Last time I told you about a great new product, DECOgel from Icing Images.  It works great with all of the Simi molds we manufacture.  Not only that, it works beautifully with Icing Images premium icing sheets.  I love the iDesigns program on their website, so I printed out a few fun patterns and created a little You Tube video on my projects, a dragonfly and pocket watch.  Enjoy!


You can find Icing Images and DECOgel at www.icingimages.com and Simi Molds at www.simicakes.com

Last Call for Intro to Isomalt Classes this weekend in Jacksonville, FL at A Baker’s Paradise.  If you are interested in beginning casting, bows, and blown sugar, let me know ASAP at info@simicakes.com or call 321-543-3492 to sign up.

We are only a week away from the Frosting Creators of San Antonio’s Weekend of Sharing.  I’ll be teaching Chocolate Garnishes and Ice Cream and Candy Dream in Isomalt.  There will be great teachers with me including Ruth Rickey, Wayne Steinkopf & Chuck Hamilton, Sylvia Wilson, and Margarita Fuentes!!!  Come check out the great instructor classes, demos, raffles, vendors, amazing cakes and enjoy Cinco de Mayo in San Antonio!  You can sign up for classes at http://dos.frostingcreators.com/

Huge THANK YOU to the Gator Baker’s Cake Club for inviting me to come up and teach Airbrushing and Dragons Class with them!  We had a blast and everyone’s dragons were awesome!  It was a great day of creativity and I can’t wait to visit again!  Don’t miss their next class with Melanie Judge on May 24 for Fondant Techniques.  If you are interested in joining Gator Baker’s Cake Club shoot me an email at info@simicakes.com



Upcoming Classes & Events

April 26-Jacksonville, FL A Bakers Paradise http://www.abparadise.com/ 

10-12                     Intro to Casting

1-3pm                    Isomalt Bows

3:30-5:30               Blown Isomalt Bubble Flowers

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


6-9pm                    Chocolate Garnishes & Bows


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


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

May 13-Jacksonville, FL-A Bakers Paradise http://www.abparadise.com

5-8pm                    Isomalt Princess Pumpkin Carriage

May 14-Fort Walton Bch, FL-Just Think Cake http://justthinkcake.com/            

6-8pm                    Isomalt Play Night              

May 17-18-Richardson, TX-North Texas Cake Show http://northtexascakeshow.com/

Classes & Vendoring at our booth


9-11                        Intro to Isomalt

11:30-2:30            Angel Heart Wings in Isomalt

3-5                          Stained Glass Heart


9-11                        Chocolate Garnishes: Bows, Piping, Curls, Fans, Molds & More

12-3                        Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

June 7 & 8-Southbury, CT, Ladybug Cake & Candy


9-12                        Gumpaste Gnome

1-5                          Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt


12-5                        Isomalt Tea Set

June 21 & 22-Daytona Bch, FL, Florida ICES Day of Sharing  www.flices.org

Vendoring and demos at the booth

July 11, 12, 13, 14-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake Competition


6-8pm                    Casting Isomalt

Sat                          Vendoring/Demos/Judging


9-11                        Isomalt Ribbons & Bows

12-5                        Isomalt Tea Set

6-8pm                    Isomalt Fall Flowers


9-3pm                    Day of Sharing

4-8                          Victorian Isomalt

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

Vendor booth #516 Demos all weekend with special guests!

Class Fri 2-4pm   Gumpaste Sea Turtle

Demo Sun 9:30   Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

August 9-12-Austin, Tx-Make it Sweet  http://makeitsweet.com/

Isomalt Classes & Free Demos TBA
August 23-24 Jamaica, New York  Desirable Cake http://desirablecake.com/


TBA                        Pulled Ribbons & Bows with Brooch Centers

TBA                        Blown Sugar Bubble Cake


TBA                        Beautiful Isomalt Flowers

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

Fall 2014-New Orleans Isomalt Classes- TBA

Fall 2014-Tulsa, Ok All Things Cake TBA
Oct 3-5-Vancouver, BC  Cake Love http://cakeloveyvr.com/

Fri-Sunday            Vendor Booth


8-12                        Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

1-5pm                    Isomalt Tea Set


8-12                        Blown Sugar Angle Heart Wings

1-3                          Isomalt Magnolia

4-6                          Chocolate Garnishes

7-9pm                    Cake Love Stained Glass Heart


9-1pm                    Victorian Isomalt

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


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

Nov 15-22-Cake Cruise, 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale  http://www.cakecruise.com/

Isomalt Painting, Fondant, & Gumpaste Classes TBA

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

Class & Vendoring 

Tip of the Week

This week’s awesome tip comes from Cindy Cannon, a member of the Gator Baker’s Cake Club in Gainesville, FL.  After our airbrush class last week Cindy mentioned that she had a great tip to clean her hands and offered to share!  She found an easy way to the get paint off by mixing some dish detergent or liquid hand soap in your hand and then adding a couple of tablespoons of the used coffee grounds.  Rub your hands together and then rinse and all of the paint will come off.  It also exfoliates your hands and they feel good.  Cindy told me to try it and it worked great.  I also got ink from my edible printer on my hands and it worked wonderfully for that too!  Thanks Cindy!

Keep Life Sweet,


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Isomalt Ruffle Roses with Isomalt beads and drops and isomalt pleated fabric with Icing Images and Sweet Accents!

Isomalt Ruffle Roses with Isomalt beads and drops and isomalt pleated fabric with Icing Images and Sweet Accents!

Dawn Parrott, Master Sugar Artist

Dawn Parrott, Master Sugar Artist

Edible Artist Network Magazine Distributor

Edible Artist Network Magazine Distributor

Dawn Parrott, Master Sugar Artist

Dawn Parrott, Master Sugar Artist


  Simi Cakes & Confections

Hello Everyone!

Hope your summer is going great and you have plenty of time for caking!  We have some amazing projects in store for the upcoming months and we hope you will be able to join us for a class or two! 

I will be teaching giving demos at the Icing Images Sweet Accents at Icing on the Cake, Cake Camp, and the ICES Convention this year.  Come check out how much fun you can have creating beautiful pieces with the die cutting and embossing machine.  The demo I’ll give at the Icing on the Cake is Greeting Cards along with classes in our Ruffle & Fabric Cakes this summer.  Check out our schedule to find our classes below and check out all the amazing creations the Sweet Accents can make: http://www.icingimages.com/sweet-accents-cake-designer

I’ll be teaming up with my very talented cake artist friend, Dawn Parrott.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Dawn’s work she is an extraordinarily talented royal icing filigree piping artist, not to mention Master Sugar Artist.  She has appeared on two Food Network Challenges-Paranormal Cakes & Stand Up Comedy Cakes.  We have decided to combine our talents in a collaborative effort to create the most unique and innovative designs incorporating many sugar mediums we are know for and few we are adding.  First up we will be creating an incredible sculpture at Cake Camp in Las Vegas in July, so come on down and check us out in the Vendor Room!  And Dawn recently decided to teach privately, so if you are interested in Dawn teaching at your school please contact her asap as her schedule is filling up quickly!  http://www.dawnparrott.com/

Did you know Michelle is part of the creative team for Amazing Crafting Products?  Her latest blog is “Childhood Memories Kept Alive” posted here:  http://amazingmoldputty.blogspot.com/2013/06/childhood-memories-kept-alive-amazing.html

And don’t forget to come check us out on our new blog for Edible Artists Network: Simi’s Sweet Adventures!


We are now official distributors of the Edible Artist Network Magazine!  You can find the magazine in our online store or at our vendor booth at the shows!  It’s full of great tutorials and cake business information. 


Classes & Events with Simi Cakes

HOT!  Just one Week Away! July 1-Melbourne, FL-Simi Cakes info@simicakes.com
11-3pm              Beginning Isomalt Techniques, Casting Gems & Brooches, Pulled Roses, Blown Bubbles

July 13-15-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake  http://www.quotaicingonthecake.com/home/
Sat                               Vendoring and demos at the Booth
Sun 1PM                       Isomalt Blown Sugar Structures 4 hours, email Simi Cakes at info@simicakes.com to sign up
Mon                              LA Day of Sharing-Demos and Vendoring

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

July 27, 28, 29-Dallas, TX-Cake Carousel http://www.cakecarousel.com/
Sat 9-12                       Isomalt Ribbons & Bows with Brooch Centers
Sat 1-5                         Blown Sugar Bubbles & Hearts Sculptures
Sun 10-3:30    
            Pulled and Hand Sculpted Isomalt Flowers
10-3:30                Advanced Blown Sugar Animals

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, 9-11am- 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
2-4pm                          Intro to Casting-Brooch Bouquet
4:30-7:30                    Chocolate Sculpture Class
            Vendor & Demos all day
4:30-6:30                    Cupcake Toppers in Chocolate, Fondant, & Isomalt Techniques

Sept 8-Huston-Houston Cake Club Cake Decorating Extravaganza- http://www.houstoncakeclub.com/dos/dosann.htm

Sept 14 & 15 Miami, Fl-Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply, http://www.sweetlifecakesupply.com/
TBA                              2 Day Isomalt Classes

Sept TBA Daytona, FL Gayle’s Party Cakes & Supplies  https://gaylespartycakes.com/

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

Fall 2013-Ladybug Cake & Candy, Southbury, CT

Sept 22 & 23-Greensboro, NC with the Central Carolina Cake Club
12-2pm                        Casting Isomalt
3-5pm                          Fall Isomalt Flowers
10-12pm                      Isomalt Bows & Ribbons
            Blown Sugar Bubbles & Hearts Sculpture

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


Nov 15, 16, 17-Chicago, IL-American Baking & Sweets Show  http://americasbakingandsweetsshow.com/


Nov 18 & 19-Chicago, IL-Edible Artists Network http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/

Mon 9-1                       Blown Sugar Sculptures

Mon 2-5:30                  Chocolate Sculptures

Tues 9-5                      Isomalt Ruffle Rose & Pleated Fabric Cakes

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


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


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

Sat-                              Isomalt Classes

Sun-                             Day of Sharing and Isomalt Demos


March 2014-Marlton, NJ-Garden State Cake Show  http://www.gscakeshownj.com/

March 29 & 30-Fairfax, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show http://www.cakeshow.org/


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,







Happy 12/12/12 Everyone!

I want to post a quick reminder about the Florida Mini Classes at the Beach in Daytona Bch, Florida this January 18, 19, & 20.  Here is the information:

Florida Mini Classes at the Beach
Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center
AWKSales (Formerly A Wedding by “Kathy”) and Gayle’s Party Cakes & Supplies are sponsoring Mini Classes in Daytona Beach Florida at the Daytona Beach Resort And Conference Center on January 18-19-20 th Daytona Beach, Florida.  The classes will be offered by a very distinguished list of instructors-and I’m very proud to be one of them. The schedule offers many diversified topics from traditional to contemporary, from basic cake decorating to advanced.  The instructors will be offering classes in buttercream, piping, fondant, gumpaste, figures, isomalt, chocolate, flowers, stencils, cookies, henna, cutters, airbrush, shoes, petit fours, macaroons, and so much more. We encourage culinary students to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity in Florida and hope that everyone will help spread the word. 
Here is a list of our class instructors:
  1. Alex Strachwsky
  2. Carol Webb
  3. Gayle Hewitt
  4. Geraldine Randlesome
  5. Kathy Scott
  6. Kelly Lance
  7. Lucinda Larson
  8. Mercedes Strachwsky
  9. Merrie Lee Reese
  10. Norm Davis
  11. Patty Ames
  12. Sidney Galpern
  13. Stephanie Steliga
  14. Zane Beg
Follow this link to the web-store to sign up.  Registration deadline is Dec 29 so get your forms sent ASAP!
The accommodations at the hotel are two queen size beds in each suite or you may request a king size, all featuring full kitchens. The rooms will be $89.00 each plus tax or you can request a ocean side room for $99.00 plus tax.  This is the link for the Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center
For more information please contact Kathy Wyatt at 386-290-5624 or Gayle Hewitt 386-252-0804
Keep Life Sweet,
Sidney  & Michelle Galpern
Simi Cakes & Confections, LLC


Simi Cakes & Confections, LLC


Check out our great friend and talented cake artist, Teri Tarbox.  She has made quite a few You Tube Videos on the art of working with Icing Images in a variety of methods including using isomalt to make her Icing Images bows.  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTetLWAAmWC7aEAqsZgpo1w?feature=results_main

They are beautiful and her easy to follow tutorials make your cake go from “Flat to Fabulous” in no time.  After you check out her 8 educational videos, you can take her class, Fantasy Fun Flowers with Premium Icing Sheets, at the Cake Decorators of Tidewater 29th Annual Cake Show in Virginia Beach on Saturday, Oct 20 from 10-12 noon.  Here is the website:  http://www.cdotcakeshow.org/2012-class-information/teri-tarbox-s-classes/

We are so excited that Teri will be hosting us in Waldorf, MD to teach our Holiday Isomalt Fun Class.  Thanks Teri and we’ll see you Nov 4th!


Upcoming Simi Cakes Classes-


Nov. 2-3-      Southbury, CT at Ladybug Cake and Candy

                    Casting, Blown Sugar and Roses, Holiday Isomalt Fun


Nov. 4          Waldorf, MD Hosted by Teri Tarbox

                   Holiday Isomalt Fun


Nov. 9-10-     Belgium, Zoetjes & Toetjes

                   Demos & Vendoring


Nov 16-17-18-Lelystad, Netherlands at Cake Atelier

                   Isomalt Master Classes, Holiday Isomalt Fun, Intro to Isomalt


Dec 2            Palm Bay, FL at Simi Cakes

                   Holiday Isomalt Fun


Dec8             Jacksonville, FL Hosted by Cathy David

                   Holiday Isomalt Fun


Jan 12-13      Connecticut ICES  Information soon

Jan 18-19-20 Daytona Bch, FL at Florida Mini Classes

                   Classes and Vendor

                   www.awbksales.com Website will go live 10/15/12 

More Classes and Events listed soon at http://www.simicakes.com/


Until next time…

Keep Life Sweet,






Simi Cakes & Confections   


Hello everyone,

It’s been a fun summer so far!  We have been home this month working around Florida and enjoying Tropical Storm Debby that just won’t make up her mind!  LOL!   The humidity factor is doing great things for my isomalt structures and my hair-I won’t be posting any pictures of myself!  But it’s been great fun getting geared up for the fall season.  We are looking forward to one more month here and then hit the road until Thanksgiving.  We are excited to get out to our second ICES convention in Reno, NV from Aug 2-5.  If you haven’t ever been before it’s amazing.  Make sure you bring your wallet because you have never seen so many cake supplies in one place!  There are tools you never even knew you needed, but suddenly can’t live without.  Last year I brought home the Agbay Cake Leveler (http://www.agbayproducts.com/).  It is now my favorite tool I could never be without.  I can’t wait to see what is new and exciting this year.  I’ll be texting pictures to Facebook and Twitter so you can see everything going on if you aren’t able to make it to the west coast this year.  But don’t worry because it will be on the east coast next year in Lexington, KY.  Here’s my tip of the week:  Wear comfortable shoes because it’s a lot of walking!  Check them out and hope to see you there:  http://ices12.org/Welcome.html

    Upcoming Classes

July 1 Sunday-Cakes Etc, West Palm Beach-Beginning Isomalt Class Series http://cakes-etc.com/ 

July 10-Tuesday-CakeFu Online Free Webinar Master Training  http://www.cakefu.com/how-to-create-even-vertical-stripes/ 
1:30 EST-      
Isomalt and Gumpaste Water Lily

July 15  Sunday-Palm Bay at Simi Cakes Advanced Isomalt info@simicakes.com  
9:30-11:30-   Multi-Colored Hand Pulled Ribbons and Bows
Stained Glass Sugar
Blown Sugar Dolphins, Swans, and Hummingbirds

July 21 Saturday-Closed Booked with Private Class

Aug 4 Saturday-Reno, NV-ICES Convention www.ices.org   
  Blown Sugar Dolphins, Swans, and Humming Birds & Demos at Icing Images, Sugar Arts Institute, and Get Sassie! Vendor Booths                

Aug 18&19-Sat & Sun-Bedford, PA-Cove Country Cake Show-2 Day Isomalt Class Series

Aug 23 Thursday-Panama City, FL Cake-a-Tiers  info@simicakes.com

4:30-5:30-     Bonus Class-Gumpaste Water Lilies
Fondant Animal Figures

Aug 25&26-Gulfport, MS-2 Day Isomalt Class Series info@simicakes.com

Sept 9-11-Houston, TX-All Things Baking-http://allthingsbaking.org/ 
Isomalt Demos at the Icing Images Booth

Sept 17-Lancaster, PA-Isomalt 1 & 2 with Julie Bashore-Sugar Arts Institute http://sugarartsinstitute.org/ 

Sept 21 & 22-Southbury, CT- Ladybug Cake and Candy Supply- http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/
Advanced Isomalt Classes schedule coming soon

Sept 23 Sunday-Colonia, NJ Sweet Treats Cake Competition http://thejerseyitgirl.com/cake_competition_FORMS.html 
Blown Sugar Bubbles & Pulled Sugar Roses

Nov 9-11-Birmingham, England-Cake International at the NEC- http://www.ichf.co.uk/
Isomalt Demos at Sugar Arts Institute Vendor Booth

Tip of the Week

With Guest Sugar Artist

Edna De la Cruz

This week my Guest Sugar Artist for Tip of the Week is Edna De la Cruz, owner of Design Me a Cake in Orlando, Fl.  She is a talented cake designer, teacher, competition judge, winner of Food Network Challenge, and one of the kindest people I have ever met.  I get to see Edna quite a few times a year, but it seems it’s usually not in Florida even though she lives only an hour away!  She was sweet enough to offer this wonderful tip for anyone who ever wondered what to do with flower wires on your cake.

Edna’s Tip:

When you are working with flowers and placing them on cakes you can cover the wires or the stems with either coffee stirrers, straws or melted chocolate. 
Make sure that if you use melted chocolate, to cut the wire and bend it before dipping it. That way the chocolate won’t crack exposing the wire.

Edna’s cakes and flowers have amazing detail and she has a full line of DVD’s and cake tools on her website.  You can check her out here: http://designmeacake.com/index.html

Until next time…Keep Life Sweet,






Simi Cakes & Confections Blog

An interview with Maureen Woods

Hello everyone,

Ocala,Florida is a great place to be a sugar artist.  They are 2.5 hours from my shop and we get to visit them about once a month.  They have cake shops, supply stores, active cake club, fabulous teachers, classes, cake competitions and they just started cookie camp!  Maureen Woods is the president of the Ocala Cake Club and shares some exciting “brand new” information about upcoming events they are hosting in our back yard!

Sidney-Hi Maureen, what’s new and exciting in the Ocala Cake World?

Maureen-Wow! I’m excited!!! Southern Cookie Fest, well it’s just like Mini-Classes but for cookies!  We’ve all done the glaze on our cookies but there is so much more that can be done and you’ll learn many of those techniques right here in Ocala!  We’ve got Cookie Crazy Pam Sneed, Cookie artist “Linedancer” Carole Firstenburger and PHD Melanie Judge doing some awesome cookie demonstrations and our very own Lisa Menz will be doing a Sugarveil demonstration and a special presentation by Photofrost, our sponsor. Jane Koon will also hold a Cookie Platter Chatter because you know presentation is just that important!!  You’ll certainly miss a great deal if you miss this!  It’s the last weekend in September, but register early as we’re limited to 50 participants! Oh and there will be a cookie decorating contest too.  It will be lots of fun, after all we’re talking cookies!! And one final note, the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation.  Southern Cookie Fest will be Sept. 29-30 at the Courtyard by Marriott and you can get more information by email ocalacakeclub@gmail.com .

Sidney-Can you tell us anything about the ICED Cake Competition yet? 

Maureen-ICED! Yes, we have some exciting news and you are the first to know!  We have all been working very hard and are pleased to announce that the 2013 ICED Cake Show will be held at the beautiful Ocala Hilton on March 16-17!  We are in talks with some “BIG” names in the cake world for hands on classes and demos!  Mike Terry, Norm Davis and Zane Beg have just signed on!  We are also pleased that to announce that our charity again this year will be the Arthritis Foundation!  More information is being added to the website everyday:  http://www.icedcakeshow.com/

Now don’t forget our theme is Butterflies and Fairies, so I hope everyone is sketching and planning out their cakes because the show is only 9 months away!!!

Sidney-You have a very large and active club that are so incredibly creative and supportive.  What can you tell us about the Ocala Cake Club-meeting times, places…

Maureen-Ocala Cake Club?! Yes, Ocala has a cake club!  We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month, our meeting runs from 6:30 – 8 and we meet at the Ocala Elks Lodge located at 702 NE 25th Avenue.  We talk about all things in the cake world and then one of our members will put on a demo, last month we did gelatin butterflies and at our meeting next Tuesday we’ll have a demo on Fauxvana.  Anyone wanting more information can email us at ocalacakeclub@gmail.com

Sidney-What can you tell us about your own personal cake business?  

Maureen-Well we all like to dream big, Evelyn’s Cookie Jar was named after my granddaughter was born.  And while I’d love to do this full time, I mostly do cakes for friends and family and for my church.  I was honored to be the inaugural winner of the Shelley Roberts Award at the 2012 ICED Show and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the mentoring classes with Marivi Bassabe.  I’ve attached a picture of a filigree cake I created under her guidance.  I think it turned out amazing and it was so much fun to do!

Sidney- Now for the Speed Round Maureen:

1. What’s your favorite tool in the kitchen – I have to say my favorite tool in the kitchen would have to be my silicone mat from Ateco.  It has so many uses and basically has a permanent place on my island.

2. Tell us your favorite tip about cake decorating – Be as creative as you want but remember to plan things out to avoid over decorating.

3. What’s your favorite life saying or motto-Live, Love, Laugh! That says it all!

Thanks Maureen for sharing with us.  We are proud to be satellite members of the Ocala Cake Club with all your talented sugar artists.   And we hope all of you get to visit beautiful Ocala, which not only has great cake opportunities, but also beautiful horses, the quaintest down-town you have ever seen and the majestic Silver Springs!

Keep Life Sweet!

Sidney and Michelle


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