Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Return Of James Rosselle

Hello faithful readers!  As you are all well aware, in April I spent an amazing 3 days learning sugar flowers from the Uber talented Food Network Superstar, James Rosselle!  Imagine my excitement today when it was confirmed that May 11-13,2012,  James will be returning to Icing Inspirations in Kitchener, ON.  But that is not all - James is bringing along a VERY SPECIAL guest - his BCF!  That's right cakers - James and Marina will be teaching at Icing Inspirations together!  And what a value!  For $895 CAD, here is what you get:

As we all know Current fashion trends are an endless source of inspiration for cakes and we’ll zero in on the glittery accessories that will make your cakes simply sparkle! We will explore the various techniques and mediums available to translate top trends into flowing fabric like haute couture confections. We will work with fondant, gumpaste, royal icing, gelatin, 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!

The price does not include taxes, but does include a catered lunch and all tools required in class.  Chrissie and the gang at Icing Inspirations went oput of their way to make us all feel like family and I was sad to leave!  Now the count down has begun!  Thanks to Icing Inspirations for making this remarkable class happen!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Jennifer Dontz (insert high-pitched voice) ROCKS!

I have just returned from a great trip to Ottawa for 4 days.  Thursday, I gave a gumpaste shoe class to a group of students including my good friend Lorrie Gauthier of Eat Dessert First.  It was a lot of fun and the creativity that oozed from the students was phenomenal! 

The following day was an early one!  I was up early from sheer excitement - excitement of knowing I was about to embark on 3 days of sugar flowers with Jennifer Dontz!  My faithful reader will remember I took a 2 day class with Jen last year and she was also my very first interview in Baker's Dozen.  This time around, we learned the magnolia, peony, cymbidium orchid, moth orchid, lily of the valley, pansy, and the Jen Dontz creation - a blood orange lily!  I haven't completed my flowers just yet (just need to steam em) so pics will be posted later.  But for now, here's a pic of Jen clowning around and giving my bottom a squeeze:

Jen is so fun to work with!  I can't wait for her to return!  On a plus side - not only did I learn amazing techniques and meet some new sugar friends, I also was invited by back by Lorrie to have a DVD launch class when my first ever DVD launches this fall!  How exciting is that?  Here's a pic of me and Lorrie in class:

All in all it was a great weekend.  I have a lot to do while my wife is away on a 6 week business trip to India - including planning the dvd, tons of orders, and today, I have been re-organizing my cake studio!

Until next time,
Happy Caking!