Thursday, September 29, 2011

Meeting Tonight!

Once again, another month has flown by...September is almost over and our monthly meeting is tonight! We will have Emily Lisska the Executive Director of the Jacksonville Historical Society coming to talk to us about the Gingerbread Extravaganza! We will also give more info for our upcoming Day of Sharing. If you have any donations for our raffle, please bring them to the meeting. This can include anything cake related...gently used pans, equipment, books, etc. 

Usually I bring a treat for everyone to munch on, but, unfortunately, I won't be able to make anything for this meeting. If anyone else would like to contribute, that would be great! I know a few of you ladies mentioned cheesecake at our last meeting...that sounds delicious!

Hopefully I'll see you all tonight!

On a side note, Michelle and Sidney Galpern sent out a new email with upcoming classes and events. See below for the details! 

Hello everyone,
We have a great classes and events coming up!  This Sunday we have classes in Chocolate and Gumpaste Flowers.  Tami Utely will be visiting our classroom from California.  You have to check out her website and come to her incredible classes in November (  We have listed amazing sugar artists around Florida that are teaching and upcoming events.  If you would like your class or event listed please email us and we’ll be happy to spread the word.  We hope to see everyone on Oct. 23 at the Florida ICES Day of Sharing in Jacksonville! 
Tip of the Week:  Don’t have any colored candy melts for the project you need?  You can color white candy melts with food color gels and get just the right color.  What if you are working with white chocolate, gels won’t work.  Use powdered or color oils instead to achieve the right tone.  Here is a great blog on 15 ways to color and flavor chocolate the natural way:    
Cake Decorating and Sugar Classes

9/30     Palm Bay, FL-Sidney Galpern
            1-3 Homeschool Cake Class-Sculpted Rice Cereal Treats in Fondant

10/2     Palm Bay, FL-Sidney Galpern
            1-3pm Painted and Filled Chocolates including Chocolate Ornaments
            3:15-5:15pm Fondant/Gumpaste Hibiscus, Frangipani, and Tiger Lilies
10/15   Ocala, FL-Patrice Drinkard
            11-4pm Sugar Masks

10/16    Ft. Pierce, FL-Sidney Galpern
               1-2pm  Airbrushing 101
               2:15-4:15pm Fondant/Gumpaste Hibiscus, Frangipani, and Tiger Lilies
               4:30-6:30 Fondant/Gumpaste Poinsettias, Holly and Berries

10/27    Ocala, Fl-Sherrie Goolsby
                10-12noon Baby Shoes

11/4     Palm Bay, FL-Sidney Galpern
            1-3 Homeschool Cake Class-Owl in a Tree Fall Cake

11/6     Ocala, FL-Sidney Galpern
            1-3pm Painted and Filled Chocolates including Chocolate Ornaments
            3:15-5:15 Fondant/Gumpaste Hibiscus, Frangipani, and Tiger Lilies

11/12   Palm Bay, FL-Tami Utely
            9:30-11:30 Gelatin Bubbles and Gems
            12:30-2:30 Brushed Embroidery
            3-5pm Cocoa Painting

11/13   Palm Bay, FL-Tami Utely
            8-12pm Oriental Stringwork

11/20   Palm Bay, FL-Sidney Galpern
            1-3pm Isomalt Ribbons and Blown Christmas Ornaments
            3:15-5:15pm Fondant/Gumpaste Poinsettias, Holly, and Berries

Nov TBA Jacksonville, FL-Patrice Drinkard
            Christmas Ornaments

12/2     Palm Bay, FL-Sidney Galpern
            1-3 Homeschool Cake Class-Holiday Theme

12/4     Ocala, FL-Sidney Galpern
            1-3pm Isomalt Ribbons and Blown Christmas Ornaments
            3:15-5:15pm Fondant/Gumpaste Poinsettias, Holly, and Berries

Dec TBA Jacksonville, FL-Patrice Drinkard
            Poinsettias and Snowflakes   

12/11   Palm Bay, FL-Sidney Galpern

10/23                  Florida ICES Day of Sharing, Jacksonville, FL
11/19&20           Festival of Chocolate, Palm Beach, Fl
1/13-15                ICES Mini Classes, Orlando, FL
3/25                    Zonta Chocolate Festival, Melbourne, FL
3/31 & 4/1         Florida ICED Cake Competition, Ocala, FL
8/2-5                  ICES Convention, Reno, NV
Sidney  & Michelle Galpern
Simi Cakes & Confections, LLC

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Little Info

Anyone interested in demonstrating for our Day of Sharing?
Not only will you be teaching some hungry (for learning) cake enthusiasts, but you will also save money by having your DOS admission waived for simply sharing your talent! If you are interested, please let me know ASAP!

Sorry to say, but volunteers and assistants do have to pay. And everyone is encouraged to have their registration and payment in by the October 15th deadline!

Also, the FL ICES mini classes put up the class list. Check it out here!

Happy Caking Everyone!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


The Florida ICES newsletter was just sent out! If you're not a member of ICES, but interested in reading the newsletter, you can check it out here. Lots of good stuff in there!

In it, you'll find info for the ICES Mini Classes, taking place in Orlando in January. Registration starts in just 4 days for members. If you are not yet a member of ICES, now would be a great time to join!

Can't wait to see all the awesome classes available!
Hopefully, I'll see some of you there!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Day of Sharing

We're so excited that Jacksonville is holding the next FL ICES Day of Sharing!

October 23rd will be here before we know it!
For more details and to register, click here. Register ASAP, you won't want to miss this event! Registration deadline is October 15th.

Also, if you would like to volunteer, demonstrate, or donate items for the raffle, please contact us at

On another note, Patrice and Jane are sorry to announce the Tea Cups and Roses class has been canceled as there were not enough students signed up. 

Last, but not least, our monthly meeting will be on September 29th. Same place, same time! As always, if you have anything to, treats, friends, etc, bring them along!

See you all in a couple weeks!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy September!

Is anyone interested in a new job?
I just saw an add on Craigslist for a new bakery that needs a baker/cake decorator!

Here's the link if you're interested!

And good luck if you apply!