Artist Spotlight

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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Top 5 Business Start-Up Mistakes

by Pastry Chef Jörg Amsler I have always been a proponent of following one’s dreams and pursuing what we are most passionate about. On average, we sleep eight hours, work eight hours and have eight hours to ourselves. Do yourself a favor and give yourself the gift of happiness. If your work day is a total drag, filled with unhappiness, stress and people you dislike, it will surely cross over into your private life. READ MORE .... Jörg Amsler is a renowned pastry chef and former owner of Truly Jörg’s Patisserie who has made numerous appearances on Food Network Challenge.…
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Feature Articles

Competing on the Rachael Ray Show

by Dana Herbert (Summer 2014 Issue) What better way to start off spring than with a cake competition on The Rachel Ray Show?!?! I had never been on the show before, and it was such a thrill to be invited to compete alongside two great bakers – Kate Sullivan and Michelle Doll – and to meet Rachael. The challenge? Create a wedding cake for a celebrity client whose own design work I admire. The pressure was on, but it was a blast!   To download this issue follow this link:  
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Commercial Kitchens

By DougMarranci The last few years have brought about a revival in small business ownership                                  . In particular, baking and cooking enthusiasts have hatched  businesses from their own kitchens. Unfortunately, they mayfind their aspirations dashed by the Cottage Food Law, which prohibits entrepreneurs in some states from selling homemade goods. In an effort to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of small  business owners while enforcing the letter of the law, commercial kitchens have become a popular alternative to cooking from home. If you are looking to build a business on your culinary talent,a commercial kitchen may be the best place to…
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OKLAHOMA STATE SUGAR ART SHOW

WEDDING CAKES WILL TELL SUGAR TALES! By Kerry Vincent Kerry and husband Doug at the event OKLAHOMA STATE SUGAR ART SHOW - It’s OUR 20TH BIRTHDAY! Who could have ever imagined reaching this benchmark moment? Looking back to the very beginning, certainly not me. The sweetest ticket in the country will be in Tulsa Oklahoma this September 28 and 29. Set your vehicle on autopilot and hit the road, they all lead, to the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show where the Kings and Queens of Cake will present magical sugar theater. Magnificent displays of cake art will take pride of…
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Plane Travel Tips

"Going through security is always fun because our silicone molds we use in class and sell at the vendor booth have a very close resemblance to plastic explosives, which are frowned upon to bring to airports." We spend a bit of time traveling out of ; We thought it would be fun to share with you some of our experiences with traveling with our cake supplies!  We try to drive wherever we go, but sometimes we do take planes to get to our various shows and classes around the country/world (we can’t drive to the Netherlands).  When we do take…
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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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The Carnival Is Coming To Town!

The Carnival Is Coming To Town!By Mark Desgroseilliers, Montreal Canada Can you think back to your childhood?  Do you remember getting excited knowing the Carnival was coming to town?  It’s a great memory to have.  Now, as a cake enthusiast, wouldn’t you agree that you feel the same excitement for cake classes?  I can honestly say I do!  As I am writing this, I realize I have six times the reason to be excited, because this November, Cake Carnival is making its way to Icing Inspirations in Kitchener, Ontario Canada.   What is Cake Carnival, you ask?  Cake Carnival is…
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What’s New and What’s Hot

What’s New and What’s Hot   By Staff Writers   Satin Ice Fondant - The New Retail Pack! Satin Fine Foods, Inc. Satin Fine Foods is a global manufacturer of Satin IceFondant cake icing. The choice of professionals worldwide! Fondant is now more popular than ever and has become not just a trend but a staple in cake decorating. With all this new energy comes demand from new customers! Our new consumer-friendly retail pack offers the hobbyist, home-baker or novice much greater accessibility to the same premium fondant the professional’s many more convenient locations! Available in 24oz packs with 10…
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Taking Better Pictures

Taking Better Pictures By Grace Natoli So you just made this awesome cake and you want to share it with the world but you need a photo of it…As much as I would love for you to call in a professional food photographer (me to be exact), that is not always possible. So here are a few quick tips to get you started. To me, it’s all about the light, and natural light is the best way to go We are going to give you some tips to take a nice picture of your beautiful home-baked item. And let me…
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Cottage Food Laws

In the past couple of years, there have been lots of talks, discussions, articles, blogs websites and books dealing with Cottage Food Laws and how to start a Cottage Food Business. With that said, I’m assuming that most everyone is familiar with Cottage Food Laws, what they represent and how they work. But, just in case you haven’t been keeping up, here’s a brief description:             Cottage Food Laws (sometimes referred to as Home-Food Processing Rules, Cottage Food Rules or Baker’s Bills) govern baking/food preparation businesses that are operated from the home kitchen. Cottage Food Laws allow a person to…
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Commercial Kitchens

By DougMarranci The last few years have brought about a revival in small business ownership. In particular, baking and cooking enthusiasts have hatched businesses from their own kitchens. Unfortunately, they mayfind their aspirations dashed by the Cottage Food Law, which prohibits entrepreneurs in some states from selling homemade goods. In an effort to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of small business owners while enforcing the letter of the law, commercial kitchens have become a popular alternative to cooking from home. If you are looking to build a business on your culinary talent, a commercial kitchen may be the best place to…
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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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How did you get started?

In an effort to get to know all of you a little better we started a “tagging” game on Facebook yesterday, I’ve spent the last few hours jumping from page to page to read your aw inspiring stories, and quickly realized that your stories are so fascinating that we simply have to compile them and share. With that being said our developer (who just so happens to be my little sister) quickly came up with a place on our website named – My Cake Story. Please join our family and share your story with us. Here is the question that…
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Make Art and Eat It Too – Icing Images Will Unveil New Edible Decorating Products

Exciting new products from Icing Images will be seen on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television on November 29th at , Virginia (PRWEB) November 27, 2012 New edible decorating products from Icing Images that will put the ease into decorating treats for the holidays and beyond, will be seen for the first time on America' (more…)
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Can California’s New Law Start A Small Food Business Revolution?

Cottage food laws--which make it legal to sell food you made at home--aren’t actually a new thing. But the passage of a landmark bill in California could lead the rest of the nation toward small batch, artisanal cooking companies run out of people’s home (more…)
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Can California’s New Law Start A Small Food Business Revolution?

Cottage food laws--which make it legal to sell food you made at home--aren’t actually a new thing. But the passage of a landmark bill in California could lead the rest of the nation toward small batch, artisanal cooking companies run out of people’s home (more…)
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