Simi Cakes

  & Confections, LLC  

Please join me for the next CakeFu Master Training on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:30pst where I’ll be teaching an isomalt water lily and will also show it in gumpaste. It’s a free webinar, but you do have to sign up. If you miss it, they post a link and you can watch it anytime. http://www.cakefu.com/next-cakefu-masters-training-sidney-galpern/  I’ll be having a giveaway too, so hope to see you there!


In the mean time you can check out my new tutorial on you tube making a beautiful isomalt broach utilizing the Get Sassie! SassieShot Sugar Melting Gun:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYNdAed0dXQ&feature=plcp 


Here is my product review of the new sugar melting gun:  I just love it!  Not only does it fill molds quickly with no mess and a short time heating up, I can attach all my fondant pieces to my cake in a few seconds.  It’s even faster and sturdier than royal icing.  And I can use a clear color to attach my pieces and it’s invisible!  The guns have been on back order, but believe me they are worth the wait.   You can check it out on the Get Sassie! Website: 



Tip of the Week

With guest Sugar Artist

  Norman Davis  


Norm Davis is my guest Sugar Artist this week offering great advice on a subject that involves every cake decorator-How much is your time worth?  It is something every sugar artist must answer for themselves.  Norm just got back from Dubai and Africa, but was kind enough to offer his tip of the week: 


Norman Davis Tip:  Stop giving your cakes away, when you have a friend/family you give a flat 15% or 20% fee.  That is all, you are in this to make money and your time is worth something!  We all need to make an hourly wage. What type of discount do your friends give you? I would have to say nothing. Start treating what you do as a real business whether it is part time or full time. Shop your competition and know what others are charging and be in the same range. We in the cake world need to have basic guide lines and stick to them!


Words to live by! 


Norm’s cakery, The Sweet Life, is located in Annandale, VA, just outside of Washington DC.  He is an award winning pastry chef, baker, chocolatier, talented sugar artist, amazing teacher, Food Network and TLC celebrity, and really great guy!  You can check out his website at:  http://www.thesweetlife.com/



Upcoming Classes and Events


July 15 NextSunday-Palm Bay at Simi Cakes Advanced Isomalt
9:30-11:30    Multi-Colored Hand Pulled Ribbons and Bows
Stained Glass Sugar
Blown Sugar Dolphins, Swans, and Hummingbirds

July 21-Closed Booked with Private Class
12:30-6pm      Isomalt

Aug 4-Reno, NV-ICES Convention www.ices.org   
Blown Sugar Dolphins, Swans, and Humming Birds
Demos with Icing Images, Sugar Arts Institute, and Get Sassie! All weekend

Aug 18 & 19-Bedford, PA-Cove Country Cake Show-Isomalt Class Series http://covecountrycakeshow.webs.com/ 
Beginning Isomalt Techniques
Advanced Isomalt Techniques

Aug 23 Thursday-Panama City, FL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Fondant Animal Figures with bonus class Gumpaste Water Lilies

Aug 25 & 26-Gulfport, MS-2 Day Isomalt Class Series
9-11am-         Casting Gems, Icing Images, Molds, and Color
Pulled Vines, Swirls, Roses, Calla Lilies, and Leaves
Blown Bubbles, Hearts, Apples, and Spun Sugar
Stained Glass Sugar
Multi Colored Pulled Ribbons and Bows
Blown Sugar Dolphin, Swan, and Hummingbird

Sept 9-11-Houston, TX-All Things Baking-
                        Isomalt Demos at the Icing Images Booth

Sept 17-Lancaster, PA-6 Day Isomalt 1 & 2 with Julie Bashore at the Sugar Arts Institute 

Sept 21 & 22-Southbury, CT- Ladybug Cake and Candy Supply- http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/
Advanced Isomalt Classes

Sept 23-Colonia, NJ Sweet Treats Cake Competition http://thejerseyitgirl.com/cake_competition_FORMS.html
                   Blown Sugar Bubbles & Pulled Sugar Roses

Sept 29 & 30-Cookie Camp Hosted by the Ocala Cake Club  http://www.facebook.com/events/306364379456012/

Nov 9-11-Birmingham, England-Cake International at the NEC- http://www.ichf.co.uk/ 
                        Isomalt Demos with Sugar Arts Institute

Feb 23 & 24, 2013
-Austin, TX -That Takes the Cake Show  http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/main/

March 16 & 17, 2013-Ocala, FL-ICED Cake Competition http://www.icedcakeshow.com/

April 6 & 7, 2013- Annandale, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show http://www.cakeshow.org/ 

May 4 & 5, 2013-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show  http://greatamericancakeshow.com/ 


Until next time…Keep Life Sweet!



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Sidney  & Michelle Galpern

Simi Cakes & Confections, LLC