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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 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:


Our latest newsletter is here, and it features bios from some of the wonderful instructors we’re hosting as part of the 2013 That Takes the Cake! Sugar Arts Show.

Sign up for Celebrity Classes here.

Sign up for the newly announced Mini Classes here.


We’ve got some phenomenal classes lined up for the next show so grab your spots while you can! Plus there’s an Early Bird Discount of 10% until Saturday, October 26. That’s just over a week so book now and save!

List and Registration

Here are some photos of the cakes you’ll be making in your classes:

Lambeth Bootcamp 301 and 401

Lambeth Bootcamp 301 and 401 with Kathleen Lange

Dragonflies & Water Lilies

Dragonflies & Water Lilies with Rick Reichart

Peacock Cake

Peacock Cake with Rick Reichart

UT Tower

UT Tower with Mike McCarey

Life-Size Sculpted Football Helmet

Life-Size Sculpted Football Helmet with Lauren Kitchens

New Trends in Gumpaste Flowers

New Trends in Gumpaste Flowers with Nicholas Lodge

Master Course in the Nirvana Technique

Master Course in the Nirvana Technique with Mary Jo Dowling

Fashion Unzipped

Fashion Unzipped with Joshua John Russell

There’s also a class called “Stylish Sparkling Wedding Cakes” with Marina Sousa but we don’t have the photo for that yet.

Some of these classes will fill fast, so register for your spot now and get that 10% discount!


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!


Contact: Kyla Myers


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 . 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


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.


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

Here’s a list and schedule:

Wednesday June 6th, 6-9pm or Sunday June 10th, 2-5pm

Wednesday July 11th, 6-9pm or Sunday July 15th, 2-5pm

Wednesday August 15th, 6-9pm or Sunday August 12th, 2-5pm

Wednesday September 12th, 6-9pm or Sunday September 16th, 2-5pm

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.


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!


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”


“Crazy Pizza Cakes” with Brian Stevens

Another successful Capital Confectioners class!  A big thank you to Brian Stevens for teaching the class about the color wheel, color theory, airbrushing basics, and how to use torches!  Everyone’s “pizza” turned out fabulous and I can personally attest that we no longer fear the airbrush.

Brian demonstrated airbrushing using different tricks and techniques, including stenciling and creating a gradient.  He walked us through the different parts to an airbrush and shared his preferences in tools.

After learning about the color wheel, the class tackled creating their own colors from the primary colors … and we even discovered something interesting.  Be warned!  Americolor airbrush blue + red does not make purple!

We were given 12″ round cakes to carve, ice, and cover with fondant.  Brian showed us how he utilizes multiple colors and passes to create an organic and realistic coloring to the pizza crust.

Chris and Chrissy working intently!

The pizza toppings comprised of red or white buttercream “sauce”, shredded fondant “cheese”, and different fondant “toppings”.  No one held back!  Every pizza turned out supreme.

One of Brian’s favorite tools … the torch.

What a fun class!  Hope you join us next time.  Here’s our 2011 class photo gallery: