Royal Icing Practice

Royal Icing Flooding 02 Lambeth Technique 03 Piping 04 Lambeth 05 Cake Piping 06 Stringwork 07 Royal Icing Stringwork 08 Lambeth Piping 09 Lambeth Method 10 Royal Icing Lacework 11 Royal Icing Lace 12 Royal Icing 13 Australian Stringwork 14 Royal Icing 15 English Overpiping 16 Royal Icing Cake

“But all things must have a beginning, and the student who is about to embark on a career of icing and piping must study well the aspect of his own fitness for the work, his adaptability, his will to overcome obstacles, and his willingness to practice.” (Nirvana, 1953, pg. 1)

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!

SAIT Cooking School

SAIT Baking School

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.

Interesting Cake Links – January 2012 Edition

This is a second edition of interesting cake links. I have been collecting these amazing cake tutorials, articles, and videos – and wanted to share their fantastic work with you:

  • Datafone visually shows what baking is really about, in the captivating short films Cupcakes and Macaron

See the first version of interesting cake links here.

The Next Great Baker – new TV cake show on TLC – Review

Last night, I had a chance to watch the first episode of The Next Great Baker. The show is a fun spinoff of Cake Boss, where a group of cake decorators compete for the title of The Next Great Baker – along with a $50,000 prize and the opportunity to work alongside Buddy.

The show follows a similar format as other reality TV shows such as Top Chef, or Project Runway. The bakers/decorators are faced with challenges which they must complete in a limited time frame, and then are judged by Buddy and his team. A contestant is eliminated weekly.

It is a fast paced show that pushes the contestants to their limits, full of intense cake disasters major cake successes.

The Next Great Baker also has many colourful personalities and talents.   Greggy Soriano from Cake Lush, the self proclaimed “Lady Gaga of cakes,” 😉 has some fabulous cakes definitely worth checking out.  I’m also rooting for Brian Stevens from Crazycakes, who specializes in blow-your-mind cakes, full of special effects such as smoke, fireworks and explosions – seriously exciting & inspiring cakes!

Can’t wait to see what happens next!