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Day of Sharing 2012

Capital Confectioners would like to thank all our demonstrators, vendors, donors, volunteers, and audience members for making our 2012 Day of Sharing so wonderful!  Our 2012 theme was Holidays.  Here’s a re-cap for those who had to miss out (we missed you too!):

First up was Austin’s own Yvette Humbert, who shared her techniques for making “New Year’s Eve” party heels using tulle.  This kit and several more are available on her website here.

Next was Dawn Parrott from Houston and her filigree Christmas ornaments piped with Royal Icing.  Be sure to check out her new dvds!

Kathleen Lange showed us several Lambeth techniques to sweeten up any Valentine’s day.  Kathleen travels throughout the country with her special Lambeth Boot Camp classes.

 For a special mom-to-be, here is Ximena Sempertegui‘s chic baby carriage cake topper.  Her kits are available through her website here.

Last but not least was Alan Dunn‘s Fall Floral display.  We were thrilled to have Alan visit from across the pond.  Alan introduced us to working with cold porcelain.

For lunch we had some absolutely scrumptious tacos from the Peached Tortilla.  If a craving hits you, check out their website for their food truck locations!

Thank you to all the club members and volunteers who contributed to the holiday treat filled dessert table!

Congratulations to our own Ellen Cromwell for winning this year’s “Heart of the Club” award!  Ellen, thank you for all that you do for us!

Thanks again for all who attended!  Here is our photo slide show:



I had a wonderful time demonstrating some “Trendy Fondant Accents” to the club during our August meeting! Thank you so much! Here are the tutorials on what I showed.

– Chris Wingler

Ruffle Flowers

Pom Poms




The 8th Annual “That Takes The Cake”
Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition
February 25th – 26th, 2012
Austin, Texas

The 2012 Show Theme:
Cake-a-lot: Knights of the Turn Table
All things Renaissance!

I think most people would agree that 2012 was our best show yet!  Capital Confectioners would like to thank all our guests, vendors, sponsors, instructors, judges and volunteers for making that happen.  We’ve heard so many positive comments from our attendees, we’re all still glowing!  Now that we’ve had a few days to recover, we’d love to share our experiences.


This event could not be a success without our small army of dedicated volunteers who put in so much time, love, and care into making this one of the best cake shows in the nation.  Club and non-club members, local and not-so-local people … we love you all!  Thank you so much for giving your time and talents.



We are very fortunate to have such a variety of cake-related vendors attend our show.  We hope our attendees loaded up on goodies and toys!


Speaking of goodies, who went home with all the raffle prizes I wanted?!?  There were so many wonderful items this year, I’m sure everyone had a hard time choosing which to put their tickets in.


If a meteor hit Austin, the cake world would be devastated!  We had so many talented instructors bring their tips and tricks to our show.  We hope you enjoyed the many available mini and celebrity classes with world-famous sugar art instructors.

On-site Events

2012 featured our first Texas Cake Club Challenge!  We invited teams of 2 from Texan cake clubs to compete in a Royal Wedding themed on-site event.  This year showcased the Dallas Cake Club, Friendly Frosters (Lubbock), and our own Capital Confectioners.  Each team had 3 hours to create a wedding cake fit for a king!  The special twist was that each team got the assistance of a local Connally High School student with remarkable experience in cake decorating.

The Celebrity Panel Demonstration on Sunday featured Mike McCarey, Lauren Kitchens, Marina Sousa, Jay Qualls, James Rosselle, Roland and Marsha Winbeckler.  The Panel theme this year was “Cake Wrecks to Sunday Sweets”.  Each demonstrator was challenged to take a popular cake from Cake Wrecks and show the audience how to turn it into a fabulous looking cake.

Tasting Competition

Our special sponsor for 2012 was King Arthur Flour.  Winners of our tasting competition enjoyed several prizes including gift certificates to purchase King Arthur Flour products.  Competition categories included: birthday cakes, cupcakes, Renaissance cakes, and cookie.

Best of Tasting Competition
Angela Pineda

Divisional Competition

We had over 300 competition entries this year!  Here are the “Best of Division” winners:

Best of Division: Teen
Evelyn Santos

Best of Division: Culinary Student
Shana Newell

Best of Division: Adult Beginner
Natalie Elliott

Best of Division: Adult Intermediate AND
Best of Divisional Competition (overall)
Palma Felicias Iacobellis

Best of Division: Adult Advanced
Diana Parrish

Best of Division: Professional
Joy Iverson

Best of Division: Masters
Michelle Foster

Show Cakes

There were so many exciting Show Cakes this year.

Show Cakes: 3rd Place
Sylvia Wilson

Show Cakes: 2nd Place
Burton Farnsworth

Show Cakes: 1st Place
Elizabeth Rowe

 You can view all of this year’s winners on our slide show here:

Hope you had a great time!  We’re excited to announce next year’s theme:

Cake to the Air

All Clear for Cake Off!


What a whirlwind the last few days have been!  We hope everyone enjoyed our annual That Takes The Cake Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition.  In the next few days we’ll be posting all about the fun we had and the friends we made.  Here’s just a quick note about the raffle prizes for those that might have missed out.

All of the unclaimed raffle prize winners have been accounted for and have provided their contact information on the back of their winning tickets.  We have already contacted the majority of our unclaimed prize winners.  Thank you so very much for participating!


The following is a request from club member Angela:

EGG SHELLS NEEDED for Confetti Eggs at School Carnival in March.  If you are willing to help I would GREATLY appreciate it.  Please crack eggs leaving approximately 2/3 of the eggshell intact, wash, and returned to its original container.  Please e-mail a note if you will be able to donate!!!  I will then make arrangements to pick up the eggs from you!

With the annual cake show just around the corner, it’s time to get crackin’!


Several new faces this meeting!  Welcome, all!

Pearland had their Day of Sharing last weekend.  The demonstrators’ handouts are now available online on their website:  On February 5th, the Texas ICES will have their Day of Sharing in Montgomery, TX.  Please visit their website for more information:

The club is a buzz with excitement for our upcoming 8th annual That Takes The Cake Sugar Art Show and Cake Competition.  We announced some volunteer opportunities and perks.  Please use our online volunteer registration form if you’re interested:  We’d like volunteers to work a minimum of a 5 hour shift.  It’s a whole lot of fun, so don’t miss out!

Irene is hoping to get her hands on some of these darling cake pendants to sell at the show:

Our next monthly club meeting will be a little different.  We bumped the date up to February 7th (to free up Valentines Day).  It will also be at Make It Sweet‘s brand new location:

Crossroads Shopping Center
9070 Research Boulevard
Austin, TX

That will be our last club meeting before the big show!  We’ll be doing some projects for the show at this meeting and also at several smaller meetings during the month.  Lots to do and not much more time to do it in!  Check back on our blog, Facebook, and MeetUp pages for updates on when we’re meeting and where.

This meeting’s demonstration was given by our new member: Kathleen Boyce.  She shared with us some techniques for creating a purse cake.

Kathleen also brought in the dragon cake she learned to make in Sylvia Wilson’s class:

Big thanks to Kathleen for sharing with us and to Charlotte for the yummy desserts!



Cake Wrecks Book Tour
November 15, 2011
Austin, TX


Cake Wrecks, the famous blog of professional cakes gone bad, finished up its second book tour across the USA.  They were promoting their latest book, Wreck the Halls, just in time for the “Hole Days”.  Capital Confectioners was there to make sure we represent.




We had a gut-busting good time!  Jen and John Yates, authors of Cake Wrecks, had several slide shows of unimaginable cakes and fun stories to share with us.  Each book tour stop involved a cupcake wreck-plica contest and a local bakery that volunteered to feed the masses.  There were so many fantastic cupcakes!  Here are a few:




Blue Note Bakery from south Austin shared her “cake bars”, showing some true Austin colors.



The entire night, this handsome guy kept staring back at us:



This is Hugh Jackman’s head by Kimberly Chapman over at  Pop over there for a better back story!




This really was a fun night, lots of laughs and sugar!  We’re hoping Jen and John will be back in town in February for our annual “That Takes The Cake” Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition.  Here’s the entire photo gallery:



Early Contestant Registration for That Takes The Cake 2012 is now open online!

Registration before February 19, 2012 is now required (except for Child & Junior division entries) to help us plan space needs. One registration fee includes all general competition entries for each participant. Competition registration includes General Admission to the show for the weekend for the competitor. Competition registration for entrants under 18 includes General Admission for the competitor and one accompanying adult. There will be no refunds of entry or registration fees. Entry fees for Child and Junior are waived, but registration prior to the show is encouraged.

Divisional Competition

Early Registration (ends January 15, 2012): $20
General Registration (ends February 19, 2012): $25
Child (12 & under) Registration (ends February 19, 2012) or at the door (February 25, 2012): FREE

Showcake Competition

For each 48″w x 29″h round table (ends February 19, 2012): $25

Tasting Competition

Any number of entries * (ends February 19, 2012): $15

*Entry fee is waived when combined with a Divisional or Showcake Competition entry.


Halloween Pumpkin Cake with Chris Cantrell and Irene Hackbarth

Last Sunday’s students got a little spooky with the latest club class by Chris Cantrell and Irene Hackbarth!  Halloween pumpkins were shaped by using bundt cakes, ice cream cones, and some handy buttercream techniques.

Scary spiders, worms, and rats made this holiday treat complete!

A big thank you to the instructors, volunteers, and students that made this another fun class!


Be sure to check out next month’s class: “Turkey Trot”


Austin, TX

November 15, 2011

Round Rock High School Library
301 Deepwood Dr.
Round Rock, TX 78681

Jen and John Yates from Cake Wrecks have launched their 3rd USA tour to promote their latest book Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks get “Festive”.  They will be in our area on Tuesday, November 15th (7:00 PM) at the Round Rock High School’s Library.  Expect to see many club members’ shining faces!!!  RSVP at the eVite here!

NEWS: If you have a professional licensed kitchen, the Cake Wrecks tour  is still looking for someone interested in donating the official cake for the Austin event.  Please contact them via their Cake Wrecks site.