SAIT Culinary Campus Display Showpiece

The SAIT Culinary Campus, downtown Calgary Alberta, is an amazing new place, focused  on education & entertainment through cooking and baking.

The campus is open to the public.

You can purchase lunch meals and delicious pastries here, participate in group and team building events, or take educational cooking classes and baking classes.

I had the amazing opportunity to create the showpiece in celebration of the opening of the campus:

SAIT Culinary Food Cake
3D Food CakeSAIT Culinary CampusSculpted Food CakeSchool CakeThis showpiece measured over four feet tall. It was hand sculpted, covered in fondant, then airbrushed and painted. It took about 30-40 hours of labour to create.

The Culinary Campus is located on the 2nd floor of the Scotia Centre (226, 230 – 8th Ave SW, Calgary AB).

To see the upcoming baking-related classes held downtown, check out their website.

I hope you will find the opportunity to enjoy the new campus!

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Hamburger Cake Class at SAIT Calgary, AB

Recently I had the second delight of teaching a wonderful class of students how to make a hamburger cake at SAIT Polytechnic as part of their Continuing Education classes

Rolled cheese, frilled lettuce, and hand-shaped fries… Cake Decorating Calgary

Cake Class Calgary

And of course, there was much conversation about the best burgers in town. Boogies or Dairy Lane anyone?

Cake Classes Calgary

Silent concentration as patties were stacked on top of buns. Lettuce, tomato, cheese and onion were carefully arranged…

Cake Classes Calgary

Cooking Classes SAIT

Cooking Class CalgaryAn air of excitement formed as the hamburger cakes came together…

Cake Decorating Class Calgary

Cake Decorating CalgaryCake Class CalgaryCake Class SAITI’m grateful to have so many talented students – many had never worked with fondant before, and everyone did great! I am very proud of  everyone, and thrilled to see the class full of realistic hamburgers to take home! I hope that the cakes were shared as happy surprises to many loved ones.

Cake Course Calgary

Find out more about the new Calgary SAIT cooking and baking classes here.

Mike’s Amazing Cakes Structures Class

I recently was blessed with the opportunity to attend Mike’s Amazing Cakes Structures Class.  This was a two-day cake structure class, held right in Mike McCarey’s bakery located in Redmond, Washington (just outside of Seattle). And what an incredible, memorable learning experience it was!

This was one of my favourite masterpieces that he has on display:

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

As I’ve said many times before – the older I get, the more I realize there is so much to learn!

And I learned so much about internal cake structure over the two days. On the first day, Mike went over all the tools materials you could possible use in cake structures as well as their application and best use. He also went over numerous stands and internal structures of many of the cakes he has created in the past. Then Mike (& his assistant Michael) showed us how to get our stands together.

Day two began with carving, then decorating.

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class
Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

I realized right from the beginning of his class, Mike is a very humble person who simply loves what he does.  I believe that he is a true master of his art. While observing his demonstrations, I wondered in my mind if renaissance artists are now re-incarcerated as cake decorators. While explaining some of the more complicated structures, he stated simply that his job is to figure out the “cake puzzle.”

Here is a photo of Mike’s completed cake:

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

It was apparent that he has consistently delivered successful, guaranteed results with even the most difficult of cakes. He has also won multiple Food Network Cake Challenges. Although he might not admit to it due to his humble personality, I believe he is quietly shaping and contributing to the cake culture in all of North America and all over the world.

He went well above and beyond in sharing his techniques with us and was very open to answering all of our questions. Mike even gave us some great insight on the exciting world of televised cake competitions. He calls himself a “chronic planner,” and it showed through the organization and preparation of the class. Mike’s great quality of instruction made the class fun and the results easily attainable for us. The class was a pleasure overall, and  just what I needed to inspire me further in own personal career.

Here is my completed cake:

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

And here is a photo of all of them lined up. Don’t they look similar?

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

By the end of the two days, we went back to our hotels with our large 3-D cakes. Little Jesse was quite happy to pose with the cake!

I am happy to say that it was delicious for both the belly and mind.

To learn more:

Mike's Amazing Cakes Structure Class

Cake Decorating Classes in Calgary

SAIT offers quality instruction from experienced industry professionals, in an academic bakery setting.

The following classes geared towards beginners, everything from bread, chocolate, to cake decorating. Classes are offered at both the Main Campus and the Downtown Culinary Campus:

SAIT also offers general Baking and Pastry classes for kids, children, and teenagers.  It’s also part of their Summer Camp program. See more at:

I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to instruct a number of courses. It’s enlightening to see students find that moment of happiness… That epiphany moment when it all comes together.

Here are a some of my favourite moments so far:

Calgary Cake Class

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Photos of our last Creative Cupcakes class, held March 16th at the downtown Culinary Campus.

Each individual student learned how make cupcakes and icing from scratch, and how to pipe swirls.

Together, we also made dark chocolate ganache and caramel sauce:

Calgary Baking Class

Calgary Cake Decorating Class

Thank you to the many sweet students for the memories. 😉

Hope to see you there!

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