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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:

 

Come one and all to our monthly meeting tonight! 7 pm at Make it Sweet. New folks always welcome. We’re very newbie-friendly, and you don’t have to have any experience decorating cakes or anything. Come by and check us out. Details here.

Secondly, I heard on KUT this morning about the Texas Pie Kitchen, which trains low income adults in culinary skills. They need volunteer bakers to help out, so if you’re interested, click the link and find out more. Or maybe buy some pies. Mmmm, pies….

 

Announcing two new classes coming this fall at the Amazing Kakes classroom taught by guest instructor Kimberly Chapman.

First is another Flexible, Edible Stained Glass class which this time will feature two small holiday-themed stained glass panels designed specifically for this class.

Sunday October 14th: 10-5pm $100

Next is a Mini Turkey Cake class which is a really good beginner-level class for those who want to learn about fondant, but will also have some tips suitable for intermediates and higher. Students will be making the smaller ones shown in the photo below, but it’s really easy to scale it up. Several club members were disappointed when a class on this cake was cancelled last year because of insufficient sign-ups before the deadline (a week before the class), so sign up now if you’re interested!

Sunday November 4, noon to 5 pm. $45

If you’re a club member and teaching a class, let us know so we can post it here for you!

 

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!

 

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!

 

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!

 

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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