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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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Sea Escape Tutorial

A Tutorial by Marilyn Bawol A few years ago I attended a class at the Chicago School of mold making. While I was there, Michael Joy talked to me about the Pastry Live event held in Georgia. They had been trying to incorporate more cake related events to marry the two worlds of pastry chefs and cake decorators. I couldn’t make it that year but did enter the competition the following year. This is one of the few cake competitions where the cake can be sculpted but must resemble a tiered cake and should not contain real cake. You do…
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Topiary Cake Tutorial

A Tutorial by Carolina Lara This beautiful tutorial is available in the Summer 2015 issue! Buy this issue here: Print Version Download the PDF Carolina Lara is a former Fashion Designer and owner of Dulce Bella who traded in her fabrics and threads for fondant and sugar. She has appeared in a Live Challenge for WeTV network, “Wedding Cake Wars,”participated in TV segments for “Telemundo,” a Spanish TV network, and was the winner of the First “Domino Sugar Fashion Show.” She is also a member of the winning team at the ICES Live Cake Challenge in 2014 and has had…
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Rustic Wedding Floral Cookie Crate Tutorial

A Tutorial by Aymee D. VanDyke aka Cookiepreneur I admit it, I have a long standing obsession with flowers. Buttercream floral cakes are all the rage this summer. So, I thought what a great opportunity to create a beautiful 3-D centerpiece, something that brings the same kind of beauty, depth and dimension to a guest’s table that a cake does. I was inspired by repurposed wooden crates filled with a variety of flowers. I hope you will find that these cookie centerpieces are the talk of the wedding as they bring an earthy, rustic and slightly whimsical beauty to each…
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Japanese Cranes Tutorial

A Tutorial by cranes Kristina Rado This amazing and elegant tutorial is available in the Summer 2015 issue. Buy this issue here: Print Version Download the PDF 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.
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Belgian Lace Wedding Cake Tutorial

A Tutorial by Drew Padalecki     Drew is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas who graduated with top honors earning himself Bachelors’ degrees in both Finance and Business Administration. While attending college Drew decided to take his cake decorating hobby further by entering cake competitions. Only after two and half years of competing across the nation Drew has made a name for himself in the cake community. Drew has won numerous awards including Best of Show, Best of Division three times, and placing several other times. His work has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and…
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How to Carve a Watermelon Fish Tutorial

A Tutorial by Jörg Amsler A carved watermelon fish is ideal for decorating a buffet table, whether indoor or out, and especially for barbecues. I’ve done a lot of them for seafood restaurants to accompany lobster or seafood catering; the carved fish is a fun way to carry out the theme. In New England, we have a lot of ocean front weddings. Whenever I’ve met with a bride planning a beachfront or ocean theme wedding, I would show her food carvings. I have even stacked different carved melons on dowels to create a tower and a stunning presentation.   Jörg…
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Isomalt Tutorial – Flower Garden Fairy Sculpture by Peggy Tucker

Flower Garden Fairy Sculpture Isomalt Tutorial A Tutorial by Peggy Tucker, CMSA Certified Master Sugar Artist, Peggy Tucker offers an intensive sugar course, teaching you the basics of preparing Isomalt, blowing a sphere and pouring sugar into molds before taking you through all the steps of creating a fabulous sugar sculpture, complete with a pulled sugar fairy figurine and different types of flowers. Peggy 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.…
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Lifted to New Heights by Theresa Parkin Tutorial

Your father has been there for you more than you have known. Show him you listened and love him, too! Theresa Parkin is owner/operator of Cavalier Cakes in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Theresa believes in inspiring and being inspired. That is why she started her cake decorating school and believes in bringing new ideas to the cake industry in her area and around the world. Visit Theresa at   Buy this issue here: Print Version Download the PDF
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Poinsettia Cupcake Tutorial By Jeannie Gearin Poinsettias and pastels are a beautiful addition to any holiday table. Here is a cupcake project to try even if you have never made gumpaste flowers before.    
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Thinking Sideways: Indian Summer & Acorns

By Lisa Berczel Ingredients: Chef Rubber Emulsion Jells, Colored Cocoa Butter, Gold Luster Dust & 24k gold flake, wafer paper & tylose. – Satin Ice dark chocolate fondant – Cake Play isomalt nibs in clear and pearl – Chocalaterie Maya Edible Adhesive - ; Tools: Wire cutters Cloth wrapped floral wire: 18 & 24 gage. Brown Brow Floral tape Marvelous Molds: Dazzle Bead Mold - Ruth Rickey Oak Leaf Veiner - Chef Rubber Silicone Barrier and Sili-Trix molding putty – www. Plastic Tweezers Cotton Swabs Speedball Block printing cutter Sculpting hand drill Isomalt melting pot Coffee/candle warmer: hi/lo setting I…
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