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/

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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

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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

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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

12/12/12

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
At
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!
http://awbksales.com/store/
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
http://www.daytonabeachresort.com/resort.php
 
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
http://www.simicakes.com/
info@simicakes.com
321-543-3492

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/

 

3/2/12

Simi Cakes

& Confections, llc

Just a quick note to let you know I have a tutorial on CakeFu.com on Carving and Decorating the 3D Dog Cake.  Here is the link:  http://www.cakefu.com/how-to-make-an-easy-3d-dog-cake/

I’ll be teaching the 3D Dog Cake in Ocala and Palm Bay in the upcoming months and it’s really great fun to carve this huge dog and see him all put together.

I look forward to writing upcoming articles on all things sugar!  Don’t forget to check out the bi-monthly CafeFu Master Series at http://www.cakefu.com and sign up for their training’s.  Thanks Amelia and CakeFu!

Enjoy and Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

info@simicakes.com