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Day of Sharing 2012

Capital Confectioners would like to thank all our demonstrators, vendors, donors, volunteers, and audience members for making our 2012 Day of Sharing so wonderful!  Our 2012 theme was Holidays.  Here’s a re-cap for those who had to miss out (we missed you too!):

First up was Austin’s own Yvette Humbert, who shared her techniques for making “New Year’s Eve” party heels using tulle.  This kit and several more are available on her website here.

Next was Dawn Parrott from Houston and her filigree Christmas ornaments piped with Royal Icing.  Be sure to check out her new dvds!

Kathleen Lange showed us several Lambeth techniques to sweeten up any Valentine’s day.  Kathleen travels throughout the country with her special Lambeth Boot Camp classes.

 For a special mom-to-be, here is Ximena Sempertegui‘s chic baby carriage cake topper.  Her kits are available through her website here.

Last but not least was Alan Dunn‘s Fall Floral display.  We were thrilled to have Alan visit from across the pond.  Alan introduced us to working with cold porcelain.

For lunch we had some absolutely scrumptious tacos from the Peached Tortilla.  If a craving hits you, check out their website for their food truck locations!

Thank you to all the club members and volunteers who contributed to the holiday treat filled dessert table!

Congratulations to our own Ellen Cromwell for winning this year’s “Heart of the Club” award!  Ellen, thank you for all that you do for us!

Thanks again for all who attended!  Here is our photo slide show:

Silly.

 

 

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:

 

 

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!

 

Capital Confectioners’ volunteers are still busy wrapping up Day of Sharing details and already on to planning for 2012′s That Takes the Cake! Show, and I’m plugging away at a booklet and other details for my Gummy class in a week and a half, so there’s no time for a themed post right now. So here are some fun links I found today in no particular order:

PS With peaches in season, I’ve been gathering a list of peach recipes. If you’ve got one, email me or post a comment here and it might get featured on a later post! Friday’s post will feature recipes from Day of Sharing, so if you donated a dessert and want to share your recipe, send it to me at press AT capitalconfectioners dot com.

 

Check out what I found on Kickstarter last night: tessellating cookie cutters!

Cookie Connections – Clever Cookie Cutters Cut Clever Cookies

Don’t those look awesome? And the pledge rewards are ridiculously low-priced! I want this guy to succeed (no I don’t know him or anything, I just think these are way cool), so I pledged $20. Spread the word: let’s get some funky holiday cutters produced right here in Austin!

 

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:

 

Today on Quick Bites we’re stuffed full of inspiration for your baking needs for Independence Day a week from today. No, really: there’s stuffing going on in at least one of these recipes!

As with the Memorial Day post, I looked for desserts beyond the obvious staple of a flag made out of an arrangement of blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream. Here are links to pictures, recipes, and tutorials ranging from simple and cute to “how the heck did they do THAT?!” Enjoy.

Got a Fourth of July recipe/technique I missed? Post it in the comments! I may even do a second post later in the week if I find enough other goodies to share.

PS If you happen to be Canadian, as I am, we’ve got your July 1 holiday goodness (beyond arranged strawberries on whipped cream) here: Canadian Flag Mini Cupcakes, Maple Shortbread, and don’t forget the Nanaimo Bars (links to official recipes at the bottom)! And yes, I’m pondering how one could possibly pull off the Glorious Treats American Flag Cake above but using the Canadian Flag instead…ooo, a challenge! Muahahaha!