2/11/14

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!
http://thattakesthecake.org/index.php/competition/rules/#Isomalt

 

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

Sun-

8:30-11:30         Victorian Isomalt Class

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

Sat

9-12noon          Gumpaste Coral Reef

1-4pm               Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

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

Sun

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

Sat-                             

10-12                Chocolate Garnishes

2-5pm               Chocolate Sculptures

Sun-                            

Day of Sharing and Isomalt Demos Westward Balloon!

Mon-                           

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!

Sat

8-11am             Chocolate Sculpture Class

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

Sun

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/

Fri

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

Sat

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

Sun

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

              http://greatamericancakeshow.com/  

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,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes

2/2/14

    

 

 

Isomalt Victorian Class

Isomalt Victorian Class

Isomalt Vintage Brooches Mold

Isomalt Vintage Brooches Mold

Isomalt Tea Set Class

Isomalt Tea Set Class

Isomalt Stained Glass Heart Class

Isomalt Stained Glass Heart Class

Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask Class

Isomalt Mardi Gras Mask Class

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt Class

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt Class

Isomalt Chick & Nest Class

Isomalt Chick & Nest Class

Angle Wings Blown Sugar Heart Topper Class

Angle Wings Blown Sugar Heart Topper Class

Cake Cruise

Cake Cruise

Simi Cakes & Confections

 

News!

Important venue change:  That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition has moved locations.  The new address is Highland Mall – 6001 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752.  Please note that the location is now closer to the host hotel and conveniently located just north of Downtown Austin.  And don’t forget that on-line registration for the cake competition and classes is Feb 16!  So get your registration in ASAP! 

Cake Cruise 2014

I am so proud to have been chosen as an instructor for Cake Cruise 2014!  They are very pleased to announce that they are now taking reservations.  Make sure you tell them “Sidney” sent you on your application.
CakeCruise 2014 will depart Ft Lauderdale FL on November 15, 2014 for a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise on Holland America’s Westerdam.
Instructors will include returning instructors 
Norman R. Davis with Zane Beg (The Sweet Life), Martha Hebert with Becky Guidry (Sweet Southern Ladies) and introducing new Cake Cruise Instructors Kathleen LangeRuth Rickey and Sidney Galpern.  There will be a wide range of classes for beginners to advanced and I’ll be teaching isomalt, chocolate, gumpaste and fondant. 

Special:  not sure how much longer it will last, but as a result of the reservations for CakeCruise so far, they are still able to apply the promo special… That’s a reduced deposit of $175 (instead of $350) per person (plus PCPP if selected), $150 stateroom credit for ocean-view and balcony rooms, $250 stateroom credit for suites. Not sure how much longer that will be available. Book now for the promo, you have until August 31 to cancel to get your deposit back.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/56846739324/
Reservations can be made at http://bit.ly/1bkxJYa
Mailing list at http://bit.ly/18CvrIp

 

Upcoming Classes & Events      

Feb 8-Miami, FL Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply http://www.sweetlifecakesupply.com/

10-12noon        Stained Glass Isomalt Valentines

1-4pm               Ice Cream & Candy Dreams in Isomalt

 Feb 9-W Palm Beach, FL Cakes Etc  http://cakes-etc.com/

9-11am             Stained Glass Isomalt Valentines

12-2pm             Blown Sugar Angle Heart & Wings Cake Topper

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

Sun-

8:30-11:30         Victorian Isomalt Class 

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

Sat

9-12noon          Gumpaste Coral Reef

1-4pm               Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

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

Sun

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

Sat-                             

10-12                Chocolate Garnishes

2-5pm               Chocolate Sculptures

Sun-                            

Day of Sharing and Isomalt Demos Westward Balloon!

Mon-                           

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!

Sat

8-11am             Chocolate Sculpture Class

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

Sun

8-9am               Casting Isomalt Brooches

April 5-Gainesville/Bronson-Airbrush with Gator Baker’s Cake Club

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/

Fri

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

Sat

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

Sun

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 

Oct 19 & 20-Westminster, MD-Great American Cake Show-Class, Demos, Vendoring with Simi Cakes

              http://greatamericancakeshow.com/  

Nov 2014-Birmingham, UK- NEC Cakes International  http://www.cakeinternational.co.uk/

Nov 15-22-Cake Cruise, 7 nights out of Ft. Lauderdale

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, & Greensboro, NC!!!!

Tip of the Week

Our Guest Contributor this week is The Gelatin Boss, Vincent Kajderowicz.  His mission is to showcase the many possibilities that Gelatin has in the world of cake, where the only limitation is creativity.  You can see Vincent’s beautiful work and find out all about Gelatin Art on his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/GelatineBoss

Sidney: How do you color gelatin pieces?

Vincent:  There are actually multiple ways to color gelatin.

1) The most basic is to add color directly to the original gelatin. I use airbrush colors to do this because they are mix easily into the gelatin. You can use diluted gel colors but you then may have to deal with lumps. You do not want lumps of color in the gelatin.

For more complicated pieces you can use multiple colors of gelatin on your mold. Then you would use a thin layer of clear gelatin as a top layer to make sure the piece is united.

After your gelatin piece has dried there are techniques to enhance you piece.

2) You can create a paint using 4 to 1 gelatin and adding more color to it. it will look deeper than it will be when dried. the advantage to this technique is when your paint dries the color is trapped in the gelatin.

3) You can dilute gel colors with vodka, Everclear, or lemon extract and use that to paint the piece. You could enhance the color by adding powder to the paint also. This has an advantage that the color you see is the color you get. But gelatin is not porous so the color will be on the surface. to much handling, such as creating rose petals, will smear the color to some extent.

4) You can use edible markers to draw on the piece, very useful for butterflies.

5) Using a thin line of piping gel you can attach disco dust to a piece. good for edging ribbons or adding bling to a butterfly.

6) You can carefully airbrush color onto the gelatin. as long as you don’t soak the piece it works well. Again when dried it sits on the surface of the piece. But airbrush colors are more stable than the gel colors so they resist smearing.

 

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes

1/15/14

Simi Cakes & Confections

 

Florida ICES Mini Classes

Online registration ends this Friday, Jan 17 for the Florida ICES Mini Classes running Jan 24-26 in Orlando, FL!  The vendor hall will be open to the public for $5 (or free with your registration).  The vendor hall will be open Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-10pm, and Sunday 10-4pm.  To shop and attend at the Saturday Night of Sharing & Dessert Social the cost will be $15. 

Please stop by and shop with the amazing specialty cake shops available: 

Fiesta Cake
Cakes N Supplies by Ximena

Clearview Molds
Alex Molds
Edible Artists Network
Icing Images
ComposiMold
PhotoFrost Manufacturing
Icing on the Cake Decorating Products
Lisa Menz with Crystal Cake Lace
Sherrie’s Creations
Wedding Cake Stands
Polydowl
Simi Cakes & Confections

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/

  

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/

  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!

  

CakeFu

If you missed my CakeFu training with Amelia Carbide last week on Isomalt Decorations for my Rockabilly Cake you can catch the replay at your convenience.

http://www.cakefu.com/masters-series/sidney-galpern-74/

  

Upcoming Classes & Events

Jan 24-26-Florida ICES Mini Classes-Orlando FL Vendoring and demos all weekend

Sat

11:30-2:30         Gumpaste Coral Reef

3-6pm               Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

Feb 8-Miami, FL Sweet Life Cake & Candy Supply

Stained Glass Isomalt Valentines

Ice Cream & Candy Dreams in Isomalt 

Feb 15-New Orleans Mardi Gras Isomalt Classes 

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  

All Weekend-Demos & Vendoring at our Booth

Sun-

8:30-11:30         Victorian Isomalt Class

 March 8 & 9-Tulsa, OK 4th Anniversary of All Things Cake

Sat

Gumpaste Coral Reef

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

Chocolate Garnishes: Bows, Piping, Curls, Fans and More

Sun

Blown Sugar/Isomalt Tea Set

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

Sat-                             

10-12                Chocolate Garnishes

2-5pm               Chocolate Sculptures

Sun-                            

Day of Sharing and Isomalt Demos Westward Balloon!

Mon-                           

8:30-10:30         Intro to Casting Isomalt

12-5pm             Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

March 29 & 30-Fairfax, VA-National Capital Area Cake Show

Classes, Demos, Vendoring All Weekend!

Sat

8-11am             Chocolate Sculpture Class

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

Sun

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 

Fri

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

Sat

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

Sun

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

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

July 31-Aug 3-Albuquerque, NM-ICES 14 

 

Tip of the Week

Check out Best Friends for Frosting website, blog and weekly newsletter that has expanded from a website about all things dessert to a daily inspiration guide for stylish and creative living.  Best Friends For Frosting aims to inform, excite, and inspire their readers with creative ideas for celebrating the everyday, all while loving your life from the inside out. They believe every day is a reason to celebrate – it shouldn’t just take a holiday or birthday party to bust out the confetti or make a glamorous cake. Celebrate today!  They feature exclusive food, dessert, and drink recipes, DIY projects, and the creative work of others in the fields of food, dessert, entertaining, parties, style, beauty, DIY, and interior design. Join them as they guide you toward a fulfilling, creative life!

 http://bestfriendsforfrosting.com/

  

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes

1/3/14

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.  

 

CakeFu

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:  

http://www.cakefu.com/market/isomalt-supplies/isomalt-sculpture-kit/

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!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simi-Cakes-Confections/121435164568456?id=121435164568456&sk=events

 

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

Vendoring and demos all weekend

Sat

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

Sun-

8:30-11:30         Victorian Isomalt Class

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

Sat

Gumpaste Coral Reef

Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

Chocolate Garnishes: Bows, Piping, Curls, Fans and More

Sun

Blown Sugar/Isomalt Tea Set

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

Contact Heather: LetThemEatCupcakes@comcast.net

Sat-                             

10-12                Chocolate Garnishes

2-5pm               Chocolate Sculptures

Sun-                            

Day of Sharing and Isomalt Demos Westward Balloon!

Mon-                            

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!

Sat

8-11am             Chocolate Sculpture Class

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

Sun

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

                 http://greatamericancakeshow.com/ 

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,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Simicakes

4/12/13

  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/
9-12noon
                 Pulled Sugar Ribbons, Flowers, and Garden
1-4pm
                     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
Sun         
               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
Fri-7-10pm
              Isomalt/Pulled Sugar Garden
Sat-3-6pm               Intro to Blown Sugar
              

May 19-Daytona, FL-Gayle’s Party Cakes & Supplies info@simicakes.com
9:30-11:30
               Intro to Isomalt
1:30-3:30
                 Pulled Sugar Ribbons & Bows

June 1 & 2-Jacksonville, FL- Isomalt Weekend info@simicakes.com
Saturday
9:30-1                   Casting Isomalt Cake Topper
1:30-6
                      Isomalt Bubble Flower Wedding Cake Topper
Sunday
1-5:30
                      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
Friday
8-11am                Hand Pulled Isomalt Flowers
2-4pm
                      Intro to Casting-Brooch Bouquet
4:30-7:30
                 Chocolate Sculpture Class
Saturday
9-6pm
                      Vendor & Demos all day
4:30-6:30
                 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!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swank-Cake-Design/51284881260

http://www.swankcakedesign.com/ 

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,

Sidney

  http://www.simicakes.com/ 

 

https://twitter.com/Simicakes

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

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

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

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