Hello everyone,

I got great news this week that I graduated with honors from Ecole Chocolate School for the Chocolate Arts!  I am now a Certified Professional Chocolatier.  It was an incredible course and I couldn’t have done it without my great instructors at Ecole-Pam, Heidi, and Rachel.  It is amazing how much there is to learn about chocolate, after all it is one of the oldest foods on the planet!

I was invited to give a demonstration and teach the culinary students at Keiser University this week.  We had a great time making spun sugar bowls.  Thank you Chef Imondi for making me feel so welcome and I can’t wait to come back next rotation.

Sugar classes are in full swing.  We are offering Class 1 Cast Sugar, Class 2 Pulled Sugar, Class 3 Blown Sugar, Advanced Stained Glass Sugar Pieces, and Mold Making right now.  The classes will continue to repeat each month.  We are scheduling our May homeschool classes and a Basic Cake Decorating Class for June.  Stay tuned!

We had students from Jacksonville, Pt. Saint Lucie, Sarasota, Sanford, Daytona, and West Palm Beach at this months sugar classes.  Thanks everyone for traveling and for all your great feedback on the classes.  We are going up to Jacksonville in the next few weeks so watch for times and dates to sign up.

This month our homeschool cake class was on video game critters.  The boys in our group gave us the idea so they could make all the critters for their birthday cupcakes.  They were from Plants VS Zombies and Angry Birds.  Everyone did a great job and we were all able to make 30 pieces so mom didn’t have to spend the evening making them all herself!

Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

Keep Life Sweet!




4/10 correction

The real date for the Florida ICES Day of Sharing is 6/26!  Sorry about the confusion!


Hi everyone,

I’m getting ready to attend the Brevard Cake Artist’s Club meeting in Melbourne today.  We are planning for the Florida ICES Day of Sharing 6/26/11 and today’s demo will be by Maria on Henna Cake Art.  Next month we are meeting a week early because of Mother’s Day and we’ll be learning roses and monkeys.  Should be a lot of fun.

We had a full month starting with the Florida ICED Cake Competition in Ocala.  Lisa and Melanie worked so hard and it was a huge success.  It started at 8am with competitors lined up out the door to sign up!  They had categories for novice, advanced, and professional as well as cupcakes and accessories.  Tina’s cake with the doggy topper was fantastic!  Amita, who is now in our Cake Club, won 1st prize in the advanced category for her beautiful Indian Wedding Dress Cake.  Maria’s cupcakes were beautiful wedding bouquets and were sangria flavored.  They were yummy with goat cheese icing!  I got to take only one great class, Edna’s, and it was all about making gumpaste flowers without cutters.  I had hoped to take more, but we were vendoring all day.  We had 5 members of the BCA club attend!  Rosann helped us out at the Booth and we had a great time going to Cracker Barrel over and over!  LOL!  It was close to the hotel and we could walk.  Merrie Lee Reese ran the kids corner and Mercedes and Rebecca gave more classes.  It was an incredible day that we heard was attended by 300 people and had dozens of wonderful volunteers.  What a success!  It was great to see all our cake friends and meet new ones!  Next year it will be a 2 day event with a theme of Marti Gras.  Can’t wait!  Check out their website at http://www.floridaiced.com.

Simi had a fun cake month with purses, baby showers, birthdays, and donations.  The classes have been going great.  You can check out the schedule on http://www.simicakes.com for more information.  We are adding mold making classes next.  Our online store is still getting started, but you can see some of the items and call in for orders for now.

We hope to see everyone at the Florida ICES Day of Sharing 6/26.  For more info check out the website at http://www.flices.org.   And then it’s off to the ICES Convention in August!  Check them out at http://www.ices.org!

Keep Life Sweet,