2/15/13

 

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
9-12pm
                   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/
Friday
7-10pm                   Isomalt Brooch Bouquet
Saturday
9-1pm                    Dragon!Rice Cereal Carving, Fondant Modeling, and Airbrushing a Dragon Head
2-6pm                    BlownSugar Animals, Dolphin, Swan, and Hummingbirds
Sunday
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/
12-2pm
                   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 
http://www.icesconvention.org/Welcome.html
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
                             http://greatamericancakeshow.com/ 

  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,

Sidney

  http://www.simicakes.com/ 

 

https://twitter.com/Simicakes

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8/14/2012

 

 

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

Saturday
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
Sunday
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,

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

email: info@simicakes.com

phone:  321-543-3492

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456

Twitter: @Simicakes

6/15/12

Simi Cakes & Confections Blog

An interview with Maureen Woods


Hello everyone,

Ocala,Florida is a great place to be a sugar artist.  They are 2.5 hours from my shop and we get to visit them about once a month.  They have cake shops, supply stores, active cake club, fabulous teachers, classes, cake competitions and they just started cookie camp!  Maureen Woods is the president of the Ocala Cake Club and shares some exciting “brand new” information about upcoming events they are hosting in our back yard!

Sidney-Hi Maureen, what’s new and exciting in the Ocala Cake World?

Maureen-Wow! I’m excited!!! Southern Cookie Fest, well it’s just like Mini-Classes but for cookies!  We’ve all done the glaze on our cookies but there is so much more that can be done and you’ll learn many of those techniques right here in Ocala!  We’ve got Cookie Crazy Pam Sneed, Cookie artist “Linedancer” Carole Firstenburger and PHD Melanie Judge doing some awesome cookie demonstrations and our very own Lisa Menz will be doing a Sugarveil demonstration and a special presentation by Photofrost, our sponsor. Jane Koon will also hold a Cookie Platter Chatter because you know presentation is just that important!!  You’ll certainly miss a great deal if you miss this!  It’s the last weekend in September, but register early as we’re limited to 50 participants! Oh and there will be a cookie decorating contest too.  It will be lots of fun, after all we’re talking cookies!! And one final note, the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation.  Southern Cookie Fest will be Sept. 29-30 at the Courtyard by Marriott and you can get more information by email ocalacakeclub@gmail.com .

Sidney-Can you tell us anything about the ICED Cake Competition yet? 

Maureen-ICED! Yes, we have some exciting news and you are the first to know!  We have all been working very hard and are pleased to announce that the 2013 ICED Cake Show will be held at the beautiful Ocala Hilton on March 16-17!  We are in talks with some “BIG” names in the cake world for hands on classes and demos!  Mike Terry, Norm Davis and Zane Beg have just signed on!  We are also pleased that to announce that our charity again this year will be the Arthritis Foundation!  More information is being added to the website everyday:  http://www.icedcakeshow.com/

Now don’t forget our theme is Butterflies and Fairies, so I hope everyone is sketching and planning out their cakes because the show is only 9 months away!!!

Sidney-You have a very large and active club that are so incredibly creative and supportive.  What can you tell us about the Ocala Cake Club-meeting times, places…

Maureen-Ocala Cake Club?! Yes, Ocala has a cake club!  We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month, our meeting runs from 6:30 – 8 and we meet at the Ocala Elks Lodge located at 702 NE 25th Avenue.  We talk about all things in the cake world and then one of our members will put on a demo, last month we did gelatin butterflies and at our meeting next Tuesday we’ll have a demo on Fauxvana.  Anyone wanting more information can email us at ocalacakeclub@gmail.com

Sidney-What can you tell us about your own personal cake business?  

Maureen-Well we all like to dream big, Evelyn’s Cookie Jar was named after my granddaughter was born.  And while I’d love to do this full time, I mostly do cakes for friends and family and for my church.  I was honored to be the inaugural winner of the Shelley Roberts Award at the 2012 ICED Show and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the mentoring classes with Marivi Bassabe.  I’ve attached a picture of a filigree cake I created under her guidance.  I think it turned out amazing and it was so much fun to do!

Sidney- Now for the Speed Round Maureen:

1. What’s your favorite tool in the kitchen – I have to say my favorite tool in the kitchen would have to be my silicone mat from Ateco.  It has so many uses and basically has a permanent place on my island.

2. Tell us your favorite tip about cake decorating – Be as creative as you want but remember to plan things out to avoid over decorating.

3. What’s your favorite life saying or motto-Live, Love, Laugh! That says it all!

Thanks Maureen for sharing with us.  We are proud to be satellite members of the Ocala Cake Club with all your talented sugar artists.   And we hope all of you get to visit beautiful Ocala, which not only has great cake opportunities, but also beautiful horses, the quaintest down-town you have ever seen and the majestic Silver Springs!

Keep Life Sweet!

Sidney and Michelle

www.simicakes.com

3/2/12

Simi Cakes

& Confections, llc

Just a quick note to let you know I have a tutorial on CakeFu.com on Carving and Decorating the 3D Dog Cake.  Here is the link:  http://www.cakefu.com/how-to-make-an-easy-3d-dog-cake/

I’ll be teaching the 3D Dog Cake in Ocala and Palm Bay in the upcoming months and it’s really great fun to carve this huge dog and see him all put together.

I look forward to writing upcoming articles on all things sugar!  Don’t forget to check out the bi-monthly CafeFu Master Series at http://www.cakefu.com and sign up for their training’s.  Thanks Amelia and CakeFu!

Enjoy and Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

info@simicakes.com

 

March 1, 2012

Simi Cakes
& Confections, llc
           
 

    We had an exciting and productive trip to Austin, TX, for “That Takes the Cake” Show and Competition!  I did demos all weekend at our vendor booth and met so many wonderful people from Texas and around the world (Hannah from Singapore-we can’t wait to see how our Isomalt works there!).  I got to try out wonderful products in our molds from Satin Fine Foods, Icing Images, Get Sassie, Cake Play, and disco dusts from Cake Carousel.  We were lucky enough to meet incredible sugar artist Peggy Tucker and her fashionista sister Sally who create tailored chef coats.  We are measured and can’t wait for them to come in!  The cakes in the show were phenomenal!  The theme this year was the Renaissance and it didn’t disappoint!  I’ve added many pictures of cakes at the bottom for you to see.  There were huge dragons and castles as well as upright motorcycles and gelatin paintings. Next year the theme will be “Wings”.  There were great classes, it was awesome  to get to meet my favorite stars in the sugar world, enjoying the beautiful cakes, and shopping at over 60 vendors.  Thank you to Jennifer for a great show, to Kyla for inviting us and then getting us a microwave and chef torch and I love your special energy, and thank you to all the incredible volunteers who worked  with a smile to make sure we were taken care of at all times.  It was a huge amount of work and we know how many hours went into putting it on and it was a huge success!  And a very special “Thank You” to our beautiful new friend Brenda Byrd for all your help and driving to get us to and from the show with all our supplies.  You are truly the kindest angel and we will see you in Reno!  We can’t wait to come back next year for the show!http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/main/
 
            Now we are so excited to get to the Florida ICED Cake Competition in Ocala!  It will be March 31 & April 1 at Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala, FL.  If you haven’t heard, this years theme is Masquerade Ball!  I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!  Have you gotten your registration in yet?  There will be divisions for Masquerade Ball Theme, Accessories, and Edible Images Cakes.  There will be 4 categories for each division: Youth, Novice, Advanced, and Professional.  There will be celebrity judges, great demo classes, live challenge, cakes, vendors, kids corner, and so much more.  The prizes are huge!  You have to check them out at www.floridaiced.com .  We hope to see you there!
    In my next blog I’ll be interviewing Tami Utley after her tutorial on CakeFu!  Tami will be back at Simi Cakes in Florida in November and we’ll have all the details soon.

    If you have an event you would like listed on the calendar please email us.  Also, please follow us on Face Book at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456 and Twitter @simicakes!  And if you take pictures of your cakes/sugar pieces that you used our molds and equipment we would love for you to share it with us!
 
Tip of the week:  Never use water on your gelatin creations, it will dissolve!  Use more gelatin to glue pieces together, plus it adds strength and stability. 
 
Class Schedule
Additional Classes will be added soon.  Check back for updates.  If you would like to host a class in you area please email us at info@simicakes.com
March 4-Sunday-Ocala at Icing on the Cake with Sidney Galpern
10-12pm-      Henna Cakes-Learn Henna Techniques to decorate ornate cakes
12:30-5:30-   Topsy Turvy Cakes-Build a 3 Tier Topsy Turvy Cake with a Cherry Blossom Theme-5 hours
March 11 Sunday-West Palm Beach at Cakes Etc with Sidney Galpern
Advanced Airbrushing-Creating stencils and a dragon head
March 15-Thursday-Daytona Beach at Sweet Beginnings Cake Club 7pm Billows with Sidney Galpern
March 24 & 25-National Capital Area Cake Show Annandale, VA-Isomalt Demos in the Vendor Hall  http://www.cakeshow.org/March 31 Ocala-Florida ICED Cake Competition-

  www.floridaiced.comApril 1     Ocala-Florida ICED Cake Competition www.floridaiced.com

April 14 Saturday-Palm Bay at Simi Cakes www.simicakes.com
10-12pm-      Airbrushing 101
12:15-2:15-   Henna Cakes
2:30-4:30-     Elegant Chocolate Garnishes-Fans, Curls, Carnations.  Fun with a Pallet Knife and Tempering Chocolate the easy way.
April 27-29-Orlando-Festival of Chocolate  www.festivalofchocolate.com

May-TBA-Greensboro, NC-2 Day Isomalt Class Series with Sidney Galpern
Class 1-Cast Isomalt including gems and color
Class 2-Pulled Sugar Garden-Vines, swirls, leaves, roses, and calla lilies
Class 3-Blown sugar bubbles, hearts & apples and spun sugar bowls
Class 4-Advance blown animals-Dolphin, swan, and hummingbird
Class 5-Stained Glass Sugar
Class 6-Isomalt ribbons and bows
May 6 Sunday-Ocala-Icing on the Cake with Sidney Galpern


10-1pm-        Blown Sugar Animals:  Create Beautiful Dolphin, Swans, and Humming Birds-Advanced  Sugar Class
1:30-6:30-     3 Tiered Pillow Cake-Carve, decorate, and assemble a beautiful 3 tier pillow cake

May 19 Saturday-Palm Bay at Simi Cakes
9
-12pm-         Advanced Airbrush-Creating your own stencils and create an airbrushed fondant dragon head
12:30-5:30-     3 Tiered Pillow Cake-Carve, Decorate, and assemble a beautiful 3 tier pillow cake
June 3 Sunday-Ocala-Icing on the Cake with Sidney Galpern
10-12pm-       Fondant Dog Figures
12:30-5:30-    Carved Dog Cake-Carve, stack, and decorate a 2 foot 3-D dog cake
June 9 Saturday-Palm Bay at Simi Cakes
10-12pm-      Edible Origami and Gelatin Bows
12:30-5:30-   Topsy Turvy 3 Tiered Cake with a Cherry Blossom Theme
June-TBA-Lisa Menz of the Florida ICED will teach Sugar Veil Shoe at Simi Cakes in Palm Bay
Summer TBA-Isomalt Class Series-Tampa, Fl

Aug 4 Saturday-Reno, NV-ICES Convention www.ices.org
12:30-1:30-   Blown Sugar Dolphins, Swans, and Humming Birds by Sidney Galpern

Aug TBA-Gulfport, MS-2 Day Isomalt Class Series with Sidney Galpern

                        Class 1-Cast Isomalt including gems and color
Class 2-Pulled Sugar Garden-Vines, swirls, leaves, roses, and calla lilies
Class 3-Blown sugar bubbles, hearts & apples and spun sugar bowls
Class 4-Advance blown animals-Dolphin, swan, and hummingbird
Class 5-Stained Glass Sugar
Class 6-Isomalt ribbons and bows
Nov TBA-Palm Bay-Tami Utely returns to Simi Cakes in Palm Bay!
Keep Life Sweet!!
Sidney & Michelle
http://www.simicakes.com/
info@simicakes.com

2/9/12

Hi Everyone!

I am so excited I got to do an interview with the very talented Lisa Menz,  founder, chairwomen, and organizer of the fabulous Florida ICED Cake Competition in Ocala, Fl,  along with making her own cakes and teaching classes.  I have known Lisa for a few years though FLICES and other events and classes around Florida.  Last year we were a vendor for the show and this year we are the Outreach Liaison (we spread the word) for this Masquerade Ball themed competition.  During the show there will be many demo classes, vendors, a kids corner and even a live challenge just to name a few, so it’s sure to be tons of fun.     

Enjoy! 

Sidney- How long have you been cake decorating and how did you get interested? 

Lisa– I have been cake decorating professionally for 18 years. I was always artistic, as a child.  I would rather be drawing then doing my homework. Then when I got married, I was trying to find someone to do my wedding cake, other then a traditional cake.  At that time I couldn’t fine anyone.  I didn’t know where to look.   I did not like my wedding cake at all & told myself, I can do this and I started taking classes, and then moved on to Mini- classes &  Conventions, to learn my art from the best.  I always loved to learn new techniques.

Sidney-  How did you decide to start the Florida ICED Cake Competition?

Lisa– ICED was started by a conversation at Florida Mini-classes with Grace Jones. I always wondered whyFlorida didn’t have a big show.  We have some of the most talented cake decorators, right here in our backyard. So I said I was going to do it and then Melanie Judge said she wanted to be part of the Co-chairing on the show.   It took off from there.

Sidney-Did you have any idea it would be such a huge success?

Lisa-We knew people were hungry for a good show & excited to have it here inFlorida. Really we thought it would be well attended, but we were really stunted and excited when we got the turn-out we did.  We were not expecting that huge of a turn-out of people, but glad it happened.  It just showed us, how much people really wanted it.

Sidney- How did you come up with the Masquerade theme for this years event? 

Lisa– We made out themes to be voted on by the people attending the 2011 show. Masquerade Ball was my theme idea. When it won, it was the best! I knew it would make for a great theme. Bright, festive, colorful.

Sidney– What should we look forward to seeing at the Florida ICED Cake Competition this year?

Lisa- We have tried to add so much to the 2012 show, so everyone feels included and not left out. We wanted all ages & levels of your profession to have a place to come and not be intimidated to compete. We have great demo class teachers, judges (local & judges from Ultimate Cake Off), sponsorship (big prizes), vendors, Kid’s Corner, Live Challenge contest.  We most of all want everyone to look forward to having fun and making new friends and learning. This show is for all.  Decorators & spectators as well.

Sidney– You have some incredible sponsors this year along with great prizes! Tell us a little about them.

Lisa– Wow, where do I start?  We have so many top awards. Some of the ones I will mention are a Cruise by Icing on the Cake. Marivi Bassabe is giving away 2- individual mentoring packages to Overall-Youth division winner & The Shelley Robert’s Award ( both worth over $800.00 per).   A Kitchen Aid for Overall People Choice Winner. A $600.00 Wilton Student package from Simi’s Cakes & Confections.  The list is long of all the amazing prizes that have been donated to the winner’s & the raffle table charity cause.

Sidney- It seems that the Florida ICED is a year round job; do you have time to work on your own cake projects?

Lisa– (Laughing)- This is a great question! Most of the time ICED has consumed me for 2 years.  You finish one show and then it’s off to planning the next one.  ICED or any major event is so much work and time. It does cost me sometimes with taking wedding cakes, or wanting to go teach others & wanting to take classes for myself to improve & keep up with my art. I try to fit it all in. It does get hard to do.

Sidney– I know the wonderful girls from the Ocala Cake Club are volunteering their time, but Florida ICED  wouldn’t run without a great deal of help.  What volunteer positions are still available and why volunteer their time? 

Lisa– I have to say volunteers & committee persons are very important key to ICED.  No show is ever great without the help of many. As far as positions needed still?  We need some more for the demo class areas. You will get to sit in for free in these classes if you help in this area.  Also contact our Volunteer coordinator Kristin Nast, for all position available.  KNast7@gmail.com  Plus you get free shirts, masks, beads & some goodies from our sponsors & free entry into the show.

Sidney– What themes are you considering for next year?

Lisa– We will have a place to drop your votes for next year for our 2013 theme.  Some that we have come up with are, Paris Couture, Greek Mythology, Purses & Shoes, Child’s World, Tropical Florida.  So it will provide us with another exciting and creative year, depending on how the votes go.

The Florida ICED Cake Competition will be March 30 and April 1 at the Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala, Fl.  Make sure to get your registration forms in as soon as possible for a spot to compete and to secure a seat in the demo classes!  You can find out more and download the registration forms at www.floridaiced.com .   Here is a link to Lisa’s website, http://cakesbylisa.net/, and for more information on the Ocala Cake Club email  OcalaCakeClub@gmail.com.   We will be at the show vendoring, teaching, and judging, so please stop by and say “Hi”!!    

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

www.simicakes.com