Monday, January 30, 2012


About a month ago, I was approached by to teach a sugar class online!  I was extremely honoured and agreed instantly!  is a new online cake education center that makes learning the art of cake decorating easily accessible and affordable for everyone worldwide!

Just think, you don't have to leave the comfort of your home or pay extra money to travel to take classes.  You get step by step instruction you would in one of my classes, and I am there online, LIVE, able to answer questions!  I love that I can reach out to a broader group of students and share what I love to do!

My first class was a no-brainer!  It had to be Sugar Shoes!

 I will be teaching students how to make shoes from gumpaste as well as isomalt.  My amazing friend Brian of Cake Structure has even been generous enough to offer a 10% discount off then entire order for my first 50 registered (and paid) students that purchase the 5 inch heel kit I use in my class.  If you're an International student, you need to email your order to Brian so he can give you the exact shipping cost, as the one that auto calculates on his site is usually too high.  Once you have registered and paid, you will be given the discount code.  And as an EXCLUSIVE to my faithful readers, you are the first to know that I am likely including a third project to the class - a men's flip flop sandal (trial stages happening now - if it works, it's in the class)! 

This is a great class not to be missed!  So many of you write me and tell me you wish you could take one of my classes, well here is your chance!  Visit to pre-register or get more info.  At $85, this class is a bargain!

Hope to see you in class!
Happy Caking!

Monday, January 23, 2012

May can't get here fast enough!

I am about to start an official countdown to the return of James Rosselle to Icing Inspirations this coming May.  Of course I am very excited about this, not only because James himself is an AMAZING instructor, but because this time he is bringing his partner in crime - Marina Sousa.  That's right - James and Marina are coming to Canada together to teach Haute Couture cakes.  The first class sold out so fast that a second class was added, and I am happy to announce that Chrissie from Icing Inspirations has confirmed that there are still a few seats left in the second class

James and Marina will be teaching a multitude of techniques to inspire us in creating a stunning cake over the period of 3 days.  Check out this excerpt from the official class description:

We will work with fondant, gumpaste, royal icing, white chocolate, isomalt, sugar pearls, luster dusts & shimmering disco dusts! Techniques will include draping, embossing, in-laid design modern bows, knots, piping, hand painting, dry brushing, airbrushing and as a bonus you'll get to make (and take!) your own custom mold! AND, of course.... they'll be dazzling gum paste flowers - all "blinged" up to fit perfectly into our newest bejeweled multi-tiered confection!

I can personally attest that in learning from such great talent, your skills will improve, you'll learn something new, and most of all, you get to brag to your family, friends and clients that you have studied under not one, but TWO food network challenge SUPERSTARS! 

The class is incredibly priced at $895 (plus tax), includes all materials required and lunch each day of class!  This is a real bargain, considering you are getting 2 celebrity instructors for the price of one!  Ok, ok, you also get to take home an incredible work of art that you create!

As I mentioned already, class 1 sold out in less than 2 days..... don't miss your shot to take part in this class.  To register, or for more information, contact Chrissie at Icing Inspirations sooner better than later!

Until Next Time
Happy Caking

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Cake Peeps!

I hope 2012 is a great year for everyone!  If you follow Chinese astrology, we are entering the year of the dragon.  Being a dragon myself, I am excited at what this year brings!  I have some BIG things in the works, and hope to be able to share with you all very soon!

A new year, brings new resolutions.  Some people want to lose weight, others quit smoking.  Me?  Haha - I resolved to buy less cake toys.  Guess what!  I broke it in the first week!!!  Of course not my fault......Jennifer Dontz, this one is all on you!

Earlier this week, I opened my e-mail to find my monthly Sugar Delites newsletter (if you want to sign up, visit Jen's website).  Always choc-full of useful tidbits and great product, I caved and read immediately!  What did it you ask?  Well Jen's new line of Damask cutters.  5 different sets, priced very reasonably at $41.99 each set, these cutters are sure to help you deliver amazing design possibilities to your cake creations.  I ordered 2 of the 5 sets right away (so I did technically show some restraint) and can't wait to get started on some new designs!

Here are examples of what the sets are capable of:


Now just picture all the variations you can come up with using just 5 cutter sets!  I do plan on a tutorial for using the cutters once they arrive.  Now, if you are a faithful reader, you know I consider Jen one of my dearest friends.  She is always willing to share.  She was generous enough to allow me to share a great example of how the cutters can be used:

Denise Talbot (of Cakes So Special, and Ultimate Cake Off) commandeered Jen's aid in creating this beautiful cake for her son's wedding.  Denise was also kind enough to allow me to share their work with all of you.  They used only cutter set 2 and just reconfigured the pieces to make many patterns.  So now I need to ask.....what are you waiting for?  Head on over to Sugar Delites and get your own sets now!  As I can attest, Jen's shipping is reasonable (man, I am always amazed by how much she fits in a flat rate package) and quick! 

On another Jen note, I am happy to say that Jennifer Dontz is coming to my hometown - Montreal, at the end of October (price and venue TBD), and I cannot wait to see her again!  We will be spending a fun filled weekend making sugar flowers (gerbera daisies, pincones, berries, just to name a few)

Well cake boys and girls, I am off to work on some new display cakes for next week's first wedding consult of 2012.  Wishing much happiness and success in the coming year!

Until next time, Happy Caking!