When you’re next scouring the Internet for fun date ideas, do yourself a favor and jot this down in your phone notes. Momofuku Milk Bar just built themselves a jazzy new classroom facility in Williamsburg where you can go and bake to your heart’s desire all of your Milk Bar guilty pleasures.
In our case on this particular Saturday, it was the birthday cake and birthday cake truffle class. I find myself walking a few short blocks on any given Saturday night to my local Milk Bar East Village outpost to buy a three-pack of said truffles on a regular basis, and I just so happened to cut my Milk Bar birthday cake wedding cake last month. It’s safe to say I’m a super fan, and I was super stoked to learn the secrets of the trade.
After an easy walk from the L train, we were checking in and selecting our colorful patterned signature head band for the class. Paul resembled a sushi chef more than Chef Tosi, but we both rocked it in our own way.
We were placed at a table set up with two personal birthday cake rounds, a huge tub of icing, and various utensils. I knew we were in for fun when the instructor told us we had to taste test everything in sight. I also knew were in for fun when I realized we had to clean nothing. Because that’s pretty much the worst part of baking.
We assembled our cakes, practicing the Milk Bar method of stacking rounds using vanilla milk and tons of icing, and then had fun decorating the top. While we waited for them to bake, we started on our truffles, which were shockingly easy and ready to package after only a few minutes of setting. I’m not sure I could replicate the cake at home — there’s a lot to it — but the truffles are achievable with any leftover cake scraps!
The class from start to finish took 2 and 1/2 hours, which was a perfect amount of time for a date activity. We each went home with our own personal birthday cake and an abundant amount of truffles, which made the $95 price tag worth it.
Bake the Book Class Series
55 Hope Street
between Marcy & Havemeyer