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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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Peggy Tucker (USA)

Peggy Tucker CMSA Peggy Tucker is one of twenty eight Certified Master Sugar Artists in the world and owner of School Of Cakeology. She specializes in teaching the art of sugar, cake design and cake decorating and is an international instructor. She was named as one of Dessert Professional’s Top Ten Cake Artists of North America in 2014. She has also worked closely with CakePlay LLC and Icing Images to bring new quality products to the market. Peggy has appeared on Food Network, Fox news, has written articles published in American Cake Decorating Magazine, Edible Artists Network Magazine, ICES Magazine.…
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David ‘Cakes’ MacCarfrae (UK)

David ‘Cakes’ MacCarfrae (UK) David 'cakes' MacCarfrae is an English Cake Artist, International Teacher, co-Director of David Cakes International School of Cake Decorating Art & Design, and co-founder of International Friends of Royal Icing Global Association. With over 30 years of experience, MacCarfrae travels the world sharing his knowledge, attending cake shows and seminars, and teaching courses and workshops. During his 30 year business journey MacCarfrae has been featured in numerous publications, including the HELLO Magazine Royal Wedding Souvenir issue and recently in the Spring 2015 Edible Artists Network Magazine issue. In 2012, MacCarfrae began teaching cake decorating classes while…
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Molding a Path to Success

Molding a Path to Success by Terri Happi As a chef, sculptor and mold designer, Dominic Palazzolo has been innovating most of his life. It’s a rainy April day and the street beyond the water speckled glass door is tranquil. Inside the Culinart building, the team laughs often, bustles with ideas and brainstorms furiously for ways to grant cake decorators’ ; Chef Dominic Palazzolo assesses the progress of a clay sculpture evolving into a new mold design, takes a call and then scurries back to the warehouse to check on production.  The three separate businesses he operates under one roof…
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Callicious Cakes

We featrued a story about transporting cakes from Calli of Callicious Cakes. She has such a rich and interesting history that we decided to share it with you here on the website. Please read on ... I have been joyfully cake decorating for 3 years & loving every step of the way… I have met some amazing people and forged friends all over the world though this sharing confectionery world. I have not had any formal training, but have done 3 x 6week courses with another cake decorator who taught me floral sugar paste and modelling , 3 weekend workshops,…
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Richard’s Cakes

Richard's Cakes, Manchester, England The team at Richard's Cakes has harnessed the power of the Internet to create an international following, amassing over 34,000 Facebook "likes" in just the past year. With the addition of local classes and Internet-based video tutorials, Richard and his colleagues have succeeded in establishing a baking community that allows them to share their insight and bake and decorate creative, beautiful cakes. Richard kindly agreed to speak with us about his journey and provide some tips for up and coming bakers. Richard opened his first shop with the help of a grant from the Prince's Trust.…
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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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