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:

http://culinarycampus.ca/classes-baking-basics.php

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: http://www.saitsummercamps.ca/camps-a-additional-programs/camps-by-theme/culinary.html

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



SAIT Cake ClassCalgary Baking Class

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!

SAIT Baking School

Best Online Recipes – Allrecipes.com

I just wanted to share…

So far my top favorite online recipe resource is Allrecipes.com

The best part is that all the recipes are rated by reviewed by users. I love reading about people’s experiences with the recipes. The site gets a lot of traffic, so there is no shortage of feedback!

Also, the printing options great, and the recipes print out neatly.

Here are some of my favourite recipes that I have found so far at Allrecipes.com:

Or check out the Top 20 Recipes at Allrecipes.com.

Where to Buy Cake Decorating Supplies in Calgary

Here is a list of cake decorating supply stores in Calgary, Alberta, Canada that I am aware of. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to add a comment below. Each store is good for specific items, and some even offer cake decorating classes:

PM Hobbycrafthttp://www.pmhobbycraft.ca/store/

PM Hobbycraft carries many brands and a large selection of cake supplies: fondant, gumpaste, cake styrofoam dummies, cutters, boards, and more.

  • North Store: 2020J 32 Avenue Northeast, Calgary, AB T2E 6T4, (403) 291-2733
  • South Store: 1221 73 Ave SE, Calgary AB T2H 2X1, (403)252-6643

Michaelshttp://www.michaels.com/art/online/home

A 40% off coupon is often available through the Michaels Weekly Ad. Michaels carries Wilton cake decorating supplies, but have also introduced other brands such as Duff’s Buttercream Fondant.

Bulk Barnhttp://www.bulkbarn.ca/

Bulk Barn carries offers a huge variety of baking ingredients. In addition, they also carry cake decorating supplies, and equipment: cake pans, cake boxes, fondant, sprinkles, and more.  They also offer shaped cake pan rentals.  Click here for store locator.

  • Calgary Horizon Square: 3508 32nd Avenue NE, Calgary AB, T1Y 6J2, 403-250-1399
  • Calgary McLeod Plaza: 9250 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary AB, T2J 0P5, 403-252-5232
  • Calgary (South McKenzie Town): 4889 130 Avenue South East, Calgary AB, T2Z 4J2, 403-271-8384
  • Okotoks location: 313-105 Southbank Blvd, Okotoks AB T1S0G1

The Market Place at SAIT, Main Campushttp://saitmarketplace.wordpress.com/

The Market Place at SAIT carries Satin Ice fondant (20lb pails for the best price in Calgary), Chefmaster food colouring (bulk size), isomalt, Silpats, marzipan, and Lindt chocolate couverture(in 2.5 kg bags). Here you can also buy foods made by students in the baking, cooking and meat programs. I suggest calling them at 403-774-5072 ahead of time to check if your item is in store. See the above link for directions.

Cakes N More http://www.cakesnmore.ca/

Cakes N More specializes in cake decorating and sugar craft/gum paste flower making supplies, including but not limited to: stencils, cutters, silicone leaf/petal veiners, Satin Ice fondant, Platinum Paste gumpaste, petal dust, powder and lustre colors. A great selection of styrofoam cake dummies too.

Walmart

Walmart has expanded their cake decorating section to include a greater quantity &  selection of  Wilton brand of cake decorating supplies. In most Walmarts, the cake decorating supplies can be found alongside the craft section.

Homesensehttp://www.homesense.ca/en/index.asp

At Homesense, products differ weekly, and from store to store. I have found here digital scales, baking pans, cookie cutters, etc.

Online Cake Decorating Supply Websites in Canada

I am aware of the following websites that service Canada, but have not necessarily tried each one:

Cake Central

Cake Central is by far the best online cake decorating resource I have come across.

I highly recommend their website out for:

  • answers to all your cake questions in their forums (thousands of posts – you can find discussions about almost every cake-related topic!)
  • step by step tutorials
  • recipes, with ratings and reviews
  • photographs of cakes and helpful diagrams
  • and to share your own photographs and get feedback

I appreciate how they have a “be nice” policy on their forums that I’ve also seen adapted at Craftster – you don’t say what you would not say in real life. It’s a good point.

Where to Buy Cake Decorating Supplies Online in Canada

Online Cake Decorating Stores

These are online Canadian cake decorating supply stores I have come across (Note, I have not necessarily tried ordering through all these yet myself):

So far I’ve tried ordering online through Golda’s Kitchen and Ebay.ca.

I got my turntable and my airbrush & compressor from Golda’s Kitchen, and I was really pleased. It was really time to get a good quality turntable. Golda’s website was pretty good; they have plenty of products with pictures, and she was fast to respond, and shipping was reasonable. And sometimes I like to use Ebay.ca for specific specialty items.

I was thinking of ordering through Global Sugar Art (based out of the U.S.), but after calculating duties and customs fees, it came out to about the same as Golda’s.

If online doesn’t work for you, craft & hobby stores sometimes carry cake decorating supplies. Michael’s (the arts & craft store) is usually one of the places I check out. They carry tons of Wilton stuff. The next place in Calgary I also often check out is PM Hobbycraft. Click for a list of retail cake decorating supply stores in Calgary.

Please feel free to share any other suggestions!