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Some folks in Oklahoma are trying to get a Cottage Food Law similar to Texas’ passed and are requesting that we spread the word about their petition, so please share this URL and sign it!

http://signon.org/s/Y3L_aD

This is literally about freedom and apple pie!

 

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!

 

Meet Genevieve Levicki!!

A little background info:
Just recently moved to Austin from LA
What do you do other than cakes?
I’m a cake decorator and I own a web development company with my husband  (BeepBoopBop)
If you had to pick just one dessert, what would be your favorite?
Ice Cream.
What is one thing that makes you Genevieve?
I use to sing in a couple bands- Justin Riner Project, Loverlee and Calamity Magnet.

Show us some of your awesome cakes:

“Having a penchant for fun and creativity, I decided to follow a dream and a love for baking and decorating cakes. I enjoy doing just about anything that requires working with my hands, whether it be making a cake or building shelves. With an eye and disposition for detail I put my whole heart and soul into everything I do. I love, love, love eating good tasting food and that carries through to my desire to serve it.

An artist at heart, creative to my bones, determined to attain perfection and never fail. That is me.”

Check out some of Genevieve’s links:
www.nerdforcakes.com
www.facebook.com/nerdforcakes
www.pinterest.com/nerdforcakes
www.genevievelevicki.com
www.beepboopbop.net

 

Thanks for being our first spotlight! We’re so glad to have you in the club and we can’t wait to see more of your creations.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kyla Myers
Email: president@capitalconfectioners.com

INTERNATIONAL CAKE STARS COME TO AUSTIN

AUSTIN, Texas – July 3, 2012

Capital Confectioners’ 2012 “Day of Sharing” will feature demonstrations by local, national, and international sugar arts experts including the UK’s famed flower maker Alan Dunn.

“Alan Dunn has been creating botanically perfect flowers for some 20 years,” said Kyla Myers, president of Capital Confectioners. “He literally wrote the book on the subject – almost a dozen of them!”

Dunn is a sought-after presenter, having taught extensively throughout the UK as well as in the US, Canada, Japan, Holland, Sweden, The Channel Islands, Brazil, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand.

“It’s been over a decade since he’s taught in Texas, so we’re thrilled to be hosting him at our event this year,” Myers said.

Other demonstrations will be provided by Yvette Humbert, Dawn Parrott, Kathleen Lange, and Lorraine McKay. This year’s theme is “Holidays”, so presenters will be incorporating that into their demonstrations and club volunteers will do likewise with donated desserts for all.

Registration is now open at http://dos.capitalconfectioners.com/registration.php . The cost is $45 ($50 after August 1) and includes all demonstrations, a continental breakfast, and a catered lunch. Vendors and raffles offer extra goodies for budget-friendly prices. Additional classes with Dunn and several other demonstrators are also available before and after the event.

More Information:

2012 Capital Confectioners’ Day of Sharing
Sunday, August 19, 8 am – 5 pm
Connally High School, 13212 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78753

This annual fundraising and educational event is hosted by Capital Confectioners’ Cake Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing, promoting, encouraging, and expanding the appreciation and practice of the arts of cake decorating, confections, and related media. More information about the club is available at www.capitalconfectioners.org.

 

For those who have been waiting to be able to take little kids to a cake decorating class, or for me to offer classes in my flexible, edible stained glass technique, your wishes are now granted!

Dates, cost, other details, and registration

If the classes fill up or at least do well, more will be offered later.

 

Our beloved and talented friend Chris Cantrell has some beautiful new self-portraits in this press release from Crooked Brook:

Chris Cantrell of Custom Order Cakes Designs Chef Coats with Crooked Brook

Check her out in her spiffy new blue coat!

Chris Cantrell

 

One of our club’s longest-running members, Yvette Humbert, is offering a series of Masters classes for only $50 per class! You can pick and choose your sessions, or prepay 5 and get the 6th session free, which is a great deal. She offers them on either Wednesday evenings or Sunday afternoons to fit a variety of schedules.

Check out details and sign up at http://theclassroomatamazingkakes.com/Class_Calendar.html.

Here’s a list and schedule:

Technique 1: BATTENBURG LACE
Wednesday June 6th, 6-9pm or Sunday June 10th, 2-5pm

Technique 2: BRUSH EMBROIDERY
Wednesday July 11th, 6-9pm or Sunday July 15th, 2-5pm

Technique 3: MONET STYLE PAINTING ON CAKES
Wednesday August 15th, 6-9pm or Sunday August 12th, 2-5pm

Technique 4: RIBBON EMBROIDERY
Wednesday September 12th, 6-9pm or Sunday September 16th, 2-5pm

Technique 5: 3-D PATCHWORK CUTTERS
Wednesday October 10th, 6-9pm or Sunday October 7th, 2-5pm

Technique 6: CUT RELIEF
Wednesday November 21st, 6-9pm or Sunday November 18th, 2-5pm

 

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.

Volunteers

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.

 

Vendors

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!


Raffles

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.

Classes

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:

https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=ddfwq3tp_7gw7hgxf8

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

Cake to the Air

All Clear for Cake Off!

 

A week from today, Capital Confectioners will be hosting our monthly meeting. This time we’ll be focusing on organizing volunteers for our colossal cake show at the end of February.

So if you’re in the Austin area and want to help at the show – which can earn you some spiffy perks if you put in enough hours – come to this meeting and let us know who you are and what you want to do.

We will also have volunteer sign-up forms on the website soon, but what’s really important about next Tuesday’s meeting is getting more people involved in leadership roles. We want to meet you, discuss your strengths and expertise, and help you find the best and most fun ways you can help us. (Update: The web link for the volunteer form is here, so please fill in your available times asap even if you’re going to discuss specifics at the meeting).

What sort of things need to be done? Lots, including but certainly not limited to: set up and break down, competitor registration and management, hospitality, vendor care, supply management, event/class management and assistance, kids table help, general public management (including guarding cakes against poking fingers), and more. It takes a small army of volunteers to run one of the nation’s largest sugar arts shows!

If you’ve volunteered before, you still should come if you can, because we’re making changes to how perks are earned and other details.

Remember: the coolest volunteer jobs go to the most dedicated, long-term volunteers! For instance, getting to be the assistant at a celebrity class is something we reserve for someone who has also put in tons of hours doing other stuff. So come on out and join our team to not only put on the best cake show ever, but get your own fun slice too!

The meeting is 7 pm, Tuesday January 10, in the conference room at the back of the IHOP by Zilker Park (1101 S Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX). Further details and RSVP are here. If you’re not already a member of the club, you may need to create an account here first.

We don’t require dues for the first meeting or two. You can definitely check us out for free first! So if you’re keen to volunteer for the show but not necessarily commit to being a club member all year, that’s fine. Come to the Tuesday meeting anyway. We’re happy to have you for what time you can share!

 

 

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 http://www.eat-the-evidence.com/.  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: