Simi Cakes & Confections 


Hello Everyone!

I have the honor of being invited to be on the Icing Images Design Team with Peggy Tucker, Mike Terry, Teri Tarbox, and Edna de La Cruz.  We attended the National Capitol Area Cake Show last weekend to launch a secret project that has been under wraps for more than 6 months- The Icing Images Cake Decorating System!  This is a completely portable, non-electric die cutting, embossing, food safe machine that works amazing with Icing Images Premium Icing Sheets and gumpaste.  I love printing out beautiful patterns from the iiDesigns online program and now I just pick a die cutter, place the icing sheet over the dies, sandwich them between the cutting plates and roll it through the machine to create flowers, frames, accents, and more.  It embosses beautiful patterns in the icing sheets too!  Of course, I love suspending them in isomalt!  I created this cake fast and easy with an iiDesigns Houndstooth pattern, the 6 petal flower cutters, my isomalt and some fondant!  It was fast and easy and the tutorial will be in the next issue of Edible Artists Network Magazine! http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/   The next picture is a cake topper I created with Simi Flex Forms©, Simi Crystal Clear Isomalt, iiDesigns on Icing Images Premium Icing Sheets and using the flower dies from the new Cake Decorating System.   

Check out the new system at Icing Images:     http://www.icingimages.com/cake-decorating-system  and a video on You Tube with Peggy Tucker and Mike Terry here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0voTUCliVw

And you can see the Icing Images Cake Decorating System in action with Debbie Coughlin and Teri Tarbox at the Great Washington Area Cake Club’s Day of Sharing this Sunday, April 14 http://gwacc.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/gwacc-day-of-sharing-4/

Also, Sarah Myers of High Five Cakes https://www.facebook.com/pages/Let-Them-Eat-Cake/111478148877436 will be demoingSimi Cakes Isomalt and molds along with amazing new products from Icing Images & The Sugar Art https://www.facebook.com/thesugarart?fref=ts  at Ohio Ices Day of Sharing! She has many surprises up her sleeves and some AWESOME products to put to use! Can’t wait to see it all put together!   The Ohio ICES Day of Sharing is April 27:  http://ices.org/event/ohio-day-of-sharing/

I hope to see everyone at one of the upcoming shows or classes!  So excited to play sugar with my cake friends!  You can join me on facebook and share your cake and sugar pictures too:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

Find Simi Cakes at these Classes & Events:


April 20-W Palm Beach, FL-Cakes Etc http://cakes-etc.com/
                 Pulled Sugar Ribbons, Flowers, and Garden
                     Blown Sugar Sculptures

April 21-W Palm Beach, FL-Florida ICES Day of Sharing http://www.flices.org/
9-4pm                   Michelle will demo making beer bottle molds & we will have a vendor table.
                                Mercedes Strachwsky will be teaching.  More demos announced soon!

April 27-28-Richardson, TX-North Texas Cake Show http://northtexascakeshow.com/
10-5pm                  Daily Vendoring and demos at the booth

April 29-May 2-Austin, TX-Make it Sweet  http://www.makeitsweet.com/

Mon pm                   Free Isomalt Demo

Tues pm                  Isomalt Class

Wed pm                   Free Pulled/Blown Sugar Demo

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

May 7-Panama City, FL- Cake-a-Tiers  info@simicakes.com
5:30-8:30pm            Amazing Chocolate Workshop

May 9, 10, 11-Ft Walton Bch, FL-Just Think Cake https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Think-Cake/103530546389676
Thurs-7-9pm           Isomalt Ribbons & Bows with Brooch Centers
              Isomalt/Pulled Sugar Garden
Sat-3-6pm               Intro to Blown Sugar

May 19-Daytona, FL-Gayle’s Party Cakes & Supplies info@simicakes.com
               Intro to Isomalt
                 Pulled Sugar Ribbons & Bows

June 1 & 2-Jacksonville, FL- Isomalt Weekend info@simicakes.com
9:30-1                   Casting Isomalt Cake Topper
                      Isomalt Bubble Flower Wedding Cake Topper
                      Isomalt Flower Workshop                       

July 18-21-Henderson, NV-Cake Camp http://www.cakecamp.com/

Aug 8-11-Lexington, KY-ICES Convention-Vendor Booth #429 http://www.icesconvention.org/Welcome.html
Fri Aug 9, 2-3pm     Blown Sugar/Isomalt Snowman Demonstration
Sat Aug 10, 9-11     Isomalt Class-Shoes, Gems, & Pulled Sugar Rosebuds

Aug 23-24 Tulsa, OK -Tulsa Cake Retreat  http://www.allthingscakeshop.com/Tulsa-Cake-Retreat.html
8-11am                Hand Pulled Isomalt Flowers
                      Intro to Casting-Brooch Bouquet
                 Chocolate Sculpture Class
                      Vendor & Demos all day
                 Cupcake Toppers in Chocolate, Fondant, & Isomalt Techniques

Fall 2013- Madrid, Spain-Isomalt Classes El Taller  de Moni  https://www.facebook.com/ElTallerDeMoni?fref=ts

Oct 14-15-Chicago, IL-Edible Artists Network http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/
Time TBA             2 Day Event Isomalt Classes

Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cake  http://greatamericancakeshow.com/ 

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

  Tip of the Week

This weeks Tip of the Week is from talented cake and sugar artist Wayne Steinkopf.  He is the co-owner of Swank Cake Design in Cary, NC along with Chuck Hamilton and their focus is to create visually stunning wedding cakes with an emphasis on freshness and great taste.  Wayne is a gifted teacher and was so generous with his cake decorating tips that I’ll be posting them in three newsletters!  Wayne teaches high-end cake design at Swank and travels to teach all over the United States.  There are so many classes to choose from including the Victor Victorian cake, gorgeous shoes, amazing Proud Peacock Class, and the Corset Cake to name a few.  Check out Wayne and Swank Design and sign up for a class!



Email info@swankcakedesign.com

Part 1 of Wayne’s Tips:  

~ When working on styrofoam dummies, attach the dummy to your work board with a couple of nails to keep it from scooting around.

~ When smoothing fondant on a curved surface, such as a corset or football helmet, try making a fondant smoother with a piece of fondant flattened out and pinched between your fingers. Rub the surface you are trying to smooth with a light touch in quick circular motions. This will also “erase” small imperfections!


Until Next Time…

Keep Life Sweet,









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
                   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/
7-10pm                   Isomalt Brooch Bouquet
9-1pm                    Dragon!Rice Cereal Carving, Fondant Modeling, and Airbrushing a Dragon Head
2-6pm                    BlownSugar Animals, Dolphin, Swan, and Hummingbirds
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/
                   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 
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

  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,