Simi Cakes & Confections

That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition

Special Isomalt Award at That Takes the Cake, Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition sponsored by Simi Cakes & Confections! That Takes the Cake is Feb 22 & 23 in Austin, TX.  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. Registration ends this Sunday, Feb 16 so get your registration in today!  And don’t forget the venue has changed.  The show will be held at the Highland Mall.  I’ll also be teaching a beautiful Victorian Isomalt class on Sunday 2/23 from 8:30-11:30.  And stop by our vendor booth for demos all weekend with me and a few of my special guests!


National Capital Area Cake Show

Simi Cakes is proud to sponsor the Showpiece Award at the National Capital Area Cake Show on March 29-30.  Registration ends midnight March 21, so get your application in today!  http://cakeshow.org/

I’ll be teaching Chocolate Sculptures, Piping Chocolate, and Casting Isomalt.  And I am happily sponsoring the Isomalt for the Creation Station Classes.  Come visit me in my vendor booth all weekend and say hi to some special guests stopping by to play sugar. 

Upcoming Classes & Events      

Feb 15-New Orleans Mardi Gras Isomalt Classes, Contact Mattie: mausb90@yahoo.com  

9-11am-            Isomalt Bows & Ribbons

12-2pm             Blown Sugar Spring Chick & Nest

3-5pm               Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask

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

All Weekend-Demos & Vendoring at our Booth


8:30-11:30         Victorian Isomalt Class

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


9-12noon          Gumpaste Coral Reef

1-4pm               Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

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


1-5pm               Blown Sugar/Isomalt Tea Set

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

Contact Heather: LetThemEatCupcakes@comcast.net


10-12                Chocolate Garnishes

2-5pm               Chocolate Sculptures


Day of Sharing and Isomalt Demos Westward Balloon!


8:30-10:30         Intro to Casting Isomalt

12-5pm             Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

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

Classes, Demos, Vendoring All Weekend!


8-11am             Chocolate Sculpture Class

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


8-9am               Casting Isomalt Brooches

April 5-Gainesville/Bronson-Airbrush with Gator Baker’s Cake Club williamsonnancy@yahoo.com

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

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

Sat-                  Isomalt Spring Sculpture Class

Sun                  DOS

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


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


9-12                  Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt at The Drury Airport Hotel


9-4                    Demos & Vendoring at the Frosting Creators Day of Sharing/Garden Ridge Community Center

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

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

July 31-Aug 3-Albuquerque, NM-ICES 14 www.ices.org

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

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  https://www.facebook.com/groups/56846739324/

Isomalt, Chocolate, Painting, & Gumpaste Classes TBA

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

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


Tip of the Week

My Valentine Cookies with Simi Impression Mats and Dusting!  Here I am using my Daisy Quilt Impression Mat (Item #CM205) designed by Ruth Rickey.  You can find all of our impression mats as well as molds and isomalt in our website store:  www.simicakes.com    

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!


Valentine's Day Cookie with Fondant impressions by Simi Cakes Impression Mats designed by Ruth Rickey

Valentine’s Day Cookie with Fondant impressions by Simi Cakes Impression Mats designed by Ruth Rickey


Keep Life Sweet,


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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,