10/24/12

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!

 

 Classes

Nov 2 & 3-Southbury, CT- Ladybug Cake and Candy Supply- http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/
Friday
6-8:30-             
Casting Isomalt including gems, molds, Icing Images, color and more
Saturday
9-11:30-           
Pulled Roses & Blown Sugar Bubbles
12-6pm-           
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
10-3pm            
Introduction to Isomalt

Nov 15, 16, 17  & 18-Lelystad, Netherlands-Cake Atelier with Sidney Galpern  http://www.cakeatelier.nl/workshops/isomalt-simicakes/
Thursday
9-1pm-             
Chocolate Sculptures
2-6pm-              Chocolate Sculptures
Friday
9-6pm-             
Casting Including Icing Images, Stained Glass, Flowers, Blown Bubbles & Hearts and more!
Saturday
8-12pm            
4 hour hands-on casting and isomalt demo class
1-5pm               4 hour hands-on casting and isomalt holiday demo class
Sunday
9am-6pm         
Casting Including Icing Images, Stained Glass, Flowers, Blown Bubbles & Hearts, and more-
SOLD OUT

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  
http://www.ctices.org/CT_Ices/About_Us.html
Saturday
9-12pm            
IsomaltSugar Garden Sculptures-Casting and Pulled Isomalt Hands-On Class
2-5pm              
Vineyard Cake-Isomalt, Fondant, Painting, and Stenciling Hands-On Class
Sunday
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
Friday
8-11am            
Gumpaste Water Lily
12-2pm             Icing Images Suspended in Isomalt Cake
2:30-5:30          
Blown Sugar Dolphin and Bubbles
Saturday
8-11am            
Stained Glass Sugar Butterflies
12-2pm            
Basic Fondant
2:30-5:30          
Dragon!  Rice Cereal Carving & Fondant Modeling
Sunday
8-11am            
Pulled Sugar Ribbons
12-2pm             Fondant Dog Figures
2:30-5:30          
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!

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

10/14/12

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

                   http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/3101.html

Nov. 4          Waldorf, MD Hosted by Teri Tarbox

                   Holiday Isomalt Fun

                   info@simicakes.com 

Nov. 9-10-     Belgium, Zoetjes & Toetjes

                   Demos & Vendoring

                   http://www.zoetjesentoetjes.be/Zoetjes_%26_Toetjes/Welkom.html 

Nov 16-17-18-Lelystad, Netherlands at Cake Atelier

                   Isomalt Master Classes, Holiday Isomalt Fun, Intro to Isomalt

                   http://www.cakeatelier.nl/

Dec 2            Palm Bay, FL at Simi Cakes

                   Holiday Isomalt Fun

                   info@simicakes.com

Dec8             Jacksonville, FL Hosted by Cathy David

                   Holiday Isomalt Fun

                   info@simicakes.com

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,

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

 

9/7/12

Simi Cakes & Confections

Hello everyone,

Thank you to our amazing students in Panama City and Gulfport, MS for hosting Simi Cakes Sugar Classes last month!  We had such a great turn out even with the threat of Hurricane Isaac looming in the background!  We were so glad to hear that your areas didn’t sustain any major damage.  We will be on the road again starting next week to the northeast and we can’t wait to see all our northern cake friends next!  Thank you to Icing Images, Satin Ice, and Get Sassie for supporting our classes.  We couldn’t do it without you!

We filmed our first DVD this month and hope to release it in the fall.  A huge thank you to Chris Kridler for her amazing photography and videography.  We had quite a fun day of filming trying to work through a huge rain storm with rain hitting a skylight, the weather alarm going off, and thunder in the background!  Chris can work her magic in editing and we can’t wait to see the final project.  You can follow Chris’s exciting adventures, and I mean EXCITING, on her blog and website:  http://www.chriskridler.com/

Have you checked out all the tutorials on our website?!?  I just put the new Spun Sugar Bowls tutorial I wrote for CakeFu.com on there today.  There are more than 12 tutorials to check out.  See them here:

http://www.simicakes.com/Tutorials.php and check out the new one here:  http://www.cakefu.com/quick-and-elegant-spun-sugar-bowl/

 

Up Coming Classes

 

Sept 21/22-Southbury, CT at Ladybug Cake & Candy Supply http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/

Friday-

6-8:30pm-Casting Isomalt including gems, molds, Icing Images, and more! 

Saturday

9-11:30-Pulled and hand sculpted Isomalt Roses & blown sugar bubbles

12-6pm-Koi Pond Sculptures-Blown and sculpted Koi with pond and water lily, including airbrushing isomalt class

 

Sept 23-Colonia, NJ Sweet Treat Cake Competition http://thejerseyitgirl.com/cake_competition_FORMS.html

12:30-3pm-Blown Sugar Bubbles & Pulled Sugar Roses

 

Sept 29/30-Mobile, AL 2 Day Isomalt Class Series www.simicakes.com

Saturday

9-5- Casting gems, molds, Icing Images, & more!  Pulled sugar garden sculptures.  Blown sugar bubbles and spun sugar

Sunday

9-6- Hand pulled, multi-colored ribbons and bows, Stained glass sugar, blown sugar dolphins, swans, and hummingbirds.

 

Oct 7-Palm Bay, FL at Simi Cakes www.simicakes.com

10-2-Basic Buttercream & Fondant Techniques

2:30-6-Gumpaste Water Lilies & Fondant Figures

 

Nov TBA UK Isomalt Classes-More info Soon!

 

Nov 17/18-Netherlands Master Class-Isomalt Techniques  http://www.cakeatelier.nl/international-masterclasses/isomalt-simicakes/

 

Dec 8-Jacksonville, FL-Holiday Isomalt   www.simicakes.com

12:30-6pm-Poinsettias, snowmen, snowflakes and more!

 

Dec 9-Palm Bay, FL at Simi Cakes- Holiday Isomalt  www.simicakes.com

1-4pm-Poinsettias, snowmen, snowflakes and more!

 

Tip of the Week

 

This week’s tip comes from my wonderfully sweet and talented Wilton Instructor, Betty Redd:

If you want an ubber delicious pineapple upside down cake, use virgin coconut oil to substitute for equal amounts of whatever fat the cake calls for.

Here is the recipe I used to hand out when I sold Princess House.  I modified the recipe so that I used ½ cup virgin coconut oil instead of 1 stick butter.  Then I replaced the stick of butter in my boxed cake mix with another ½ cup of coconut oil.  I think this will work for any recipe. 

What’s nice about this covered casserole dish is that it keeps things from sticking.  However it took my cake over an hour to bake.  I don’t think the given recipe bake time is correct.  It is a dense cake, so it took almost 1.5 hours to bake in this casserole dish.  If you use a regular cake pan, make sure you prepare the pans as usual.  Enjoy-Betty

 

 

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

 

1 stick of Butter

1 20 oz. Can Sliced Pineapple (drained)

1 cup Brown Sugar

1 Yellow Cake Mix

 

Put melted butter in 3Qt Fantasia Covered Casserole. Drain sliced pineapple and place slices in bottom of dish.  Sprinkle brown sugar over pineapple

 

Prepare cake mix according to package directions using pineapple juice in lieu of water.  Pour over pineapple and brown sugar. Cover

 

Bake at 350º for 45 minutes.

 

Until next time,

Keep Life Sweet!

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/

 

06/27/2012

  

Simi Cakes & Confections   

Blog

Hello everyone,

It’s been a fun summer so far!  We have been home this month working around Florida and enjoying Tropical Storm Debby that just won’t make up her mind!  LOL!   The humidity factor is doing great things for my isomalt structures and my hair-I won’t be posting any pictures of myself!  But it’s been great fun getting geared up for the fall season.  We are looking forward to one more month here and then hit the road until Thanksgiving.  We are excited to get out to our second ICES convention in Reno, NV from Aug 2-5.  If you haven’t ever been before it’s amazing.  Make sure you bring your wallet because you have never seen so many cake supplies in one place!  There are tools you never even knew you needed, but suddenly can’t live without.  Last year I brought home the Agbay Cake Leveler (http://www.agbayproducts.com/).  It is now my favorite tool I could never be without.  I can’t wait to see what is new and exciting this year.  I’ll be texting pictures to Facebook and Twitter so you can see everything going on if you aren’t able to make it to the west coast this year.  But don’t worry because it will be on the east coast next year in Lexington, KY.  Here’s my tip of the week:  Wear comfortable shoes because it’s a lot of walking!  Check them out and hope to see you there:  http://ices12.org/Welcome.html

    Upcoming Classes

July 1 Sunday-Cakes Etc, West Palm Beach-Beginning Isomalt Class Series http://cakes-etc.com/ 

July 10-Tuesday-CakeFu Online Free Webinar Master Training  http://www.cakefu.com/how-to-create-even-vertical-stripes/ 
1:30 EST-      
Isomalt and Gumpaste Water Lily

July 15  Sunday-Palm Bay at Simi Cakes Advanced Isomalt info@simicakes.com  
9:30-11:30-   Multi-Colored Hand Pulled Ribbons and Bows
12-2pm-        
Stained Glass Sugar
2:30-6pm-     
Blown Sugar Dolphins, Swans, and Hummingbirds

July 21 Saturday-Closed Booked with Private Class

Aug 4 Saturday-Reno, NV-ICES Convention www.ices.org   
12:30-1:30-
  Blown Sugar Dolphins, Swans, and Humming Birds & Demos at Icing Images, Sugar Arts Institute, and Get Sassie! Vendor Booths                

Aug 18&19-Sat & Sun-Bedford, PA-Cove Country Cake Show-2 Day Isomalt Class Series
 http://covecountrycakeshow.webs.com/ 

Aug 23 Thursday-Panama City, FL Cake-a-Tiers  info@simicakes.com

4:30-5:30-     Bonus Class-Gumpaste Water Lilies
5:30-8:30-    
Fondant Animal Figures

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

Sept 9-11-Houston, TX-All Things Baking-http://allthingsbaking.org/ 
Isomalt Demos at the Icing Images Booth

Sept 17-Lancaster, PA-Isomalt 1 & 2 with Julie Bashore-Sugar Arts Institute http://sugarartsinstitute.org/ 

Sept 21 & 22-Southbury, CT- Ladybug Cake and Candy Supply- http://ladybugcakeandcandy.com/
Advanced Isomalt Classes schedule coming soon

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

Nov 9-11-Birmingham, England-Cake International at the NEC- http://www.ichf.co.uk/
Isomalt Demos at Sugar Arts Institute Vendor Booth


Tip of the Week

With Guest Sugar Artist

Edna De la Cruz

This week my Guest Sugar Artist for Tip of the Week is Edna De la Cruz, owner of Design Me a Cake in Orlando, Fl.  She is a talented cake designer, teacher, competition judge, winner of Food Network Challenge, and one of the kindest people I have ever met.  I get to see Edna quite a few times a year, but it seems it’s usually not in Florida even though she lives only an hour away!  She was sweet enough to offer this wonderful tip for anyone who ever wondered what to do with flower wires on your cake.

Edna’s Tip:

When you are working with flowers and placing them on cakes you can cover the wires or the stems with either coffee stirrers, straws or melted chocolate. 
Make sure that if you use melted chocolate, to cut the wire and bend it before dipping it. That way the chocolate won’t crack exposing the wire.

Edna’s cakes and flowers have amazing detail and she has a full line of DVD’s and cake tools on her website.  You can check her out here: http://designmeacake.com/index.html

Until next time…Keep Life Sweet,

                  Sidney

   http://www.simicakes.com/

                                                                                                                                         

 

5/31/12

 

Lady Bug and Ice Cream Social Cake Truffles

 

Happy Summer Sweet Friends!

Happy Summer Everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Weekend!  We rested and are ready to get back to work.  On Monday, June 4 we will be making Summer Treats on the local news show, Today in Brevard.  Tune in to see how to make cute little lady bug and ice cream social cake truffles.  It airs 11:30am, 4:30pm, and 10pm on WBCC-TV and a live video stream at 11:30am at www.floridatoday.com and then runs in their video section starting Tuesday.  Thank you to Producer Caroline Perez, Host Luann Manderville, and Cameraman Breuce for inviting me back for a third segment in the studio.  It has been great fun working with you all!  And watch for my blog in the next few days with an interview with producer Caroline Perez talking about video journalism and helpful hints on preparing and filming a good food segment. 

We have updated our website, so please check out all the new tutorials and videos we posted along with our new class list.  We are updating the store as well.  We’ll have the Water Lily Video and matching Molding Kit available very soon.  Please check back often for updates and new tutorials. 

 

Upcoming Isomalt Classes:

 Palm Bay, FL at Simi Cakes

June 10-Casting including Gems, Pulled Sugar Flowers and Garden, Blown Bubbles and more, Spun Sugar

July 15-Multi-Colored Bows & Ribbons, Stained Glass Sugar, Blown Dolphins, Swans, and Humming Birds

Fall and Winter-Advanced Isomalt Macaw and Koi Pond with Water Lily

Bedford, PA at the Cove Country Cake Show

Aug 18-3 Hours-Beginning Isomalt Techniques-Casting Gems, Beads, Molds, Icing Images and Pull Roses, Calla Lilies, Vines and Leaves to Create a Beautiful Sugar Garden Sculpture
Aug 19-3 Hours-Advanced Isomalt Techniques-Pull Beautiful Multi-Colored Bows and Learn Blown Bubbles, Hearts, and Dolphins, Finish with Spun Sugar Bowls

Gulfport, MS at the Elks Lodge

Aug 25-Casting Gems, Icing Images, Molds, Color, Pulled Sugar Flowers and Garden, Blown Bubbles and more, Spun Sugar
Aug 26-Stained Glass Sugar, Multi-Colored Pulled Ribbons and Bows, Blown Sugar Dolphin, Swan, and Hummingbird

Colonia, NJ at Sweet Treats Cake Competition  

Sept 23-Blown Sugar Bubbles & Pulled Sugar Roses Class

Palm Bay, FL at 
Simi Cakes

Nov 11&12-Tami Utely returns to Simi Cakes!  

For more information check our website:  http://www.simicakes.com/Classes.html  or email us at info@simicakes.com or call 321-543-3492

 

Tip of the Week

We would like to thank our good friend, Certified Master Sugar Artist Ruth Rickey, for offering the tip(s) of the week for us.  Ruth is very creative with color and now has her own line of petal and luster dusts. 

 Ruth’s Dusting Tips:

  • Layering your petal dust color on leaves and flowers with many colors to give them depth and to bring them alive
  • Don’t rub too hard, light pressure in application
  • You don’t have to be perfect-nature is not perfect
  • Don’t stop at one color on your project
  • I usually finishes with aubergine (dark eggplant) color
  • When you have finished dusting your leaves dip them in a glaze to give them their lifelike appearance
  • Flowers will look better steamed than glazed

One last note she suggests, “Just do not be afraid to use your petal dusts!  They aren’t meant to live on a shelf.”

Yesterday, Ruth was guest speaker on www.cakefu.com and did an entire presentation on dusting leaves.  You can see it here:  http://www.cakefu.com/masters-series/ruth-rickey-23/ .  She gave a special discount price on her dusts for the CakeFu attendees and is now extending the discount to Simi Cake readers until Monday.  You get all 25 petal dusts and 10 luster dusts for $100.  You can find the dusts and her class schedule on her website:  http://www.ruthrickey.com/  And check out her blog Sugar Zen at: http://sugarzen.wordpress.com/ for cake decorators


                    Until next time, Keep Life Sweet!

Sidney

http://www.simicakes.com/