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Monday, April 19, 2010


Total Hours of Cake Decorating Instruction:

It occurred to me that I should keep track of my official cake decorating education.  This post will be updated whenever I take a class by a professional cake decorating instructor.


Capital Confectioner's "Day of Sharing" 2010
Location: Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center in Round Rock, TX
Time: Sunday, August 6th, 2010, 8 AM - 5 PM
Total Hours: 5
  • Brian Stevens - 3D structure and airbrushing
  • Ximena Sempertegui - fondant christening gown
  • Marco Antonio Lopez Sanches - stenciling and flowers
  • Stephen Benison - unique cutters
That Takes The Cake 2011
Capital Confectioners' 7th Annual Art Show & Cake Competition
Celebrity Guest Demonstrations 
Location: North Austin Event Center, Austin, TX
Time: Sunday, February 27th, 2011 9 AM - 2 AM
Total Hours: 3.75
  • Lorraine McKay - modeling cute cartoony frog from fondant
  • James Rousselle - cutting, wiring, and decorating 3 different flowers
  • Mike McCarey - sculpting a dog cake with dowels and boards
  • Marina Sousa - making jewels and beads with Isomalt
  • Susan Carberry - sculpting a mushroom cake using PVC piping as internal structure
Capital Confectioner's "Day of Sharing" 2011
Location: Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center in Round Rock, TX
Time: Sunday, July 10, 2011 8 AM - 5 PM
Total Hours: 5

      Wilton Course 3: Fondant and Tiered Cakes
      Location: Hobby Lobby on FM 1431, Cedar Park, TX
      Instructor: Dolly Farnsworth
      Time: Saturdays 9/5/09 - 9/26/09, 1 PM - 3 PM
      (only attended 9/5 and 9/12 due to illness and work)
      Total Hours: 4
      Description: (from Wilton website)
      Reach a new level of decorating sophistication with the beautiful flowers and techniques in Course 3. Begin with intricate accents such as embroidery and lace, stringwork, garland and ruffle borders. Discover the beauty of decorating with rolled fondant — for covering cakes with an immaculate smooth surface and shaping fun figures and elegant flowers. Add several new icing flowers to your repertoire, including lovely holiday blooms like poinsettias and Easter lilies. Complete your course by assembling and decorating a towering tiered cake with beautiful stringwork, flowers and borders.
      Chocolate Clay Basket
      Location: All In One Bake Shop, Austin, TX
      Instructor: Sallia Bandy
      Time: Tuesday 3/30/10, 6 PM - 9 PM
      Total Hours: 3
      Description: Learned how to make and work with modeling chocolate.  Created an Easter basket using chocolate, modeling chocolate, and lollipop sticks.

      Cake Balls
      Location: Whole Foods Culinary Center, Austin, TX
      Instructor: Stacy Bridges
      Time: Saturday, 12/04/2010, 10 AM - 11 AM
      Total Hours: 1
      Description: Learned how to make cake balls a la Austin Cake Ball.

      Petit Fours
      Location: Central Market, Austin, TX
      Instructor: Laurie Mathers
      Time: Saturday, 2/05/2011, 10 AM - 1 AM
      Total Hours: 2.5ish
      Description: Learned how to make cream cheese pound cake, cut, fill with buttercream and jam, dip them in candy coating, and decorate with royal icing.

      Crazy Pizza Cakes
      Location: All In One Bake Shop
      Instructor: Brian Stevens
      Time: Sunday, 8/14/2011, 9 AM - 5 PM
      Total Hours: 6ish
      Description: Covering a pizza shaped cake with fondant, decorating with fondant, color theory, airbrushing techniques, and of course, blow torches!

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