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4/24/14

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh9OUcSbiZc

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

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

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

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

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Upcoming Classes & Events

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

10-12                     Intro to Casting

1-3pm                    Isomalt Bows

3:30-5:30               Blown Isomalt Bubble Flowers

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

Fri

6-9pm                    Chocolate Garnishes & Bows

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

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

5-8pm                    Isomalt Princess Pumpkin Carriage

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

6-8pm                    Isomalt Play Night              

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

Classes & Vendoring at our booth

Sat

9-11                        Intro to Isomalt

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

3-5                          Stained Glass Heart

Sun

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

12-3                        Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

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

Sat

9-12                        Gumpaste Gnome

1-5                          Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

Sun

12-5                        Isomalt Tea Set

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

Vendoring and demos at the booth

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

Fri

6-8pm                    Casting Isomalt

Sat                          Vendoring/Demos/Judging

Sun

9-11                        Isomalt Ribbons & Bows

12-5                        Isomalt Tea Set

6-8pm                    Isomalt Fall Flowers

Mon

9-3pm                    Day of Sharing

4-8                          Victorian Isomalt

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

Vendor booth #516 Demos all weekend with special guests!

Class Fri 2-4pm   Gumpaste Sea Turtle

Demo Sun 9:30   Isomalt Pumpkin Carriage

August 9-12-Austin, Tx-Make it Sweet  http://makeitsweet.com/

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

Sat

TBA                        Pulled Ribbons & Bows with Brooch Centers

TBA                        Blown Sugar Bubble Cake

Sun

TBA                        Beautiful Isomalt Flowers

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

Fall 2014-New Orleans Isomalt Classes- TBA

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

Fri-Sunday            Vendor Booth

Fri

8-12                        Ice Cream & Candy Dream in Isomalt

1-5pm                    Isomalt Tea Set

Sat

8-12                        Blown Sugar Angle Heart Wings

1-3                          Isomalt Magnolia

4-6                          Chocolate Garnishes

7-9pm                    Cake Love Stained Glass Heart

Sun

9-1pm                    Victorian Isomalt

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  http://www.cakecruise.com/

Isomalt Painting, Fondant, & Gumpaste Classes TBA

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

Class & Vendoring 

Tip of the Week

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

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

Website:  http://www.simicakes.com/

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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

1/3/14

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