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Connie May – Bell Flower, CA

I’ve been baking cakes since I was 23 years ; It all started with wanting a birthday cake for my daughter’s birthday and I never liked the taste of the “store bought” ; Using lard in their frostings tasted horrible; hence my hunt for the best buttercream recipe (this is LONG before the computer generation!).  After taking classes at Hobby City in Buena Park, CA and Classic Cake in Garden Grove (still in business) I found my true calling!  My mother-in-law won an airbrush and Kopy Kake projector and gave them to me as a birthday gift!  I became crazed…
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Michelle Galpern – Palm Bay, FL

Michelle Galpern - Palm Bay, FL Michelle Galpern is a sugar artist, instructor, master mold maker, cake ; She is co-owner of Simi Cakes & Confections, LLC, with her daughter, Sidney ; They travel and teach isomalt sculpting, chocolate, gumpaste, and fondant cake ; Michelle started mold making as a teenager for her father's jewelry store and transitioned to food grade molding where she manufactures Simi's own line of molds and cake decorating tools for sugar ;   Co-owner of Simi Cakes & Confections, LLC 321-543-3492 Twitter @simicakes
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Dave’s All Occasion Cakes – Penryn, Cornwall (UK)

Dave’s All Occasion Cakes - Penryn, Cornwall (UK) Imagine being “discovered” for your baking talents after a pub session!  That’s exactly what gardenhappened to Dave of Dave’s All Occasion ; His “Cinder-fella” story goes something like this:  After hanging out with a cheffy-pal at a local pub, Dave invited this friend back to his home. This chef-friend tasted Dave’s Christmas cake and the rest is history, as they say!  It just so happens that Dave’s first official order was from the very pub he and his friend had visited that fateful night.
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Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes – London

Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes Exclusively custom and exquisitely We recently discovered a place in London that is combining high fashion and buttercream to create amazing works of bakery art. Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes is the place and high fashion bakery items are their specialty. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Valeri, one of the co-founders of Queen of Hearts, and learned a few of her secrets and some incredibly interesting facts. When you see the beautiful and refined creations of the Queen of Hearts you will probably think these ladies have been baking since birth. However,…
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Candy Making – The Art of Amezaiku

The Art of Amezaiku Candy Making - Amezaiku is the fascinating art of rapidly manipulating multi-colored taffy to create sculpted animals and characters. This ancient Japanese candy art tradition requires great skill, for the 200 degree taffy cools quickly and there is little time to work. Before Miyuki, the art was practiced exclusively by men for centuries. Miyuki, also known as Candy 5, is the only female Amezaiku artist in the world. She trained under Master Kimura Takeo in 1994 and not because he was any less chauvinistic than previous artists; she paid him over sixty visits before he finally…
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Lily Sugar Flower Steps by James Rosselle

Lily Sugar Flower Steps By James Rosselle You will need: Gum paste Groove board Rolling pin Lily cutter and Veiner set () Tweezers Ball tools set and mini pizza wheel cutter () 24 gage white wire cut into ¼ A Foam pad   Set up your station.↓ The make-up of a Lily: A lily flower has six petals (three large and three small), a center and six stamens. I will take you through the process of making this six petal blossom! Step 1: Roll gum paste ↓ Note: I use my line of Gum Paste (James Rosselle Gum Paste) which…
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The Cake World’s Celebrity Comedy Duo – Norm & Zane

Cakes, Class & Comedy Enjoying time with Norm & Zane The Sweet Life, LLC Through the years, the entertainment world has had a number of great comedic duos. There were Laurel and Hardy, Burns and Allen, Lucy and Ricky, Fred and Barney, and Oscar and Felix, just to name a ; But did you know that the cake world also has its own very funny pair? Norman R. Davis and Zane Beg of Norm & Zane The Sweet Life LLC are the amazingly talented duo that have appeared on 14 episodes of Food Network Challenge and four episodes of TLC’s…
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A Walk Through Time With Gelatin! by Diane Simmons

A Walk Through Time With Gelatin! By Diane Simmons Known for their translucent beauty and durability, gelatin flowers have been a part of cake decorating for several decades, found in books as far back as the 1960’s. Oh how things have changed over the years though, take a walk through time as Diane shares methods with you from old school to modern school and beyond. Prepping the Gelatin: Gelatin Mixture 1 Tbsp unflavored gelatin (Knox, Not Jello) 2 ½ Tbsp water Food colors (airbrush colors dissolve better) *To alter the recipe, simply maintain the ratio of 2 ½  parts water…
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Cake Mix vs The Scratch Cake by Lauren Kitchens

By Lauren Kitchens (If you bake your cakes from scratch, this article is not for you.) Shortly after graduating college, in an effort to take my cake obsession to the next level, I got a job at a cake supply store. I ran the cash register, restocked cookie cutters, and listened to the mesmerizing conversations of the women who shopped and attended classes at the store. The one topic that always came up was the controversy over cake mix versus a cake made from scratch. The tone was always secretive, in an “I’ll show you mine if you show me…
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Blessed by Nuns, Approved by Oprah – Marina Sousa

Blessed by Nuns, Approved by Oprah The unique and continuing journey of Marina Sousa and “Just Cake.” by Michelle Howard She’s designed cakes for Brad Pitt, Cher and a slew of others, but celebrity baker Marina Sousa is as friendly and down-to-earth as they come. Read about her “blessed” beginnings, breaking news and exciting plans for the future in this enlightening, in-depth interview.   When Marina Sousa was tasked with creating an erupting volcano for her fifth grade science class, she opted for different materials over the traditional papier-mâché. Having just completed a Wilton class (the one and only cake…
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Cookie Pop Presentations: Bouquets & More – Craftsy Class

Cookie Pop Presentations: Bouquets & More with Mallory Mae Cookie pop presentations. If you’re looking for the perfect UNIQUE gift then you need to take this online class with Mallory Mae! Mallory (brought to you by ) show you how to create playful designs for everyone you love. Learn how to make this cookie bouquet and storytelling cookiescapes using Mallory’s original designs. You may also like Piping Cookies That Pop from Mallory Mae.   Mallory Mae is an award winning artist from Spring Hill, Florida. Mallory received the Cake Masters Cookie Award in Birmingham UK, has filmed two available instructional…
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Sugar Flower Arranging Tips from James Rosselle

Sugar Flower Arranging By James Rosselle Have you admired the sugar flower arranging work of cake designers and also wondered how they do floral work? Well, there is an art to arranging flowers on a cake. Sugar flower arranging may not be simple. It can be intimidating, in fact terrifying! As we all know, sugar flowers are a labor of love. They are made petal by petal and are very fragile items. The sound of shattering sugar flowers breaks my heart. Don’t let that thought scare you. My advice, show those flowers who is boss. Here are some guidelines I…
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Yeners Way Online School – Free Tutorials

Online Cake School FREE Cake Decorating Tutorials Yeners Way online cake school was founded by Serdar Yener and son Serkan Yener who have been operating a family cake business for almost 20 years which is currently named Yeners Cakes. Yeners Way was created to show you our way of cake decorating and to help people make outstanding cakes. Yeners Way showcases our techniques, methods, style, design and original creations, mainly in the form of online video tutorials and downloadable blueprints and templates. Yeners Way also has its own social network and a forum to connect with other cake artists around…
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Dorothy Klerck (South Africa)

Dorothy Klerck Dorothy Klerck (Dot) hails from Wellington, South Africa and honed her skills in art and sculpture before falling head over heels into the sugar world. Now an award winning cake artist, she started out making cakes for her 4 children and from there it became her business. Her cakes have been featured on television, both locally and internationally and in many international cake magazines and art books over the years. Starting out with unique hand modeled toppers she now specializes in 3D sculpted cakes, the more gravity defying the better. Dot travels around the world teaching sugar craft…
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Shaile Socher (USA)

Shaile Socher I have always been artistic creating things with a lot of detail. By chance I ended up in cake decorating taking a class for fun. It was at an ICES convention I first saw sugar flowers which began my love of this sugar art. It took just one class to get me hooked then after a series of classes with Nicholas Lodge I continued practicing and learning what became my passion. I teach sugar flowers. You can reach Shaile at, or  
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Kristina Rado (Italy)

Kristina Rado (Italy) Kristina Rado is a multi-skilled Cake Designer specializing in sugar flowers, realistic modelling, royal Icing and edible painting. Kristina has been living and working in Rome for the past five years where she teaches from her studio when not travelling abroad to offer classes and judge competitions. Kristina is the winner of several sugarcraft competition awards. You can visit Kristina at or   If you would like to learn how to make this Japanese Crane please see Kristina's tutorial in the Summer 2015 issue.   To learn more about some of the most talented artists visit our…
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Charlotte Gillane (Ireland)

Charlotte Gillane (Galway, Ireland) Charlotte Gillane: I am Charlotte, owner of Lotties cakes & Slices. I have always loved to bake and have many fond memories of baking with my grandmother in the kitchen. It was only when I decided to make my twins birthday cake that I was introduced to the world of cake decorating. I'm originally a scientist but on having my third child I found the 9-5 job difficult so took a year out and I have never looked back. My business name was chosen by my mother as she would refer to me as Lottie. I…
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