5/26/14

Isomalt Cornucopia, hand pulled sugar/isomalt airbrushed color

Isomalt Cornucopia, hand pulled sugar/isomalt airbrushed color

Isomalt Dragon, hand pulled sugar/isomalt airbrushed color

Isomalt Dragon, hand pulled sugar/isomalt airbrushed color

Simi Lace Silicone Mat

Simi Lace Silicone Mat

 

Simi Cakes & Confections

Hello everyone, 

Hope you are having a very safe and happy Memorial Day!

Tomorrow:

Join me and host, Amelia Carbine, tomorrow for my free master training on CakeFu.com!

It’s a day early-TUESDAY, not Wednesday!!!!

I’ll be teaching a layering technique with isomalt to create a beautiful 3-D Summer Sculpture with raised features that anyone can master!

I’ll be giving away a fun summer molding kit with Isomalt and a discount code you can grab too!

See you tomorrow, May 27 at 10:30 Pacific Time (1:30 pm EST).  Repay will be available after the training on CakeFu.com

It’s free, but you do have to register:

http://www.cakefu.com/cakefu-masters-training-sidney-galpern-3/

You can check out my other CakeFu Master Trainings here along with the most incredible sugar and cake artist’s trainings:

Jan 6, 2014-Rockabilly Cake:  http://www.cakefu.com/cakefu-masters-training-sidney-galpern-2/

Oct 7, 2013-Amazing Uses for Cupcake Impression Mats: http://www.cakefu.com/cakefu-masters-training-sidney-galpern/

July 3, 2012-Isomalt Water Lily:  http://www.cakefu.com/next-cakefu-masters-training-sidney-galpern/

For a list of all TEN pages of CakeFu Master Trainings with their links check out:

http://www.cakefu.com/masters-series/

***********************************************

NEW SIMI DESIGNER MOLDS

So many new molds in our online store!!!  Beautiful lace mat, jewelry, rings, sea life, snail, frogs, snowflakes, purses, buttons, flowers, and more!

Check out all of our great new and classic molds we carry at:

 http://www.simicakes.com/SHOP_SUGAR_ART_SUPPLIES.php

and also find them at many cake supply stores near you:  http://www.simicakes.com/Links.php

********************************************************  

Upcoming Classes & Events

May 27-CakeFu Master Training  http://www.cakefu.com/

1:30est                        Isomalt Layering                      

June 7 & 8-Southbury, CT, Ladybug Cake & Candy http://ladybugct.com/

Sat 9-12                      Gumpaste Gnome

1-5                               Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

Sun 12-5                      Isomalt Tea Set

June 14-Jacksonville, FL-A Bakers Paradise http://www.abparadise.com

10-1pm                         Gumpaste Gnome

2-5pm                           Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

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

Vendoring and demos at the booth, Classes with Norm Davis, Zane Beg, and Stephanie Stelliga

June 28, 29 & 30-Lubbock, TX-ICES Day of Sharing

Sat                               Isomalt Tea Set

Sun                              Day of Sharing Demos & Vendors

Mon                             Isomalt Garden Gnome & More

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

Fri 6-8pm                    Casting Isomalt

Sat                               Vendoring/Demos/Judging

Sun 9-11                      Isomalt Ribbons & Bows

12-5                             Isomalt Tea Set

6-8pm                          Isomalt Fall Flowers

Mon 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/  Classes tba & free demo

August 23-24 Jamaica, New York  Desirable Cake http://desirablecake.com/  Classes tba

Sept 12-13 Richardson, TX Cake Carousel  http://www.cakecarousel.com/  Classes tba

Sept 14-Houston Cake Extravaganza  http://www.houstoncakeclub.com/dosmain.htm

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

Fall 2014-Lafayette Isomalt Classes- A Baker’s Choice http://abakerschoice.com/  TBA

Fall 2014-Tulsa, Ok All Things Cake Classes TBA

Fall 2014-West Palm Beach, FL Cakes Etc Classes TBA

 

Fall 2014-Miami, FL Sweet Life Cake & Candy Classes TBA

Oct 3-5-Vancouver, BC  Cake Love http://cakeloveyvr.com/
Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cakes

http://greatamericancakeshow.com/

TBA                             Blown Sugar/Isomalt Angel Heart Wings
TBA                             Chocolate Piping 

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

Feb 21 & 22-Lafayette, LA-Cajun Cake Show

Feb 28 & 29-Austin, TX-That Takes the Cake Show

March 21 & 22-Fairfax, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show

Spring 2015-Guatemala City, Guatemala Isomalt & Chocolate Classes

***************More Classes being announced soon!***************

Tip of the Week

What’s your favorite tool NOT found in the cake aisle?!
Avalon Yarnes, www.AvalonCakes.com , compiled her 10 FAVORITE “not intended for cake” tools and HACKS in one convenient blog.

And she’s gotten the favorite tools from some of the top industry pros!

Avalon gave me permission to repost her blog to my newsletter so check out her favorite Non Cake Tools blog here to find great tips of the week:

http://avaloncakes.com/favorite-tools-not-found-cake-aisle/

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes

Advertisements

1/15/14

Simi Cakes & Confections

 

Florida ICES Mini Classes

Online registration ends this Friday, Jan 17 for the Florida ICES Mini Classes running Jan 24-26 in Orlando, FL!  The vendor hall will be open to the public for $5 (or free with your registration).  The vendor hall will be open Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-10pm, and Sunday 10-4pm.  To shop and attend at the Saturday Night of Sharing & Dessert Social the cost will be $15. 

Please stop by and shop with the amazing specialty cake shops available: 

Fiesta Cake
Cakes N Supplies by Ximena

Clearview Molds
Alex Molds
Edible Artists Network
Icing Images
ComposiMold
PhotoFrost Manufacturing
Icing on the Cake Decorating Products
Lisa Menz with Crystal Cake Lace
Sherrie’s Creations
Wedding Cake Stands
Polydowl
Simi Cakes & Confections

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/

  

Simi Cakes is Proud to sponsor two fabulous cake shows this spring! 

1.  Announcing the “Special Isomalt Award” at That Takes the Cake Show in Austin, TX Feb 22 & 23.  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. There is a $250 Prize! Make sure to enter by Feb 16 and indicate it on your entry form!  http://thattakesthecake.org/

  1.   And we are proud to sponsor the “Show Piece” Division at National Capital Area Cake Show in Fairfax, VA March 29 & 30. Get your showpieces registered by March 21 to be eligible to compete.   http://cakeshow.org/ 

Make sure to enter as soon as possible!  Cake shows can’t survive if there aren’t any cakes entered.  There is a category for all levels and you learn so much every time you enter.  Good Luck!

  

CakeFu

If you missed my CakeFu training with Amelia Carbide last week on Isomalt Decorations for my Rockabilly Cake you can catch the replay at your convenience.

http://www.cakefu.com/masters-series/sidney-galpern-74/

  

Upcoming Classes & Events

Jan 24-26-Florida ICES Mini Classes-Orlando FL Vendoring and demos all weekend

Sat

11:30-2:30         Gumpaste Coral Reef

3-6pm               Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

Feb 8-Miami, FL Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply

Stained Glass Isomalt Valentines

Ice Cream & Candy Dreams in Isomalt 

Feb 15-New Orleans Mardi Gras Isomalt Classes 

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  

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

Sat

Gumpaste Coral Reef

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

Chocolate Garnishes: Bows, Piping, Curls, Fans and More

Sun

Blown Sugar/Isomalt Tea Set

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

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

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

Sat-                  Isomalt Spring Sculpture Class

Sun                  DOS

May 2-4-Frosting Creators of San Antonio, TX 

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

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

July 31-Aug 3-Albuquerque, NM-ICES 14 

 

Tip of the Week

Check out Best Friends for Frosting website, blog and weekly newsletter that has expanded from a website about all things dessert to a daily inspiration guide for stylish and creative living.  Best Friends For Frosting aims to inform, excite, and inspire their readers with creative ideas for celebrating the everyday, all while loving your life from the inside out. They believe every day is a reason to celebrate – it shouldn’t just take a holiday or birthday party to bust out the confetti or make a glamorous cake. Celebrate today!  They feature exclusive food, dessert, and drink recipes, DIY projects, and the creative work of others in the fields of food, dessert, entertaining, parties, style, beauty, DIY, and interior design. Join them as they guide you toward a fulfilling, creative life!

 http://bestfriendsforfrosting.com/

  

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes

1/3/14

Rockabilly Cake

Rockabilly Cake

Simi Cakes & Confections

 

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year!  So excited to get the year started off with great cakes, wonderful classes, cake shows and an awesome sale!

First cake of the year is my Rockabilly Cake created with Icing Images suspended in Simi Isomalt with a blown sugar/isomalt heart topper and pulled wings, with a few pulled roses and the background is cut with the Sweet Accents Die Cutting Machine.  I used three dies:  1. Designer Borders for the waves, 2. Quilted Lattice & Confetti, and 3. Ribbon Banners for the “Love” sign.  I used Elite Colors by The Sugar Art to paint the printed pieces and edges of the flowers and Wedding Gold to paint the rope from the Simi Rope Mold.  The colors really pop which was what I was going for!  Isomalt brings out the most amazing colors and allows your Icing Images paper another dimension.  

 

CakeFu

Check out the incredible sale we have going on over at CakeFu!  They are offering 3 Simi Flex Forms© and a package of Clear Simi Isomalt for $29.99+shipping through Jan 7!!  It comes with 14”, 18”, and 21” Flex Forms© and a 6oz of the clear isomalt.  Here is the link to their sale:  

http://www.cakefu.com/market/isomalt-supplies/isomalt-sculpture-kit/

Simi Cakes is Proud to sponsor two fabulous cake shows this spring! 

1.  Announcing the “Special Isomalt Award” at That Takes the Cake Show in Austin, TX Feb 22 & 23.  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. There is a $250 Prize! Make sure to enter by Feb 16 and indicate it on your entry form!  http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/competition/rules/#Isomalt

  1.   And we are proud to sponsor the “Show Piece” Division at National Capital Area Cake Show in Fairfax, VA March 29 & 30. Get your showpieces registered by March 21 to be eligible to compete.   http://cakeshow.org/ 

Make sure to enter as soon as possible!  Cake shows can’t survive if there aren’t any cakes entered.  There is a category for all levels and you learn so much every time you enter.  Good Luck!

   

Coming up fast!

  The Florida ICES Mini Classes are Jan 24-26 in Orlando!  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/

 

Upcoming Classes and Events

Want to see pictures of our fabulous classes? 

Check out the Simi Facebook Events Pages for all the great pictures and information!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456?id=121435164568456&sk=events

 

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 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

Gumpaste Coral Reef

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

Chocolate Garnishes: Bows, Piping, Curls, Fans and More

Sun

Blown Sugar/Isomalt Tea Set

 March 15, 16, 17-Nashville, 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 12 & 13-Farmington, NM Isomalt Classes TBA with DOS

Sat-                  Isomalt Spring Sculpture Class

Sun                  DOS

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/ 

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

Coming Soon!!!!  Info on Classes in Southbury, CT & Greensboro, NC!!!!

 

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes

7/6/12

Simi Cakes

  & Confections, LLC  

Please join me for the next CakeFu Master Training on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:30pst where I’ll be teaching an isomalt water lily and will also show it in gumpaste. It’s a free webinar, but you do have to sign up. If you miss it, they post a link and you can watch it anytime. http://www.cakefu.com/next-cakefu-masters-training-sidney-galpern/  I’ll be having a giveaway too, so hope to see you there!

 

In the mean time you can check out my new tutorial on you tube making a beautiful isomalt broach utilizing the Get Sassie! SassieShot Sugar Melting Gun:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYNdAed0dXQ&feature=plcp 

 

Here is my product review of the new sugar melting gun:  I just love it!  Not only does it fill molds quickly with no mess and a short time heating up, I can attach all my fondant pieces to my cake in a few seconds.  It’s even faster and sturdier than royal icing.  And I can use a clear color to attach my pieces and it’s invisible!  The guns have been on back order, but believe me they are worth the wait.   You can check it out on the Get Sassie! Website: 

http://getsassie.com/sassieshot-sugar-melting-gun/

 

Tip of the Week

With guest Sugar Artist

  Norman Davis  

 

Norm Davis is my guest Sugar Artist this week offering great advice on a subject that involves every cake decorator-How much is your time worth?  It is something every sugar artist must answer for themselves.  Norm just got back from Dubai and Africa, but was kind enough to offer his tip of the week: 

 

Norman Davis Tip:  Stop giving your cakes away, when you have a friend/family you give a flat 15% or 20% fee.  That is all, you are in this to make money and your time is worth something!  We all need to make an hourly wage. What type of discount do your friends give you? I would have to say nothing. Start treating what you do as a real business whether it is part time or full time. Shop your competition and know what others are charging and be in the same range. We in the cake world need to have basic guide lines and stick to them!

 

Words to live by! 

 

Norm’s cakery, The Sweet Life, is located in Annandale, VA, just outside of Washington DC.  He is an award winning pastry chef, baker, chocolatier, talented sugar artist, amazing teacher, Food Network and TLC celebrity, and really great guy!  You can check out his website at:  http://www.thesweetlife.com/

 

 

Upcoming Classes and Events

 

July 15 NextSunday-Palm Bay at Simi Cakes Advanced Isomalt
9:30-11:30    Multi-Colored Hand Pulled Ribbons and Bows
12-2pm         
Stained Glass Sugar
2:30-6pm      
Blown Sugar Dolphins, Swans, and Hummingbirds

July 21-Closed Booked with Private Class
12:30-6pm      Isomalt

Aug 4-Reno, NV-ICES Convention www.ices.org   
12:30-1:30-  
Blown Sugar Dolphins, Swans, and Humming Birds
Demos with Icing Images, Sugar Arts Institute, and Get Sassie! All weekend

Aug 18 & 19-Bedford, PA-Cove Country Cake Show-Isomalt Class Series http://covecountrycakeshow.webs.com/ 
Saturday-11-2-
Beginning Isomalt Techniques
Sunday-1-4pm-
Advanced Isomalt Techniques

Aug 23 Thursday-Panama City, FL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
4:30-8:30-    
Fondant Animal Figures with bonus class Gumpaste Water Lilies

Aug 25 & 26-Gulfport, MS-2 Day Isomalt Class Series
Saturday
9-11am-         Casting Gems, Icing Images, Molds, and Color
11:30-2:30-  
Pulled Vines, Swirls, Roses, Calla Lilies, and Leaves
3-5pm-          
Blown Bubbles, Hearts, Apples, and Spun Sugar
Sunday
8:30-10:30-  
Stained Glass Sugar
11-1pm-        
Multi Colored Pulled Ribbons and Bows
1:30-5pm-    
Blown Sugar Dolphin, Swan, and Hummingbird

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

Sept 17-Lancaster, PA-6 Day Isomalt 1 & 2 with Julie Bashore at the Sugar Arts Institute 
http://sugarartsinstitute.org/ 

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

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

Sept 29 & 30-Cookie Camp Hosted by the Ocala Cake Club  http://www.facebook.com/events/306364379456012/

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

Feb 23 & 24, 2013
-Austin, TX -That Takes the Cake Show  http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/main/

March 16 & 17, 2013-Ocala, FL-ICED Cake Competition http://www.icedcakeshow.com/

April 6 & 7, 2013- Annandale, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show http://www.cakeshow.org/ 

May 4 & 5, 2013-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show  http://greatamericancakeshow.com/ 

 

Until next time…Keep Life Sweet!

 

Sidney


Website: www.simicakes.com
  

Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

And Twitter @Simicakes   

 

Sidney  & Michelle Galpern

Simi Cakes & Confections, LLC

http://www.simicakes.com/

info@simicakes.com

321-543-3492

 

06/27/2012

  

Simi Cakes & Confections   

Blog

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
12-2pm-        
Stained Glass Sugar
2:30-6pm-     
Blown Sugar Dolphins, Swans, and Hummingbirds

July 21 Saturday-Closed Booked with Private Class

Aug 4 Saturday-Reno, NV-ICES Convention www.ices.org   
12:30-1:30-
  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
 http://covecountrycakeshow.webs.com/ 

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

4:30-5:30-     Bonus Class-Gumpaste Water Lilies
5:30-8:30-    
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 
TBA                
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,

                  Sidney

   http://www.simicakes.com/

                                                                                                                                         

 

5/31/12

 

Lady Bug and Ice Cream Social Cake Truffles

 

Happy Summer Sweet Friends!

Happy Summer Everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Weekend!  We rested and are ready to get back to work.  On Monday, June 4 we will be making Summer Treats on the local news show, Today in Brevard.  Tune in to see how to make cute little lady bug and ice cream social cake truffles.  It airs 11:30am, 4:30pm, and 10pm on WBCC-TV and a live video stream at 11:30am at www.floridatoday.com and then runs in their video section starting Tuesday.  Thank you to Producer Caroline Perez, Host Luann Manderville, and Cameraman Breuce for inviting me back for a third segment in the studio.  It has been great fun working with you all!  And watch for my blog in the next few days with an interview with producer Caroline Perez talking about video journalism and helpful hints on preparing and filming a good food segment. 

We have updated our website, so please check out all the new tutorials and videos we posted along with our new class list.  We are updating the store as well.  We’ll have the Water Lily Video and matching Molding Kit available very soon.  Please check back often for updates and new tutorials. 

 

Upcoming Isomalt Classes:

 Palm Bay, FL at Simi Cakes

June 10-Casting including Gems, Pulled Sugar Flowers and Garden, Blown Bubbles and more, Spun Sugar

July 15-Multi-Colored Bows & Ribbons, Stained Glass Sugar, Blown Dolphins, Swans, and Humming Birds

Fall and Winter-Advanced Isomalt Macaw and Koi Pond with Water Lily

Bedford, PA at the Cove Country Cake Show

Aug 18-3 Hours-Beginning Isomalt Techniques-Casting Gems, Beads, Molds, Icing Images and Pull Roses, Calla Lilies, Vines and Leaves to Create a Beautiful Sugar Garden Sculpture
Aug 19-3 Hours-Advanced Isomalt Techniques-Pull Beautiful Multi-Colored Bows and Learn Blown Bubbles, Hearts, and Dolphins, Finish with Spun Sugar Bowls

Gulfport, MS at the Elks Lodge

Aug 25-Casting Gems, Icing Images, Molds, Color, Pulled Sugar Flowers and Garden, Blown Bubbles and more, Spun Sugar
Aug 26-Stained Glass Sugar, Multi-Colored Pulled Ribbons and Bows, Blown Sugar Dolphin, Swan, and Hummingbird

Colonia, NJ at Sweet Treats Cake Competition  

Sept 23-Blown Sugar Bubbles & Pulled Sugar Roses Class

Palm Bay, FL at 
Simi Cakes

Nov 11&12-Tami Utely returns to Simi Cakes!  

For more information check our website:  http://www.simicakes.com/Classes.html  or email us at info@simicakes.com or call 321-543-3492

 

Tip of the Week

We would like to thank our good friend, Certified Master Sugar Artist Ruth Rickey, for offering the tip(s) of the week for us.  Ruth is very creative with color and now has her own line of petal and luster dusts. 

 Ruth’s Dusting Tips:

  • Layering your petal dust color on leaves and flowers with many colors to give them depth and to bring them alive
  • Don’t rub too hard, light pressure in application
  • You don’t have to be perfect-nature is not perfect
  • Don’t stop at one color on your project
  • I usually finishes with aubergine (dark eggplant) color
  • When you have finished dusting your leaves dip them in a glaze to give them their lifelike appearance
  • Flowers will look better steamed than glazed

One last note she suggests, “Just do not be afraid to use your petal dusts!  They aren’t meant to live on a shelf.”

Yesterday, Ruth was guest speaker on www.cakefu.com and did an entire presentation on dusting leaves.  You can see it here:  http://www.cakefu.com/masters-series/ruth-rickey-23/ .  She gave a special discount price on her dusts for the CakeFu attendees and is now extending the discount to Simi Cake readers until Monday.  You get all 25 petal dusts and 10 luster dusts for $100.  You can find the dusts and her class schedule on her website:  http://www.ruthrickey.com/  And check out her blog Sugar Zen at: http://sugarzen.wordpress.com/ for cake decorators


                    Until next time, Keep Life Sweet!

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

 

3/22/12

Hi everyone!

I had the opportunity recently to interview talented sugar artist, Tami Utley.  Tami is from San Diego, CA, and last year she came to our classroom at Simi Cakes to teach.  It was so much fun learning techniques such as oriental stringwork, brushed embroidery, cocoa painting and gelatin bubbles and gems.  I will attach pictures below.  Tami specializes in sugar flowers and piping skills, and teaches classes all over the country, and is featured in many magazines and on CakeFu.com.  She also makes DVD tutorials and videos for Yummy Arts.  Check out her classes and her beautiful work at www.sugarartbytami.com .  She will be coming back to our classroom this November so make sure you stay tuned for details!! Enjoy!

Sidney- When and how did you get started in cake decorating?  Where you always artistic?

Tami– I started cake decorating in 1989 after my first son was born. I tried to make a cake for my husband’s birthday, like my mom did for me; it was awful!!!  I decided to take theWilton course and got hooked!  Especially when I saw the fondant, gum paste and foreign techniques.  I’d never seen anything like that before and I had to know how to do it.  Those lessons were hard to come by, and at that time, nothing was premade.  Fondant and gum paste had to be made at home, nothing was available premade.  Same with the tools and books, there were a few, but hard to get in my area.  Would I consider myself artistic? No way.  I’ve always done crafts, even as a kid, you name it and I do it. But I’m more like a craftsman.  I have an extremely hard time thinking up new ideas for cakes and projects, but at the same time, the freedom of expression is wonderful.  I really envy those that can do this as a full time job.

Sidney- Out of all the mediums you use and teach, which one is your favorite to work with?

 

Tami- Gosh, the mediums I like change all the time.  Right now of course it’s Gelatin!  What else would you have expected me to say?  I suppose gum paste flowers have always been a favorite of mine though.    My mother has such a beautiful garden, and I have a major brown thumb, it’s my way of ‘growing’ all the beautiful flowers I want.  And I get to visit my mom’s garden for the perfect specimens to make them.

Sidney- You write for magazines, teach, travel, film, decorate cakes, how do you find time to do all of this with a full time job?

 

Tami- I don’t take coffee breaks…ha ha…sorry.  I’m constantly on the go once I’m off my regular job.  I’m pretty organized and keep lists for what I need to get done.  The key is to have a realistic idea of how long something takes to do. Really, when you’re obsessed with sugar art, it’s all you think about.  No matter where I’m at I’m looking for new ideas, thinking up new classes and projects, and use every chance I get to plan (like when I’m sitting in traffic).  Since I’ve been teaching for over 18 years, I know what I need for my students so I can get it done ahead of time.  Usually every evening and weekend is filled with cake stuff.  I’m either prepping for videos or class, trying out new ideas, writing instructions or cleaning (yup, ya gotta do that too).  I couldn’t do this when my sons were younger, but now that they are grown, I have more free time.  And my family really helps out.  I don’t know how they really feel about the cake decorating, but they help when they can and at least feign interest when I show them something new.   I have to admit, sometimes I’m over extended.  But even when I try to relax and just sit, I find myself popping up and working on something cake related.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to do all I want to do, or just sit and play with sugar, work on my website or do a blog.

Sidney- How did you get involved in working with Yummy Arts?

Tami- Yummy Arts was a happy accident for me. Michael first approached me after I did a demonstration for our Cake Show inSan Diego.  I was excited, but then didn’t hear back from him.  He approached me again the following year, I thought to myself, ‘yeah, sure…’ but he did call this time.  I went into his studio and filmed my first couple projects.  I was very nervous, but since I’d been teaching for some time already, it was just a matter of getting used to no feedback from a camera like you do with students.  We have a lot of fun off the camera and the people at YA are incredible.

Sidney– Your DVD’s are very informative.  How many hours go into filming a DVD?

Tami-    I film about 7-8 hours each time I go into the studio, and do 3 projects.  However, there are days of prep before filming.  Usually 4 or 5 days for me, only because several pieces usually need to be made in advance because of drying time.  And because a lot of things I have in my head, don’t come out when I actually ‘do’ them, ugh.  I also only get to prep on weekends I’m not teaching or evenings, so it takes longer.  I also do research on the internet, like looking up real flowers to make sure the gum paste one is correct.   A DVD needs to be at least an hour film time after editing, so shooting time is usually 2-3 hours minimum for a DVD.  It depends on the project and how many ‘takes’ to get it done right.  My Lambeth cake DVD’s take much longer, since there is a lot of repetition, those are about 4-6 hours filming (over 2 days) with a lot of the repetition edited out, don’t want to put the viewer asleep.

Sidney- Do you prefer teaching classes to making DVD’s?

Tami- Making the DVDs take a lot of work, and a lot of prep, I’m exhausted after a day of filming. But the editors can remove goofs and Scott (our cameraman/director) is so much fun to work with.  Classes take less prep, but if you goof, you can’t do it over…so it’s a toss-up. I would say I prefer the classes though.  I love the interaction with my students, and seeing the finished projects. I make so many new friends teaching.  Also, the more questions and feedback I get, the better to improve my teaching skills. This is very important to me.

Sidney– We enjoyed learning about gelatin bubbles in your interview on CakeFu.  How do you prepare for a long distance online interview?

Tami- Well….CakeFu was my first long distance interview, and I was very nervous.  It was a little hard for me to hear Amelia as my cell phone reception is shaky in the house.  I hope I answered her questions completely without being too talkative (I do get carried away sometimes).  She was very nice and I can’t thank her enough for having me as a guest.  I really didn’t know what to do to prep other than how I normally teach and drawing on that background.  I’ve taught the bubbles for a couple years now, and I can usually guess where the students will want clarification.  But since you just never know what someone will ask, it’s a little scary.  And sometimes you just have to say, ‘I don’t know’.   The bubble pictures and blurbs underneath were done ahead of time, and I had all my notes on the points I wanted to make, so that was about all I could do.  I have to say… I’m uncomfortable talking about myself, so the beginning part where she asks about your accomplishments and background were the hardest!!!  (www.cakefu.com)

Sidney- Congratulations on teaching at the ICES Convention.  What are you teaching?  And where else can students find you this year?   

Tami- This year I’m very excited to be demonstrating at ICES in Reno, Thursday August 2 at 9 AM.  I’ll be demonstrating the gelatin bubbles, gems and the ‘glass’ slipper.  I’ll also be teaching in Pennsylvania (near Reading) in July and of course back to Florida in November (woo hoo!!).  I teach 1 Saturday a month at Do It With Icing, in San Diego and of course do videos/DVD with Yummy Arts.  I will have an article coming out in ACD hopefully this year on the Gelatin Slippers.  I’m not a photographer, so hopefully the photos are good enough for print.  I also do an occasional tutorial for Jennifer Dontz.  She has a newsletter she does monthly from Sugar Delites and is gracious enough to let me submit tutorials.  I just did a chocolate wrap tutorial for the February newsletter and will do another tutorial when time permits.  Those are free and anyone can sign up for them.  If anyone wants to have me teach in their area, just contact me through my website www.sugarartbytami.com

Sidney– What haven’t you tried in cake decorating that you would like to explore?

Tami- I’ve tried just about everything.  But there are many things I haven’t really worked in enough to feel confident in them.  Nirvana is one, I’ve done lots and lots of run sugar, but not a structural one like Nirvana style cakes. Another is cake structures, you know, those 3 foot tall structures that defy gravity.  They look like people, animals or stacks of dishes… I really want to do those.  I don’t own an airbrush, although I’ve tried them, it would be nice to use one consistently.  And of course I want to be more proficient in pulled and blown sugar, so get readySidney, I’ll be coming to you for lessons!

 

Here is Tami’s website:www.sugarartbytami.com    Check out her amazing tutorial online and her beautiful work and then come take a class with her in November here in Florida!

Now, we are off to Virginia for the National Capitol Area Cake Show (www.cakeshow.org) this weekend and, of course, after that is the FloridaICED Cake Competition in Ocala, Fl (www.floridaiced.com) March 31 and April 3!! We are so excited.  If you are interested in attending there are still spots open in the demos!  Hope to see everyone there!

Until next time, Keep Life Sweet!

Sidney

www.simicakes.com

Email: info@simicakes.com

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

Twitter: @Simicakes

For our class schedule, go to:

http://www.simicakes.com/Classes.html

Previous Older Entries