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.

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.

Event Photos: 2011 Fancy & Frosted Cake Showcase

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Event photos from the Ronald McDonald House® Southern Alberta’s Fancy & Frosted Cake Showcase at Market Mall. Thank you to RMH for providing the fantastic photographs.

We received the House Award – favourite cake from the Ronald McDonald House. Thank you to everyone for your support!

People’s Choice went to Krista from Simply Sweet Ltd. for her fabulous cake! Congratulations Krista!

Many thanks to RMHSA & Market mall for hosting such a fun event!

Anne Wright Photography

I love looking at photos.

I had the fortunate pleasure of having my cake photographed by Calgary-based professional photographer, Anne Wright. Anne was very kind to share some of her beautiful photos that she had taken of the canoe cake I had created for David & Felicity:

Courtesy Anne Wright Photography

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Courtesy Anne Wright Photography

Courtesy Anne Wright Photography

Courtesy Anne Wright Photography

Courtesy Anne Wright Photography

Courtesy Anne Wright Photography

I would describe her photography style as modern, with a very soft feel.  I feel she’s especially great at capturing/noticing the fine details – the special details that make a wedding so unique and individual.

To enjoy more of Anne Wright’s fantastic work, please do check out:

Dallas & Mel’s Custom Wedding Cake Topper

This custom cake topper was a very special project for close friends…

Calgary Flames Custom Wedding Cake Topper

Calgary Flames Custom Wedding Cake Topper

Calgary Flames Custom Wedding Cake Topper

Calgary Flames Custom Wedding Cake Topper

Calgary Flames Custom Wedding Cake Topper

He loves the Calgary Flames, so it was a great idea to dress him in a Flames jersey 😉 .

The cake topper were made of Super Sculpey Polymer Clay. It was sculpted in a neutral colour, then painted afterwards. I might try mixing clay colours next time instead of painting, as some of the crevices were hard to get to. I worked on the project over the course of a week, but all together I estimate that it took about 15-20 hours to do from start to finish.

I was inspired by Smellybugs Maquette Tutorial – a professional sculptor who was kind enough to post the steps of the making of an amazing fantasy creature out of Sculpey/polymer clay. If you are seriously into sculpting, you have the check it out his tutorial!

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



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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!

SAIT Baking School