Last time I told you about a great new product, DECOgel from Icing Images.  It works great with all of the Simi molds we manufacture.  Not only that, it works beautifully with Icing Images premium icing sheets.  I love the iDesigns program on their website, so I printed out a few fun patterns and created a little You Tube video on my projects, a dragonfly and pocket watch.  Enjoy!


You can find Icing Images and DECOgel at www.icingimages.com and Simi Molds at www.simicakes.com

Last Call for Intro to Isomalt Classes this weekend in Jacksonville, FL at A Baker’s Paradise.  If you are interested in beginning casting, bows, and blown sugar, let me know ASAP at info@simicakes.com or call 321-543-3492 to sign up.

We are only a week away from the Frosting Creators of San Antonio’s Weekend of Sharing.  I’ll be teaching Chocolate Garnishes and Ice Cream and Candy Dream in Isomalt.  There will be great teachers with me including Ruth Rickey, Wayne Steinkopf & Chuck Hamilton, Sylvia Wilson, and Margarita Fuentes!!!  Come check out the great instructor classes, demos, raffles, vendors, amazing cakes and enjoy Cinco de Mayo in San Antonio!  You can sign up for classes at http://dos.frostingcreators.com/

Huge THANK YOU to the Gator Baker’s Cake Club for inviting me to come up and teach Airbrushing and Dragons Class with them!  We had a blast and everyone’s dragons were awesome!  It was a great day of creativity and I can’t wait to visit again!  Don’t miss their next class with Melanie Judge on May 24 for Fondant Techniques.  If you are interested in joining Gator Baker’s Cake Club shoot me an email at info@simicakes.com



Upcoming Classes & Events

April 26-Jacksonville, FL A Bakers Paradise http://www.abparadise.com/ 

10-12                     Intro to Casting

1-3pm                    Isomalt Bows

3:30-5:30               Blown Isomalt Bubble Flowers

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


6-9pm                    Chocolate Garnishes & Bows


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

May 13-Jacksonville, FL-A Bakers Paradise http://www.abparadise.com

5-8pm                    Isomalt Princess Pumpkin Carriage

May 14-Fort Walton Bch, FL-Just Think Cake http://justthinkcake.com/            

6-8pm                    Isomalt Play Night              

May 17-18-Richardson, TX-North Texas Cake Show http://northtexascakeshow.com/

Classes & Vendoring at our booth


9-11                        Intro to Isomalt

11:30-2:30            Angel Heart Wings in Isomalt

3-5                          Stained Glass Heart


9-11                        Chocolate Garnishes: Bows, Piping, Curls, Fans, Molds & More

12-3                        Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

June 7 & 8-Southbury, CT, Ladybug Cake & Candy


9-12                        Gumpaste Gnome

1-5                          Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt


12-5                        Isomalt Tea Set

June 21 & 22-Daytona Bch, FL, Florida ICES Day of Sharing  www.flices.org

Vendoring and demos at the booth

July 11, 12, 13, 14-Shreveport, LA-Icing on the Cake Competition


6-8pm                    Casting Isomalt

Sat                          Vendoring/Demos/Judging


9-11                        Isomalt Ribbons & Bows

12-5                        Isomalt Tea Set

6-8pm                    Isomalt Fall Flowers


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/

Isomalt Classes & Free Demos TBA
August 23-24 Jamaica, New York  Desirable Cake http://desirablecake.com/


TBA                        Pulled Ribbons & Bows with Brooch Centers

TBA                        Blown Sugar Bubble Cake


TBA                        Beautiful Isomalt Flowers

Sept 20-21-Greensboro, NC Isomalt Classes hosted by Central Carolina Cake Club info TBA

Fall 2014-New Orleans Isomalt Classes- TBA

Fall 2014-Tulsa, Ok All Things Cake TBA
Oct 3-5-Vancouver, BC  Cake Love http://cakeloveyvr.com/

Fri-Sunday            Vendor Booth


8-12                        Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

1-5pm                    Isomalt Tea Set


8-12                        Blown Sugar Angle Heart Wings

1-3                          Isomalt Magnolia

4-6                          Chocolate Garnishes

7-9pm                    Cake Love Stained Glass Heart


9-1pm                    Victorian Isomalt

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  http://www.cakecruise.com/

Isomalt Painting, Fondant, & Gumpaste Classes TBA

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

Class & Vendoring 

Tip of the Week

This week’s awesome tip comes from Cindy Cannon, a member of the Gator Baker’s Cake Club in Gainesville, FL.  After our airbrush class last week Cindy mentioned that she had a great tip to clean her hands and offered to share!  She found an easy way to the get paint off by mixing some dish detergent or liquid hand soap in your hand and then adding a couple of tablespoons of the used coffee grounds.  Rub your hands together and then rinse and all of the paint will come off.  It also exfoliates your hands and they feel good.  Cindy told me to try it and it worked great.  I also got ink from my edible printer on my hands and it worked wonderfully for that too!  Thanks Cindy!

Keep Life Sweet,


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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


We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. – Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Happy New Year Everyone!

We are so thankful for all our wonderful Cake Friends and Family we have gotten to know the last few years!  Happy 2013, we hope this year is filled with joy, love, health, and prosperity for you, your families and your cakes adventures!  Whether it be in your personal cake business, starting a cake club, signing up to compete in a competition, or just trying something you have always wanted to make, but were always a little tentative, this is the year!  Go for it!  We are so lucky in the Cake and Sugar Arts that we have so many opportunities to learn and so many amazing teachers to learn from.  So this year do something you always wanted to try and see where it takes you! 

This year I am thinking big!  I’m debuting my Frameworks Molds to create super structures for one of a kind centerpieces to take your pieces to new heights and your imagination is your only limit.  Check out the Valentine Cake Topper to see an idea of what you can create at www.simicakes.com  Look for new classes being added every week and I’ll see you in 2013! 

Upcoming Classes for January

***NEW*** Sign up ASAP for Next Weeks Class!

Jan 11-Southbury, CT-Ladybug Cake & Candy Supply Store   http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/ 
7-10pm        Valentine’s Blown Sugar Wedding Cake Topper     

***Sign up by Jan 5!

Jan 12 & 13-Connecticut ICES Days of Sharing  http://www.ctices.org/CT_Ices/About_Us.html For information contact Diana Viera atcticesrep@gmail.com

9-12pm         Isomalt Sugar Garden Sculptures-Casting and Pulled Isomalt Hands-On Class
2-5pm           Vineyard Cake-Isomalt, Fondant, Painting, and Stenciling Hands-On Class
9-10am         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
1-2pm           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
8-11am         Gumpaste Water Lily
12-2pm         Icing Images Suspended in Isomalt Cake
2:30-5:30      Blown Sugar Dolphin and Bubbles
8-11am         Stained Glass Sugar Butterflies
12-2pm         Basic Fondant
2:30-5:30      Dragon!  Rice Cereal Carving & Fondant Modeling
8-11am         Pulled Sugar Ribbons
12-2pm         Fondant Dog Figures
2:30-5:30      Isomalt Roses, Gems, and Shoes

Jan 26-Jacksonville, FL info@simicakes.com for more information
9:30-1pm      Isomalt Tropical Cake Topper Sculpture
1:30-6pm      Blown Bubbles & Hearts Cake Topper Sculpture

More upcoming classes can be found on the Simi Cakes website at http://www.simicakes.com/Classes.html

Tip of the Week

I want to suggest a wonderful resource for tips, tricks and helpful information on baking.  Check out The Home Baking Association Website:  http://www.homebaking.org/index.html

They have recipes and videos for baking cakes, breads, pies, pizza crust, and more.  And their baking tips page is very helpful from baking pans to substituting sweeteners to measuring.  You can also follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homebakingassociation Enjoy!


Keep Life Sweet,


Simi Cakes & Confections, LLC




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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,





Hello everyone,

Happy Fall!  There is finally a cool breeze and cakes won’t melt as fast on delivery!  We had a wonderful summer of cakes and always were worried about the hot weather.  We are looking forward to a few weddings that are much cooler!

Have you registered for the Florida ICES Day of Sharing in Jacksonville on Oct. 23?  It will be a great day of “Caring and Sharing!”  There will be wonderful demonstrations, cakes in the gallery (don’t forget to bring one), great prizes, recipes, tips and tricks, and networking with fellow cake decorators.  This event is for beginners to professionals and everywhere in between!  Hope to see you there!  Register at http://www.flices.org

Keep Life Sweet!

Sidney and Michelle


Hello everyone,

Anyone who is interested in learning more about Pulled and Cast Sugar can check out the May/June edition of the American Cake Decorating Magazine for my 4 page Tutorial.  You can learn to build a beautiful sugar garden with a few tricks to making sugar and isomalt work for you.  Let me know what you think of the article!

We had a wonderful time teaching the Isomalt Class Series up in Jacksonville last weekend!  Thank you Jane and Patrice for hosting us and inviting us back in the fall to continue with advanced classes.  I included a few pictures of Patrice’s Masks.   Patrice will be teaching her Celebration Masks at the ICES Convention in North Carolina in August!  She is amazing.  You can see a  few of Simi’s custom molded sugar pieces fit very well with the blue mask.

We are very excited the Florida ICES Day of Sharing is next Sunday 6/26 here in Melbourne!  If you would like to register for a wonderful day of learning, networking, and cake fun go to http://www.flices.org.  I’ll be giving a demo on sugar work along with other very talented cake artists you won’t want to miss.

Keep Life Sweet!