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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:

 

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
http://cakeoricandothat.blogspot.com/p/ruffle-flowers.html

Pom Poms
http://cakeoricandothat.blogspot.com/p/pom-poms.html

Billows
http://cakeoricandothat.blogspot.com/p/billows.html

 

 

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:

 

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!

 

As promised at our last club meeting and in my previous post, here’s a tutorial on how to make a really gross zombie-skin cake:

Zombie Skin: Let’s Bite ‘em Back!

 

I had a big cake win this weekend when I was given permission to make a cake for Weird Al Yankovic during his visit to Austin on his latest album tour. I just posted a tutorial on how I made it, plus some tips on creating for celebrities:

How To Make An Accordion Cake and How To Create For Celebrities

Working on another how-to post for this evening as well!

 

For those who attended our gummy class or are otherwise interested in my experiments on the subject, I’ve posted two updates on my blog of recent nifty discoveries:

Experiments With White Opaque Gummy

Molding Flesh-Like Gummy in Buttercream

 

Nothing beats the Austin heat quite like a serving of ice cream. But which of these are real ice cream and which aren’t?

Use the heat to pretend your ice cream has melted with these Melted Ice Cream Cupcakes by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

Make these Twix Ice Cream Pie Cups by Dollhouse Bake Shoppe.

Ladies’ Home Journal has a recipe for making Mini Ice Cream Pops. Via CraftGossip.

Sweet Sugarbelle has a tutorial on adorable Pastel Popsicle Cookies.

Stump everybody with these cake pops that look like ice cream but then have rainbows inside: Rainbow Ice Cream Cake Bites by Sugar Swings. Via CraftGossip.

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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.

 

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.