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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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Wedding Cake Contracts 101

Wedding Cake Contracts 101 By Jay Qualls Many things have changed in the cake business over the past several years including wedding cake contracts. One significant change I believe has been pushed to the back of the oven is the proper way to execute a contract with a cake client. A contract becomes much more important for wedding cakes and larger special occasion cakes because many times there is a significant amount of money being exchanged between you, the seller, and your client, the consumer. The first very important factor to take into consideration when negotiating with a cake client…
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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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Pastry Live Review

August 23 – 25, Pastry Live returned to the Atlanta, Georgia area to showcase the latest pastry techniques and exciting competitions featuring international competitors in cake design, showpieces, plated desserts, chocolate and pastry. This prestigious three day event, owned by Chef Paul Bodrogi, features students, professionals and business owners creating works of dessert art for display, judging and tasting by the audience. ‘The Art of Cake Competition includes both a sculpted and tiered cake category judged by renowned cake artists Karen Portaleo, Highland Cakes, and Chef Susan Notter. This year, competitors created cakes inspired by an artist or art time…
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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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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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The Fundamentals of Developing a Brand

by Jay Qualls Learn the in's and out's of creating a brand. Buy this issue here: Print Version Download the PDF   Jay Qualls is owner of Maples Wedding Cakes, Jay Qualls Cakes and Jay Qualls Holding, LLC, and is creator of the Jay Qualls Fondant Fabric. He has studied under and worked alongside some of the greatest sugar artists in the industry and has become one of the nation’s top cake artists to the stars. He has designed for a number of celebrity clients, and was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings 15th Anniversary Issue, as well as Southern Living…
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Made with Love

by Holly Frys The cake world is a unique entity. I have seen so many people look at pictures of my husband’s work and ask “is that really cake???” I excitingly say yes, bursting with pride and love for his accomplishments. READ   Buy this issue here: Print Version Download the PDF Holly leads her life with courage, humility and honesty. Born with Spina bifida, she holds many accomplishments including a Masters Degree, possessing a very influential voice in disability issues and writing a widely known inspirational blog. Married to an esteemed cake-decorator and business owner, Holly travels all over…
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The Year of Royal Icing

The Year of Royal Icing Evolution of Royal Icing Day Early one morning, in February 2013, David ‘Cakes’ MacCarfrae received a telephone call from Jens Oprzondek, inviting him to attend a cake show in Germany to teach his royal icing techniques class. The invitation prompted an unlikely conversation that grew into a brilliant idea. READ MORE .... Buy this issue here: Print Version Download the PDF Founding Members Jens Oprzondek (Germany) Jens Opzrondek, a German cake artist, is a leader and pioneer of the Sugarcraft industry in Germany.  In addition, Opzrondek is the lead instructor at Cake Company Cake Akademie…
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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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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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