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.

Cake News in the Community

Here are some upcoming cake events I wanted to share – cake contests, competitions, classes, and demos going on!

Threadcakes 2011 now open for entries!

Threadcakes is a fun cake decorating contest that anyone can enter. Entries end on August 15th, 2011. It is a web-based contest, where you take photos and or/videos of the making of the cake to submit. (This was my entry from last year!) The goal of this contest is to design and create a cake based on the many amazing Threadless T-Shirt Designs.

I love these contests as it’s a really great way to practice skills! I also love browsing the entries as many of the entries explain: 1. How much time it took to decorate the cake and, 2. The process showing how they made the cake, along with tons of photographs

Cake Competition at the Calgary Stampede

For those located in Calgary, AB, I highly suggest to check out the cake entries at the annual Calgary Stampede, Western Lifestyles Creative Arts & Crafts Competition. I love this competition event because the art and crafts that you will see here are contributed by local Calgarians and Albertans, really making them part of the Stampede.

The intricate cakes will be on display in the BMO Center in the arts & crafts area. Entries are now closed, but if you are interested, plan for next year – the contest is open to anyone! At no extra cost, you can also see live cake decorating demonstrations  from the Calgary Sugarcraft Guild on Saturday July 9th from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm in the same area as well.

Cake Love 2011 – Cake Conference

Cake Love 2011 is a huge cake class and teaching event to be held on September 23rd to 25th in Vancouver, Canada. And they now have the prices and schedule posted online!

Famous professional cake decorators from all over the world, some that you may have even seen on TV, such as Colette Peters, Anne Heap, Norman Davis, Laura Kitchens and Toba Garett will be at Cake Love 2011. Registration is $85 for those staying at the host hotel (the Delta Vancouver Airport), or $185 that want to stay elsewhere. Plus the additional cost for each class you want to sign up for – classes and demos range anywhere from $20 and up, with most classes under $100.

Or if you are just looking for cake classes in Calgary, Alberta – see this post.

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: