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The amazing Chris Cantrell and I are collaborating on a big showpiece cake that will be served at Day of Sharing. Here’s a teaser pic I just posted to my own food/cake blog in a post about how you can evoke emotion with googly eyes on fondant figures:

Monkey Teasers

Partially completed fondant monkeys.

If you want to see the completed monkeys, their friends, and the rest of the awesome cake in person, be sure to register for Day of Sharing right away! For those who are coming, I’ll be giving the monkeys away so bring a small container if you’d like to try to snag one to take home. There will only be 16, although there’ll be plenty of cake for everybody.


We’re super excited about our upcoming Day of Sharing!  Want a sneak peek of the goodies that will be there???


One of the many fabulous raffle prizes!

One of our big-ticket raffle items!


I need to put in some serious hours today towards a collaborative showpiece cake and my demonstration for Capital Confectioners’ Day of Sharing but I saw two more fun Fourth of July treats I just had to share, both via CraftGossip:

Also, Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks! This also marks the third anniversary of my family’s arrival in Austin. I shall now celebrate both by going into the kitchen to make a bunch of fondant monkey torsos and some more gummy goodness, all for Day of Sharing. Hope to see you there!


I found more Fourth of July goodies to share, and I’m sure more will come over the weekend as well. However, since all of the core volunteers at Capital Confectioners are working like crazy to present an amazing Day of Sharing, blog posts are going to be a little less frequent as we approach that date.

For now here are some more Independence Day desserts:


The early bird registration cost of only $40 for the day-long, demo-filled, foodtastic event that is the Capital Confectioners’ Day of Sharing closes tomorrow, June 25. After that, it goes up to $55, and it is possible that we’ll reach room capacity and have to turn people away. So save fifteen bucks and secure your spot now!

Last I heard, almost all the spots for the post-Day of Sharing class “Sexy Stilletto Workshop” with Roxanne Moore were almost filled as well, so if you’re interested in that, better act fast. You can register for that at the same time as Day of Sharing here.

There’s still also time to sign up to volunteer, although please note that volunteers still need to register to get in. At our cake show, volunteers who put in enough hours get in free, but Day of Sharing is largely a fundraiser for the cake show and other community events, so we ask that everybody register. I’m doing a demo as a volunteer, plus baking, plus promo stuff, and I’ve already paid up!

One of the things needed from volunteers are desserts in keeping with this year’s theme of “Let’s Go Bananas!” We’re looking for brown and yellow treats in pre-cut form, about 2-3 dozen servings. The desserts don’t have to be banana-flavoured, but novel banana recipes will definitely be appreciated!

Here’s a banana recipe tip I learned from Alton Brown: if you’ve got bananas that are starting to get brown and you don’t have time to bake with them right away, don’t throw them out! Throw them in the freezer, peel and all. The peel will go dark but the banana inside is still perfectly good for cooking. When you want to bake with them, let them sit out for a couple of hours to defrost (put them on a plate so they don’t leave a condensation puddle), then simply snip off the bottom tip and squeeze them down and out into a bowl. They come out mushy since the cell walls have been broken down, but it works well for baking; in fact, no mashing required!

So remember: sign up for Day of Sharing now and come eat yummy food all day while you learn nifty cake decorating techniques!

Gummy Smiley

Have A Nice Day!

Yes, you’ll learn how to make that happy little guy at Day of Sharing! Register now!


I didn’t post a Quick Bites today because I was hanging with the awesome Chris Cantrell in her cake-home paradise as we planned our mega showpiece cake for Day of Sharing.

Then this evening I did this:

Gummy Lego Minifig

So now who wants to come learn hands-on how to make one? Space is limited so sign up soon! If there’s high enough demand I might schedule a second class as well. All proceeds go to benefit Capital Confectioners!


Your friendly neighbourhood Capital Confectioners volunteers have been working hard for months to bring you the best Day of Sharing we can, but we’ve all been kicking into extra-high-gear in the last few days and going forward to the actual event. You still have a few days to register at the early-bird discount price of $40 at But after June 25, the price goes up to $55. You can pay that at the door as well, but we’ve come close to selling out in previous years and the room only has so much capacity, so register in advance to be sure of getting in and to save money!

Event Details:

Sunday July 10, 2011 9 am to 5 pm

Registration includes continental breakfast, catered lunch, and desserts donated by our members including a special showpiece cake

Wingate by Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center
1209 North Interstate Highway 35
Round Rock, TX 78664

Want to help out? Be sure to sign up on the Volunteer Page to bring a dessert, sit at the registration table, help with the raffle, etc. Capital Confectioners is 100% volunteer-powered, so join our winning team and pitch in!


Was too busy today to put a full post together, sorry. Worked on stuff for the Day of Sharing and Gummy class most of the day.

But I stumbled across more atypical Fathers’ Day stuff: Lola’s Cake posted some great dad’s hobby cupcakes on Flickr. Via Cupcakes Take The Cake.

I love that they’re miniatures, that they can be customized to suit any dad’s interests, and that they’re adorable!


We had a great meeting tonight with lots of new members! Yay! We’re so thrilled new people came and hope they’ll come again!

Irene Hackbarth did a fantastic demo of bride and groom themed discs that would work wonderfully on both cupcakes and cookies. Hopefully someone took some photos and will send them in or post them.

Chris Cantrell made several flavours of delectable cupcakes. Yum!

We talked a lot about our upcoming Day of Sharing on Sunday, July 10. This is a day-long event filled with cake decorating demonstrations, plus you get a continental breakfast, a catered lunch, and desserts baked by our members all for only $40 if you register by June 25, $55 after that. See the link for more details and to register now! Don’t miss it!

I brought along one of my experiments that I’ll be including in my demonstration of advanced gummy techniques. I posted about it here.

And don’t forget to check out the calendar on the left side of our pages here for our upcoming classes.

There’s lots to do at Capital Confectioners, so join us whenever you can! We want to share our passion for sugar arts with you! And all funds go right back to the club so we can keep spreading the goodness throughout our community.


Apparently it’s National Strawberry Shortcake Day! I didn’t have links gathered for that, but luckily Yum Sugar has a post full of strawberry shortcake recipes for you to try.

If you’re in the Austin area, come to the Capital Confectioners’ Club meeting tonight! 7 pm at IHOP (South Mopac), 1101 S Mo Pac Expy Austin, in the back meeting room. We alternate our monthly meetings across several north and south locations to accommodate members from the whole area.

Our meetings start with club business (this month will feature a lot of discussion about our classes and the upcoming Day of Sharing), and then a member gives a demonstration of a decorating technique. Someone always brings an awesome dessert as well.

We don’t charge for meetings although if you come regularly, we ask that you officially join the club for $24 a year. So come on out and see what we’re up to. We’re very friendly. You can even bring the family, especially if you’ve got older kids who want to learn about cake decorating.

Hope to see you there! Tell your friends!