12/10/13

 

Isomalt Winter Sculpture

Isomalt Winter Sculpture

Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

Gumpaste Coral Reef

Gumpaste Coral Reef

Chef Michelle "Mitchie Munchies" Curran's A Night Before Christmas with Simi Isomalt as Snow!  26 Hours to create this amazing scene for Make A Wish!

Chef Michelle “Mitchie Munchies” Curran’s A Night Before Christmas with Simi Isomalt as Snow! 26 Hours to create this amazing scene for Make A Wish!

Simi Cakes & Confections

 

Hello everyone, 

I hope you all are creating wonderful cakes, cookies, and surprises for Christmas!  Please send us your pictures to share on Face Book and Twitter, we love to show you off!

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

https://twitter.com/Simicakes

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It’s not too early to think about January in Florida at the Florida ICES Mini Classes!  From Jan 24 through the 26 in Orlando it’s an all star line up of amazing teachers, a great vendor hall with extra hours this year and a new Night of Sharing Social!  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/

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Check out: Michelle “Chef Mitchie” Curran of Las Vegas, who created “Marley’s at the Door” from A Christmas Carol in a cake decorating collaboration for Bake a Christmas Wish to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation.
The movie and scene she chose to re-create in edible medium is from the 2009 animated version of “A Christmas Carol”. As Ebenezer Scrooge returns to his home from his bleak & miserable work day he encounters his old business partner in place of his home’s door knocker. The scene from the animated version is INTENSE & SUSPENSEFUL!

With almost 10 edible mediums, including Simi Isomalt for the snow, this project took nearly 26 hours to create.  Each brick is carved by hand and used 3 shades of petal dust to make it look aged. She wanted to capture every intricate detail possible in this project to make it realistic. Chef Mitchie says, “By far, my favorite part is the snow. I love how the final picture allows you to sense how cold the stone is.  I’m very proud to have been asked to take part in this beautiful artistic collaboration.”  Check out Chef Mitchie’s facebook and other cakes at the Bake a Christmas Wish links below:

https://www.facebook.com/MitchiesMunchies
https://www.facebook.com/bakeachristmaswish

 

Upcoming Classes and Events

 

Dec. 22-Orlando-Holiday Isomalt  info@simicakes.com

9-12noon              Casting Poinsettias, icicles, snowflakes, ornaments and more in isomalt 

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

Vendoring and demos all weekend

Sat

11:30-2:30            Gumpaste Coral Reef

3-6pm                    Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage 

Feb 15- New Orleans Beginning & Advanced Isomalt Classes  mausb90@yahoo.com

Mardi Gras Isomalt Classes TBA

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

Sun 8:30-11:30 Victorian Isomalt Class

Sat/Sun-Demos and Vendoring at our Booth 

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

Contact Heather: LetThemEatCupcakes@comcast.com

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/

Chocolate & Isomalt Classes, Demos and Vendoring at our booth

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

Isomalt Spring Sculpture Class 

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

Isomalt & Chocolate Classes and DOS Demos along with Vendoring 

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/

Tip of the Week!

Have you checked out SugarEd Productions Sugar Art School by Sharon Zambito? It’s amazing! I spend hours watching and learning.  Great video and written tutorials with step by step instructions that are extremely comprehensive.  There are celebrity guest instructors like Kathleen LangeWayne Steinkopf too.   New tutorials with Sharon and new celebrities are added all the time.  There is an online community message board, printable recipe bank, on-line resources, shopping and so much more. It’s a great price at $100 a year or with monthly payment options at $10 a month.  There is a premium subscription with one on one consultations with Sharon and 20% off discount in the store.

  Here’s the link:
http://www.sugaredproductions.com/

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/


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Simi Cakes & Confections

 

Hello everyone,

We have a few isomalt classes left before the end of the year for our Florida cake friends! 

This Saturday we will be in Jacksonville for Isomalt Flowers,

on Sunday we will hold 3 Holiday Isomalt classes at the Sweet Life in Miami

and on Dec 22 we will be in Orlando.  Make sure to sign up ASAP to save your seat!

 

Dec 7-Jacksonville, FL-Host Cathy David to sign up info@simicakes.com

1-5pm                    Isomalt Flower Class

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

10:30-12:30                          Casting Holiday Isomalt

1:30-3:30               Isomalt Bows & Ribbons with Brooch Centers

4-6pm                    Blown Sugar Snowman and Spun Sugar

Dec. 22-Orlando-Holiday Isomalt  info@simicakes.com

9-12noon              Casting Poinsettias, icicles, snowflakes, ornaments and more in isomalt

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

Vendoring and demos all weekend

Sat

11:30-2:30       Gumpaste Coral Reef

3-6pm    Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

 

 

A huge thank you to Teri Tarbox, of Simply Cakelicious!  She wrote a wonderful tutorial to share with us on Using Simi Isomalt with veiners. 

Enjoy!

 

Decorative Isomalt Flower Using Veiners

By Teri Tarbox

Owner, Simply Cakelicious

http://www.simplycakelicious.com/

 

This method is an alternative to pulled flowers. Using veiners and applying the isomalt directly on the veiner the impression of the petals will be in bedded in each petal, creating a Beautiful defined Flower. Veiner of your choosing, I used a Cattleya Double Veiner.

Supplies: Rubber Gloves, 2 silicone bowls, Simi Cakes Isomalt- color of choice,

In picture- Cattleya Double Veiner, tools on hand- needle tool and flat blade .

Melting pot (Ranger Melting Pot shown).

1-Place isomalt in silicone bowl, using the microwave heat isomalt

At 30 second intervals until it starts to returns to a liquid state.

Then 15 seconds at a time until it bubbles.  Caution: HOT!!!  Wear your gloves to prevent burns from boiling isomalt!

Place bowl on work surface until the isomalt stops bubbling.

  • ·         When the isomalt cools place it back in the microwave as needed at 15 second intervals again until it bubbles. Let bubbles burst and the isomalt is ready to use.      

2-Using what is considered the center petal. Pour a quarter size amount of isomalt on the bottom veiner, cover with the top veiner. Wait 1 minute and remove the top veiner. Slowly pull the isomalt from the bottom veiner. Free shape this petal.  

3- Using what is considered the outer petal. Pour a quarter size amount of isomalt on the bottom veiner, cover with the top veiner. Wait 1 minute and remove the top veiner. Slowly pull the isomalt from the bottom veiner. Shape petal with a

slight arch and pinch the bottom of petal.

Helpful hint- Always make a couple more then you think you will need.     

4- Using either clear or the color chosen dip the first center petal in heated  isomalt (using a melting pot if you have one or heat the isomalt in the microwave until liquid state to use it to attach the petals). One at a time attach petals, letting the isomalt cool and harden before you attach the next petal.           

5- Once the center of your flower is complete. Dip the outer petal in isomalt and attach this petal to the center cluster.    

6- Leaves- Follow the steps to create a petal. Green isomalt can be used or clear isomalt and dust it with

The Sugar Art Sterling Pearl Color Elf Green. Dust your clear leaf, this will give it a translucent effect. Attach your leaf(s) to the flower using isomalt.   

Attach your Beautiful flower with a dot of isomalt to you fondant cover cake. If flower is to be placed on a buttercream cake, attach a lollipop stick to the bottom of the flower with isomalt.

 I find that Simi Cakes Isomalt due to its rich colors allow a Sugar Artist to create Beautiful Decorative Fantasy Flowers.

Until next time…

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/