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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:

 

I reviewed Composi-Mold on my blog after the folks who make it contacted the club through our page, and I am so impressed by it that I’ll be doing a demo of it along with Jennifer for the August club meeting. Until then you can get a preview of what it’s all about here.

Note that this is me speaking as myself and the club does not endorse specific products, although the club is happy to help bring vendors and cake decorators together.

 

A few of our club members went to the 2013 Frosting Creators of San Antonio Day of Sharing on May 5. We had a lovely time with our sister cake club! One of our members, Kimberly Chapman, brought home a blue ribbon for her gummy version of the US flag.

We love introducing people from the cake world to each other and fostering partnerships that help everyone. To that end, our president Kyla Myers took one of Earlene Moore’s tiara molds over to the Simi Cakes booth for some isomalt.

Michelle Galprin helped Kyla get the isomalt into the mold, and below is a photo of Irene Hackbarth (our treasurer), Kyla, Michelle, and Gwen Drake (our historian) working to get the piece out of the mold:

Taking an isomalt tiara out of a mold

Having quality molds and quality isomalt makes decorating easier!

It worked very well, as you can see from this photo later at Earlene’s booth:

isomalt tiara

Such amazing possibilities with these products!

We love our vendor partners and friends, and it was great seeing them at such a lovely event. Thank you to Frosting Creators and everyone involved!

 

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!

 

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

 

In case any of my compatriots here were wondering if you could do those lovely gelatin floral art pieces we see at the show every year in gummy, the answer is yes. And in case you were dying to know if you could instead make a serpentine eyeball, the answer is also yes.

I Sssssee You – Gelatin Floral Art Meets Gummy and My Bizarre Brain

 

I’ve posted a slightly updated version of my gummy tutorial/recipe on my food blog (it used to just be on my website), including a photo-free version for easier printing.

Basic Gummy Recipe and Tutorial

 

FYI, I just made a blog post about eye placement on snowmen cookies, and they happen to be the cookies I brought to the Capital Confectioners holiday party, so you all ate these crazy things. :)

The Subtleties of Eye Placement

 

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!