Simi Cakes & Confections, LLC


          We had a wonderful time at the ICES 2012 Convention in Reno, NV last week.  We enjoyed meeting up with cake friends we have met at other shows, meeting cake friends in person that we only knew on the internet, and meeting so many new cake friends from around the world.  The ICES Show Cake was spectacular!  Marsha and Roland Winbeckler created an amazing monument to the old west and our new convention.  Check out the pictures at the bottom of the blog!

 The convention was held at the Grand Sierra Resort and spread out over 2 floors.  The Cake Room, Vendor Hall, Registration, and Ballroom were on the main floor with the classrooms on the lower level.  It was very easy to get around even with it being so big.  You just had to wear comfortable shoes!  Big thanks to Icing Images and Get Sassie! for inviting us to demonstrate at their vendor booths and to Jackie Coughlin for all your help with my cakes!  My first ICES Convention demonstration class was very exciting and I received great feedback from the audience.  It was an amazing experience and we can’t wait until next year. 

     Next year the convention will be held in Lexington, KY and I hope that all of our east coast friends will be able to make it with it being so centrally located.  I have heard rumors that it is going to be huge!  The website is:  http://www.icesconvention.org/Welcome.html


Upcoming Classes


Last Call!

Aug 23 Thursday-Panama City, FL info@simicakes.com to sign up
4:30-5:30-     Gumpaste Water Lilies
5:30-8:30-     Fondant Animal Figures

Last Call!

Aug 25 & 26-Gulfport, MS-2 Day Isomalt Class Series info@simicakes.com to sign up

9-11am-         Casting Gems, Icing Images, Molds, and Color
11:30-2:30-   Pulled Vines, Swirls, Roses, Calla Lilies, and Leaves
3-5pm-           Blown Bubbles, Hearts, Apples, and Spun Sugar
8:30-10:30-   Stained Glass Sugar
11-1pm-         Multi Colored Pulled Ribbons and Bows
1:30-5pm-     Blown Sugar Dolphin, Swan, and Hummingbird

Sept 9-11-Houston, TX-All Things Baking-http://allthingsbaking.org/ 
Isomalt Demos at the Icing Images Booth

Sept 17-19-Lancaster, PA-3 Day Isomalt 1 with Julie Bashore at Sugar Arts Institute http://sugarartsinstitute.org/  

Sept 21 & 22-Southbury, CT- Ladybug Cake and Candy Supply- http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/ 
Friday-Time TBA-Casting Isomalt including gems, molds, Icing Images, color and more
Pulled Roses & Blown Sugar Bubbles
Saturday-      Koi Pond Sculptures-Blown and sculpted Koi Pond with water lily, including airbrush class

Sept 23 Sunday-Colonia, NJ Sweet Treats Cake Competition  http://thejerseyitgirl.com/cake_competition_FORMS.html 
12:30-3pm     Blown Sugar Bubbles & Pulled Sugar Roses


Sept 30 & Oct 1-TBA Isomalt Class Series, Mobile, AL info@simicakes.com for more information

Oct 7-Palm Bay, FL at Simi Cakes  info@simicakes.com
Time TBA-     Basic Cake Decorating-Carving, Buttercream, Fondant, and Fondant Roses
Fondant Animals and Gumpaste Water Lilies

Upcoming Classes taught by our Sugar Friends

Aug 19-Cricut Cake Class-Cakes Etc West Palm Beach, Taught by George and Merrie Lee Reese http://cakes-etc.com/


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


Tip of the Week

Stencil Fun!  One of my favorite spots to shop at the convention is at the Designer Stencils (http://www.designerstencils.com/)  vendor booth.  They have a large variety of stencils to choose from and I usually buy 2 or 3 each year.  For a fondant covered cake you can get a bold look using buttercream or royal icing with your stencil, but for a softer look try brushing petal, luster, or pearl dusts with your stencil.  You can vary your color and highlight more easily by how much you brush on.  It makes it much easier if you have a partner to hold your stencil in place so you can concentrate on the decorating.  

Keep Life Sweet,



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