Custom Classes

Custom classes are where YOU pick the menu and we choose a convenient time to meet, at my location or yours. All classes require a minimum of 6 people and up to 12 people  at my location (or more at yours) are FULL PARTICIPATION where YOU TAKE HOME some portion of what we make.  Classes can be food or desserts, be related to a holiday, a theme or just what you would like to learn.  


Classes include:

  • Bridal showers

  • Bachelorette parties

  • Law firm summer interns

  • Religious organizations

  • Kid and teen birthday parties

  • Couples or family cooking classes

  • Introduction to cooking for new brides

  • Birthday parties for all ages

  • Office parties

Custom classes are priced according to the menu and number of participants.


Kids Classes

Do you have an aspiring chef?  Does your child watch more Food Network than Disney Channel?  Organize a cooking class for them and their friends a

nd let them hone their cooking and baking skills.  Classes and parties are available for kids age 3 and up and are specifically designed for that age group.

Younger kids can start with:

  • Pretzels

  • scones

  • stained glass cookies

  • cake decorating

  • cakes from scratch

  • biscotti

  • cinnamon buns

  • individual lasagnas

  • ice cream cakes

Older kids learn:

  • basic cooking skills

  • classic French desserts

  • advanced cake and cookie decorating

Menu of Private Classes

Choose three things to make each class: 

The Art of Tarts/Thanksgiving Tarts & Pies

Lemon Tart, Pear and Almond Tart, Fresh Fruit Tarts, Apple Tart Tatin, fruit galette, peach or blueberry pie, mocha pecan pie, pop tarts, mini tarts

Just Chocolate

Chocolate mousse, flourless chocolate cake, truffles, chocolate sandwich cookies, chocolate ganache cake, molten chocolate cake, chocolate macarons, candy bars, crepes, chocolate decor

Plated Desserts

Crêpes, individual tarts and mousse cakes, sauces, carrot souffles with cinnamon creme anglaise, chocolate molten cakes with strawberry sauce, mini layer cakes, mini trifles

Petites Fours

Almond tuilles, operas, mini tarts, eclairs, profiteroles, fondant covered mini cakes, cookies, macarons

Quick Desserts for Busy People

Easy and elegant fruit tarts, crumbles and puddings, one-bowl cakes and cookies, bar cookies

Passover Baking

Lemon layer cake, flourless chocolate cake, lemon and key lime tarts, fruit tart, sponge cakes, almond and chocolate cupcakes, tuille cookies, macarons, chocolate mousse meringue layer cake, biscotti, chocolate pistachio candies, bar cookies, breakfast cakes. Can be easy or fancier desserts.

Jewish Holiday Baking

Babka in different sizes, shapes or flavors, challah (regular and whole wheat), rugelach, strudel, mandelbread, hamentaschen, sufganiot

Layer Cakes and Cake Decorating

Frasier, mocha layer cake, chocolate layer cake, 12-layer cake, red velevet layer cake, carrot cake, decorating basics

Holiday Cookies

Decorated cookies, tie dye black and white cookies, linzer tarts, sandwich cookies, tuilles, stained glass cookies, shortbread in different flavors, decorated biscotti

Great Soups

Gingered red pepper tomato, potato leek, caramelized onion and sweet potato, Moroccan lentil, mango gazpacho, butternut squash & apple

Healthy Side Dishes

Quinoa salad, roasted vegetables, Moroccan carrot salad, tabboule with mint, spinach with pine nuts and raisins, string beans with pepper sauce, whipped parsnip, kale chips, shaved Brussels sprouts salad, white bean and tuna salad


Salmon with mustard fennel sauce, tuna with onion sauce, salmon with mango salsa, sea bass with saffron sauce, seared tuna with peanut sauce


Spinach and cheese strata, popovers, scones, frittatas, kouigh amman, flan, scones, savory crepes

Chicken and Meat

Veal marsala, brisket osso bucco, Persian chicken with dried fruit stuffing, Moroccan chicken couscous, BBQ short ribs


To sign up

E-mail Paula at to see if there is space in a particular class. Your place is confirmed only by payment by credit card by calling Paula at 301-404-8998 or receipt of a check for the full amount made out to “Paula’s Parisian Pastries” and mailed to:

Paula’s Parisian Pastries

3108 Black Chestnut Lane

Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

You may cancel with a full refund up to one week prior to the class date.  After that date, you may apply your payment toward a future class ONLY IF the spot is filled by another student.

Take a class

Now is your chance to become the baker you have always wanted to be!