2/11/14

Simi Cakes & Confections

That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition

Special Isomalt Award at That Takes the Cake, Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition sponsored by Simi Cakes & Confections! That Takes the Cake is Feb 22 & 23 in Austin, TX.  If your entry includes isomalt as the entire piece or as a part of the entry, you can indicate on your entry form that you want to be considered for this special award. Registration ends this Sunday, Feb 16 so get your registration in today!  And don’t forget the venue has changed.  The show will be held at the Highland Mall.  I’ll also be teaching a beautiful Victorian Isomalt class on Sunday 2/23 from 8:30-11:30.  And stop by our vendor booth for demos all weekend with me and a few of my special guests!
http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/competition/rules/#Isomalt

 

National Capital Area Cake Show

Simi Cakes is proud to sponsor the Showpiece Award at the National Capital Area Cake Show on March 29-30.  Registration ends midnight March 21, so get your application in today!  http://cakeshow.org/

I’ll be teaching Chocolate Sculptures, Piping Chocolate, and Casting Isomalt.  And I am happily sponsoring the Isomalt for the Creation Station Classes.  Come visit me in my vendor booth all weekend and say hi to some special guests stopping by to play sugar. 

Upcoming Classes & Events      

Feb 15-New Orleans Mardi Gras Isomalt Classes, Contact Mattie: mausb90@yahoo.com  

9-11am-            Isomalt Bows & Ribbons

12-2pm             Blown Sugar Spring Chick & Nest

3-5pm               Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask

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

All Weekend-Demos & Vendoring at our Booth

Sun-

8:30-11:30         Victorian Isomalt Class

March 8 & 9-Tulsa, OK 4th Anniversary of All Things Cake info@allthingscakeshop.com

Sat

9-12noon          Gumpaste Coral Reef

1-4pm               Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

5-8pm               Chocolate Garnishes: Bows, Piping, Curls, Fans and More

Sun

1-5pm               Blown Sugar/Isomalt Tea Set

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

Contact Heather: LetThemEatCupcakes@comcast.net

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/

Classes, Demos, Vendoring All Weekend!

Sat

8-11am             Chocolate Sculpture Class

2-3pm               Piping Filigree Chocolates-Butterflies, Monograms & More with Chocolate Transfer Sheets

Sun

8-9am               Casting Isomalt Brooches

April 5-Gainesville/Bronson-Airbrush with Gator Baker’s Cake Club williamsonnancy@yahoo.com

11-3pm             Airbrushing:  Stencils, Freehand, Shading, Contours, Sculpted & More

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

Sat-                  Isomalt Spring Sculpture Class

Sun                  DOS

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

Fri

6-9pm               Chocolate Garnishes & Bows at Over The Top Cake Supply Blanco Road

Sat

9-12                  Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt at The Drury Airport Hotel

Sun

9-4                    Demos & Vendoring at the Frosting Creators Day of Sharing/Garden Ridge Community Center

June 22-Daytona Bch, FL, Florida ICES Day of Sharing  www.flices.org

July 12, 13, 14-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake Competition 

July 31-Aug 3-Albuquerque, NM-ICES 14 www.ices.org

Sept 20-21-Greensboro, NC Isomalt Classes hosted by Central Carolina Cake Club info TBA

Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cakes

              http://greatamericancakeshow.com/  

Nov 2014-Birmingham, UK- NEC Cakes International  http://www.cakeinternational.co.uk/

Nov 15-22-Cake Cruise, 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale  https://www.facebook.com/groups/56846739324/

Isomalt, Chocolate, Painting, & Gumpaste Classes TBA

Jan 16, 17, 18-Florida Mini Classes, Daytona Bch, FL 

Coming Soon!!!!  Info on Classes in Fort Walton Bch FL & Southbury CT!!!!

 

Tip of the Week

My Valentine Cookies with Simi Impression Mats and Dusting!  Here I am using my Daisy Quilt Impression Mat (Item #CM205) designed by Ruth Rickey.  You can find all of our impression mats as well as molds and isomalt in our website store:  www.simicakes.com    

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Valentine's Day Cookie with Fondant impressions by Simi Cakes Impression Mats designed by Ruth Rickey

Valentine’s Day Cookie with Fondant impressions by Simi Cakes Impression Mats designed by Ruth Rickey

 

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes

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Isomalt Victorian Class

Isomalt Victorian Class

Isomalt Vintage Brooches Mold

Isomalt Vintage Brooches Mold

Isomalt Tea Set Class

Isomalt Tea Set Class

Isomalt Stained Glass Heart Class

Isomalt Stained Glass Heart Class

Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask Class

Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask Class

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt Class

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt Class

Isomalt Chick & Nest Class

Isomalt Chick & Nest Class

Angle Wings Blown Sugar Heart Topper Class

Angle Wings Blown Sugar Heart Topper Class

Cake Cruise

Cake Cruise

Simi Cakes & Confections

 

News!

Important venue change:  That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition has moved locations.  The new address is Highland Mall – 6001 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752.  Please note that the location is now closer to the host hotel and conveniently located just north of Downtown Austin.  And don’t forget that on-line registration for the cake competition and classes is Feb 16!  So get your registration in ASAP! 

Cake Cruise 2014

I am so proud to have been chosen as an instructor for Cake Cruise 2014!  They are very pleased to announce that they are now taking reservations.  Make sure you tell them “Sidney” sent you on your application.
CakeCruise 2014 will depart Ft Lauderdale FL on November 15, 2014 for a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on Holland America’s Westerdam.
Instructors will include returning instructors 
Norman R. Davis with Zane Beg (The Sweet Life), Martha Hebert with Becky Guidry (Sweet Southern Ladies) and introducing new Cake Cruise Instructors Kathleen LangeRuth Rickey and Sidney Galpern.  There will be a wide range of classes for beginners to advanced and I’ll be teaching isomalt, chocolate, gumpaste and fondant. 

Special:  not sure how much longer it will last, but as a result of the reservations for CakeCruise so far, they are still able to apply the promo special… That’s a reduced deposit of $175 (instead of $350) per person (plus PCPP if selected), $150 stateroom credit for ocean-view and balcony rooms, $250 stateroom credit for suites. Not sure how much longer that will be available. Book now for the promo, you have until August 31 to cancel to get your deposit back.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/56846739324/
Reservations can be made at http://bit.ly/1bkxJYa
Mailing list at http://bit.ly/18CvrIp

 

Upcoming Classes & Events      

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

10-12noon        Stained Glass Isomalt Valentines

1-4pm               Ice Cream & Candy Dreams in Isomalt

 Feb 9-W Palm Beach, FL Cakes Etc  http://cakes-etc.com/

9-11am             Stained Glass Isomalt Valentines

12-2pm             Blown Sugar Angle Heart & Wings Cake Topper

Feb 15-New Orleans Mardi Gras Isomalt Classes mausb90@yahoo.com  

9-11am-            Isomalt Bows & Ribbons

12-2pm             Blown Sugar Spring Chick & Nest

3-5pm               Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask

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

All Weekend-Demos & Vendoring at our Booth

Sun-

8:30-11:30         Victorian Isomalt Class 

March 8 & 9-Tulsa, OK 4th Anniversary of All Things Cake info@allthingscakeshop.com

Sat

9-12noon          Gumpaste Coral Reef

1-4pm               Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

5-8pm               Chocolate Garnishes: Bows, Piping, Curls, Fans and More

Sun

1-5pm               Blown Sugar/Isomalt Tea Set

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

Contact Heather: LetThemEatCupcakes@comcast.net

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/

Classes, Demos, Vendoring All Weekend!

Sat

8-11am             Chocolate Sculpture Class

2-3pm               Piping Filigree Chocolates-Butterflies, Monograms & More with Chocolate Transfer Sheets

Sun

8-9am               Casting Isomalt Brooches

April 5-Gainesville/Bronson-Airbrush with Gator Baker’s Cake Club

11-3pm             Airbrushing:  Stencils, Freehand, Shading, Contours, Sculpted & More 

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

Sat-                  Isomalt Spring Sculpture Class

Sun                  DOS 

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

Fri

6-9pm               Chocolate Garnishes & Bows at Over The Top Cake Supply Blanco Road

Sat

9-12                  Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt at The Drury Airport Hotel

Sun

9-4                    Demos & Vendoring at the Frosting Creators Day of Sharing/Garden Ridge Community Center

June 22-Daytona Bch, FL, Florida ICES Day of Sharing  www.flices.org

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/  

Nov 2014-Birmingham, UK- NEC Cakes International  http://www.cakeinternational.co.uk/

Nov 15-22-Cake Cruise, 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale

Isomalt, Chocolate, Painting, & Gumpaste Classes TBA

Jan 16, 17, 18-Florida Mini Classes, Daytona Bch, FL 

Coming Soon!!!!  Info on Classes in Fort Walton Bch FL, Southbury CT, & Greensboro, NC!!!!

Tip of the Week

Our Guest Contributor this week is The Gelatin Boss, Vincent Kajderowicz.  His mission is to showcase the many possibilities that Gelatin has in the world of cake, where the only limitation is creativity.  You can see Vincent’s beautiful work and find out all about Gelatin Art on his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/GelatineBoss

Sidney: How do you color gelatin pieces?

Vincent:  There are actually multiple ways to color gelatin.

1) The most basic is to add color directly to the original gelatin. I use airbrush colors to do this because they are mix easily into the gelatin. You can use diluted gel colors but you then may have to deal with lumps. You do not want lumps of color in the gelatin.

For more complicated pieces you can use multiple colors of gelatin on your mold. Then you would use a thin layer of clear gelatin as a top layer to make sure the piece is united.

After your gelatin piece has dried there are techniques to enhance you piece.

2) You can create a paint using 4 to 1 gelatin and adding more color to it. it will look deeper than it will be when dried. the advantage to this technique is when your paint dries the color is trapped in the gelatin.

3) You can dilute gel colors with vodka, Everclear, or lemon extract and use that to paint the piece. You could enhance the color by adding powder to the paint also. This has an advantage that the color you see is the color you get. But gelatin is not porous so the color will be on the surface. to much handling, such as creating rose petals, will smear the color to some extent.

4) You can use edible markers to draw on the piece, very useful for butterflies.

5) Using a thin line of piping gel you can attach disco dust to a piece. good for edging ribbons or adding bling to a butterfly.

6) You can carefully airbrush color onto the gelatin. as long as you don’t soak the piece it works well. Again when dried it sits on the surface of the piece. But airbrush colors are more stable than the gel colors so they resist smearing.

 

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

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