Mini Classes

**Please Note: If you purchase a Mini-Class Ticket, General Admission is not included and is required to gain entry to the classroom.

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.
All About Icing

Instructor: Barb Evans
Location: Classroom 5
Date: 11AM - 1PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner

Discover the difference of several varieties of icing in this fun and super sweet class. Students will learn to make American Buttercream, Italian Buttercream, Stabilized whipping Cream, Whipped Ganache and Royal Icing. We will sample each recipe and then smooth and pipe with each one. Learn easy techniques to super smooth buttercream that will not crack. We will also cover the making and handling of royal icing for various applications - stringwork, brush embroidery and run sugar. It has taken me 35 years to collect this info. All this information can be yours in 2 hours!
$65.00 CLOSED

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Fabulous Faux Cake Stand

Instructor: Wayne Steinkopf & Chuck Hamilton
Location: Classroom 1
Date: 11AM - 2PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

In this hands-on class, students will learn how to make this beautiful gilded faux cake stand. Your wedding cakes will appear to be supported by this ornate "cake stand". Only you will know that this is really just an optical illusion created by using common cake decorating supplies!

Students will leave class with:
~completed faux cake stand
~patterns and/or instructions

Recommended: Basic fondant/gumpaste skills
$145.00 CLOSED

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Swimming Sea Turtle

Instructor: Avalon Yarnes
Location: Classroom 8
Date: 11AM - 2PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

Learn how to create this realistic swimming Sea Turtle in it’s natural landscape using an array of techniques. This course will include structure, modeling, coloring and texture techniques. Learn the benefits of modeling with both modeling chocolate and fondant seamlessly on to a RKT skeleton. We will cover multiple techniques to best shade and paint both fondant and the notoriously difficult modeling chocolate. You will learn tricks that will bring a special realistic touch to many of your future cakes. Avalon will also discuss how this Sea Turtle can be recreated in cake and you will leave with re-useable templates for future Sea Turtle projects.
$130.00 CLOSED

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WOW! IS THAT BUTTERCREAM?

Instructor: Pat Jacoby
Location: Classroom 4
Date: 11AM - 2PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Beg. & Int.

Is buttercream making you crazy? You will walk out of this class knowing how to bake, fill, and smooth your cakes without the "belly bulge". You will be working with REAL CAKE! After you master the art of icing the cake PERFECTLY, you will learn how to decorate with the most popular side designs - rosette's, lacy brush embroidery, piping, ruffles with a new tip (you will be amazed), and stenciling (yes, on buttercream). We will have a discussion on the do's and don'ts of supporting your cake when stacking as well as safe ways of transporting. Buttercream recipe included. This class is packed full of tips and tricks of the trade!
$125.00 CLOSED

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Pixie Topper - Hand Modeled

Instructor: Dot Klerck
Location: Classroom 6
Date: 12PM - 3PM, Sun, Feb 23, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

Learn to model a pixie cake topper out of fondant. Using basic cake decorating tools, students will learn how to bring fondant to life through modeling, coloring and accessorizing. You will be able to accessorize your pixie to suit the occasion. Dress him in tiny leaf clothes and tiny leaf shoes but be careful he doesn't fly away!
$90.00 CLOSED

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Peacock Splendor

Instructor: Denise Talbot
Location: Classroom 7
Date: 11AM - 2PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

The regal beauty of a peacock comes alive. Each student will learn how to hand paint a peacock body and then create the tail feathers. The tail feathers will come alive with added veining, lace imprint and delicate painted details.

Students will leave class knowing how to create a rich, textured fall of feathers that will look luxuriant on a tiered cake or a flat cake.

$90.00 CLOSED

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Professional Cake Sketching

Instructor: Elizabeth Marek
Location: Classroom 8
Date: 2:30PM - 5:30PM, Sat, Feb 22, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level:

Take your cake sketches to the next level! In this demo Liz explains how to create quick sketches during client consults that can later be translated into gorgeous, wow-worthy cake illustrations that will make your clients say YES! Learn how to up your sketching game using old-fashioned pen and pencil as well as an introduction to digital cake sketching using a tablet and photoshop or ipad. Each student will receive a free packet of digital and printable cake templates and pre-made digital accents such as flowers, bows and textures that will only be given out at this class! No knowledge of photoshop or digital drawing required. There will be something for every experience level! be provided for the class.

Join me for a fun day of cake and bring your laptops or tablets along if you have PhotoShop!

$65.00 CLOSED

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Steampunk Jewelry Box

Instructor: Wayne Steinkopf & Chuck Hamilton
Location: Classroom 1
Date: 2:30PM - 5:30PM, Sat, Feb 22, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

In this hands-on class students will learn how to make this a steampunk style jewelry box - complete with gilded gears! Students will mold gumpaste accents, use an embossing pin, learn a special paneling technique, plus much more.

Students will leave class with:
~completed dummy cake
~patterns and instructions

Recommended: Basic fondant/gumpaste skills
$145.00 CLOSED

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Fall Foliage

Instructor: Jennifer Dontz
Location: Classroom 3
Date: 2:30PM - 5:30PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

In this fun class, students will learn to create the most realistic fall foliage around. We will be dipping and doing some other surprises to make them look real! This class will be great fun!
$65.00 CLOSED

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Realistic Human Head Sculpting Basics

Instructor: Jade Eye
Location: Classroom TBD
Date: 2:30PM - 5:30PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

In this class we will talk about the importance of human anatomy in order to start sculpting realistic human faces.

We will work in the 1:3 scale about 3" head. Medium is modeling chocolate over a styrofoam simple skull we will form out of an egg shape. We will talk about facial expressions, creating features with different ethnic backgrounds, gender, and age. Also scaling by age.

It will allow you to work in a smaller scale mostly used in cake decorating, when making figurines. Or larger busts. I will give you tips on sculpting for likeness for customized figurines.

$135.00 CLOSED

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Filigree Box

Instructor: Dawn Parrott
Location: Classroom 5
Date: 2:30PM - 5:30PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

Students will learn to pipe patterns on a flat surface and then combine them to create stunning 3D objects. We will discuss other uses for this technique as well as how other patterns can be utilized. Becoming comfortable with royal icing and piping work is the foundation for this class. Each student will leave with a completed box, pattern and a specific royal icing recipe that will make 3D objects stronger.
$90.00 CLOSED

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Figure Modeling 101

Instructor: Kimberly Chapman
Location: Classroom 6
Date: 2:30PM - 5:30PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner

Detailed Class Description: In this beginner-level class, students will be shown how to make a basic sitting fondant figure. Topics covered will include tips on making hands and faces, when and how to use non-edible supports such as foil and toothpicks to expedite figures, and how to keep figure parts to relative scale to avoid weird proportions.
$65.00 CLOSED

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Chocolate Cosmos - 3 Ways

Instructor: Mari Senaga
Location: Classroom 7
Date: 2:30PM - 5:30PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner

Learn the ease of modeling chocolate flowers, and create a bouquet of bright cosmos in 3 different varieties. This class is wonderful start for the beginner to modeling chocolate flowers, or for those who want to learn beautiful simple flowers to add to their range of cocoa blooms. In class you will learn how to prepare, handle, and manipulate this medium to create beautiful blooms. You will also learn how to take simple flowers, and make them come to life with colors. We will be creating single, double, and fluted Cosmos.

Note: Each student will receive a free cutter in class.

$120.00 CLOSED

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Oriental Stringwork

Instructor: Barb Evans
Location: Classroom 2
Date: 6PM - 8PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

Take the mystery out of oriental stringwork – the delicate art of tiny piped lines that give such an elegant look to your cake creations. You will go home with a finished piece learning the tricks to this method including icing preparation, marking techniques and successful methods of stringwork. Some experience with piping strings is suggested, however everyone is welcome
$70.00 CLOSED

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Making The Most of Your Airbrush

Instructor: Brian Stevens
Location: Classroom 3
Date: 6PM - 9PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

In this 3 hr class Brian Stevens will show you the ins and outs of using an airbrush. You will also learn how to choose opposing hues and values in color to generate depth and separation of elements. You will learn how how to layer colors then erase layers for a weathered leather or wood look.

No more flat colors. Take your airbrushing to the next level.

$115.00 CLOSED

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Dynamic Figure Modeling - No More Dead-Eye Static Figures!

Instructor: Kimberly Chapman
Location: Classroom 6
Date: 6PM - 9PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Int. & Up

Learn how to bring your fondant figures to life even though they're frozen in one position! This class will discuss many ways from the subtle to the extravagant to add facial expressions and poses to figures so they no longer look like they're just sitting around. Students will choose from one of three demonstrated wire-armature figure models (a walker, a runner, or a jumper) for their hands-on portion and be able to see their fellow students and the instructor work on the other two. Time permitting we'll also pull faces at each other and talk about how to replicate those expressions on little heads. Students will also receive a full booklet on all of the techniques from the class. Note that basic figure modeling skills are required.
$75.00 CLOSED

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Battenburg Lace Side Designs and 3D Flower

Instructor: Yvette Humbert
Location: Classroom 4
Date: 6PM - 9PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

In this class you will learn:
  • how to transfer a Battenburg lace pattern to your cake
  • different designs elements to change up a pattern
  • the technique to bring your lace to life
  • building designs with sugar tape
  • filling your designs with royal icing piping.
Additionally you'll take your new knowledge and use it to build a 3D lace flower.
$65.00 CLOSED

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Hawaiian Chocolate Splendor

Instructor: Mari Senaga
Location: Classroom 7
Date: 6PM - 9PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Beginner

Learn the ease of modeling chocolate flowers, and create an exotic arrangement of Anthuriums and Hawaiian Ginger. This class is a wonderful way to learn the basics of modeling chocolate flowers, or for those who want to add some beautiful tropical flowers to their range of cocoa blooms. In class you will learn how to prepare, handle, and manipulate this medium to create beautiful blooms. You will also learn how to take simple flowers, and make them come to life with colors both dusted and coco painted. You will finish by assembling your floral creations into an elegant arrangement.
$120.00 CLOSED

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Doing Cake Business in Texas

Instructor: Lauren Kitchens
Location: Classroom 9
Date: 6PM - 9PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

Curious about the transition from a home baker to a commercial bakery owner? Lauren Kitchens made this transition in Texas. She will discuss the details including city permits, building codes, zoning, and commercial leases, as well as product pricing, dealing with employees and clients, and what is involved with getting a small business loan. She will tell it all. Bring your questions and concerns. Lauren's roots are as a home-baker. She has owned a highly successful wedding cake boutique and commercial bakery in Dallas for over 13 years.
$55.00 CLOSED

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Simply Succulents

Instructor: Shaile Socher
Location: Classroom 8
Date: 6PM - 9PM, Sat, Feb 22,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

This class will teach you how to create handcrafted sugar succulents and when finished appears amazingly real. This is you learn to make succulents without cutters. You will learn how to create a couple of different style petals by shaping the gumpaste with your hands and using a few tools. When all the petals are dry I will show you my favorite part how to add petal dust over dusting and highlighting making the succulent look lifelike.
$75.00 CLOSED

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Cake Pricing - What You Need to Charge

Instructor: Mike McCarey
Location: Classroom 9
Date: 8:30AM - 10:30AM, Sun, Feb 23,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

In this class, students will learn about the 2 major approaches to wedding and occasion cake pricing, as well as solving the mystery of pricing sculpted cakes. Students will receive templates for all systems discussed, including my entire pricing structure from my shop as a comparison.

I will also cover labor costs, deposits, color guides, order forms, contracts and deliver fee approaches with handouts given with examples of each concept. Everyone will leave with clarity and options about how to price whatever they create.

$70.00 CLOSED

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Ocean Wave Cake

Instructor: Lauren Kitchens
Location: Classroom 1
Date: 8:30AM - 11:30AM, Sun, Feb 23,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

It's ALL cake! Watch as you amaze yourself with what can be done with cake and a simple structure in Lauren Kitchen's Ocean Wave Class. This hands-on class is designed for all levels. Beginners are welcome! Come spend a few hours with Lauren and make a cake that will impress. Leave class with your cake, a class book with a full set of sculpting templates, recipes and instructions. Finally, a gravity-defying cake made with absolutely no fondant!

Sign up NOW. This is the LAST time Lauren will offer this class!

$290.00 CLOSED

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No More Naked Boards

Instructor: Kerri Morris
Location: Classroom 8
Date: 8:30AM - 11:30AM, Sun, Feb 23,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

As a cake artist, you have more than just the cake to implement in your design. Students will learn the importance of finishing the cake board to add to the finished look of your cakes.

Students will learn how to create the following effects using templates, tools, piping tips and your own hands:

Students will learn:
  • Brick
  • Woodgrain
  • Cobblestone
  • Grass
  • Using petal dusts for a more realistic affect.

$90.00 CLOSED

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Whimsical Flowers in Gumpaste

Instructor: Colette Peters
Location: Classroom 2
Date: 8:30AM - 11:30AM, Sun, Feb 23, 2014
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Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome
Explore new flowers made with and without cutters. In this class we will roll, stack, fold and incorporate coloring techniques to create a whole new world of beautiful flowers
$75.00 CLOSED

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Victorian Isomalt

Instructor: Sidney Galpern
Location: Classroom 3
Date: 8:30AM - 11:30AM, Sun, Feb 23, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

Learn the techniques of pulled and cast isomalt. Students will also learn how to suspend Icing Images in Isomalt to create a beautiful Victorian Fan with hand sculpted and molded pieces, a cameo on a string of pearls, and a beautiful antique pocket watch. All supplies provided, bring a box and bubble wrap to take your pieces home.
$85.00 CLOSED

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Porcelain Pearls and Petals

Instructor: Pat Jacoby
Location: Classroom 4
Date: 8:30AM - 11:30AM, Sun, Feb 23,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Beg. & Int.

Dramatic ruffles and elegant pearls will be covered in this fun class! Using a 6" and an 8" cake, students will develop a two tier creation. Bottom tier will be covered in fondant "petals" tipped in silver or gold and pearl dusted with an airbrush to look just like porcelain. Top tier will be covered in fondant and a small flower will adorn the side.
$135.00 CLOSED

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Miss Daisy - Pony

Instructor: Dot Klerck
Location: Classroom 6
Date: 8:30AM - 11:30AM, Sun, Feb 23,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

Learn to model a cute little sitting pony. She's definitely shy but she'll steal your heart!
$90.00 CLOSED

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Chocolate Pine Cone & Branch

Instructor: Jennifer Dontz
Location: Classroom 7
Date: 12:PM - 3PM, Sun, Feb 23,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

Learn to create this fun and easy wireless chocolate pinecone. We will also make delicate pine branches to compliment your cone. This is sure to impress your customers!
$65.00 CLOSED

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Molds, Textures and Tools - Creating Your Own Customized Tools

Instructor: Mike McCarey
Location: Classroom 4
Date: 12PM - 2PM, Sun, Feb 23, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

In this 2 hour demo, Mike will go through the process of creating a series of unique and original molds, texture pins and hand tools using non-toxic polymer clay. This media is cheaper than silicone and is so easy to turn into our own custom line of tools and assorted gadgets.

As part of the demo, students will receive ¼ pound of regular polymer clay, and ¼ pound of flexible polymer clay to get started at home. A booklet showing step-by-step photos of how each tool was created during the demo will be included. Each student will also receive a custom designed, polymer clay tool made by Mike.

$85.00 CLOSED

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Stripes DEMO with Lauren Kitchens

Instructor: Lauren Kitchens
Location: Classroom 9
Date: 12PM - 2PM, Sun, Feb 23,  2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

Take the dread out of stripes by learning three different ways to create them on cakes. From candy-style stripes, to ombre stripes, and even Seuss-inspired stripes, Lauren will show you step by step how she creates these three popular designs with ease and speed. Modeling chocolate and fondant will be used with simple cake tools to create show-stopping stripes! Each student will receive a class book with recipes and step-by-step visual and verbal instructions for each striping technique.
$65.00 CLOSED

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Inlay Techniques with Colette Peters

Instructor: Colette Peters
Location: Classroom 2
Date: 12PM - 3PM, Sun, Feb 23,  2014
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Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome
In this hands-on class you will learn Colette’s signature fondant inlay techniques.
$75.00 CLOSED

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Steampunk Top Hat

Instructor: Wayne Steinkopf & Chuck Hamilton
Location: Classroom 3
Date: 12PM - 3PM, Sun, Feb 23, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

In this hands-on class students will learn how to make this steampunk style top hat, complete with goggles! Students will mold gumpaste accents, use an embossing pin, learn a special wrapping technique, get a crash course in isomalt (yes, the lenses in the goggles are isomalt!) and much more.

Students will leave class with:

  • completed dummy cake
  • patterns and instructions
Recommended: Basic fondant/gumpaste skills
$145.00 CLOSED

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Faces with Karen Portaleo

Instructor: Karen Portaleo
Location: Classroom 1
Date: 12PM - 3PM, Sun, Feb 23, 2014
Supply List: All Included
Recommended Skill Level: All Welcome

In this class Karen Portaleo will be demonstrating techniques to make faces come to life. How to provide structure as the foundation, how to sculpt and how to create realistic features.
$65.00 CLOSED

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