mention you’ll have fun blowing off steam and eating your own creations as you learn.

The Brooklyn Kitchen in Sunset Park has roomy studios where they teach dessert making classes like Pie. During the workshop, you’ll learn how to choose the ideal ingredients, prepare and perform pie-making, the technique for creating a perfect pie crust, and even how to present your dessert when it’s done. You’ll get to enjoy your pie crust at the end of class, and take home dough to practice at home. 

For those interested in more specific desserts, Atelier Sucré’s Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Mousse & Madeleines class in East Harlem might be a great option. The chef will guide you step-by-step through these classic French desserts. Having traveled all over the world perfecting their dessert-making skills, you’re sure to have a world-class experience. You’ll even get to take home recipes and instructions for how to make these desserts at home - and your own delicious creations, of course. 

Atelier Sucré also offers Eclair & Cream Puff, where you’ll discover how these traditional French desserts are made. These light, tasty treats are sophisticated, but the chef will lead you through the dessert making process so you come out with eclairs and cream puffs to be proud of. You’ll also receive instructions and recipes to make at home. 

If you love a good donut, Homemade Beignets (French Donuts) by Atelier Sucré might be a great way to spend a couple of hours. You’ll learn the art of baking, frying, and using yeast dough. Plus, you can add homemade fillings (like chocolate) to your beignets for an extra sweet finished dessert.

Make and Take Truffle class by Roni-Sue’s is a must take if you love chocolate. Roni-Sue’s is in Lower East Manhattan, creating delightful organic chocolates and truffles, among other sweet snacks. During the class, you’ll learn about ganache, which is a multi-faceted part of desserts used for anything from cake to chocolate covered strawberries to truffles. Ronni-Sue will show you how to “up your sweets game” as you’re creating your truffle. Plus you get to take home ganache for practicing at home. 

NY Cake Academy in the Chelsea area of Manhattan can take a number of cake decorating classes from an award-winning cake decorator. When you take Fondant 101, you’ll learn cake decorating techniques like crumb coating, covering a cake with fondant so it has a smooth professional finish, and how to design a bow and ribbon from fondant. At the end of class, you’ll have a five inch “bow cake” to take home. 

Virtual Dessert Classes & Schools

If you prefer to learn from the comfort of your own spaces, there are many virtual dessert making courses you can take that offer a similar live feeling as in-person instruction. You may have to supply your own ingredients and materials, but the wider variety of courses may make up for that. CourseHorse is a great place to begin your search for online dessert classes

If you love cookies, this Cookie Decorating class by Food Craft may pique your interest. You’ll learn techniques to make cute cookies for all seasons and events. During class, you’ll also learn how to make chocolate glaze for your cookies and cinnamon sugar palmiers. The only thing you’ll need to supply are scissors and paper towels, the rest of the ingredients for class are shipped right to your door after you register for class. 

Candy Making: Truffles & Brittle will teach you how to craft dark chocolate truffles and brittle with the mix-ins of your choice. When you sign up for class, you’ll receive many of the ingredients in the mail including peanuts, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, and a gift card to purchase heavy cream for the truffle-making and/or brittle mix-ins. You’ll need to provide some items you probably already have in your kitchen like sugar, baking soda, and a cookie or baking sheet. 

Private Group Dessert Classes in NYC

Do you want to schedule a dessert making class as a fun team-building event for your business or organization? Maybe you’re leading a holiday get together or birthday celebration. CourseHorse has many dessert making classes for private groups in NYC

Even those with a sweet tooth will be pleased with Candy Making: Truffles & Brittle. Your group will learn to make dark chocolate truffles and brittle with peanuts or other mix-ins. Because the class can accommodate up to 250 people, you’ll have plenty of hand crafted treats to eat and enjoy together. 

You’ll need to provide some basic baking ingredients such as sugar, salt, and a baking sheet for the course; however, CourseHorse ships most of the primary ingredients like cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and hazelnuts to each participant, so preparation is simple. 

The Virtual Ice Cream Making Workshop might be a great way to spend an hour together and enjoy a crowd favorite dessert. During class, the chef will show you how to make sweet cream ice cream, as well as the ginger ice cream featured in the New York Times. You’ll leave class with basic ice cream making techniques for making your own ice cream at home.

Before the course, each participant receives an ice cream making kit shipped to their door. The kit includes ginger syrup, crystallized ginger, cookies, and bags. Individuals participating in class will need to supply their own milk or cream, sugar, and ice. Up to 100 people can join the Virtual Ice Cream Making Workshop during one class. 

CourseHorse private groups offer several helpful benefits, including the ability to customize your experience. There’s a $150 fee, but you can add themes, games, or even additional expert support to make the experience memorable

Private group classes require a minimum of ten people. If you don’t have a final headcount for your group, you can still book with the minimum and update your group information when you know for sure how many people will attend. 

There aren’t any booking fees, and within 24 hours, you’ll receive a confirmation of your group. CourseHorse recommends Zoom for the platform, but they can support others, too, if your company has a preferred platform.

Curious to see how classes work? Have additional questions? Reach out to CourseHorse on their website via the contact form to schedule a demo or get answers to your questions.

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