From the monthly archives: August 2011

Summer may be wrapping up for some but it’s still hot as blazes here in Austin, so enjoy these refreshing beach/summer-themed treats and projects!

By the way, we now have an “as seen on” graphic those featured can place on their blogs! It’s on our About Us page.

 

Threadcakes.com are posting their winners for their annual contest!  Amazing stuff here: http://www.threadcakes.com/winners

2010 winners: http://www.threadcakes.com/home/winners2010

2009 winners: http://www.threadcakes.com/home/winners2009

 

 

Whether it’s this week, next, or just after Labour Day, kids in North America are heading back to school! Here are some fun goodies to inspire you for back to school treats of your own.

First up, two book-themed cakes by Sprinkle Bakes: a gorgeous one called Words Take Flight and then a Birthday Trip To Narnia with the White Witch plus a recipe for Microwave Turkish Delight.

The Decorated Cookie Blog also takes a confectionery trip through literature with Harry Potter Painted Marshmallows and applies the same technique to some First Day of School Marshmallow Pops.

Hungry Happenings did some experiments to find a non-corn-syrup-based modelling chocolate recipe and discovered that, when combined with some fruit leather, she’d made tasty and adorable little books. Check out her recipe and tutorial here. She’s also got a round-up of some of her other school-themed treats here, some of which I think I’ve featured here before.

For a tutorial on making little monogrammed fondant books, check out this post by A Baked Creation.

The Sugar Turntable shows you how to make Chalkboard Cookies (via CraftGossip).

If your favourite student is into puzzles and you dig a bit of a baking challenge, go for this Rubik’s Cube Battenburg Cake by S’tasty.

It’s not just kids going back to school. If you happen to know a grown-up heading off to train for cop duty, you’ll definitely want to make these Police Academy Themed Cupcakes by Bake Happy. Even if you don’t, check out the creative use of parts of cutter shapes and texture pins.

 

The team behind the Austin cake and sugar arts show (That Takes the Cake!), one of the nation’s largest confections shows, knows that cookie decorating is a hot topic these days and we’d like to include more cookie stuff in the 2012 and future shows (our show is the last weekend of February every year).

However, in the past our cookie categories within the competition have attracted hardly any competitors. We folded cookies in with other general non-cake confections because there seemed to be a lack of interest.

We have cookiers in our club, we know great area cookie folks, and we recognize cookies as a burgeoning art form. But in order to include it in the show, we need to know that our effort and funds are being put to good use.

So if you want to see more cookie stuff at the 2012 or future shows, or possibly even a separate cookie event, speak up!

Leave your comments on this post telling us what you want. Competitions? Classes? Vendors? What would get you to come to the show as a cookier? If you’re in the Austin area and want to volunteer let us know that as well, specifying what you can do to help.

Then spread the word and send your cookie friends here to comment as well!

We’re happy to serve, but we need cookiers to tell us what they want and help make it a success!

Update August 28: Over a week and not one comment. A couple people have mentioned on Twitter that they don’t want to create a WordPress login to comment, but if folks aren’t willing to take a few seconds to do that, how can Capital Confectioners be sure any of them will participate in the show?

If for some technical reason you can’t comment, you can send your message to me at press at capitalconfectioners.com and I will post it for you.

Seriously, last call: if you want a cookie component in one of the nation’s largest sugar arts shows, speak now or forever hold your peace. Or piece of cake, as it may be!

 

Today on Quick Bites, lots of fun with cupcakes!

Making Cupcakes

Amazing Cupcakes

 

“Crazy Pizza Cakes” with Brian Stevens

Another successful Capital Confectioners class!  A big thank you to Brian Stevens for teaching the class about the color wheel, color theory, airbrushing basics, and how to use torches!  Everyone’s “pizza” turned out fabulous and I can personally attest that we no longer fear the airbrush.

Brian demonstrated airbrushing using different tricks and techniques, including stenciling and creating a gradient.  He walked us through the different parts to an airbrush and shared his preferences in tools.

After learning about the color wheel, the class tackled creating their own colors from the primary colors … and we even discovered something interesting.  Be warned!  Americolor airbrush blue + red does not make purple!

We were given 12″ round cakes to carve, ice, and cover with fondant.  Brian showed us how he utilizes multiple colors and passes to create an organic and realistic coloring to the pizza crust.

Chris and Chrissy working intently!

The pizza toppings comprised of red or white buttercream “sauce”, shredded fondant “cheese”, and different fondant “toppings”.  No one held back!  Every pizza turned out supreme.

One of Brian’s favorite tools … the torch.

What a fun class!  Hope you join us next time.  Here’s our 2011 class photo gallery:

 

It’s a safe bet if you read this blog with any regularity that you either bake or want to. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, the time will come when you need to ship something, present something, or dress something up. You could spend a fortune on pre-made items, or you could read the following bits of awesome advice on DIY constructions, presentations, and shipments:

What are your favourite DIY tips to facilitate your baking presentations?

And remember: if you like it when people go to great lengths to give you free stuff others charge for, especially those printables, it encourages them to keep doing it if you post a comment of thanks when you use them!

 

Been too busy to post for a bit, but enjoy these lovely works of confectionery art while I start sorting through my massive pile of links to share!

 

The Central Texas College is holding their Geekfest 2011 at the Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater in Killeen, TX on August 19th – 20th.  If you’re into gaming, science fiction, zombies, cosplay, and other geeky things, you won’t want to miss out.  This year they’ll be sporting their very own cake competition!

“The Cake is a Lie” contest has 3 categories: cookies, cupcakes, and tiered cakes.  Entries must be “geek” themed.  Get your registration in by August 12th!

http://www.starsatnight.org/geekfest/decoratingcontest.html

 

Roxanne Moore, the fabulous artist who taught all about making stilettos at our Day of Sharing and for classes afterward, has just posted her summary of the DoS on her blog:

http://www.cakesbyroxanne.com/2011/07/austin-day-of-sharing.html

Thanks Roxanne! We’re all so glad you joined us and had fun. We loved having you here and hope you’ll join us again in the future!