2/15/13

 

Simi Cakes & Confections 

   

Hello Everyone!

We are so excited to announce that we now manufacture our very own Ready-to-Use Crystal Clear Isomalt!  Our isomalt is pre-cooked and shaped into convenient tiles for easy reheating, and it is strong, clear, and beautiful.  We tested our isomalt out on classes for the last three months with our willing students with great results and are so proud to finally bring it to our web store.  You will also be able to find Simi Isomalt Tiles at these fine cake supply stores:

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

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

Just Think Cake, Ft Walton Bch, FL https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Think-Cake/103530546389676?fref=ts 

Today is the last day to register for That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition!  It will be held in Austin, TX on Feb 23 & 24 at the North Austin Event Center.  Please come out and support the wonderful show along with the teachers, vendors and competitors!  You can find their website here: http://thattakesthecake.org/  We will be giving hands-on demos at both the Simi vendor booth and at the Icing Images booth along with teaching a class on isomalt bows and roses Sunday morning.  So come out and try some great new techniques.  I can’t wait to see all of our Texas cake friends there

 

Find Simi Cakes at these Classes & Events:

Feb 23 & 24–Austin, TX -That Takes the Cake Show  http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/main/
                             Vendoring and Hand-on Demos at the Booth
9-12pm
                   Sunday-Pulled Roses and Ribbons
Feb 26-Ft. Walton Bch, FL-Just Think Cake https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Think-Cake/103530546389676
12-8pm                   Open House, Isomalt Demos
Feb 27-Ft. Walton Bch, FL-Just Think Cake  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Think-Cake/103530546389676
6-8pm                    Introduction to Isomalt Hands on Class
March 8, 9 & 10-Southbury, CT-Ladybug Cake & Candy    http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/
Friday
7-10pm                   Isomalt Brooch Bouquet
Saturday
9-1pm                    Dragon!Rice Cereal Carving, Fondant Modeling, and Airbrushing a Dragon Head
2-6pm                    BlownSugar Animals, Dolphin, Swan, and Hummingbirds
Sunday
9:30-6pm                IsomaltWedding Bouquet
March 17-Ocala Sweet Treats Cake Club-Ocala Holiday Inn & Conference Center info@simicakes.com
9-12noon                Chocolate Sculptures
1-6pm                      Isomalt Flowers
                                                                                                                                                                                                          

April 6 & 7-Annandale, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show-Class, Demo, Vendor http://www.cakeshow.org/
12-2pm
                   Saturday, Stained Glass Isomalt Hands-On Class                                                                                                                                                             

April 20-W Palm Bch, FL-Cakes Etc http://cakes-etc.com/

 

May 4-6-San Antonio, TX-Day of Sharing  http://www.frostingcreators.com/classes.html
Sat May 4 5:30-8:30pm Casting Isomalt
Sun May 5               American Picnic Isomalt Demonstration at DOS                                                                                                                                                                

May7-Panama City, FL-Cake-a-Tiers  info@simicakes.com                                                                                                                                                                             Time TBA-Chocolate Workshop                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

June 1 & 2-Jacksonville, FL  info@simicakes.com                                                                                                                                                                                         2 Day Isomalt Workshops with 4 classes including intro to isomalt, flowers, and blown sugar animals
Aug 8-11-Lexington, KY-ICES Convention-Vendor Booth #429 
http://www.icesconvention.org/Welcome.html
Friday Aug 9 2-3pm- Blown Sugar/Isomalt Snowman Demonstration
Saturday Aug 10 9-11am- Isomalt Class-Shoes, Gems, & Pulled Sugar Rosebuds
Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cakes
                             http://greatamericancakeshow.com/ 

  Tip of the Week

This week’s tip of the week comes from Josie Jennings, owner of Icing on the Cake Decorating Products in Ocala, FL.  You can find her website at http://icingonthecakedecoratingproducts.com/ 

Josie’s Tip:  I highly suggest two on-line resources for cake decorators.  The first is for bakers who want their own cake decorating business.  Check out  http://sellingcakes.com/   Selling Cakes was started by Andreaetta Whaley and her husband Vondre’, aka the Cake Couple.  Andreaetta had a strong passion for baking, decorating, and selling cakes and wanted to help other bakers succeed.  In 2000, they began to develop marketing materials, ideas, and strategies for bakers.  There weren’t any resources available out there for home bakers who wanted to start a business, so next they decided to write this blog about starting out and selling cakes.  You can sign up for their blog and they will send you tips and ideas to help your business become a success.  

The second resource I suggest is  http://www.about.com/  About.com is a great resource to find out any information you may need on any subject, but especially cake decorating.  For instance just type in, “What is the difference between petal and luster dust?”  All your information is at your fingertips.  You will be on it for hours. 

Thanks for the tips Josie and we love your new website!    Josie also co-founded the Ocala Sweet Treats Cake Club.  Meetings are held at the Holiday Inn Resort & Conference Center on the second Monday of each month.  You can get all the information about the club by emailing Josie: contact@icingonthecakedec-products.com   And we are very excited to visit the Ocala Sweet Treats Club on Sunday, March 17 to teach two classes-Chocolate Sculptures and Isomalt Wedding Flowers.   Hope to see you there! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and indulged in a little treat and got a big hug from their sweetie!  I saw so many great cakes and cookie tutorials on-line that it will take me a month to try them all! 

 

Until Next Time…

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

  http://www.simicakes.com/ 

 

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2/7/2013

Simi Cakes & Confections, LLC 

 

Hello Everyone!

Recently, we were excited to debut our new Simi Flex Form Molds at Ladybug Cake & Candy Supply Store in Southbury, CT http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/ !  It was awesome to see our new molds in action with so many talented artists and their creative ideas.  You may have seen something like these molds, but we engineered them to be thin, secure without moving, and curve easily for maximum flexibility with our unique design-a rounded top edge.  We had wonderful feedback from all our students about the movement and ease of creating the big sculptures with the Simi Flex Forms! Since then we took them to the Florida Mini Classes and our classes in Jacksonville, FL where all our students put the new molds to the test.  You will find our molds on our Simi Cakes website in the upcoming week!  www.simicakes.com  

At the bottom of the page I’ve included a few pictures from our recent classes and you can see all the pictures on our Simi Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

 

Find Simi Cakes at these Classes & Events:

Feb 23 & 24–Austin, TX -That Takes the Cake Show  http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/main/
                             Vendoring and Demos at the Booth
9-12pm
                   Sunday-Pulled Roses and Ribbons
Feb 26-Ft. Walton Bch, FL-Just Think Cake https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Think-Cake/103530546389676
12-8pm                   Open House, Isomalt Demos
Feb 27-Ft. Walton Bch, FL-Just Think Cake  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Think-Cake/103530546389676
6-8pm                    Introduction to Isomalt Hands on Class
March 8, 9 & 10-Southbury, CT-Ladybug Cake & Candy    http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/
Friday
7-10pm
                Isomalt Brooch Bouquet
Saturday
9-1pm
                  Dragon! Rice Cereal Carving, Fondant Modeling, and Airbrushing a Dragon Head
2-6pm
                  Blown Sugar Animals, Dolphin, Swan, and Hummingbirds
Sunday
9:30-6pm
              Isomalt Wedding Bouquet
March 17-Ocala Sweet Treats Cake Club-Ocala Holiday Inn & Conference Center
info@simicakes.com
9-12noon             Chocolate Sculptures
1-6pm
                  Isomalt Flowers                                                                                                                                                                                                           April 6 & 7-Annandale, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show-Class, Demo, Vendor http://www.cakeshow.org/
12-2pm
                 Saturday, Stained Glass Isomalt Hands-On Class                                                                                                                                                       May 4-6-San Antonio, TX-Day of Sharing  http://www.frostingcreators.com/classes.html
Sat May 4 5:30-8:30pm Casting Isomalt
Sun May 5             American Picnic Isomalt Demonstration at DOS                                                                                                                                                                May7-Panama City, FL-Cake-a-Tiers  info@simicakes.com                                                                                                                                                                             Time TBA-Chocolate Workshop                                                                                                                                                                                                                 June 1 & 2-Jacksonville, FL  info@simicakes.com                                                                                                                                                                                         2 Day Isomalt Workshops with 4 classes including intro to isomalt, flowers, and blown sugar animals
Aug 8-11-Lexington, KY-ICES Convention-Vendor Booth #429 
http://www.icesconvention.org/Welcome.html
Friday Aug 9 2-3pm- Blown Sugar/Isomalt Snowman Demonstration
Saturday Aug 10 9-11am- Isomalt Class-Shoes, Gems, & Pulled Sugar Rosebuds
Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cakes
                             http://greatamericancakeshow.com/ 

  Tip of the Week  

This week’s tip of the week comes from Kristin Clark, cake decorator and owner of the brand new cake decorating & supply store, Just Think Cake, located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  Just Think Cake offers a wide variety of tools and supplies for every level of cake decorating including Satin Ice Fondants, Sweetex, cake pans, molds, cutters and so much more along with fabulous classes.  Check her out at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Think-Cake/103530546389676 , call her at 850-240-0493or visit the store in person at 2 David Street, Unit J, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547.

 Kristin’s Tip…Time Management – Whether baking from your cottage licensed home bakery or from your store front, time management is key. Plan ahead! Create as much ahead of time as possible. This includes gumpaste accents which usually require 3 days minimum to dry, make and tint your icing ahead, tint fondant and start on any supports that your order might require. Plan the order in your head and/or on paper, this will help you get an idea of what can be started ahead of time.  Your cake will turn out much better with planning ahead and you will end up less stressed and enjoy the process if you do so. Good luck and happy caking!

Kristin will be holding her Grand Opening Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 26!  I’ll be there all afternoon and evening doing Isomalt Sculpture demos and check out all the wonderful products at Just Think Cake!  Then come back on Wednesday, Feb 27 for an Introduction to Isomalt Hands-on Class!  See you there!

 

Until Next Time…

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

Simi Flex Forms & Inserts

Simi Flex Forms & Inserts

Jacksonville Isomalt Classes

Jacksonville Isomalt Classes

Jacksonville Isomalt Classes

Jacksonville Isomalt Classes

Connecticut ICES Weekend of Sharing

Connecticut ICES Weekend of Sharing

Connecticut ICES Weekend of Sharing

Connecticut ICES Weekend of Sharing

Connecticut ICES Weekend of Sharing

Connecticut ICES Weekend of Sharing

Simi Flex Forms & Inserts

Simi Flex Forms & Inserts

Isomalt Classes at Ladybug Cake & Candy

Isomalt Classes at Ladybug Cake & Candy

Isomalt Classes at Ladybug Cake & Candy

Isomalt Classes at Ladybug Cake & Candy

Pieces made for sculptures from Simi Flex Forms & Inserts

Pieces made for sculptures from Simi Flex Forms & Inserts

Isomalt Classes at Ladybug Cake & Candy

Isomalt Classes at Ladybug Cake & Candy

Making Sculptures at Ladybug Cake & Candy Supply Store

Making Sculptures at Ladybug Cake & Candy Supply Store

Cyndi Creating Sculptures with Flex Forms & Inserts

Cyndi Creating Sculptures with Flex Forms & Inserts

Cathy's Isomalt Heart made with Simi Flex Forms and Inserts

Cathy’s Isomalt Heart made with Simi Flex Forms and Inserts