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A week from today, Capital Confectioners will be hosting our monthly meeting. This time we’ll be focusing on organizing volunteers for our colossal cake show at the end of February.

So if you’re in the Austin area and want to help at the show – which can earn you some spiffy perks if you put in enough hours – come to this meeting and let us know who you are and what you want to do.

We will also have volunteer sign-up forms on the website soon, but what’s really important about next Tuesday’s meeting is getting more people involved in leadership roles. We want to meet you, discuss your strengths and expertise, and help you find the best and most fun ways you can help us. (Update: The web link for the volunteer form is here, so please fill in your available times asap even if you’re going to discuss specifics at the meeting).

What sort of things need to be done? Lots, including but certainly not limited to: set up and break down, competitor registration and management, hospitality, vendor care, supply management, event/class management and assistance, kids table help, general public management (including guarding cakes against poking fingers), and more. It takes a small army of volunteers to run one of the nation’s largest sugar arts shows!

If you’ve volunteered before, you still should come if you can, because we’re making changes to how perks are earned and other details.

Remember: the coolest volunteer jobs go to the most dedicated, long-term volunteers! For instance, getting to be the assistant at a celebrity class is something we reserve for someone who has also put in tons of hours doing other stuff. So come on out and join our team to not only put on the best cake show ever, but get your own fun slice too!

The meeting is 7 pm, Tuesday January 10, in the conference room at the back of the IHOP by Zilker Park (1101 S Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX). Further details and RSVP are here. If you’re not already a member of the club, you may need to create an account here first.

We don’t require dues for the first meeting or two. You can definitely check us out for free first! So if you’re keen to volunteer for the show but not necessarily commit to being a club member all year, that’s fine. Come to the Tuesday meeting anyway. We’re happy to have you for what time you can share!

 

Capital Confectioners volunteers are all recovering today after our fantastic Day of Sharing yesterday. We will be posting lots of followup information soon, including a wrap-up, photos, Chris Cantrell’s fabulous banana cake recipe, how to make fondant monkeys, and more. If you have other questions, feel free to post them as comments here and we’ll track down answers for you later in the week. Comments on any part of Day of Sharing are also welcome, including if there’s something you’d like to be repeated or changed in the future. Tell us what worked, what didn’t, etc. so we can tailor these events to your needs.

Thank you to our sponsors, vendors, volunteers, demonstrators, and attendees for an awesome day!

And always keep your eye on our calendar for upcoming classes, meetings, and events! Our monthly club meeting is tomorrow night, so come join us if you want to hang out some more (details in the calendar at the side or at http://www.meetup.com/cakedecorating-132/). We’d love to see you there.

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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!

 

Today on Quick Bites: yummy-looking recipes I want to try soon. Here they are arranged in a convenient daily meal plan:

If you’ve made any of these, let us know how they turned out! What recipes have you seen online that you’re dying to try?

And seriously, I’m considering trying that pie sometime soon to bring to one of Capital Confectioners’ monthly meetings. That’s right, if you come to our meetings, one of our members always brings a dessert to share! We meet the second Tuesday of every month, so check the calendar on our Meetup page to find out where the next meeting will be and come join us!