5/26/14

Isomalt Cornucopia, hand pulled sugar/isomalt airbrushed color

Isomalt Cornucopia, hand pulled sugar/isomalt airbrushed color

Isomalt Dragon, hand pulled sugar/isomalt airbrushed color

Isomalt Dragon, hand pulled sugar/isomalt airbrushed color

Simi Lace Silicone Mat

Simi Lace Silicone Mat

 

Simi Cakes & Confections

Hello everyone, 

Hope you are having a very safe and happy Memorial Day!

Tomorrow:

Join me and host, Amelia Carbine, tomorrow for my free master training on CakeFu.com!

It’s a day early-TUESDAY, not Wednesday!!!!

I’ll be teaching a layering technique with isomalt to create a beautiful 3-D Summer Sculpture with raised features that anyone can master!

I’ll be giving away a fun summer molding kit with Isomalt and a discount code you can grab too!

See you tomorrow, May 27 at 10:30 Pacific Time (1:30 pm EST).  Repay will be available after the training on CakeFu.com

It’s free, but you do have to register:

http://www.cakefu.com/cakefu-masters-training-sidney-galpern-3/

You can check out my other CakeFu Master Trainings here along with the most incredible sugar and cake artist’s trainings:

Jan 6, 2014-Rockabilly Cake:  http://www.cakefu.com/cakefu-masters-training-sidney-galpern-2/

Oct 7, 2013-Amazing Uses for Cupcake Impression Mats: http://www.cakefu.com/cakefu-masters-training-sidney-galpern/

July 3, 2012-Isomalt Water Lily:  http://www.cakefu.com/next-cakefu-masters-training-sidney-galpern/

For a list of all TEN pages of CakeFu Master Trainings with their links check out:

http://www.cakefu.com/masters-series/

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NEW SIMI DESIGNER MOLDS

So many new molds in our online store!!!  Beautiful lace mat, jewelry, rings, sea life, snail, frogs, snowflakes, purses, buttons, flowers, and more!

Check out all of our great new and classic molds we carry at:

 http://www.simicakes.com/SHOP_SUGAR_ART_SUPPLIES.php

and also find them at many cake supply stores near you:  http://www.simicakes.com/Links.php

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Upcoming Classes & Events

May 27-CakeFu Master Training  http://www.cakefu.com/

1:30est                        Isomalt Layering                      

June 7 & 8-Southbury, CT, Ladybug Cake & Candy http://ladybugct.com/

Sat 9-12                      Gumpaste Gnome

1-5                               Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

Sun 12-5                      Isomalt Tea Set

June 14-Jacksonville, FL-A Bakers Paradise http://www.abparadise.com

10-1pm                         Gumpaste Gnome

2-5pm                           Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

June 21 & 22-Daytona Bch, FL, Florida ICES Day of Sharing  www.flices.org

Vendoring and demos at the booth, Classes with Norm Davis, Zane Beg, and Stephanie Stelliga

June 28, 29 & 30-Lubbock, TX-ICES Day of Sharing

Sat                               Isomalt Tea Set

Sun                              Day of Sharing Demos & Vendors

Mon                             Isomalt Garden Gnome & More

July 11, 12, 13, 14-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake Competition

Fri 6-8pm                    Casting Isomalt

Sat                               Vendoring/Demos/Judging

Sun 9-11                      Isomalt Ribbons & Bows

12-5                             Isomalt Tea Set

6-8pm                          Isomalt Fall Flowers

Mon 9-3pm                  Day of Sharing

4-8                                Victorian Isomalt

July 31-Aug 3-Albuquerque, NM-ICES 14 www.ices.org

Vendor booth #516 Demos all weekend with special guests!

Class Fri 2-4pm           Gumpaste Sea Turtle

Demo Sun 9:30            Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

August 9-12-Austin, Tx-Make it Sweet  http://makeitsweet.com/  Classes tba & free demo

August 23-24 Jamaica, New York  Desirable Cake http://desirablecake.com/  Classes tba

Sept 12-13 Richardson, TX Cake Carousel  http://www.cakecarousel.com/  Classes tba

Sept 14-Houston Cake Extravaganza  http://www.houstoncakeclub.com/dosmain.htm

Sept 20-21-Greensboro, NC Isomalt Classes hosted by Central Carolina Cake Club info TBA

Fall 2014-Lafayette Isomalt Classes- A Baker’s Choice http://abakerschoice.com/  TBA

Fall 2014-Tulsa, Ok All Things Cake Classes TBA

Fall 2014-West Palm Beach, FL Cakes Etc Classes TBA

 

Fall 2014-Miami, FL Sweet Life Cake & Candy Classes TBA

Oct 3-5-Vancouver, BC  Cake Love http://cakeloveyvr.com/
Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cakes

http://greatamericancakeshow.com/

TBA                             Blown Sugar/Isomalt Angel Heart Wings
TBA                             Chocolate Piping 

Nov 2014-Birmingham, UK- NEC Cakes International http://www.cakeinternational.co.uk/

Nov 15-22-Cake Cruise, 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale http://www.cakecruise.com/ Isomalt Painting, Fondant, & Gumpaste Classes TBA

Jan 16, 17, 18-Florida Mini Classes, Daytona Bch, FL Class & Vendoring

Feb 21 & 22-Lafayette, LA-Cajun Cake Show

Feb 28 & 29-Austin, TX-That Takes the Cake Show

March 21 & 22-Fairfax, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show

Spring 2015-Guatemala City, Guatemala Isomalt & Chocolate Classes

***************More Classes being announced soon!***************

Tip of the Week

What’s your favorite tool NOT found in the cake aisle?!
Avalon Yarnes, www.AvalonCakes.com , compiled her 10 FAVORITE “not intended for cake” tools and HACKS in one convenient blog.

And she’s gotten the favorite tools from some of the top industry pros!

Avalon gave me permission to repost her blog to my newsletter so check out her favorite Non Cake Tools blog here to find great tips of the week:

http://avaloncakes.com/favorite-tools-not-found-cake-aisle/

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes

2/2/14

    

 

 

Isomalt Victorian Class

Isomalt Victorian Class

Isomalt Vintage Brooches Mold

Isomalt Vintage Brooches Mold

Isomalt Tea Set Class

Isomalt Tea Set Class

Isomalt Stained Glass Heart Class

Isomalt Stained Glass Heart Class

Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask Class

Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask Class

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt Class

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt Class

Isomalt Chick & Nest Class

Isomalt Chick & Nest Class

Angle Wings Blown Sugar Heart Topper Class

Angle Wings Blown Sugar Heart Topper Class

Cake Cruise

Cake Cruise

Simi Cakes & Confections

 

News!

Important venue change:  That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition has moved locations.  The new address is Highland Mall – 6001 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752.  Please note that the location is now closer to the host hotel and conveniently located just north of Downtown Austin.  And don’t forget that on-line registration for the cake competition and classes is Feb 16!  So get your registration in ASAP! 

Cake Cruise 2014

I am so proud to have been chosen as an instructor for Cake Cruise 2014!  They are very pleased to announce that they are now taking reservations.  Make sure you tell them “Sidney” sent you on your application.
CakeCruise 2014 will depart Ft Lauderdale FL on November 15, 2014 for a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on Holland America’s Westerdam.
Instructors will include returning instructors 
Norman R. Davis with Zane Beg (The Sweet Life), Martha Hebert with Becky Guidry (Sweet Southern Ladies) and introducing new Cake Cruise Instructors Kathleen LangeRuth Rickey and Sidney Galpern.  There will be a wide range of classes for beginners to advanced and I’ll be teaching isomalt, chocolate, gumpaste and fondant. 

Special:  not sure how much longer it will last, but as a result of the reservations for CakeCruise so far, they are still able to apply the promo special… That’s a reduced deposit of $175 (instead of $350) per person (plus PCPP if selected), $150 stateroom credit for ocean-view and balcony rooms, $250 stateroom credit for suites. Not sure how much longer that will be available. Book now for the promo, you have until August 31 to cancel to get your deposit back.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/56846739324/
Reservations can be made at http://bit.ly/1bkxJYa
Mailing list at http://bit.ly/18CvrIp

 

Upcoming Classes & Events      

Feb 8-Miami, FL Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply http://www.sweetlifecakesupply.com/

10-12noon        Stained Glass Isomalt Valentines

1-4pm               Ice Cream & Candy Dreams in Isomalt

 Feb 9-W Palm Beach, FL Cakes Etc  http://cakes-etc.com/

9-11am             Stained Glass Isomalt Valentines

12-2pm             Blown Sugar Angle Heart & Wings Cake Topper

Feb 15-New Orleans Mardi Gras Isomalt Classes mausb90@yahoo.com  

9-11am-            Isomalt Bows & Ribbons

12-2pm             Blown Sugar Spring Chick & Nest

3-5pm               Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask

Feb 22-23-Austin, Tx -That Takes the Cake Show  http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/main/

All Weekend-Demos & Vendoring at our Booth

Sun-

8:30-11:30         Victorian Isomalt Class 

March 8 & 9-Tulsa, OK 4th Anniversary of All Things Cake info@allthingscakeshop.com

Sat

9-12noon          Gumpaste Coral Reef

1-4pm               Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

5-8pm               Chocolate Garnishes: Bows, Piping, Curls, Fans and More

Sun

1-5pm               Blown Sugar/Isomalt Tea Set

March 15, 16, 17-Nashville/Lebanon, TN-Tennessee ICES Isomalt Classes & Day of Sharing

Contact Heather: LetThemEatCupcakes@comcast.net

Sat-                             

10-12                Chocolate Garnishes

2-5pm               Chocolate Sculptures

Sun-                            

Day of Sharing and Isomalt Demos Westward Balloon!

Mon-                           

8:30-10:30         Intro to Casting Isomalt

12-5pm             Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

March 29 & 30-Fairfax, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show http://www.cakeshow.org/

Classes, Demos, Vendoring All Weekend!

Sat

8-11am             Chocolate Sculpture Class

2-3pm               Piping Filigree Chocolates-Butterflies, Monograms & More with Chocolate Transfer Sheets

Sun

8-9am               Casting Isomalt Brooches

April 5-Gainesville/Bronson-Airbrush with Gator Baker’s Cake Club

11-3pm             Airbrushing:  Stencils, Freehand, Shading, Contours, Sculpted & More 

April 12 & 13-Farmington, NM Isomalt Classes TBA with DOS

Sat-                  Isomalt Spring Sculpture Class

Sun                  DOS 

May 2-4-San Antonio, TX-Frosting Creators of San Antonio  http://www.frostingcreators.com/

Fri

6-9pm               Chocolate Garnishes & Bows at Over The Top Cake Supply Blanco Road

Sat

9-12                  Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt at The Drury Airport Hotel

Sun

9-4                    Demos & Vendoring at the Frosting Creators Day of Sharing/Garden Ridge Community Center

June 22-Daytona Bch, FL, Florida ICES Day of Sharing  www.flices.org

July 12, 13, 14-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake Competition 

July 31-Aug 3-Albuquerque, NM-ICES 14 www.ices.org 

Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cakes

              http://greatamericancakeshow.com/  

Nov 2014-Birmingham, UK- NEC Cakes International  http://www.cakeinternational.co.uk/

Nov 15-22-Cake Cruise, 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale

Isomalt, Chocolate, Painting, & Gumpaste Classes TBA

Jan 16, 17, 18-Florida Mini Classes, Daytona Bch, FL 

Coming Soon!!!!  Info on Classes in Fort Walton Bch FL, Southbury CT, & Greensboro, NC!!!!

Tip of the Week

Our Guest Contributor this week is The Gelatin Boss, Vincent Kajderowicz.  His mission is to showcase the many possibilities that Gelatin has in the world of cake, where the only limitation is creativity.  You can see Vincent’s beautiful work and find out all about Gelatin Art on his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/GelatineBoss

Sidney: How do you color gelatin pieces?

Vincent:  There are actually multiple ways to color gelatin.

1) The most basic is to add color directly to the original gelatin. I use airbrush colors to do this because they are mix easily into the gelatin. You can use diluted gel colors but you then may have to deal with lumps. You do not want lumps of color in the gelatin.

For more complicated pieces you can use multiple colors of gelatin on your mold. Then you would use a thin layer of clear gelatin as a top layer to make sure the piece is united.

After your gelatin piece has dried there are techniques to enhance you piece.

2) You can create a paint using 4 to 1 gelatin and adding more color to it. it will look deeper than it will be when dried. the advantage to this technique is when your paint dries the color is trapped in the gelatin.

3) You can dilute gel colors with vodka, Everclear, or lemon extract and use that to paint the piece. You could enhance the color by adding powder to the paint also. This has an advantage that the color you see is the color you get. But gelatin is not porous so the color will be on the surface. to much handling, such as creating rose petals, will smear the color to some extent.

4) You can use edible markers to draw on the piece, very useful for butterflies.

5) Using a thin line of piping gel you can attach disco dust to a piece. good for edging ribbons or adding bling to a butterfly.

6) You can carefully airbrush color onto the gelatin. as long as you don’t soak the piece it works well. Again when dried it sits on the surface of the piece. But airbrush colors are more stable than the gel colors so they resist smearing.

 

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes

1/15/14

Simi Cakes & Confections

 

Florida ICES Mini Classes

Online registration ends this Friday, Jan 17 for the Florida ICES Mini Classes running Jan 24-26 in Orlando, FL!  The vendor hall will be open to the public for $5 (or free with your registration).  The vendor hall will be open Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-10pm, and Sunday 10-4pm.  To shop and attend at the Saturday Night of Sharing & Dessert Social the cost will be $15. 

Please stop by and shop with the amazing specialty cake shops available: 

Fiesta Cake
Cakes N Supplies by Ximena

Clearview Molds
Alex Molds
Edible Artists Network
Icing Images
ComposiMold
PhotoFrost Manufacturing
Icing on the Cake Decorating Products
Lisa Menz with Crystal Cake Lace
Sherrie’s Creations
Wedding Cake Stands
Polydowl
Simi Cakes & Confections

I’ll be teaching the Gumpaste Coral Reef & the Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage and we will be demoing all weekend at our booth in the vendor hall.  Stop in to shop and take a few classes too! 

All the info is on the website: http://www.flices.org/

  

Simi Cakes is Proud to sponsor two fabulous cake shows this spring! 

1.  Announcing the “Special Isomalt Award” at That Takes the Cake Show in Austin, TX Feb 22 & 23.  If your entry includes isomalt as the entire piece or as a part of the entry, you can indicate on your entry form that you want to be considered for this special award. There is a $250 Prize! Make sure to enter by Feb 16 and indicate it on your entry form!  http://thattakesthecake.org/

  1.   And we are proud to sponsor the “Show Piece” Division at National Capital Area Cake Show in Fairfax, VA March 29 & 30. Get your showpieces registered by March 21 to be eligible to compete.   http://cakeshow.org/ 

Make sure to enter as soon as possible!  Cake shows can’t survive if there aren’t any cakes entered.  There is a category for all levels and you learn so much every time you enter.  Good Luck!

  

CakeFu

If you missed my CakeFu training with Amelia Carbide last week on Isomalt Decorations for my Rockabilly Cake you can catch the replay at your convenience.

http://www.cakefu.com/masters-series/sidney-galpern-74/

  

Upcoming Classes & Events

Jan 24-26-Florida ICES Mini Classes-Orlando FL Vendoring and demos all weekend

Sat

11:30-2:30         Gumpaste Coral Reef

3-6pm               Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

Feb 8-Miami, FL Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply

Stained Glass Isomalt Valentines

Ice Cream & Candy Dreams in Isomalt 

Feb 15-New Orleans Mardi Gras Isomalt Classes 

9-11am-            Isomalt Bows & Ribbons

12-2pm             Blown Sugar Spring Chick & Nest

3-5pm               Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask

Feb 22-23-Austin, Tx -That Takes the Cake Show  

All Weekend-Demos & Vendoring at our Booth

Sun-

8:30-11:30         Victorian Isomalt Class

 March 8 & 9-Tulsa, OK 4th Anniversary of All Things Cake

Sat

Gumpaste Coral Reef

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

Chocolate Garnishes: Bows, Piping, Curls, Fans and More

Sun

Blown Sugar/Isomalt Tea Set

March 15, 16, 17-Nashville, TN-Tennessee ICES Isomalt Classes & Day of Sharing

Sat-                             

10-12                Chocolate Garnishes

2-5pm               Chocolate Sculptures

Sun-                            

Day of Sharing and Isomalt Demos Westward Balloon!

Mon-                           

8:30-10:30         Intro to Casting Isomalt

12-5pm             Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

March 29 & 30-Fairfax, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show

Classes, Demos, Vendoring All Weekend!

Sat

8-11am             Chocolate Sculpture Class

2-3pm               Piping Filigree Chocolates-Butterflies, Monograms & More with Chocolate Transfer Sheets

Sun

8-9am               Casting Isomalt Brooches

April 12 & 13-Farmington, NM Isomalt Classes TBA with DOS

Sat-                  Isomalt Spring Sculpture Class

Sun                  DOS

May 2-4-Frosting Creators of San Antonio, TX 

Fri

6-9pm   Chocolate Garnishes & Bows at Over The Top Cake Supply Blanco Road

Sat

9-12                  Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt at The Drury Airport Hotel

Sun

9-4                    Demos & Vendoring at the Frosting Creators Day of Sharing/Garden Ridge Community Center

July 12, 13, 14-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake Competition

July 31-Aug 3-Albuquerque, NM-ICES 14 

 

Tip of the Week

Check out Best Friends for Frosting website, blog and weekly newsletter that has expanded from a website about all things dessert to a daily inspiration guide for stylish and creative living.  Best Friends For Frosting aims to inform, excite, and inspire their readers with creative ideas for celebrating the everyday, all while loving your life from the inside out. They believe every day is a reason to celebrate – it shouldn’t just take a holiday or birthday party to bust out the confetti or make a glamorous cake. Celebrate today!  They feature exclusive food, dessert, and drink recipes, DIY projects, and the creative work of others in the fields of food, dessert, entertaining, parties, style, beauty, DIY, and interior design. Join them as they guide you toward a fulfilling, creative life!

 http://bestfriendsforfrosting.com/

  

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes

7/9/13

Hand pulled & sculpted Isomalt Mermaid

Hand pulled & sculpted Isomalt Mermaid

Isomalt Sculpture made with Simi Isomalt & Simi Flex Form(c) Molds for my You Tube Tutorial

Isomalt Sculpture made with Simi Isomalt & Simi Flex Form(c) Molds for my You Tube Tutorial

Simi Isomalt & Simi Flex Form(c) Molds for the You Tube Tutorial on Isomalt Sculptures

Simi Isomalt & Simi Flex Form(c) Molds for the You Tube Tutorial on Isomalt Sculptures

Simi Cakes & Confections

 

Hello Everyone!

Hope everyone had a happy and safe July 4th with their friends and family!  We are excited to get on the road this week for our cross country caking adventure!  We will see all of our cake friends in Shreveport, Las Vegas and Dallas!  Find us at the Icing on the Cake Competition & Classes, LA Day of Sharing, Sweet House Confectionary Supply in LV, Cake Camp, & Cake Carousel in Dallas!  Check our schedule below for all upcoming classes.  If you are interested in Isomalt Structure Class THIS SUNDAY in Shreveport, LA at the Icing on the Cake Competition, email me ASAP to sign up info@simicakes.com   You will be able to sign up at the show if there are seats available, just send me a quick email to let me know you are signing up so I bring enough supplies!  

We are busy finishing up our prep for fun and creative classes we will be teaching.  Most of our supplies are packed and ready to go so I have been creating a couple new classes while I’m waiting for go time.  A few of my favorite new classes I’m putting together are an isomalt Mermaid Figure Sculpting Class and Gumpaste Reef Workshop. It will incorporate beautiful musculature and anatomically correct features along with airbrushing, painting, and dusting to bring pieces alive.

Last weekend I filmed the long promised YouTube video tutorial on our Simi Flex Forms© and all of their wonderful sugar uses!  I was editing all weekend and it is ready for viewing!  Enjoy the Simi Flex Form© YouTube Tutorial here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC6DNaqGb3Q

One quick note, there are only 4 seats left for my ICES 13 Convention Class-Isomalt Shoes, Roses, & Gems!  Online registration ends July 14!  Get your registrations in and I’ll see you there! www.ices.org 

Classes & Events with Simi Cakes

July 13-15-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake  http://www.quotaicingonthecake.com/home/
Sat                        Vendoring and 10am Demo
Sun 1PM                Isomalt Blown Sugar Structures 4 hours, email
 info@simicakes.com to sign up
Mon                       LA Day of Sharing-Demos and Vendoring
July 17-Las Vegas, NV-Sweet House Confectionery Supply http://www.sweethouselv.com/
Wed 5pm               Isomalt Demos at the Store-Come join us for a sweet, fun and creative evening
July 18-21-Henderson, NV-Cake Camp http://www.cakecamp.com/
Vendoring and demos

July 27, 28, 29-Dallas, TX-Cake Carousel http://www.cakecarousel.com/
Sat 9-12                         Isomalt Ribbons & Bows with Brooch Centers
Sat 1-5                           Blown Sugar Bubbles & Hearts Sculptures
Sun 10-3:30                   Pulled and Hand Sculpted Isomalt Flowers
Mon      10-3:30              Advanced Blown Sugar Animals

Aug 8-11-Lexington, KY-ICES Convention-Vendor Booth #429  http://www.icesconvention.org/Welcome.html
Fri Aug 9, 2-3pm-     Blown Sugar/Isomalt Snowman Demonstration
Sat Aug 10, 9-11am-Isomalt Class-Shoes, Gems, & Pulled Sugar Rosebuds
Aug 23-24 Tulsa, OK -Tulsa Cake Retreat
  http://www.allthingscakeshop.com/Tulsa-Cake-Retreat.html
Friday
8-11am                   Hand Pulled Isomalt Flowers
2-4pm                     Intro to Casting-Brooch Bouquet
4:30-7:30                Chocolate Sculpture Class
Saturday
9-6pm                     Vendor & Demos all day
4:30-6:30                Cupcake Toppers in Chocolate, Fondant, & Isomalt Techniques
Sept 5-Ft. Walton Bch, FL-Just Think Cake
 http://justthinkcake.com/
TBA                        Gumpaste Coral Reef Workshop
Sept 8-Huston-Houston Cake Club Cake Decorating Extravaganza-    http://www.houstoncakeclub.com/dos/dosann.htm
9-4pm                    Day of Sharing Demo with Debbie Brown, Liz Dickson, Gary Homan, Ximina Sempertegui, & Me!
Vendoring at our booth
Sept 14 & 15 Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply,
 http://www.sweetlifecakesupply.com/
TBA                        2 Day Isomalt Classes
Sept 22 & 23-Greensboro, NC with the Central Carolina Cake Club 
buttercream2011@gmail.com
Sunday
12-2pm                   Casting Isomalt
3-5pm                    Fall Isomalt Flowers
Monday
10-12pm                 Isomalt Bows & Ribbons
1-3pm                     Blown Sugar Bubbles & Hearts Sculpture

Fall 2013-Ladybug Cake & Candy, Southbury, CT

Oct-Great American Cake Show, Westminster, MD

Nov-Edible Artists Network Isomalt Classes, Chicago, IL

Dec 7-Jacksonville, FL Isomalt Flower Workshop

 

Until Next Time…

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

  http://www.simicakes.com/ 

https://twitter.com/Simicakes

                                 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

6/24/13

Isomalt Ruffle Roses with Isomalt beads and drops and isomalt pleated fabric with Icing Images and Sweet Accents!

Isomalt Ruffle Roses with Isomalt beads and drops and isomalt pleated fabric with Icing Images and Sweet Accents!

Dawn Parrott, Master Sugar Artist

Dawn Parrott, Master Sugar Artist

Edible Artist Network Magazine Distributor

Edible Artist Network Magazine Distributor

Dawn Parrott, Master Sugar Artist

Dawn Parrott, Master Sugar Artist

 

  Simi Cakes & Confections

Hello Everyone!

Hope your summer is going great and you have plenty of time for caking!  We have some amazing projects in store for the upcoming months and we hope you will be able to join us for a class or two! 

I will be teaching giving demos at the Icing Images Sweet Accents at Icing on the Cake, Cake Camp, and the ICES Convention this year.  Come check out how much fun you can have creating beautiful pieces with the die cutting and embossing machine.  The demo I’ll give at the Icing on the Cake is Greeting Cards along with classes in our Ruffle & Fabric Cakes this summer.  Check out our schedule to find our classes below and check out all the amazing creations the Sweet Accents can make: http://www.icingimages.com/sweet-accents-cake-designer

I’ll be teaming up with my very talented cake artist friend, Dawn Parrott.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Dawn’s work she is an extraordinarily talented royal icing filigree piping artist, not to mention Master Sugar Artist.  She has appeared on two Food Network Challenges-Paranormal Cakes & Stand Up Comedy Cakes.  We have decided to combine our talents in a collaborative effort to create the most unique and innovative designs incorporating many sugar mediums we are know for and few we are adding.  First up we will be creating an incredible sculpture at Cake Camp in Las Vegas in July, so come on down and check us out in the Vendor Room!  And Dawn recently decided to teach privately, so if you are interested in Dawn teaching at your school please contact her asap as her schedule is filling up quickly!  http://www.dawnparrott.com/

Did you know Michelle is part of the creative team for Amazing Crafting Products?  Her latest blog is “Childhood Memories Kept Alive” posted here:  http://amazingmoldputty.blogspot.com/2013/06/childhood-memories-kept-alive-amazing.html

And don’t forget to come check us out on our new blog for Edible Artists Network: Simi’s Sweet Adventures!

http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/2012-08-08-16-00-56/simi-s-sweet-adventures

We are now official distributors of the Edible Artist Network Magazine!  You can find the magazine in our online store or at our vendor booth at the shows!  It’s full of great tutorials and cake business information. 

 

Classes & Events with Simi Cakes

HOT!  Just one Week Away! July 1-Melbourne, FL-Simi Cakes info@simicakes.com
11-3pm              Beginning Isomalt Techniques, Casting Gems & Brooches, Pulled Roses, Blown Bubbles

July 13-15-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake  http://www.quotaicingonthecake.com/home/
Sat                               Vendoring and demos at the Booth
Sun 1PM                       Isomalt Blown Sugar Structures 4 hours, email Simi Cakes at info@simicakes.com to sign up
Mon                              LA Day of Sharing-Demos and Vendoring

July 18-21-Henderson, NV-Cake Camp http://www.cakecamp.com/
Vendoring and demos

July 27, 28, 29-Dallas, TX-Cake Carousel http://www.cakecarousel.com/
Sat 9-12                       Isomalt Ribbons & Bows with Brooch Centers
Sat 1-5                         Blown Sugar Bubbles & Hearts Sculptures
Sun 10-3:30    
            Pulled and Hand Sculpted Isomalt Flowers
Mon
10-3:30                Advanced Blown Sugar Animals

Aug 8-11-Lexington, KY-ICES Convention-Vendor Booth #429             http://www.icesconvention.org/Welcome.html
Fri Aug 9, 2-3pm-Blown Sugar/Isomalt Snowman Demonstration
Sat Aug 10, 9-11am- Isomalt Class-Shoes, Gems, & Pulled Sugar Rosebuds

Aug 23-24 Tulsa, OK -Tulsa Cake Retreat  http://www.allthingscakeshop.com/Tulsa-Cake-Retreat.html
Friday
8-11am                        Hand Pulled Isomalt Flowers
2-4pm                          Intro to Casting-Brooch Bouquet
4:30-7:30                    Chocolate Sculpture Class
Saturday
9-6pm             
            Vendor & Demos all day
4:30-6:30                    Cupcake Toppers in Chocolate, Fondant, & Isomalt Techniques

Sept 8-Huston-Houston Cake Club Cake Decorating Extravaganza- http://www.houstoncakeclub.com/dos/dosann.htm

Sept 14 & 15 Miami, Fl-Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply, http://www.sweetlifecakesupply.com/
TBA                              2 Day Isomalt Classes

Sept TBA Daytona, FL Gayle’s Party Cakes & Supplies  https://gaylespartycakes.com/

Fall 2013- Madrid, Spain-Isomalt Classes El Taller  de Moni  https://www.facebook.com/ElTallerDeMoni?fref=ts

Fall 2013-Ladybug Cake & Candy, Southbury, CT

Sept 22 & 23-Greensboro, NC with the Central Carolina Cake Club
Sunday
12-2pm                        Casting Isomalt
3-5pm                          Fall Isomalt Flowers
Monday
10-12pm                      Isomalt Bows & Ribbons
1-3pm             
            Blown Sugar Bubbles & Hearts Sculpture

Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cakes
http://greatamericancakeshow.com/ 

 

Nov 15, 16, 17-Chicago, IL-American Baking & Sweets Show  http://americasbakingandsweetsshow.com/

 

Nov 18 & 19-Chicago, IL-Edible Artists Network http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/

Mon 9-1                       Blown Sugar Sculptures

Mon 2-5:30                  Chocolate Sculptures

Tues 9-5                      Isomalt Ruffle Rose & Pleated Fabric Cakes

Jan 24-26 Florida ICES Mini Classes-Orlando FL www.flices.org

 

Feb 22-23-Austin, Tx -That Takes the Cake Show  http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/main/

 

March 15 & 16 Nashville, TN-Tennessee ICES Isomalt Classes & Day of Sharing

Sat-                              Isomalt Classes

Sun-                             Day of Sharing and Isomalt Demos

 

March 2014-Marlton, NJ-Garden State Cake Show  http://www.gscakeshownj.com/

March 29 & 30-Fairfax, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show http://www.cakeshow.org/

 

Until Next Time…

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

  http://www.simicakes.com/ 

https://twitter.com/Simicakes

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

5/24/13

 

Simi Cakes & Confections 

  

Hello Everyone!

Have you checked out Edible Artists Network Magazine yet?  They have amazing tutorials and you can order the magazine on-line or in print!  This month I have a double tutorial in the magazine on how to create a Houndstooth Cake and a Icing Paper Flower Cake both made with Icing Images, their iiDesigns on-line program, and their amazing new Sweet Accents die cutting and embossing machine.  The machine is so much fun to work with and you can use isomalt with it as an extra bonus! 

Here are the links to the website:

http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/

http://www.icingimages.com/

Contest Time!!!

Edible Artists Network is pleased to announce their May Wedding Issue Extravaganza – Sponsorship Giveaway.  As a special thank you to all of you for your support for the Edible Artists Network Magazine, the sponsors of the magazine have offered up more than $700.00 in prizes. 

To enter:

Go to this link: 

1. https://www.facebook.com/EdibleArtistsNetwork/app_228910107186452 

2.Simply “Like” all of their sponsors Face Book pages below for your chance to win:

SugarEd Productions

Cake Connection

Icing Images

Caljava

The Cookie Cutter Company

Gateaux, Simi Cakes

PhotoFrost

Tasty Prints. 

Contest ends Friday May 31, 2013 – Noon Central Standard Time!!!

 

Classes & Events with Simi Cakes

June 1 & 2-Jacksonville, FL- Isomalt Weekend info@simicakes.com
Saturday
9:30-1          Casting Isomalt Cake Topper
1:30-6          Isomalt Bubble Flower Wedding Cake Topper
Sunday
1-5:30          Isomalt Flower Workshop

July 13-15-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake  http://www.quotaicingonthecake.com/home/
Sat               Vendoring and demos at the Booth
Sun              Isomalt Blown Sugar Structures-sign up with www.simicake.com
Mon              LA Day of Sharing-Sweet Accents & Isomalt Demo and Vendoring

July 18-21-Henderson, NV-Cake Camp http://www.cakecamp.com/

Vendoring and demos at our booth

Aug 8-11-Lexington, KY-ICES Convention-Vendor Booth #429 http://www.icesconvention.org/Welcome.html
Fri Aug 9, 2-3pm-Blown Sugar/Isomalt Snowman Demonstration
Sat Aug 10, 9-11am- Isomalt Class-Shoes, Gems, & Pulled Sugar Rosebuds

Aug 23-24 Tulsa, OK -Tulsa Cake Retreat  http://www.allthingscakeshop.com/Tulsa-Cake-Retreat.html
Friday
8-11am         Hand Pulled Isomalt Flowers
2-4pm           Intro to Casting-Brooch Bouquet
4:30-7:30      Chocolate Sculpture Class
Saturday
9-6pm           Vendor & Demos all day
4:30-6:30      Cupcake Toppers in Chocolate, Fondant, & Isomalt Techniques

Sept 14 & 15 Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply, http://www.sweetlifecakesupply.com/
TBA              2 Day Isomalt Classes

Fall 2013- Madrid, Spain-Isomalt Classes El Taller  de Moni  https://www.facebook.com/ElTallerDeMoni?fref=ts

Fall 2013-Ladybug Cake & Candy, Southbury, CT

Fall2013-Greensboro, NC

Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cakes
http://greatamericancakeshow.com/ 

 

Nov 15, 16, 17-Chicago, IL-American Baking & Sweets Show  http://americasbakingandsweetsshow.com/

 

Nov 18 & 19-Chicago, IL-Edible Artists Network http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/

Time TBA       2 Day Isomalt Workshop

Jan 24-26, 2014 Florida ICES Mini Classes-Orlando FL www.flices.org

 

Feb 22-23, 2014-Austin, Tx -That Takes the Cake Show  http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/main/

 

March 2014-Marlton, NJ-Garden State Cake Show  http://www.gscakeshownj.com/

March 29-30, 2014-Fairfax, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show http://www.cakeshow.org/

Where to Find Simi Cakes Products & Isomalt

Simi Cakes On-line Store  www.simicakes.com

Cakes Etc, West Palm Beach, FL
http://cakes-etc.com/ 

Ladybug Cake & Candy Supply, Southbury, CT
http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/

Gayle’s Party Cakes & Supplies, Daytona Bch, FL
https://gaylespartycakes.com/

AGS Cake Supplies, San Antonio, TX
http://agscakesupplies.com/

Just Think Cake, Fort Walton Beach, FL
http://justthinkcake.com/ 

Tip of the Week

This week we continue with tips from Wayne Steinkopf.  He is the co-owner of Swank Cake Design in Cary, NC along with Chuck Hamilton and their focus is to create visually stunning wedding cakes with an emphasis on freshness and great taste.    Wayne is a gifted teacher specializing high-end cake design at Swank and travels to teach all over the United States.  There are so many classes to choose from including the Victor Victorian cake, gorgeous shoes, amazing Proud Peacock Class, and the Corset Cake to name a few.  Check out Wayne and Swank Design and sign up for a class!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swank-Cake-Design/51284881260

http://www.swankcakedesign.com/ 

Email info@swankcakedesign.com

Part 2 of Wayne’s Tips: 

~ To help keep track of all your molds and cutters, make a sample piece of each one with gumpaste and store in scrapbooking containers. Take a picture with your smart phone for reference when shopping so you don’t buy duplicates. You can also use the sample pieces when laying out a new design, mix and match to see which ones go together!

~ To achieve a beautiful vintage look on painted gumpaste pieces, try painting the piece in gold first, then highlight with silver – or vice versa! Take it a step further, by dry dusting the crevices with a darker color, such as copper or bronze.
~ To avoid distorting cut out gumpaste appliqués, monograms, or lace pieces, try popping them in the freezer for a couple of minutes. When you pull them out of the freezer you will have about 30 seconds to get them on the cake before they start to soften. Work quick and your appliqués will look just as neat on the cake as they did when you cut them out or molded them!

Until Next Time…

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

  http://www.simicakes.com/ 

https://twitter.com/Simicakes

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

4/12/13

  Simi Cakes & Confections 

  

Hello Everyone!

I have the honor of being invited to be on the Icing Images Design Team with Peggy Tucker, Mike Terry, Teri Tarbox, and Edna de La Cruz.  We attended the National Capitol Area Cake Show last weekend to launch a secret project that has been under wraps for more than 6 months- The Icing Images Cake Decorating System!  This is a completely portable, non-electric die cutting, embossing, food safe machine that works amazing with Icing Images Premium Icing Sheets and gumpaste.  I love printing out beautiful patterns from the iiDesigns online program and now I just pick a die cutter, place the icing sheet over the dies, sandwich them between the cutting plates and roll it through the machine to create flowers, frames, accents, and more.  It embosses beautiful patterns in the icing sheets too!  Of course, I love suspending them in isomalt!  I created this cake fast and easy with an iiDesigns Houndstooth pattern, the 6 petal flower cutters, my isomalt and some fondant!  It was fast and easy and the tutorial will be in the next issue of Edible Artists Network Magazine! http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/   The next picture is a cake topper I created with Simi Flex Forms©, Simi Crystal Clear Isomalt, iiDesigns on Icing Images Premium Icing Sheets and using the flower dies from the new Cake Decorating System.   

Check out the new system at Icing Images:     http://www.icingimages.com/cake-decorating-system  and a video on You Tube with Peggy Tucker and Mike Terry here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0voTUCliVw

And you can see the Icing Images Cake Decorating System in action with Debbie Coughlin and Teri Tarbox at the Great Washington Area Cake Club’s Day of Sharing this Sunday, April 14 http://gwacc.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/gwacc-day-of-sharing-4/

Also, Sarah Myers of High Five Cakes https://www.facebook.com/pages/Let-Them-Eat-Cake/111478148877436 will be demoingSimi Cakes Isomalt and molds along with amazing new products from Icing Images & The Sugar Art https://www.facebook.com/thesugarart?fref=ts  at Ohio Ices Day of Sharing! She has many surprises up her sleeves and some AWESOME products to put to use! Can’t wait to see it all put together!   The Ohio ICES Day of Sharing is April 27:  http://ices.org/event/ohio-day-of-sharing/

I hope to see everyone at one of the upcoming shows or classes!  So excited to play sugar with my cake friends!  You can join me on facebook and share your cake and sugar pictures too:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

Find Simi Cakes at these Classes & Events:

 

April 20-W Palm Beach, FL-Cakes Etc http://cakes-etc.com/
9-12noon
                 Pulled Sugar Ribbons, Flowers, and Garden
1-4pm
                     Blown Sugar Sculptures

April 21-W Palm Beach, FL-Florida ICES Day of Sharing http://www.flices.org/
9-4pm                   Michelle will demo making beer bottle molds & we will have a vendor table.
                                Mercedes Strachwsky will be teaching.  More demos announced soon!

April 27-28-Richardson, TX-North Texas Cake Show http://northtexascakeshow.com/
10-5pm                  Daily Vendoring and demos at the booth

April 29-May 2-Austin, TX-Make it Sweet  http://www.makeitsweet.com/

Mon pm                   Free Isomalt Demo

Tues pm                  Isomalt Class

Wed pm                   Free Pulled/Blown Sugar Demo

Thur pm                   Pulled/Blown Sugar Class
               
May 4-5-San Antonio, TX-Day of Sharing  http://www.frostingcreators.com/classes.html
Sat 5:30-8:30pm       Casting Isomalt
Sun         
               American Picnic Isomalt Demonstration at DOS

May 7-Panama City, FL- Cake-a-Tiers  info@simicakes.com
5:30-8:30pm            Amazing Chocolate Workshop

May 9, 10, 11-Ft Walton Bch, FL-Just Think Cake https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Think-Cake/103530546389676
Thurs-7-9pm           Isomalt Ribbons & Bows with Brooch Centers
Fri-7-10pm
              Isomalt/Pulled Sugar Garden
Sat-3-6pm               Intro to Blown Sugar
              

May 19-Daytona, FL-Gayle’s Party Cakes & Supplies info@simicakes.com
9:30-11:30
               Intro to Isomalt
1:30-3:30
                 Pulled Sugar Ribbons & Bows

June 1 & 2-Jacksonville, FL- Isomalt Weekend info@simicakes.com
Saturday
9:30-1                   Casting Isomalt Cake Topper
1:30-6
                      Isomalt Bubble Flower Wedding Cake Topper
Sunday
1-5:30
                      Isomalt Flower Workshop                       

July 18-21-Henderson, NV-Cake Camp http://www.cakecamp.com/

Aug 8-11-Lexington, KY-ICES Convention-Vendor Booth #429 http://www.icesconvention.org/Welcome.html
Fri Aug 9, 2-3pm     Blown Sugar/Isomalt Snowman Demonstration
Sat Aug 10, 9-11     Isomalt Class-Shoes, Gems, & Pulled Sugar Rosebuds

Aug 23-24 Tulsa, OK -Tulsa Cake Retreat  http://www.allthingscakeshop.com/Tulsa-Cake-Retreat.html
Friday
8-11am                Hand Pulled Isomalt Flowers
2-4pm
                      Intro to Casting-Brooch Bouquet
4:30-7:30
                 Chocolate Sculpture Class
Saturday
9-6pm
                      Vendor & Demos all day
4:30-6:30
                 Cupcake Toppers in Chocolate, Fondant, & Isomalt Techniques

Fall 2013- Madrid, Spain-Isomalt Classes El Taller  de Moni  https://www.facebook.com/ElTallerDeMoni?fref=ts

Oct 14-15-Chicago, IL-Edible Artists Network http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/
Time TBA             2 Day Event Isomalt Classes

Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cake  http://greatamericancakeshow.com/ 

Jan 24-26 Florida ICES Mini Classes-Orlando FL www.flices.org

  Tip of the Week

This weeks Tip of the Week is from talented cake and sugar artist Wayne Steinkopf.  He is the co-owner of Swank Cake Design in Cary, NC along with Chuck Hamilton and their focus is to create visually stunning wedding cakes with an emphasis on freshness and great taste.  Wayne is a gifted teacher and was so generous with his cake decorating tips that I’ll be posting them in three newsletters!  Wayne teaches high-end cake design at Swank and travels to teach all over the United States.  There are so many classes to choose from including the Victor Victorian cake, gorgeous shoes, amazing Proud Peacock Class, and the Corset Cake to name a few.  Check out Wayne and Swank Design and sign up for a class!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swank-Cake-Design/51284881260

http://www.swankcakedesign.com/ 

Email info@swankcakedesign.com

Part 1 of Wayne’s Tips:  

~ When working on styrofoam dummies, attach the dummy to your work board with a couple of nails to keep it from scooting around.


~ When smoothing fondant on a curved surface, such as a corset or football helmet, try making a fondant smoother with a piece of fondant flattened out and pinched between your fingers. Rub the surface you are trying to smooth with a light touch in quick circular motions. This will also “erase” small imperfections!

 

Until Next Time…

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

  http://www.simicakes.com/ 

 

https://twitter.com/Simicakes

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

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