From the monthly archives: June 2011

We had a great meeting tonight with lots of new members! Yay! We’re so thrilled new people came and hope they’ll come again!

Irene Hackbarth did a fantastic demo of bride and groom themed discs that would work wonderfully on both cupcakes and cookies. Hopefully someone took some photos and will send them in or post them.

Chris Cantrell made several flavours of delectable cupcakes. Yum!

We talked a lot about our upcoming Day of Sharing on Sunday, July 10. This is a day-long event filled with cake decorating demonstrations, plus you get a continental breakfast, a catered lunch, and desserts baked by our members all for only $40 if you register by June 25, $55 after that. See the link for more details and to register now! Don’t miss it!

I brought along one of my experiments that I’ll be including in my demonstration of advanced gummy techniques. I posted about it here.

And don’t forget to check out the calendar on the left side of our pages here for our upcoming classes.

There’s lots to do at Capital Confectioners, so join us whenever you can! We want to share our passion for sugar arts with you! And all funds go right back to the club so we can keep spreading the goodness throughout our community.

 

Apparently it’s National Strawberry Shortcake Day! I didn’t have links gathered for that, but luckily Yum Sugar has a post full of strawberry shortcake recipes for you to try.

If you’re in the Austin area, come to the Capital Confectioners’ Club meeting tonight! 7 pm at IHOP (South Mopac), 1101 S Mo Pac Expy Austin, in the back meeting room. We alternate our monthly meetings across several north and south locations to accommodate members from the whole area.

Our meetings start with club business (this month will feature a lot of discussion about our classes and the upcoming Day of Sharing), and then a member gives a demonstration of a decorating technique. Someone always brings an awesome dessert as well.

We don’t charge for meetings although if you come regularly, we ask that you officially join the club for $24 a year. So come on out and see what we’re up to. We’re very friendly. You can even bring the family, especially if you’ve got older kids who want to learn about cake decorating.

Hope to see you there! Tell your friends!

 

I went on a serious hunt for Fathers’ Day stuff that wasn’t ties and sports, mostly since my husband still resents the ties he had to wear to school every day growing up in Australia and isn’t interested in sports unless it’s cricket (well I did find some adorable cricket and soccer cupcakes via The Cupcake Blog but that’s not what I was searching for). Turns out it’s really hard to find Fathers’ Day stuff beyond the standard stereotypical male interests. Here are the results of my search:

If any of our readers or members have other Fathers’ Day ideas, either standard or unusual, share them in the comments!

 

Fun fish cake by Kyla and Ellen.

Nothing fishy going on here, just a bunch of super cute cakes just in time for Father’s Day!  Kyla and Ellen led the 3rd Capital Confectioner’s class and showed students how to roll out and cover a cake with fondant, decorate it wish some fish features, paint with luster dust, and add fondant and modeling chocolate garnishes!

Class was great!  I believe everyone left with a smiling face except the for the fish!

Hungry for more?  Next class is on July 24th with Kimberly Chapman teaching about gummy treats!  Register here: http://thebigcakecalendar.com/index.php/registration/?cgroup=JULY

 

I was hunting for links for future Quick Bites posts when I stumbled upon something unsettling and blogged about it at Eat The Evidence. What do you all think about Cookie Stuffed Cookies?

 

I just found out about a great video tutorial via email from Make Your Cakes. They have many videos for sale, but at the moment there’s a free one at the top of their site on how to make a Movie Star Cake. At first I assumed it was a Barbie doll on there, but it’s actually molded from gumpaste! Even if you’re not interested in making this specific cake, the tutorial has great tips on figure modelling, assembling a pastillage scene, and some basic lighting effects.

I considered keeping it for a Quick Bites but decided I didn’t want to wait because I’m not sure how long it will be there.

Be sure to click the button for full screen to see it bigger, because the resolution is quite good at that size.

 

Today on Quick Bites, some tutorials on Father’s Day themed cakes. And don’t forget about our Father’s Day cake class: The Fish That Got Away. It’s this Sunday so sign up now if you want to attend, before the last slots fill up!

I wanted to find some non-sports/ties Father’s Day ideas since my own husband isn’t into those things, and I figured other Austin area dads are likewise more into nerd culture, but sadly searches for nerdy cake tutorials kept bringing me back to my own cakes (flattering but not so useful for my blogging here). I’ll try again for Monday’s post but for now the best I came up with was this Nerdalicious post that includes a video of how a robot cake was made. Not very fatherly, though.

Got a geek-dad cake tutorial to share? Let us know in the comments!

 

Today on Quick Bites: no theme, just fun!

 

Looks like I was so busy this weekend I missed Applesauce Cake Day on June 4 and National Gingerbread Day on June 5. Who comes up with all of these holidays anyway?

Today on Quick Bites, some fun small edibles:

And a last note: while the items on Minnie Kitchen’s blog aren’t actually edible (I assume), they’re mind-blowingly gorgeous recreations of food in dollhouse scale. Go spend a good long time looking at her stuff and be prepared to be amazed!

 

Do you like making nifty or unusual cupcakes? Do you also like taking lots of in-progress photos or videos? Want to win an iPad2? Then you’ll want to enter Instructables’ Cupcake Contest. Entries must be submitted by the end of June 19th.

If you post a tutorial, let us know. We might feature it here whether you win or not!