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We had a fabulous Day of Sharing on Sunday and are very grateful to everyone who came! Here’s a summary of some of the things discussed and links the instructors wanted you to know about.

Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

First was Kerri Morris who showed us how to make a lovely Art Deco cake. She mentioned Bake Magazine, which is free for “qualified readers with managerial responsibilities in the retail, bakery cafe and intermediate wholesaler baking business in the United States and Canada” according to their website. She’s participating in contest and would love votes here.

Kerri’s Art Deco cake. Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Next was Lauren Kitchens who demonstrated a modelling chocolate luggage box and had us all in stitches with her great stories and gossip. She also talked about pricing issues and her recent Yoda cake. Someone mentioned that she had a coupon for her Craftsy class on her website but I don’t see it on there…if I get a link I’ll update this later (UPDATE: go to http://fancycakesblog.com/classes/ and scroll down to the Cityscape Cakes section for a link to the coupon!).

Photo from Lauren’s blog.

Lauren Kitchens and Mary Carmen Del Rio on the stage at our Day of sharing. Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Lauren also has a YouTube video that show you her recipe and methodology for making modelling chocolate:

And a video on how not to do it!

Next, Mary Carmen Del Rio demonstrated a multi-tiered cake using non-toxic markers for decorative accents:

Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Then Jennifer Bartos of Make it Sweet demonstrated the new Icing Images Sweet Accents system, and one was given away as a door prize!

Samples from the Icing Images Sweet Accent system on a cake. Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Our last demonstrator was Stephen Benison, who demonstrated his Fabric Flower technique, for which he also sells stencils on his site.

Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Stephen has a how-to video on the Fabric Flowers here:

Stephen also demonstrated some other techniques, like his Funky Flowers, mini flowers, and other cake accents, as well as showing what students learned in the extended classes in the days before the Day of Sharing:

Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Photo by Sandra Berkshier.

Stephen would love some more Likes on his Facebook page!

The winner of this year’s Heart of the Club award went to Chris Cantrell! The club honours you for your contributions through the years, Chris!

Photo by Tien Bui.

Kimberly Chapman posted a full tutorial on how to make the purse cake balls she brought, so those of you who didn’t get one can make and chomp your own!

Photo by Kimberly Chapman.

Here’s a link to a compilation video showing more photos and some video clips from the demonstrations.

Thank you to everyone who attended, to our fabulous instructors, and to our sponsors:

 

We’re thrilled to announce that two more cakes by our members and show participants have been featured on CakeWrecks’ Sunday Sweets edition, where they highlight some of the best cakes around!

Sunday Sweets: Beatle Mania

First was Tammi Luckey who won 1st Place Professioinal – Tiered Novelty or Special Occasion in 2012 for this beautiful tiered Beatles tribute:

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Tammi Luckey 1st Place Professioinal – Tiered Novelty or Special Occasion in 2012

The second is the Rattles one further down the page, which is by Kimberly Chapman and won 1st Place Adult Intermediate – Novelty/Special Occasion Tiered, plus Best of Division – Adult Intermediate in 2009:

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Kimberly Chapman – 1st Place Adult Intermediate – Novelty/Special Occasion Tiered, plus Best of Division – Adult Intermediate in 2009

It goes to show why everyone should come to our cake show: we have the best cakes around, all in one place for you to see in person!

 

Looking for more photos from our recent show? We collect visitor photos in our Flickr pool each year. This year’s link is here:

2012 – Cake-a-lot

Pools from previous years:

2011 – Superheroes and Super villains

2010 – Cake Odyssey

General Capital Confectioners Pool

 

I happened to be looking for something else on CraftGossip and accidentally lingered looking at some lovelies. So even though I rarely have time to post Quick Bites anymore (since they turned out not to be very quick on my end!), here are a few gems:

 

Oakleaf Cakes made a life-sized Storm Trooper cake for a sci-fi convention. Even better, they photographed many steps along the way so if you’ve ever wondered what kind of structures are inside one of these amazing cakes, go check out their blog entry and photo slideshow here.

I considered sharing an image but a) I’m lazy b) I’m busy and most importantly c) I really want you to go look at their page!

 

I haven’t had time to post Quick Bites lately (and in part because I’m not sure many were reading them…more comments would inspire more posts!), but I stumbled across this gem on Google+ and had to share:

Strawberry Mascarpone Cream Cake (or Ice Cream Cake)

Strawberry Mascarpone Cream Cake

Photo from SheSimmers.com.

Leela of SheSimmers.com has a brilliant yet simple methodology of assembling this lovely cake and she shows you how in photos on the linked page. Brava Leela!

 

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.

 

Today on Quick Bites, lots of fun with cupcakes!

Making Cupcakes

Amazing Cupcakes

 

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!

 

In case you haven’t heard, there’s some kind of movie coming out today. Something about a hirsute boy wizard with a thing for ceramics and fermented dairy products. Wait, I’m confused…

In other words, today’s Quick Bites are all about the butterbeer, snitches, chocolate frogs, and other Potter goodies!

Late addition! I spied Bake at 350′s very own Butterbeer Cookies and since she passed on Sugarcrafter’s link above, wanted to make sure to include her own awesome cookies as well!