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Mark your calendars! The Americas Cake Fair will be in full swing October 13th-15th, 2017!

Americas Cake Fair Preview by Maria Nerius Mark your calendars! Find your most comfortable shoes! Get ready for a long weekend of sweet treats! The Americas Cake Fair will be in full swing October 13th-15th, 2017 at the Orange County  Convention Center in Orlando Florida. I was lucky enough to attend the first Orlando show in 2015 for Edible Artists Network and highly recommend this jam packed sweet world this event showcases the best of the best. We’ll be here, there, and everywhere at the show and keeping you up to date on what’s happening in the cake, candy, and…
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What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by too much gripping or squeezing of the hand or wrist. Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, pain, inability to open the hand, pain in the wrist or fingers, or numbness in the hand. If you suspect that you may have carpal tunnel, consult a doctor immediately. There are two types , but the symptoms are often similar. If you are concerned that you may have , you should start by seeing your doctor to get a diagnosis and then follow the doctor's recommendations to relieve the symptoms. Symptoms include pain and numbness in the…
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Beginner Cakes

Easy Steps to Cake Decorating

Cake decorating is actually easy and fun if you follow these easy steps. One of the first things you should always do is plan your cake. You should have a great idea in mind about what the cake is going to look like. With the perfect design in your mind, the time has come to get the materials you need to make the cake. You can use standard cake pans for all the materials you are going to need. When planning the cake, remember that the cake decorating is not just limited to the color of the icing but the…
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Chocolate Chip Cookies – How to Make Your Own

If you have any fondness for cookies then you may want to try making your own chocolate chip cookies. To make your own chocolate chip cookies you will need to do a few different things. You will need to bake a few batches of cookies, then you will need to keep a few in a supply box so that you can keep adding to them when you have time. Once you have completed these tasks, you will be well on your way to making your own chocolate chip cookies. The first thing that you will need to do when you…
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Cake Decorating Tips

5 Wedding Cake Trends That Will Be All the Rage in 2020

It is said that a celebration, or in this case, a wedding, is nothing to write home about if there is no cake. And we heartily agree! Regardless of your financial power or design, your wedding cake is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bring out your creative juices, magnify your wedding décor, and the best part of all; please the guests with a delicious treat as the wedding winds case you plan to wed in this New Year, take time and check out these unmatched wedding cake styles that will be the highlight of 2020. Ranging from edible flowers, bold colors…
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Hey … That’s My Design

by Theresa Happe Hey, That’s My Design! Ours is a community of caring and sharing manifested through photos, tutorials and tips contributed online, at cake shows and the classroom setting. When we’re not teaching the tricks of the trade in hands-on classes and in demonstrations, we’re sharing ideas through YouTube, Facebook, blogs and websites. When appreciated and respected, this spirit of generosity gives rise to great new cake artists and the contribution of innovative ideas from its recipients. Naturally, the distribution of knowledge spawns repetition of techniques and designs by other cake artists.  Instructors expect their students will replicate their…
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Americas Cake & Sugarcraft Fair Review – by Maria Nerius

The Americas Cake and Sugarcraft Fair September 18-20, 2015 Orange County Convention Center, Orlando The Americas Cake and Sugarcraft Fair at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando September 18-20, 2015 was a dream come true for this first time ever attendee of a consumer sugarcraft show. Before my eyes was the biggest candy store ever and someone had handed me the key to the front door. Although I spent 35 years working as a designer and writer in the art and craft industry, I am a newbie to the world of edible art and craft. Over the last few…
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Pricing Your Products by Quincella Geiger

Pricing Your Products By:  Quincella C. Geiger One of the most frequently asked questions when starting a business is…How do I set prices for my products/services?  Further…Is there a simple formula that I use to help with pricing?  If these questions were asked of 10 different bakers, chances are 6-8 answers would be ; Why?  Because there are no forumlas guaranteed to work for ; There are no ; When it comes to putting a price on what you make/create, you should do so based on research, thought and careful consideration of information gathered. If  you’re interested in getting started,…
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Learning is Different for Everyone by Maria Nerius

Fearless & Curious In The Kitchen Learning is Different for Everyone by Maria Nerius The desire to learn is part of being creative, yet, we don’t all learn the same way. For some it’s best to have a teacher to guide, to show hands on, watch our attempts, correct if needed, and then congratulate us on success. For others visual aids are a must while some prefer to read and use ; Then there is me who needs a little of this and a little of that before the light bulb lights and I understand. One of the best teachers…
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Edible Pinwheels by James Rosselle

Edible Pinwheels By James Rosselle Edible Pinwheels instructions: Step 1: To start, you will need gum paste, rolling pin, and a square cutter. ↓ Step 2: Roll out gum paste. Cut out a square piece. Set aside. Cut a piece of an edible image the same size as the square. ↓ Step 3: Spread a small amount of shortening onto the square piece of gum paste. ↓ Step 4: Carefully lay the edible image over the square piece of gum paste. Make sure to smooth out any ruffles if you have any. ↓ Step 5: Using a pairing knife, cut…
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Cake Decorating Tips

Tips on Using Edible Flowers on Cakes

One great way of finishing off your cake is by using edible flowers and it is an exciting and uncomplicated way of making any food mouth-watering. Don’t go adding just any flower you come across onto your dishes, and on that note, these tips will come in handy: Remember that some flowers shouldn’t be eaten. As a matter of fact, some flowers are poisonous. In some cases, commercially-grown flowers are full of fertilizers and pesticides. This is why it is important to ask your regular florist where they get their flowers, and the kind of environment they are grown in.…
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Artist Spotlight

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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Airbrush Q&A with Chef Mike E. Terry, CMSA

Airbrush Q&A with Chef Mike E. Terry, CMSA Interested in airbrushing but don’t know where to start? Respected industry professional Chef Mike E. Terry provides his advice and success-proven insight on choosing an airbrush and more in this quick Q&A designed to get you off on the right foot. Q:  How do I pick the right Airbrush System? A:  Picking an airbrush is like buying a car; they all should do the job – they just have different features that fit your needs and wants better. With airbrushes, you need to look for features important for working with cakes and…
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Artist Spotlight

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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Amazon Prime for Cake Decorators

Amazon Prime for Cake Decorators Have you tried Amazon Prime yet? I must say that when I first heard about Amazon Prime I was very apprehensive to join. I wasn't really interested in the 2-day shipping because I didn't think I shopped on Amazon enough to warrant the $99 per year fee. But when I learned that Amazon Prime offered so much more than just free shipping I realized it was well worth the fee! Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives you access to streaming video, music, e-books, free shipping and other deals and services. The cost for…
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Cake Decorating: Is It For me?

Cake Decorating: Is It For me? Cake Decorating is Fun For Everyone         Have you ever watched a cake show on TV and thought how much you would love to decorate cakes like a professional? Or maybe you passed by your local bakery and saw a beautiful cake in the window and wished you could make a cake equally as stunning. Perhaps you just want to try your hand at icing a few birthday cakes for your friends. Whatever your motivation, cake decorating is a  great hobby that anyone can do! If you have any hesitations about trying cake decorating,…
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Should you buy a chef’s coat?

Should you buy a chef's coat? by Amelia Carbine I remember when I purchased my first chef’s coat. I was very hesitant to buy one. To me, a chef’s coat was a symbol of someone with a degree, someone who had gone to culinary school to become a certified chef. To me, the status of a chef is above that of a cook or a baker. Yes a baker can be as talented as a chef, it’s just the right to the title. I stick to that belief and I will never call myself a chef until I have proper…
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Cake Decorating Fellowship 2017

Cake Decorating Class Opportunity Cake decorating class announcement: Don’t miss this opportunity to enter Craftsy’s first-ever Cake Fellowship Program. This fellowship is a special program created for members of the cake decorating community to help upcoming cake artists to make the leap from amateur artists into professional cake decorating and design. This is a great opportunity to take your cake decorating career to a new level. The judges include some of the top name in the cake decorating field: Michelle Green, Joshua John Russell, Nicholas Lodge, Anne Yorks, and Chrissie Boon. The Grand Prize pack (worth over $10,000!) boasts goodies…
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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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