From the monthly archives: May 2011

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“Buttercream Flowerpot Arrangement” by Gwen and Irene

If you haven’t heard, Capital Confectioners is now offering classes!  I do believe that everyone, instructors and students, had a great time today learning how to make several different buttercream flowers.  Three cheers for Gwen and Irene for doing a wonderful job teaching!

Students learned how to prepare and load a piping bag with buttercream, how to stripe different colors in one bag, how to pipe many types of flowers using common piping tubes, and how to assemble a lovely bouquet of cupcakes in a terra cotta pot.



We hope to see many of these happy faces again in future classes, club meetings, and our annual shows!


Afterward, Kyla presented the prototype for the next class, “The Fish That Got Away”.  On June 12th Kyla will show students how to make this easy but incredibly adorable Father’s Day cake.  No experience required!  Register here: http://thebigcakecalendar.com/index.php/registration/?cgroup=JUNE

 

May is National Strawberry Month, and May 20 is Pick Strawberries Day. In celebration of both, enjoy these strawberry-themed Quick Bites!

I’ve personally conducted two experiments with fresh strawberries in the last few weeks and will be getting around to those posts soon on my own blog and links will be posted here. I don’t have time to pick my own, unless you count picking up a 4lb box regularly at Costco! But they’re a delicious, inexpensive, nutritious food so get some for yourself today and get creative!

 

Today on Quick bites:

 

Today on Quick Bites we’ve got a theme of buttercream!

If these cakes have made you hungry, a new baker in Round Rock is enlisting taste-testers! Sign up here!

 

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Plus, if Jello fun entices you, be sure to register now for Capital Confectioners’ Day of Sharing on July 10, since I heard a rumour that one of the instructors will be demonstrating some nifty but shockingly easy techniques with that medium.

 

This is the start of a new series of posts where we present a handful of interesting links we’ve found around the web.

Today on Quick Bites:

 

As seen on CakeWrecks’ Sunday Sweets on May 15, 2011, check out this gorgeous cake made to look like bunched asparagus:

Asparagus Cake

Asaragus Cake by Sweetapolita

This work of art is by Sweetapolita, who graciously shares in-production photos as well as recipes here. The story behind the cake’s inspiration is as sweet as the dessert itself.

 

Ok, this just blew our minds.  This is a video from JP Prince Company, the creators of SilPat, showing just how extremely awesome they are and how versatile their silicone products can be.  Try not to let your jaw drop ;)

JB Prince

 

North Texas Cake and Sugar Art Show
April 30 – May 1, 2011

Cascades Event Center
Fairfield Inn & Suites (Marriot)
5909 Stone Creek Drive
The Colony, TX  75056

The Sugar Wonders Cake Club of Dallas recently held their North Texas Cake and Sugar Art Show for 2011.  What a blast!  So many talented cake artists and amazing competition entries.  Here’s a quick look of what was there:

  • About 164 cake decorating competition entries
  • This year’s theme Artistic Impression  was “Texas”
  • Approximately 7,700 square feet of cake show enjoyment!
  • Approximately 10 vendors, including: Grex, Earlene’s Cakes, Deseret Designs, Cake Carousel, CakePlay, LeeAnn’s Cakes & Supplies, essense cakery, PhotoFrost, Cake Connection
  • Approximately 35 raffle items plus a huge Cuisinart mixer and an airbrush set from Grex

There were several demonstrations during the day, especially the popular vendors showing how to use their specialty products.  Earlene Moore showed us how to use her new silicone molds and how to make shimmery sugar pearls.

There were so many wonderful cakes on display!  Here’s our photo gallery: click here!

Here is an amazing gelatin sequin cake by Teesha Dorsette.  She has been kind enough to post a tutorial on how she did it on her blog, http://confessionsofascratchbaker.blogspot.com.

We look forward to attending next year’s show!  To learn more about the Sugar Wonders Cake Club, please visit their website: http://www.sugarwonders.com.

 

Welcome to the updated Capital Confectioners website. Please bear with us while we get things set up!

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