5/6/11

Hello everyone,

It was a great wrap up to the school year with the Homeschool Cake Class last week.  The students covered their cakes in fondant with vines, flowers, and butterflies.  Everyone did a beautiful and professional job!  We are planning 2 basic cake decorating classes over the summer that will be open to everyone.  I’ll let you know the details soon.  We finished up another series of Sugar/Isomalt Technique Classes and are looking forward to seeing everyone back for the advanced Stained Glass Sugar Class on the 15th.

I was invited by Jane Koon and Patrice Drinkard to teach in Jacksonville next month.  Patrice and I will be teaching the weekend of the 11th and 12th of June.  I’ll be teaching Isomalt Classes: 1,2,&3 and Patrice will be teaching her incredible Gumpaste Celebration Masks.  Patrice recently won the Florida ICED Cake Competition Grand Prize for her beautiful mask and she will be presenting at this years International Cake Exploration Societies International Convention.  For more information check out her website at http://www.patricespieces.org

Here is a list of my upcoming classes including Jacksonville:

Sugar/Isomalt Class Series
All supplies provided. Contact info@simicakes.com for more information

5/15/11        Melbourne, Fl
Class 4:  Advanced Techniques 2-4pm-Stained Glass Sugar
New Class-***Basic Silicone Mold Making 4:15-5:45pm
6/5/11           Melbourne, Fl
Class 2:  Sculpted and Pulled Sugar:Vines, Roses, Calla Lilies 12:30-2:30
Class 3:  Spun Sugar and Blown Bubbles 3-5pm

6/11/11         Jacksonville Classes
Class 1:  Casting Isomalt, Including Gems 10-12pm
Class 2:  Sculpted and Pulled Sugar: Vines, Roses, Calla Lilies 12:15-2:15
Class 3:  Spun Sugar and Blown Bubbles 3-5pm
6/12/11        Gumpaste Celebration Masks with Partrice Drinkard
for info contact Partice at http://patricespieces.org/

6/25/11        Melbourne, Fl
Class 1:  Casting Isomalt, Including Gems 10-12pm
Class 2:  Sculpted and Pulled Sugar: Vines, Roses, Calla Lilies 12:15-2:15
Class 3:  Spun Sugar and Blown Bubbles 3-5pm

The Brevard Cake Artist’s Club were very busy gathering donated items for the Florida ICES Day of Sharing at our last meeting.  All the money earned will go to the Florida ICES Scholarship Fund.  If you would like to donate a “cake” related item, please email us at http://www.info@simicakes.com.  We also had a demonstration by Tina on baby monkey figures in gumpaste and basic mold making with Michelle.  Next month Maritza will demo gumpaste baby tennis shoes.  They are so cute you won’t want to miss it!

Until next time…”Keep Life Sweet!”

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/



10/23/11

Hello everyone,

I got great news this week that I graduated with honors from Ecole Chocolate School for the Chocolate Arts!  I am now a Certified Professional Chocolatier.  It was an incredible course and I couldn’t have done it without my great instructors at Ecole-Pam, Heidi, and Rachel.  It is amazing how much there is to learn about chocolate, after all it is one of the oldest foods on the planet!

I was invited to give a demonstration and teach the culinary students at Keiser University this week.  We had a great time making spun sugar bowls.  Thank you Chef Imondi for making me feel so welcome and I can’t wait to come back next rotation.

Sugar classes are in full swing.  We are offering Class 1 Cast Sugar, Class 2 Pulled Sugar, Class 3 Blown Sugar, Advanced Stained Glass Sugar Pieces, and Mold Making right now.  The classes will continue to repeat each month.  We are scheduling our May homeschool classes and a Basic Cake Decorating Class for June.  Stay tuned!

We had students from Jacksonville, Pt. Saint Lucie, Sarasota, Sanford, Daytona, and West Palm Beach at this months sugar classes.  Thanks everyone for traveling and for all your great feedback on the classes.  We are going up to Jacksonville in the next few weeks so watch for times and dates to sign up.

This month our homeschool cake class was on video game critters.  The boys in our group gave us the idea so they could make all the critters for their birthday cupcakes.  They were from Plants VS Zombies and Angry Birds.  Everyone did a great job and we were all able to make 30 pieces so mom didn’t have to spend the evening making them all herself!

Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

Keep Life Sweet!

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

3/14/11

The Brevard Cake Artist’s Club meeting was a great success this month.  We had a great turn out and our members volunteered to help at the Brevard Day of Sharing this June (flices.com).  We are very excited to host a day filled with classes, fun, and networking.  Mom gave a demonstration  on Mardi Gras Masks that was very informative and perfect timing!  Next month the demo will be the use of edible henna designs on cakes.

I am gearing up for the Ocala Cake Competition in less than 2 weeks.  I won’t be entering this year, but will have a booth set up to demo my sugar and tools.  One of the show pieces I made for display is a Stained Glass Seahorse.  It is 100% edible sugar/isomalt.  I made it freehand without a template.  It looks beautiful in the sun.  Please stop by and check it out!  We can’t wait to see all our friends from around the state at the competition.  We will have 6 members of our club attending.  If you would like to enter or come and enjoy the competition you can find all the info at http://www.floridaiced.com.

Looking forward to the weekend with Rosann and teaching sugar classes.

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com