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We are working to finalize the schedule for all the great classes that will be offered at the 2014 show. Check back soon for details and registration.
Hands-On Showcake Class with Karen Portaleo

Instructor: Karen Portaleo
Location: Make It Sweet
Date: 9AM - 5PM Thurs. & Fri., Feb 20 & 21, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

Join cake artist Karen Portaleo as she guides students through the process of creating a magnificent Showcake. Karen and all of the students will work together to create the masterpiece based on the Cake of Ages theme that will be displayed throughout the weekend. Some of the topics that will be covered include: design, structure, cake carving, covering with various media, sculpting, detailing and airbrushing. This will be a combination of demonstration and then hands-on practice as all of the elements of the cake will be created in class. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a true master.
$500.00 CLOSED

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Cake Structure Workshop with Mike McCarey

Instructor: Mike McCarey
Location: Highland Mall
Date: 9AM - 5PM Mon, Feb 24, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

Cake stands to do an extreme off-center topsy-turvey stack, a leaping frog, a high heel show and a tripping woman.

Wow! A class with no cake? Well, in this class, a combination of hands on, demonstration and lecture will be used so each student learns how to design and build their own working internal structured cake stand for 4 different cakes: an extreme off-center topsy-turvey stack, a leaping frog, a high heel show and a tripping woman. All aspects of creating the stands and the theory of the structure behind each one will be explored. The class will also cover how to apply cake and various finishes to complete each project.

Students will receive:

  • All the parts for each of the 4 stands to assemble in class
  • A complete set of dimensions and patterns for each stand
  • Instructions for sizing the stands up or down
  • A comprehensive, step by step instruction manual for reproducing each stand again, and how to apply cake, fondant or modeling chocolate to create the finished projects when you get home.
$450.00 CLOSED

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Gravity Defying Spider Cake Class

Instructor: Dot Klerck
Location: Highland Mall
Date: 9AM - 5PM Mon. & Tues, Feb 24 & 25, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level:

Come learn how to construct this gravity defying spider cake that stands on 6 legs! You will learn how to design, construct and sculpt this 3D cake.

This two day class includes a short section on cake design, proportion and how to design any 3D cake.

$700.00 CLOSED

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3-Tier Tilted Cake with Colette Peters

Instructor: Colette Peters
Location: Highland Mall
Date: 9AM - 5PM Mon. & Tues, Feb 24 & 25, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

Class Description: in this class we will make a 3 tiered "dummy" cake, with 2 styrofoam wedges, to make a crooked cake. there will be some carving, too. Colette will show lots of decorating techniques, including antiquing, painting, draping, ruffles, flowers, brush embroidery, just to name a few. Colette will explain how to make a crooked cake out of real cake and how to keep it from falling!
$500.00 CLOSED

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Modern Marie Antoinette with Nick Lodge & Lauren Kitchens

Instructor: Nicholas Lodge & Lauren Kitchens
Location: Highland Mall
Date: 9AM - 5PM Mon. & Tues, Feb 24 & 25, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

Join two of the most popular and regarded cake instructors in the country in this two-day event. You will learn new techniques in modeling chocolate, gumpaste, coloring, structure, and texture. From sculpting a corset-shaped tier, creating an edible wig, making delightful French desserts and jewelry from gumpaste, and creating the most perfect hatbox cake imaginable. You will be swept away by this hands-on experience. Leave class with a most exquisite work of cake art along with a full class book filled with helpful tips and instructions to make this cake in all its glory again and again.

This once in a lifetime opportunity is limited to only two class dates in the United States. Austin will be the first city to host this class. Don't miss out!

$795.00 CLOSED

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Stretching Cat Cake

Instructor: Dot Klerck
Location: Make It Sweet
Date: 9AM - 5PM Thurs. & Fri., Feb 27 & 28, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level:

In this two day class you will create a life size stretching cat. Dot will cover aspects of design, proportion as well as how to make the construction in this lifelike cake.
$700.00 CLOSED

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