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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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes



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!

I have the honor of being invited to be on the Icing Images Design Team with Peggy Tucker, Mike Terry, Teri Tarbox, and Edna de La Cruz.  We attended the National Capitol Area Cake Show last weekend to launch a secret project that has been under wraps for more than 6 months- The Icing Images Cake Decorating System!  This is a completely portable, non-electric die cutting, embossing, food safe machine that works amazing with Icing Images Premium Icing Sheets and gumpaste.  I love printing out beautiful patterns from the iiDesigns online program and now I just pick a die cutter, place the icing sheet over the dies, sandwich them between the cutting plates and roll it through the machine to create flowers, frames, accents, and more.  It embosses beautiful patterns in the icing sheets too!  Of course, I love suspending them in isomalt!  I created this cake fast and easy with an iiDesigns Houndstooth pattern, the 6 petal flower cutters, my isomalt and some fondant!  It was fast and easy and the tutorial will be in the next issue of Edible Artists Network Magazine! http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/   The next picture is a cake topper I created with Simi Flex Forms©, Simi Crystal Clear Isomalt, iiDesigns on Icing Images Premium Icing Sheets and using the flower dies from the new Cake Decorating System.   

Check out the new system at Icing Images:     http://www.icingimages.com/cake-decorating-system  and a video on You Tube with Peggy Tucker and Mike Terry here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0voTUCliVw

And you can see the Icing Images Cake Decorating System in action with Debbie Coughlin and Teri Tarbox at the Great Washington Area Cake Club’s Day of Sharing this Sunday, April 14 http://gwacc.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/gwacc-day-of-sharing-4/

Also, Sarah Myers of High Five Cakes https://www.facebook.com/pages/Let-Them-Eat-Cake/111478148877436 will be demoingSimi Cakes Isomalt and molds along with amazing new products from Icing Images & The Sugar Art https://www.facebook.com/thesugarart?fref=ts  at Ohio Ices Day of Sharing! She has many surprises up her sleeves and some AWESOME products to put to use! Can’t wait to see it all put together!   The Ohio ICES Day of Sharing is April 27:  http://ices.org/event/ohio-day-of-sharing/

I hope to see everyone at one of the upcoming shows or classes!  So excited to play sugar with my cake friends!  You can join me on facebook and share your cake and sugar pictures too:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

Find Simi Cakes at these Classes & Events:


April 20-W Palm Beach, FL-Cakes Etc http://cakes-etc.com/
                 Pulled Sugar Ribbons, Flowers, and Garden
                     Blown Sugar Sculptures

April 21-W Palm Beach, FL-Florida ICES Day of Sharing http://www.flices.org/
9-4pm                   Michelle will demo making beer bottle molds & we will have a vendor table.
                                Mercedes Strachwsky will be teaching.  More demos announced soon!

April 27-28-Richardson, TX-North Texas Cake Show http://northtexascakeshow.com/
10-5pm                  Daily Vendoring and demos at the booth

April 29-May 2-Austin, TX-Make it Sweet  http://www.makeitsweet.com/

Mon pm                   Free Isomalt Demo

Tues pm                  Isomalt Class

Wed pm                   Free Pulled/Blown Sugar Demo

Thur pm                   Pulled/Blown Sugar Class
May 4-5-San Antonio, TX-Day of Sharing  http://www.frostingcreators.com/classes.html
Sat 5:30-8:30pm       Casting Isomalt
               American Picnic Isomalt Demonstration at DOS

May 7-Panama City, FL- Cake-a-Tiers  info@simicakes.com
5:30-8:30pm            Amazing Chocolate Workshop

May 9, 10, 11-Ft Walton Bch, FL-Just Think Cake https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Think-Cake/103530546389676
Thurs-7-9pm           Isomalt Ribbons & Bows with Brooch Centers
              Isomalt/Pulled Sugar Garden
Sat-3-6pm               Intro to Blown Sugar

May 19-Daytona, FL-Gayle’s Party Cakes & Supplies info@simicakes.com
               Intro to Isomalt
                 Pulled Sugar Ribbons & Bows

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

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

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, 9-11     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
                      Intro to Casting-Brooch Bouquet
                 Chocolate Sculpture Class
                      Vendor & Demos all day
                 Cupcake Toppers in Chocolate, Fondant, & Isomalt Techniques

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

Oct 14-15-Chicago, IL-Edible Artists Network http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/
Time TBA             2 Day Event Isomalt Classes

Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cake  http://greatamericancakeshow.com/ 

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

  Tip of the Week

This weeks Tip of the Week is from talented cake and sugar artist 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 and was so generous with his cake decorating tips that I’ll be posting them in three newsletters!  Wayne teaches 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 1 of Wayne’s Tips:  

~ When working on styrofoam dummies, attach the dummy to your work board with a couple of nails to keep it from scooting around.

~ When smoothing fondant on a curved surface, such as a corset or football helmet, try making a fondant smoother with a piece of fondant flattened out and pinched between your fingers. Rub the surface you are trying to smooth with a light touch in quick circular motions. This will also “erase” small imperfections!


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

Hello everyone,

It has been a very busy few weeks on the road!  It was wonderful to make a stop to see our incredible cake friends at Icing Images and they took us apple picking at Rinker Orchards in Winchester, VA.  It was a great fall adventure where we picked the apples right off the tree and ate them as we walked along the rows.  The trees were full because it was the first weekend of the season.  The best part was that we got to spend time with the whole Coughlin family-thank you sooooo much for your hospitality. 

It was too short a time before we had to hit the road again.  Next we were off to work at the new Sugar Arts Institute in Ephrata, PA.  The new school is located a few miles outside of Lancaster and is shaping up to be a tremendous school.  I’m told that eventually there will be 10 classes going simultaneously.  Julie and Bucky Bashore have a wonderful vision for the new school and its future in offering a degree in Cake Decorating.  We enjoyed working hard at the Level 1 & 2 Blown and Pulled Sugar Classes.  The facility was fantastic to work in with heat lights that retracted into the ceiling and huge kitchens where you had enough counter space for everyone to spread out.  We enjoyed meeting students from all over the world and seeing cake friends from the US that were taking classes as well.  I’ll be back in March to teach blown sugar again-I think it will be a little cooler then!

After that we were off to the New Jersey Sweet Treats Competition in Colonia.  It was a small new show, but we were able to connect with many cake friends, teach a wonderful group of sugar students, and enjoy the beautiful cakes in the competition.  Thank you to Get Sassie! for sponsoring our classes. I was proud of all our students for their beautiful bubbles and roses and their winnings in the cake competition.  We hope to see you again soon.

The weather was beautiful while we were in the Northeast and the leaves are beginning to change.  We visited family we don’t get to see often enough and snuck away to New York City and enjoyed shopping, great food, visiting the 911 Memorial, and the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy.  We stayed with our cousins in NJ and played with fondant, edible glitter, and markers (shh….don’t tell their dad about the glitter).  We managed to wipe up the evidence pretty good and head out back to roast marshmallows on the new fire pit and watch the many deer that would hang out in the back yard.  

We are home for a few weeks to work with our homeschool cake class and I’ll volunteer at the Brevard Zoo all month for their Boo at the Zoo events.  We will be back on the road to teach isomalt at Ladybug Cake & Candy Supply in Connecticut on Nov 2 & 3 and then to Maryland to teach Holiday Isomalt hosted by Teri Tarbox and the MD ICES.  Can’t wait to see all our northern cake friends soon!  And then off to Europe…but more about that next time!

The Big News is the Florida Mini Classes coming to Daytona, FL on January 18, 19, and 20!  I’ll be teaching with an amazing cast of decorators including Merrie Lee Reese, Kathy Wyatt, Gayle Hewitt, Pattie Ames, Mercedes and Alex Strachwsky, Lucinda Lawson Olds, Carol Webb, Kathy Scott, Kelly Lance, Geraldine Randlesome, and Norm Davis and Zane Beg!  It will be held at the Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center.  I’ll have classes in the mediums of isomalt, fondant, and gumpaste along with dozens of other great classes by these gifted artists.  The show is hosted by Kathy Wyatt, AWK Sales formerly A Wedding by Kathy, and Gayle Hewitt, owner of Gayle’s party Cakes & Supplies in Daytona Beach.  There will be a large vendor area, a banquet with a white elephant trade, and we are happy to announce that our wonderful sponsor, Icing Images.  I have been asked to be the Student Ambassador for the show and will be visiting high school and culinary colleges in Florida to demonstrate the sugar arts and bring awareness to the field of cake decorating.  The website will go live on Oct 15 and I’ll publish all the details as they come available.



Oct 12-Palm Bay, FL Homeschool Cake Decorating Class at Simi Cakes  info@simicakes.com
1-3pm-         Buttercream Borders and Icing Tips

Nov 2 & 3-Southbury, CT- Ladybug Cake and Candy Supply- http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/
6-8:30-         Casting Isomalt including gems, molds, Icing Images, color and more
9-11:30-        Pulled Roses & Blown Sugar Bubbles
12-6pm-        Holiday Isomalt Fun Making Blown Sugar Snowmen, Penguins, Bows, Icicles, Snowflakes & More…

Nov 4-
Waldorf, MD Holiday Isomalt Fun  info@simicakes.com
10-5pm-        Isomalt Snowflakes, Icicles, Blown Sugar Snowmen, Penguins, and Bows

Nov 9-11-
Birmingham, England-Cake International at the NEC- http://www.ichf.co.uk/

Nov 17  & 18-Lelystad, Netherlands at Cake Atelier with Sidney Galpern  http://www.cakeatelier.nl/workshops/isomalt-simicakes/
8-12pm         4 hour hands-on casting and isomalt demo class
1-5pm          4 hour hands-on casting and isomalt holiday demo class
9am-6pm       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 Isomalt Classes information to come

Jan 18, 19 & 20-
Daytona Beach, FL, Florida ICES Mini Classes- Classes & Vendoring Website TBA
8-11am         Gumpaste Water Lily
12-2pm         Basic Fondant
2:30-5:30      Blown Sugar Dolphin and Bubbles
8-11am         Elegant Pulled Sugar Multi-Color Ribbons
2:30-5:30      Stained Glass Sugar Butterflies

Tip of the Week

Taking Care of your Silicone Molds

Did you know that your silicone molds don’t need any prepping?  For isomalt and chocolate just pour your ingredients in and let dry!  For fondant and gumpaste they release as well.  If you ever have trouble you can pop them in the freezer for a minute and your decoration will release.  As for cleaning all you usually need to do is wipe them out.  If they get very dirty you can place them right into the dishwasher.  Did you know you can bake cookies or little cake in your silicone molds?  Silicone molds can take heat up to 395 degrees.  You should always store your molds as flat as possible to keep their shape.  If you take care of your molds they should last ten years or more!  

Did you know there are 19 tutorials on our website?  Check them out and then “Like” us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456 and Follow us on Twitter @Simicakes.      

Until next time-

Keep Life Sweet,



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