Isomalt Victorian Class

Isomalt Victorian Class

Isomalt Vintage Brooches Mold

Isomalt Vintage Brooches Mold

Isomalt Tea Set Class

Isomalt Tea Set Class

Isomalt Stained Glass Heart Class

Isomalt Stained Glass Heart Class

Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask Class

Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask Class

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt Class

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt Class

Isomalt Chick & Nest Class

Isomalt Chick & Nest Class

Angle Wings Blown Sugar Heart Topper Class

Angle Wings Blown Sugar Heart Topper Class

Cake Cruise

Cake Cruise

Simi Cakes & Confections



Important venue change:  That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition has moved locations.  The new address is Highland Mall – 6001 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752.  Please note that the location is now closer to the host hotel and conveniently located just north of Downtown Austin.  And don’t forget that on-line registration for the cake competition and classes is Feb 16!  So get your registration in ASAP! 

Cake Cruise 2014

I am so proud to have been chosen as an instructor for Cake Cruise 2014!  They are very pleased to announce that they are now taking reservations.  Make sure you tell them “Sidney” sent you on your application.
CakeCruise 2014 will depart Ft Lauderdale FL on November 15, 2014 for a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on Holland America’s Westerdam.
Instructors will include returning instructors 
Norman R. Davis with Zane Beg (The Sweet Life), Martha Hebert with Becky Guidry (Sweet Southern Ladies) and introducing new Cake Cruise Instructors Kathleen LangeRuth Rickey and Sidney Galpern.  There will be a wide range of classes for beginners to advanced and I’ll be teaching isomalt, chocolate, gumpaste and fondant. 

Special:  not sure how much longer it will last, but as a result of the reservations for CakeCruise so far, they are still able to apply the promo special… That’s a reduced deposit of $175 (instead of $350) per person (plus PCPP if selected), $150 stateroom credit for ocean-view and balcony rooms, $250 stateroom credit for suites. Not sure how much longer that will be available. Book now for the promo, you have until August 31 to cancel to get your deposit back.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/56846739324/
Reservations can be made at http://bit.ly/1bkxJYa
Mailing list at http://bit.ly/18CvrIp


Upcoming Classes & Events      

Feb 8-Miami, FL Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply http://www.sweetlifecakesupply.com/

10-12noon        Stained Glass Isomalt Valentines

1-4pm               Ice Cream & Candy Dreams in Isomalt

 Feb 9-W Palm Beach, FL Cakes Etc  http://cakes-etc.com/

9-11am             Stained Glass Isomalt Valentines

12-2pm             Blown Sugar Angle Heart & Wings Cake Topper

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


8:30-11:30         Victorian Isomalt Class 

March 8 & 9-Tulsa, OK 4th Anniversary of All Things Cake info@allthingscakeshop.com


9-12noon          Gumpaste Coral Reef

1-4pm               Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

5-8pm               Chocolate Garnishes: Bows, Piping, Curls, Fans and More


1-5pm               Blown Sugar/Isomalt Tea Set

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

Contact Heather: LetThemEatCupcakes@comcast.net


10-12                Chocolate Garnishes

2-5pm               Chocolate Sculptures


Day of Sharing and Isomalt Demos Westward Balloon!


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!


8-11am             Chocolate Sculpture Class

2-3pm               Piping Filigree Chocolates-Butterflies, Monograms & More with Chocolate Transfer Sheets


8-9am               Casting Isomalt Brooches

April 5-Gainesville/Bronson-Airbrush with Gator Baker’s Cake Club

11-3pm             Airbrushing:  Stencils, Freehand, Shading, Contours, Sculpted & More 

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

Sat-                  Isomalt Spring Sculpture Class

Sun                  DOS 

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


6-9pm               Chocolate Garnishes & Bows at Over The Top Cake Supply Blanco Road


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

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

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


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

Nov 15-22-Cake Cruise, 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale

Isomalt, Chocolate, Painting, & Gumpaste Classes TBA

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

Coming Soon!!!!  Info on Classes in Fort Walton Bch FL, Southbury CT, & Greensboro, NC!!!!

Tip of the Week

Our Guest Contributor this week is The Gelatin Boss, Vincent Kajderowicz.  His mission is to showcase the many possibilities that Gelatin has in the world of cake, where the only limitation is creativity.  You can see Vincent’s beautiful work and find out all about Gelatin Art on his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/GelatineBoss

Sidney: How do you color gelatin pieces?

Vincent:  There are actually multiple ways to color gelatin.

1) The most basic is to add color directly to the original gelatin. I use airbrush colors to do this because they are mix easily into the gelatin. You can use diluted gel colors but you then may have to deal with lumps. You do not want lumps of color in the gelatin.

For more complicated pieces you can use multiple colors of gelatin on your mold. Then you would use a thin layer of clear gelatin as a top layer to make sure the piece is united.

After your gelatin piece has dried there are techniques to enhance you piece.

2) You can create a paint using 4 to 1 gelatin and adding more color to it. it will look deeper than it will be when dried. the advantage to this technique is when your paint dries the color is trapped in the gelatin.

3) You can dilute gel colors with vodka, Everclear, or lemon extract and use that to paint the piece. You could enhance the color by adding powder to the paint also. This has an advantage that the color you see is the color you get. But gelatin is not porous so the color will be on the surface. to much handling, such as creating rose petals, will smear the color to some extent.

4) You can use edible markers to draw on the piece, very useful for butterflies.

5) Using a thin line of piping gel you can attach disco dust to a piece. good for edging ribbons or adding bling to a butterfly.

6) You can carefully airbrush color onto the gelatin. as long as you don’t soak the piece it works well. Again when dried it sits on the surface of the piece. But airbrush colors are more stable than the gel colors so they resist smearing.


Keep Life Sweet,


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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!





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,