Reminder: Course 3 offer expires at 5:30pm tomorrow night

We have been digging through the prize box here at My Cake Class and have some pretty cool things for anyone registering for Carolyn’s Course 3 on Saturday morning for July.    This course starts on July 12th at 12:30 pm.

This is a NEW version of Course 3.  You will be learning a new bow, how to created layered ruffles, quilling, a ruffled swirl rose, and how to paint on cake. 

I have the names of those currently registered but would love to have more join them so with that said…..

To qualify for these items you need to do the following:

  1.  Register for the Course 3 four week course for Saturday July 12th at 9:30 am. 
  2.  Notify Carolyn once you have registered so she can call the store and confirm the registration. 

Please note that I will be able to make the confirmations for any online registrations

 

The next person to register will win a FREE Course 3 kit.

This package contains all the tools you need to learn the basics of cake decorating: twelve cutters, three fondant and gum paste tools, three flower forming cups, two fondant shaping foam squares and one practice board. Imported.

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The next person to register will win a FREE Course 3 book.

 

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The next person to register will win a FREE yellow and green pearl dust. 

 

Everyone else registering will win a free Wilton gel color of their choice.    Prizes will be presented to each winner at the start of class on July 12th.  I hope to see you in class on the 12th.  It is going to be a fun and exciting class to be teaching.

 

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Confectionately yours,

Carolyn 

Disclaimer for this prize give away:  Carolyn is personally providing these gifts.  This give away is not sponsored by Michaels or Wilton and the gifts are done as a private donation directly from Carolyn. 

Course 1 Registration Gift from My Cake Class

We found more goodies in the prize box here at My Cake Class and have another great offer for you with our new Course 1.

This is a NEW version of Course 1.  There are over 25 decorating techniques as well as how to level, torte, fill and frost a cake.  You will learn new, fun techniques for frosting  cupcakes and treats!

We have the names of those currently registered but would love to have more join them so with that said…..

To qualify for these items you need to do the following:

  1.  Register for any of our Course 1  times that are being offered in July 2014.  
  2.  Since we have many courses scheduled please notify Polly via facebook, e-mail or cell phone once you have registered so she can call the store and confirm your registration.  
    • *Disclaimer: There will be one of each prize below, the kit, the book, and bag ties during the month of July. Prizes will be based off notification of Polly so we know who has registered in order.  If Polly is not contacted we do not have a way of knowing who registered first. 

 

 

The next person to register will win a FREE Course 1 kit.

This package contains all the tools you need to learn the basics of cake decorating: This kit includes everything you need to get started!

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The next person to register will win a FREE Course 1 book.

 

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The next person to register will win a FREE package of Wilton bag ties! 

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Everyone else registering will win a free Wilton gel color of their choice.

Prizes will be presented to each winner at the start of class on their scheduled start date.  We hope to see you in class in July.

Sincerely,

Polly

Disclaimer for this prize give away:  Carolyn and Polly are personally providing these gifts.  This give away is not sponsored by Michaels or Wilton and the gifts are done as a private donation directly from Carolyn. Michaels and/or Wilton are not a part of this give away or providing the supplies for it. 1

Prize give away for registering for the July Course 3 on Saturday

We have been digging through the prize box here at My Cake Class and have some pretty cool things for anyone registering for Carolyn’s Course 3 on Saturday morning for July.    This course starts on July 12th at 12:30 pm.

This is a NEW version of Course 3.  You will be learning a new bow, how to created layered ruffles, quilling, a ruffled swirl rose, and how to paint on cake. 

I have the names of those currently registered but would love to have more join them so with that said…..

To qualify for these items you need to do the following:

  1.  Register for the Course 3 four week course for Saturday July 12th at 9:30 am. 
  2.  Notify Carolyn once you have registered so she can call the store and confirm the registration. 

Please note that I will be able to make the confirmations for any online registrations

 

The next person to register will win a FREE Course 3 kit.

This package contains all the tools you need to learn the basics of cake decorating: twelve cutters, three fondant and gum paste tools, three flower forming cups, two fondant shaping foam squares and one practice board. Imported.

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The next person to register will win a FREE Course 3 book.

 

 c3book

 

The next person to register will win a FREE yellow and green pearl dust. 

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Everyone else registering will win a free Wilton gel color of their choice.    Prizes will be presented to each winner at the start of class on July 12th.  I hope to see you in class on the 12th.  It is going to be a fun and exciting class to be teaching. 

Confectionately yours, 

Carolyn 

Disclaimer for this prize give away:  Carolyn is personally providing these gifts.  This give away is not sponsored by Michaels or Wilton and the gifts are done as a private donation directly from Carolyn. 

Thank you to my Course 1 students who ended tonight.

I can’t tell you the fun and laughs I had with this group!

Next month they will be returning for Course 2 and am so excited to have them returning.

Speaking of Course 2, next month is our new roll out of the newly revised Course 2.  If you are a returning student and would like to come retake it with me, I’ll have a free gift for you.  My Course 2 runs on Monday nights starting July 7th at 6:30 pm.

All of my favorite buttercream techniques have been brought back, and we will be doing my two favorite the first night instead of working with fondant.  You have no idea how giddy I am and how much I giggle when I think about class on July 7th.   SUPER ECSTATIC!

If you can make it then I’d love to see you!  Great things are happening at my classes in July.

Confectionately yours,

Carolyn

Open House tomorrow and tons of new stuff to register for!

Want something to do for the summer?  You have tons of options with our classes and would love to have you come see us and register for one of the new Courses or Project Classes.

Open House will be held from 11 am to 2pm.   Four week courses are $20, AND you will get a $20 voucher good for your supplies.

What’s new? 

  • New Course 1, Course 2, and Course 3 curriculum.

Course one has about 6 new techniques to learn.

Course two has a whole new look, tons of new techniques and some beautiful new flowers.

Course three has a new bow, painting on fondant, and a few more wonderful techniques.

  • Three new project classes. These classes are each 2 hours and cost $15 each per person.  You can find more information on the links bar above for Adult Project Classes.

Animal Print Cookies – Learn how to make Zebra stripes, cheetah and giraffe prints a few different ways.

Advanced Stringwork – Stringwork is a very technical but beautiful way to decorate.

Fondant Cupcakes – Using Wilton’s new tools, I’ll show you some beautiful ways to emboss, cut and create fondant covered cupcakes that are sure to be a hit at any event.

Also, with the addition of Polly to the Wilton team at our Michaels I will be offering kids classes on Saturday afternoons at the same time as Polly’s Courses. This allows for you to not have to worry about setting up a baby sitter, having your husband watch the child(ren) for the afternoon and gives them a fun and safe environment to be in while you take your course.

If you are interested in taking any of these classes, tomorrow would be a perfect opportunity to register due to the class discounts, and voucher for the supplies.

I hope to see you there.

Confectionately yours,

Carolyn

 

Chai Spice – egg white version

Something a little different but delicious for your Tuesday!

I am looking forward to a busy week. Field trips, and end of school stuff starting to ramp up for the kids. I also am wrapping up May classes, and getting June ready to go. Never a dull moment in my life that’s for sure.

Confectionately yours,

Carolyn

Blueberry Citrus Cake Recipe

Another seasonal recipe sure to be a hit at any party!

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More importantly for today, I would like to stop for a moment to reflect on Memorial day.

Many of us will gather in celebration of a day off from work and not think twice about the true meaning of the day.  We’ll float on the rivers (Oregon weather permitting), we’ll crack open our beer, head to the beach, fire up the Barbecue and many other things but please do not forget the great sacrifice that many men, women, and K9′s have given their life around the world so we can continue on with the freedom and liberties we have today.

To those I have lost I miss you every single day and there is not a day I take for granted because of each of you.

Tim, USMC

Jeff, Jacob, Michael, USAF

Leslie, Monica, Kurt, US Army

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Confectionately yours,

Carolyn

Differences Between Dusts for Fondant/Gum Paste

What is Luster Dust?

Luster Dust is a decorating powder that is used in cake and candy decorating. It adds a “sparkle” when painted on.  It comes in a variety of colors and is often used as a catch phrase for the wide variety of dusts and chalks used in the cake decorating procession.

All of the dusts on the market are used in the cake decorating industry but each create a different final look.

Below is a break down of the types of dust out there and what they do.

Petal and Chalk Dust has a matte finish.  It produces deep colors when applied in layers.   This is a decorator favorite for gumpaste flowers because it give the closest look to the natural colors of the real flower as you can get.

Luster dust comes in many different colors, and adds sparkle, shine, and a fair amount of color.

Pearl and Pixie dust gives you a sparkly and pearlescent finish and a very faint color.   It mostly transparent and can be mixed in with other types of dust as well.  It is recommended that you start with mixing a little bit at a time to your other dusts to avoid over mixing.

 Sparkle dust produces effects similar to luster dust, adding color and shine, but the sparkle dust grains are larger than the fine powder of the luster dust.

Highlighter dust usually comes in gold and silver colors, and gives a high-sheen, metallic finish. Most highlighter dust is not edible and is for decorative purposes only.

Disco dust has the largest grains of all, and can be compared in size to pieces of glitter. Disco dust is not subtle, so it works best on pieces that should “pop” and sparkle with a glittery finish.

What Are the Ingredients in these dusts?

Most of these dusts are not labeled with their ingredients.  The ingredients vary even between the same type of dust due to color differences.  The only way I know of to verify ingredients is to contact the manufacturer.  Wilton is the only company that I know of at this time that includes any type of ingredient listing.

From the research I have done I know that most of these dusts contain Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Carmine. In some brands I have also found Chromium Oxide and/or Iron Blue.

Is it safe to eat?

That is not a decision that I would make for you.  All of the brands I have used and come across are considered and labeled non toxic.  That means if you consume it the product will not hurt your health in any way.  If you are concerned in any way please search for lines of dust that contain an FDA approved label. It will clearly state on the label “Food Grade” or “FDA Approved”

You do need to be careful because some are labeled “For Decorative Use Only” and “Not For Consumption”.   This means they are not to be eaten/consumed at all.  Personally, I steer clear of anything with this label even if it’s going on a design element that we do not expect to be eaten.  There are some people out there that will absolutely try that gum paste/fondant flower that we consider decorative only.  The risk is not worth the outcome for me. I will locate another similar color or make my own color if I need/want it bad enough.

How Do I Use These Dusts?

They can all be used the same. 

You can do the dry brush method where you dip your brush in the container of dust and brush it on.  You want to be very careful with this method as it’s hard to control where the dust will land.

You can also create a “paint” widely referred to as the “wet method”.  The one thing you do not want to do it mix it with water. These dusts will become a wet “clump”  and become sticky.

You can mix your dust with a clear extract.  Once it’s mixed together you can then paint on your fondant/gum paste surface. Depending on the sugar content vs. alcohol with the extract some of your work may come out with “streaks”.

To avoid it streaking on you and as long as you are part of the over 21 year old crowd you can purchase vodka and mix it with your dust.  You do want to be careful with this though because some members of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) may have a problem knowing that a hard liquor was used as part of the paint process. Yes the vodka does dry and evaporate, but I am not about to laugh at this and blow them or their opinion off.  Some people take their sobriety seriously, and good for them. So that is something to keep in mind. To someone in AA something painted with vodka is as serious as the ingredients are to someone with a tree nut/food allergy.  When using it this way, start with a few drops at a time and continue to add a drop or two until you have the consistency you want to work with.

REMEMBER: VODKA WILL EVAPORATE QUICKLY DO NOT MAKE LARGE QUANTITIES. KEEP TRACK OF YOUR DROPS VS. POWDER RATIO AND REMAKE WHAT YOU NEED TO AVOID WASTING IT.

 If you want a more intense color let each coat dry completely then add another layer on top of it until you reach the color you want.

Most dusts I have seen say they are non toxic, which isn’t the same thing as edible. What it means is that they shouldn’t hurt you, but they aren’t really meant to be eating (think glue).

If you have read this far thank you! I know it was a lot to read.  If you are interested in making your own dusts I have a few recipes/how to’s in the recipe section. You can find them under “My Recipes” and then “Dusts for Decorating”

Confectionately yours,

Carolyn