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Last Tuesday was our monthly club meeting (every 2nd Tuesday of the month).  We welcomed some new faces, talked cake, celebrated Irene’s October birthday with treats, and watched Brian demonstrate some leathering techniques.

Our “That Takes The Cake” show is shaping up to be, as always, super exciting.  Jennifer gave us an update on who’s coming and what we’ll have in store for competitors and attendees.

There are a few other cake events just around the corner, such as the Arlington Day of Sharing this Sunday:

http://www.sweetsensationscakeclub.com/SweetSensationsCakeShow.htm

Sweet Sensations Day of Sharing
October 16, 2011
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Courtyard Villa
1801 W. Division St.
Arlington, TX  76012

Congrats to Chris Wingler (ha, that’s me!) for her wedding cake appearance in Cake Central Magazine’s Volume 2, Issue 1.

We proposed the club Christmas party to be held at Irene’s house on Sunday, December 4th.  We’ll put together a MeetUp.com event date and provide more information about our cookie exchange.

Our next monthly club class is creating a Halloween Pumpkin Cake with Chris Cantrell and Irene Hackbarth.  This class will be at Make It Sweet on Sunday, October 23rd from 1 – 4:30 PM.  Register here: http://thebigcakecalendar.com/index.php/registration/?cgroup=OCT

During the break we snacked on snicker doodle cookies and spice cupcakes with brown sugar Italian meringue buttercream.

Brian Stevens from Crazy Cakes demonstrated how he creates a leather look on fondant with his texture mat and painting techniques.

This is our first club meeting demo to be video recorded!  Let’s hope we can continue this and share with our members who could not attend.

Thanks for all who attended!  We missed those friends that could not attend.  We look forward to seeing the new faces again!

Photos from club meetings will be posted here.

 

The team behind the Austin cake and sugar arts show (That Takes the Cake!), one of the nation’s largest confections shows, knows that cookie decorating is a hot topic these days and we’d like to include more cookie stuff in the 2012 and future shows (our show is the last weekend of February every year).

However, in the past our cookie categories within the competition have attracted hardly any competitors. We folded cookies in with other general non-cake confections because there seemed to be a lack of interest.

We have cookiers in our club, we know great area cookie folks, and we recognize cookies as a burgeoning art form. But in order to include it in the show, we need to know that our effort and funds are being put to good use.

So if you want to see more cookie stuff at the 2012 or future shows, or possibly even a separate cookie event, speak up!

Leave your comments on this post telling us what you want. Competitions? Classes? Vendors? What would get you to come to the show as a cookier? If you’re in the Austin area and want to volunteer let us know that as well, specifying what you can do to help.

Then spread the word and send your cookie friends here to comment as well!

We’re happy to serve, but we need cookiers to tell us what they want and help make it a success!

Update August 28: Over a week and not one comment. A couple people have mentioned on Twitter that they don’t want to create a WordPress login to comment, but if folks aren’t willing to take a few seconds to do that, how can Capital Confectioners be sure any of them will participate in the show?

If for some technical reason you can’t comment, you can send your message to me at press at capitalconfectioners.com and I will post it for you.

Seriously, last call: if you want a cookie component in one of the nation’s largest sugar arts shows, speak now or forever hold your peace. Or piece of cake, as it may be!

 

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!

 

The governor has signed SB 81 which includes the Texas Cottage Food Law. That means starting in September (and with certain limitations), home bakers can begin to legally sell cakes, cookies, and other non-perishable foods. Yay!

More information is available on the official bill page.

Our own Kelley Masters, who has been spearheading this legislation for over two years, provides an excellent summary as well as maintaining a FaceBook page about the bill. Capital Confectioners is extremely proud to call Kelley a member and we are all deeply indebted to her for her tireless pursuit of this goal.

 

Rumour has it that the Baker’s Bill might die on the Governor’s desk today because he’s “hesitating” on it.

If you care about the freedom to bake from home kitchens in Texas, please call the Governor’s office right now and ask him to sign SB 81.

Then ask all your friends to do likewise!

1-800-252-9600 or 512-463-2000

 

There is HUGE news regarding the Texas Bakers Bill on the advocacy Facebook site. It’s not dead and it needs your help now to make it legal for home bakers to sell their stuff! Check it out right now and contact your reps!

 

Welcome to the updated Capital Confectioners website. Please bear with us while we get things set up!

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