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.  



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:  


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!



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

Vendoring and demos all weekend


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


8:30-11:30         Victorian Isomalt Class

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


Gumpaste Coral Reef

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

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


Blown Sugar/Isomalt Tea Set

 March 15, 16, 17-Nashville, 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 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


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,


Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

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Hand pulled & sculpted Isomalt Mermaid

Hand pulled & sculpted Isomalt Mermaid

Isomalt Sculpture made with Simi Isomalt & Simi Flex Form(c) Molds for my You Tube Tutorial

Isomalt Sculpture made with Simi Isomalt & Simi Flex Form(c) Molds for my You Tube Tutorial

Simi Isomalt & Simi Flex Form(c) Molds for the You Tube Tutorial on Isomalt Sculptures

Simi Isomalt & Simi Flex Form(c) Molds for the You Tube Tutorial on Isomalt Sculptures

Simi Cakes & Confections


Hello Everyone!

Hope everyone had a happy and safe July 4th with their friends and family!  We are excited to get on the road this week for our cross country caking adventure!  We will see all of our cake friends in Shreveport, Las Vegas and Dallas!  Find us at the Icing on the Cake Competition & Classes, LA Day of Sharing, Sweet House Confectionary Supply in LV, Cake Camp, & Cake Carousel in Dallas!  Check our schedule below for all upcoming classes.  If you are interested in Isomalt Structure Class THIS SUNDAY in Shreveport, LA at the Icing on the Cake Competition, email me ASAP to sign up info@simicakes.com   You will be able to sign up at the show if there are seats available, just send me a quick email to let me know you are signing up so I bring enough supplies!  

We are busy finishing up our prep for fun and creative classes we will be teaching.  Most of our supplies are packed and ready to go so I have been creating a couple new classes while I’m waiting for go time.  A few of my favorite new classes I’m putting together are an isomalt Mermaid Figure Sculpting Class and Gumpaste Reef Workshop. It will incorporate beautiful musculature and anatomically correct features along with airbrushing, painting, and dusting to bring pieces alive.

Last weekend I filmed the long promised YouTube video tutorial on our Simi Flex Forms© and all of their wonderful sugar uses!  I was editing all weekend and it is ready for viewing!  Enjoy the Simi Flex Form© YouTube Tutorial here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC6DNaqGb3Q

One quick note, there are only 4 seats left for my ICES 13 Convention Class-Isomalt Shoes, Roses, & Gems!  Online registration ends July 14!  Get your registrations in and I’ll see you there! www.ices.org 

Classes & Events with Simi Cakes

July 13-15-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake  http://www.quotaicingonthecake.com/home/
Sat                        Vendoring and 10am Demo
Sun 1PM                Isomalt Blown Sugar Structures 4 hours, email
 info@simicakes.com to sign up
Mon                       LA Day of Sharing-Demos and Vendoring
July 17-Las Vegas, NV-Sweet House Confectionery Supply http://www.sweethouselv.com/
Wed 5pm               Isomalt Demos at the Store-Come join us for a sweet, fun and creative evening
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
Mon      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
8-11am                   Hand Pulled Isomalt Flowers
2-4pm                     Intro to Casting-Brooch Bouquet
4:30-7:30                Chocolate Sculpture Class
9-6pm                     Vendor & Demos all day
4:30-6:30                Cupcake Toppers in Chocolate, Fondant, & Isomalt Techniques
Sept 5-Ft. Walton Bch, FL-Just Think Cake
TBA                        Gumpaste Coral Reef Workshop
Sept 8-Huston-Houston Cake Club Cake Decorating Extravaganza-    http://www.houstoncakeclub.com/dos/dosann.htm
9-4pm                    Day of Sharing Demo with Debbie Brown, Liz Dickson, Gary Homan, Ximina Sempertegui, & Me!
Vendoring at our booth
Sept 14 & 15 Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply,
TBA                        2 Day Isomalt Classes
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
1-3pm                     Blown Sugar Bubbles & Hearts Sculpture

Fall 2013-Ladybug Cake & Candy, Southbury, CT

Oct-Great American Cake Show, Westminster, MD

Nov-Edible Artists Network Isomalt Classes, Chicago, IL

Dec 7-Jacksonville, FL Isomalt Flower Workshop


Until Next Time…

Keep Life Sweet,







Simi Cakes & Confections 


Hello Everyone!

Have you checked out Edible Artists Network Magazine yet?  They have amazing tutorials and you can order the magazine on-line or in print!  This month I have a double tutorial in the magazine on how to create a Houndstooth Cake and a Icing Paper Flower Cake both made with Icing Images, their iiDesigns on-line program, and their amazing new Sweet Accents die cutting and embossing machine.  The machine is so much fun to work with and you can use isomalt with it as an extra bonus! 

Here are the links to the website:



Contest Time!!!

Edible Artists Network is pleased to announce their May Wedding Issue Extravaganza – Sponsorship Giveaway.  As a special thank you to all of you for your support for the Edible Artists Network Magazine, the sponsors of the magazine have offered up more than $700.00 in prizes. 

To enter:

Go to this link: 

1. https://www.facebook.com/EdibleArtistsNetwork/app_228910107186452 

2.Simply “Like” all of their sponsors Face Book pages below for your chance to win:

SugarEd Productions

Cake Connection

Icing Images


The Cookie Cutter Company

Gateaux, Simi Cakes


Tasty Prints. 

Contest ends Friday May 31, 2013 – Noon Central Standard Time!!!


Classes & Events with Simi Cakes

June 1 & 2-Jacksonville, FL- Isomalt Weekend info@simicakes.com
9:30-1          Casting Isomalt Cake Topper
1:30-6          Isomalt Bubble Flower Wedding Cake Topper
1-5:30          Isomalt Flower Workshop

July 13-15-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake  http://www.quotaicingonthecake.com/home/
Sat               Vendoring and demos at the Booth
Sun              Isomalt Blown Sugar Structures-sign up with www.simicake.com
Mon              LA Day of Sharing-Sweet Accents & Isomalt Demo and Vendoring

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

Vendoring and demos at our booth

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
9-6pm           Vendor & Demos all day
4:30-6:30      Cupcake Toppers in Chocolate, Fondant, & Isomalt Techniques

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

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

Fall 2013-Ladybug Cake & Candy, Southbury, CT

Fall2013-Greensboro, NC

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/

Time TBA       2 Day Isomalt Workshop

Jan 24-26, 2014 Florida ICES Mini Classes-Orlando FL www.flices.org


Feb 22-23, 2014-Austin, Tx -That Takes the Cake Show  http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/main/


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

March 29-30, 2014-Fairfax, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show http://www.cakeshow.org/

Where to Find Simi Cakes Products & Isomalt

Simi Cakes On-line Store  www.simicakes.com

Cakes Etc, West Palm Beach, FL

Ladybug Cake & Candy Supply, Southbury, CT

Gayle’s Party Cakes & Supplies, Daytona Bch, FL

AGS Cake Supplies, San Antonio, TX

Just Think Cake, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Tip of the Week

This week we continue with tips from Wayne Steinkopf.  He is the co-owner of Swank Cake Design in Cary, NC along with Chuck Hamilton and their focus is to create visually stunning wedding cakes with an emphasis on freshness and great taste.    Wayne is a gifted teacher specializing high-end cake design at Swank and travels to teach all over the United States.  There are so many classes to choose from including the Victor Victorian cake, gorgeous shoes, amazing Proud Peacock Class, and the Corset Cake to name a few.  Check out Wayne and Swank Design and sign up for a class!



Email info@swankcakedesign.com

Part 2 of Wayne’s Tips: 

~ To help keep track of all your molds and cutters, make a sample piece of each one with gumpaste and store in scrapbooking containers. Take a picture with your smart phone for reference when shopping so you don’t buy duplicates. You can also use the sample pieces when laying out a new design, mix and match to see which ones go together!

~ To achieve a beautiful vintage look on painted gumpaste pieces, try painting the piece in gold first, then highlight with silver – or vice versa! Take it a step further, by dry dusting the crevices with a darker color, such as copper or bronze.
~ To avoid distorting cut out gumpaste appliqués, monograms, or lace pieces, try popping them in the freezer for a couple of minutes. When you pull them out of the freezer you will have about 30 seconds to get them on the cake before they start to soften. Work quick and your appliqués will look just as neat on the cake as they did when you cut them out or molded them!

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,







Simi Cakes & Confections, LLC


Hello everyone,

Happy Fall!  I’m so excited to announce my first cake decorating DVD is now available!  It’s titled Isomalt Techniques and is great video for beginners to isomalt and a refresher course for more advanced students.  On the video you’ll find step by step instructions on how to create a casting of the bubble flower in a silicone mold with Icing Images, two pulled sugar flowers (the rose and calla lily), blown bubbles, and two-tone ribbons as well as tips and tricks along the way.  Chris Kridler, owner of Sky Diary Productions, was my videographer/director and did an amazing job.  I highly recommend her for all your photography and videography needs.  Plus check out her blog and all her talents on her website: http://www.chriskridler.com/ 

I’ll be on the road teaching most of November.  Please note that if you would like to place an order we will be unavailable by phone or to fulfill orders from Nov 5 thru Nov 22.  Please place any orders by Sunday, Nov 4.  We will reopen on Black Friday, Nov 23.  We will have access to our email intermittently on our trip, so if you have a question, need any information about a tool or class, or would like to place to be filled when we return, we will get back to you while we are away.  We are planning some fun discounts for the Holidays so stay tuned!



Nov 2 & 3-Southbury, CT- Ladybug Cake and Candy Supply- http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/
Casting Isomalt including gems, molds, Icing Images, color and more
Pulled Roses & Blown Sugar Bubbles
HolidayIsomalt Fun Making Blown Sugar Snowmen, Penguins, Bows, Icicles, Snowflakes & More…

Nov 4- Sunday-Waldorf, MD Holiday Isomalt Fun  info@simicakes.com

10-5pm-            Isomalt Snowflakes, Icicles, Blown Sugar Snowmen, Penguins, and Bows

Nov 9-10-          Belgium-
Zoetjes &Toetjes Show (Sweets & Desserts) Isomalt Demos & Vendoring  http://www.zoetjesentoetjes.be/Zoetjes_&_Toetjes/Welkom.html

Nov 11 Sunday-Sint Niklaas, Belgium-Isomalt Bootcamp-http://www.tlcs.nl/a-27355346/workshops-en-cursussen/isomalt-bootcamp-11-nov-belgie/

Nov 12 Monday-Ronse, Belgium- Coffee & Curiosa http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=436775513036164&set=a.130678120312573.21545.126723054041413&type=1&theater
Introduction to Isomalt

Nov 15, 16, 17  & 18-Lelystad, Netherlands-Cake Atelier with Sidney Galpern  http://www.cakeatelier.nl/workshops/isomalt-simicakes/
Chocolate Sculptures
2-6pm-              Chocolate Sculptures
Casting Including Icing Images, Stained Glass, Flowers, Blown Bubbles & Hearts and more!
4 hour hands-on casting and isomalt demo class
1-5pm               4 hour hands-on casting and isomalt holiday demo class
Casting Including Icing Images, Stained Glass, Flowers, Blown Bubbles & Hearts, and more-

Dec 2-Palm Bay, FL Holiday Isomalt at Simi Cakes   info@simicakes.com
11-5pm-            Hands-on poinsettias, snowflakes, icicles, penguins, blown sugar snowmen and more!

Dec 8-Jacksonville, FL Holiday Isomalt   info@simicakes.com
12:30-6pm-       Hands-on poinsettias, snowflakes, icicles…and demo on blown sugar snowmen, penguins and more!

Dec 9-Brevard Cake Artists Holiday Gathering  info@simicakes.com
1-5pm-              Games, Food, Fun, and Friendship!

Jan 12 & 13-Connecticut ICES  Days of Sharing  
IsomaltSugar Garden Sculptures-Casting and Pulled Isomalt Hands-On Class
Vineyard Cake-Isomalt, Fondant, Painting, and Stenciling Hands-On Class
Demo-Spun Sugar Bowls, Blown Sugar Hearts, & Painted Chocolates for Valentine’s Day
10:30-11:30       Demo-Icing Images in Isomalt-Beads, Flowers, Drops, Broaches, Borders and More
Demo-Gumpaste Water Lily

Jan 18, 19 & 20-Daytona Beach, FL, Florida ICES Mini Classes- Hands
-On Classes & Vendoring http://awbksales.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=2
Gumpaste Water Lily
12-2pm             Icing Images Suspended in Isomalt Cake
Blown Sugar Dolphin and Bubbles
Stained Glass Sugar Butterflies
Basic Fondant
Dragon!  Rice Cereal Carving & Fondant Modeling
Pulled Sugar Ribbons
12-2pm             Fondant Dog Figures
Isomalt Roses, Gems, and Shoes


Tip of the Week

This week’s tip of the week comes from Debbie Coughlin, the owner of Icing Images in Winchester, VA.

Debbie says, “Not using your printer regularly? Do not remove the cartridges for storage. Just print something on regular paper. Printers like to be used and the best way to keep them happy is to use it, not store it!  Increase your imaging business by adding iiDesigns to your sugar art! Icing Images are no longer just used to put a picture on a cake…. Accent and design with Icing Images!

You can order from Icing Images and find the incredible iiDesigns program at:  http://www.icingimages.com/


Until next time…

Keep Life Sweet!




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, LLC


          We had a wonderful time at the ICES 2012 Convention in Reno, NV last week.  We enjoyed meeting up with cake friends we have met at other shows, meeting cake friends in person that we only knew on the internet, and meeting so many new cake friends from around the world.  The ICES Show Cake was spectacular!  Marsha and Roland Winbeckler created an amazing monument to the old west and our new convention.  Check out the pictures at the bottom of the blog!

 The convention was held at the Grand Sierra Resort and spread out over 2 floors.  The Cake Room, Vendor Hall, Registration, and Ballroom were on the main floor with the classrooms on the lower level.  It was very easy to get around even with it being so big.  You just had to wear comfortable shoes!  Big thanks to Icing Images and Get Sassie! for inviting us to demonstrate at their vendor booths and to Jackie Coughlin for all your help with my cakes!  My first ICES Convention demonstration class was very exciting and I received great feedback from the audience.  It was an amazing experience and we can’t wait until next year. 

     Next year the convention will be held in Lexington, KY and I hope that all of our east coast friends will be able to make it with it being so centrally located.  I have heard rumors that it is going to be huge!  The website is:  http://www.icesconvention.org/Welcome.html


Upcoming Classes


Last Call!

Aug 23 Thursday-Panama City, FL info@simicakes.com to sign up
4:30-5:30-     Gumpaste Water Lilies
5:30-8:30-     Fondant Animal Figures

Last Call!

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

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
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 17-19-Lancaster, PA-3 Day Isomalt 1 with Julie Bashore at Sugar Arts Institute http://sugarartsinstitute.org/  

Sept 21 & 22-Southbury, CT- Ladybug Cake and Candy Supply- http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/ 
Friday-Time TBA-Casting Isomalt including gems, molds, Icing Images, color and more
Pulled Roses & Blown Sugar Bubbles
Saturday-      Koi Pond Sculptures-Blown and sculpted Koi Pond with water lily, including airbrush class

Sept 23 Sunday-Colonia, NJ Sweet Treats Cake Competition  http://thejerseyitgirl.com/cake_competition_FORMS.html 
12:30-3pm     Blown Sugar Bubbles & Pulled Sugar Roses


Sept 30 & Oct 1-TBA Isomalt Class Series, Mobile, AL info@simicakes.com for more information

Oct 7-Palm Bay, FL at Simi Cakes  info@simicakes.com
Time TBA-     Basic Cake Decorating-Carving, Buttercream, Fondant, and Fondant Roses
Fondant Animals and Gumpaste Water Lilies

Upcoming Classes taught by our Sugar Friends

Aug 19-Cricut Cake Class-Cakes Etc West Palm Beach, Taught by George and Merrie Lee Reese http://cakes-etc.com/


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


Tip of the Week

Stencil Fun!  One of my favorite spots to shop at the convention is at the Designer Stencils (http://www.designerstencils.com/)  vendor booth.  They have a large variety of stencils to choose from and I usually buy 2 or 3 each year.  For a fondant covered cake you can get a bold look using buttercream or royal icing with your stencil, but for a softer look try brushing petal, luster, or pearl dusts with your stencil.  You can vary your color and highlight more easily by how much you brush on.  It makes it much easier if you have a partner to hold your stencil in place so you can concentrate on the decorating.  

Keep Life Sweet,



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