5/21/11

Hello everyone,

It has been a lot of fun working on all the graduation cakes this week.  In addition to Park Avenue Christian Academy and Bayside High School, I was able to make a few cakes for graduating seniors.  There were a wide variety of ideas to create fun new cakes.  May was a big birthday month as well.  Greg’s birthday golf cake is on it’s way to Ft. Lauderdale for his surprise party right now.  Can’t wait to hear all about it.

We were able to custom mold a 3 1/4 inch sugar sapphire with 12-1/2 inch sugar diamonds for the Laurel Street Bakery in New Orleans.  They are placing them in the largest class ring you will ever see!

I saw the final draft of the article for American Cake Decorating Magazine and it should come out this summer.  I wrote a tutorial on cast and pulled sugar/isomalt techniques.  I’ll let you know when it is out.

We are holding many classes through the month of June.  Make sure you check the website to sign up for sugar instruction in the Melbourne and Jacksonville areas.  We will be listing the basic cake decorating classes very soon.

“Keep Life Sweet”

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

2/19/11

Hello everyone,

The Filled Chocolate Class for homeschoolers was a huge success.  Everyone had an incredible eye for color and I was very impressed!  We filled chocolates with peanut butter, cookies, strawberries, cherries, and marshmallows.  Everything looked yummy!

Jeff’s birthday surprise was a replica of his VW Bug and surfboard.  The cake was a decadent chocolate with a mocha chocolate icing under fondant.  The surfboard was also chocolate!  It was so much fun putting it together.  I hope you had a great birthday Jeff!

The Florida Today Newspaper ran a story and video about my little business.  You can find the link here:  http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20110217/LIFE/102170303/BrevardCounty-teen-chef-creates-tasty-works-art?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|p&odyssey=mod|dnmiss|umbrella|1 They will be running the video on Monday’s TV show, at 11:30am, 4:30 pm, and 10 pm on WBCC, channel 5 on Brighthouse, and 68 on other systems in Brevard County.  Chris Kridler was the reporter with an incredible talent.  She made the video look beautiful!

Sunday we have a full class for sugar/isomalt.  We will be casting gems, flowers, and sea life in sugar to name a few.

Keep Life Sweet!

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

2/9/11

What a fun week so far!

Monday started with a great class at Crane Community Center in Melbourne.  We made painted chocolates.  Everyone had great use of color!  I was very impressed.  You can find a list of classes for Crane and other venues I’ll be teaching at on my website under classes.

We made animal print cupcakes for the Education Department at the Brevard Zoo.  I cut fondant circles and used the animal print stencils with some black icing to create the print.  They turned out so cute.

American Cake Decorating Magazine featured us on their website for the work we did on the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Space Coast project.  You can view it here: http://www.americancakedecorating.com/idea-gallery.html.

We shot a video for the Today Newspaper on putting together a sugar sculpture.  I decided on an Florida undersea theme.  They will air it starting 2/17.  Chris Kridler was the reporter and I found out she is also a storm chaser.  She has an incredible website that documents storms here in Florida and other areas, especially Tornado Alley.  Her pictures and info on storms are phenomenal!  Please check it out at: http://skydiary.com/

We held a chocolate tasting featuring 13 different brands of chocolate.  They ranged from the some of the most expensive chocolates to grocery store brands.  The chocolate was judged on aroma, taste, mouth feel, lingering taste, and overall opinion.  The results were surprising!  The expensive chocolates did well, but 2 less expensive chocolates (Lindt 70% and Hershey’s) came out in the top 4.

I forgot to mention the train cake we made a few weeks ago.  It was for 8 year old Gabe.  He is a train fanatic!  He knows every detail of every train.  We made him a replica of a P-42 Amtrak train he actually rode on.  And his favorite animals are manatees, so there is a tiny manatee engineer driving the train.  It was such a relief that the cake was up to Gabe’s expectations!  He was so happy and surrounded his cake with all his manatee stuffed animals!  Happy Birthday Gabe!

The rest of the week is writing research papers for chocolate school and making the final Extreme cake for the viewing party.  Everyone is invited to come down to the Cocoa Beach Hilton from 6-9 this Sunday, 2/13, and meet the Hurston family and enjoy Brevard County at it’s finest.  We are very proud to be part of such a wonderful community project.

We are gearing up for the It’s All About Chocolate Extravaganza  on 2/27 to benefit the Brevard Jewish Community School and Livestrong.  We will be serving up tasty treats including our wonderful Cocoa Ganache Truffles.  Here is an article in the Today newspaper with info and where to get tickets:  Please check it out at: http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20110209/NEWS0307/102090307/Chocolate+extravaganza+a+benefit+for+Brevard++Jewish+Community+School

Next week I start a VW Bug cake!  Can’t wait!

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

2/5/11

It has been a few weeks since I was able to post to the blog.  Let’s see all the things that have been going on.  Mom, Rosann, and I drove down to the ICES Day of Sharing in Boca Raton 1/30.  The demos were fantastic.  David Salgado and Magaly Bravo made incredible orchids, Fabiola Ortega Viacava showed us the latest gumpaste molds from Peru, Patrice Drinkard made beautiful Mardi Gras masks, Mary Martin taught us topsy turvy cake assembly, and Mercedes Strachwsky taught adorable fondant animal figures.  We had a great time seeing all our South Florida ICES friends.  Brevard County will host the next Day of Sharing on 6/26 at the Melbourne Beach Hilton.  More info to come.

I’ve taught a few homeschool classes this month.  And Monday starts basic cake decorating classes at Crane Community Center in Melbourne.  Call 321-255-4809 for more information.

I made a graffiti cake for Israeli exchange students Micha and Guy.  They were celebrating their birthdays while they were in the US!  It was great to meet you guys.

I’ve been busy tempering chocolate for Ecole Chocolate the last few weeks.  This week I will be having taste tests of various chocolate I ordered in.  Any volunteers?

And I’ve been playing with a lot of blown sugar as well.  We plan to take the class on the road next month to the Florida Iced Cake Competition.  For more info please check out their website at floridaiced.com.

We hope everyone can come out the Extreme Makeover: Space Coast Viewing Party on Feb.13 from 6-9 at the Cocoa Beach Hilton.  The Hurston Family will be there and we will be serving the cake!  Everyone is invited!

Lots more coming soon…

Take care and “Keep Life Sweet” ,

Sidney

1/23/11

Thank you Benedict Advertising and Lifestyle Homes for asking Simi Cakes & Confections back to create one more Extreme Cake for the viewing party at Cocoa Beach Hilton Feb. 13. We were very proud to be a sponsor and it was an amazing experience to see Brevard at its best.  We’ll post the time of the event closer to the date.  Everyone is welcome to come watch.

Hope to see you there!

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com

 

1/12/11

We are having a blast working at Extreme Makeover Home Edition Space Coast!  We have made 3 Extreme Cakes and over 60 dozen cupcakes.  We have a few more days to go and a couple hundred more cupcakes.

See us tomorrow on the Live Video Feed at the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Space Coast as we represent our company, Simi Cakes and Confections.  We’ll be waving to the camera sometime between 11:30-12:30.  Check it out at:  http://www.extrememakeoverspacecoast.com/live-video-feed/.  It is being picked up by 19 countries!  See you tomorrow!

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com

1/3/11

It was a fun night at the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Pep Rally at KSC. It was freezing, but we had a great time visiting with friends and family, hearing all about this build and past builds, watching the Heritage High School Band (they were amazing!), and finding out what a great community we live in. All of this and the KSC Rocket Garden in the backdrop. We can’t wait to find out who the fortunate family is!

We have hundreds of chocolate hard hats, mini saws, nuts, bolts, nails, hammers, wrenches, paint cans and so much more made out of fondant and ready to go on the cupcakes and cakes.  We are ready for the big day!

More soon…

Keep life sweet,

Sidney

simicakes.com