Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Postcards from San Diego

On the eve of the first day of September, I can barely keep up with all that has passed in August!

Early on this month, my family and I traveled for the first time to California to attend the ICES Convention in San Diego. WOW - can I just say I LOVE California!! Palm trees - EVERYWHERE! The weather was gorgeous every day - it was a much needed break! Besides the convention, my family & I were able to enjoy the sites - visiting the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld & LegoLand!

The convention was amazing - not only were there some great demos and displays, but all the amazing things to see and buy in the vendor room was a much added bonus! Keep your eyes out for new items coming soon to the store!

My all time favourite part of convention is catching up with old friends and meeting up with new ones! My first day in the vendor room I never saw a single thing for all the socializing I was doing! ;) I had the pleasure to finally meet in person my dear friend Debbie Goard of Debbie Does Cakes. And right after meeting her, I was introduced to Wayne & Chuck from Swank Cake Design. We started to walk around the show only to bump into Becky Rink from About the Cake and Sharon Zambito of SugarEd Productions.

And if that wasn't enough, that evening I joined my amazing sugar friends for a great Mexican dinner in Old Town - Minette Rushing, Jacqueline Butler, Tandra Watkins & Tracy Auseklis. Best margaritas ever!!

The following day was my day for demos - amongst the many I attended were Stop to Smell the Sugar Flowers with the talented James Rosselle and Character Sculpting with the adorable Lauren Kitchens. Anyone who attended the packed demo was in for a major treat - not only was the subject so fun - but it was a star studded room! Lauren demonstrated her techniques for creating creative characters from structure & modeling chocolate - her subject - James Rosselle aka James Rosecake! Don't miss out when Lauren comes to Flour Confections in February to teach her techniques in person!!
photos courtesy of Lauren Kitchens

That evening I had another fabulous dinner at Searsucker with an amazing group of talented people - all aboard the hot tamale train!!!! But that's another story....

Farewell San Diego - I hope to see you again very soon!

Monday, August 30, 2010

3D Bulldog with Bronwen Weber

August has been a busy month - travel, cakes, classes - oh my!

The day after Bronwen's demo in support of the MS Society, we hosted 2 classes.

The first was a 3D carved bulldog complete with lessons on airbrushing techniques. Students watched in awe as Bronwen demonstrated how 3 half sheet cakes quickly became a cute bulldog perfect for any birthday! Bronwen is a natural teacher and has a way of making everyone at ease - those that were terrified to pick up the knife were quickly carving away without fear. It was amazing to watch all these dogs come to life!

getting ready to make the first cut

cake anyone??

One of the highlights of the class (besides our famous signature cookies!) was to see Bronwen in action doing what she does best. Using fondant and her hands, she quickly "pulled a face" on her dog - amazing to watch!

After all the dogs were covered with fondant, out came the airbrushes so that students could learn how to control the gun and ways of blending colour. Once confident, students started to give colour to their dogs.
learning how to airbrush

putting on the finishing touches

who let the dogs out??

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bronwen's BACK!

Last year as part of our celebrity guest series, we had the privilege of hosting 2 fabulous classes with Bronwen Weber. Well, she and Francois had such a fabulous time (as did we) that they wanted to make it an annual event!

And now it's that time of year again - Bronwen Weber is here!!! Today we hosted a special event for the ICES chapter of Ontario and for the MS Society of Canada. Bronwen & Francois graciously donated their time to do a demonstration with all proceeds going to the MS Society.

Today's demo: A carved dragon in 1 hour!

Using 2 1/2 sheets, some buttercream, fondant, a knife and an imagination - Bronwen took us through the process and how NOT to fear carving cake!

Attendees were in awe of how quickly a sheet of cake became a cute & creative dragon!

Bronwen demonstrates how you need VERY fancy tools to create details in your cake!

Now for a touch of colour...

A few more final details.....

TA - DA!! A fun loving dragon anyone would love to receive!

Thank you so much Bronwen & Francois for an amazing demonstration. Together we raised over $850 for the MS Society of Canada!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Off to San Diego

On Wednesday my family & I will be off to San Diego California to attend the ICES convention - we are so excited to be seeing our friends and finding out what is new in the world of sugar!
Upon our return, we will be hosting classes with Bronwen Weber but we will be sure to keep you posted to any exciting new finds!
While we are away, the store will still be open for business - both in store and on-line - so don't despair!
Lots more exciting things happening in the coming months ....stay tuned.....