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Meet Our Instructor

Diane Simmons

Diane SimmonsDiane is the owner of Cake Connection, and has been decorating cakes since 1992.  She has won several awards at various competitions throughout the US, and has had several cakes published in various magazines around the world.  Diane has developed an entire product line for a new technique she developed creating gelatin flowers, and now travels around the nation teaching a variety of classes.  She has also written two books on her gelatin technique, and is currently working on a third. 

 

 

 

Call to sign up or REGISTER ONLINE by (CLICKING HERE) today... you're sure to have a great time and learn a ton!
 

CLASS SCHEDULE

Reviews are in... our NEW CLASSROOM is getting HUGE thumbs up from all! Come check out the fun... :) 
 
For full description and supply list, and also to register online, please (CLICK HERE) to visit our online shopping cart.  
 
September 2013
Cake Bites (aka Cake Balls) – $30
     Sept 3rd – Tuesday 6:00 – 9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
Cupcake Creations – $30
     Sept 10th – Tuesday 6:00 – 9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
Intro to Cake Deco (TWO PART) – $45 (total)
     Sept 16th & 23rd – Mon 6:00-9:00pm  (supplies needed)
 
Gumpaste Flowers (TWO PART) – $45 (total)
     Sept 17th & 18th –Tues/Wed 6:00-9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
 
October 2013
Gelatin Flowers – $25
     October 8th – Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
Gelatin Bows & Ribbons – $25
     October 15th – Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
Intro to Rolled Fondant –  $25
     Oct 21st – Monday 6:00-9:00pm (some supplies needed)
 
Cake Bites (aka Cake Balls) - $30
     Oct 23rd – Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
Cupcake Creations – $30
     Oct 29th – Tuesday 6:00 – 9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
  
November 2013
Fun Fondant Accents – $25
     Nov 5th – Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
Cookie Decorating - $30
     Nov 6th – Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
Gumpaste Flower (TWO PART) – $45
     Nov 20th & 21st – Wed & Thu 6:00-9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
Fondant Purse Cake – $60 (*taught by Carol Lowe)
     Nov 23rd – Saturday 9:00-noon (rolling pin needed)
 
Holiday Figure Modeling – $45 (*taught by Carol Lowe)
     Nov 23rd – Saturday 1:30 – 4:30pm (no supplies needed)
 
 
December 2013
Gelatin Poinsettia – $30
     Dec 2nd – Monday 6:00-9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
Stenciling Fun – $25
     Dec 4th – Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
Intro to Rolled Fondant –  $25
     Dec 12th – Thursday 6:00-9:00pm  (supplies needed)
 
Cupcake Creations – $30
     Dec 16th – Monday 6:00-9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
Cookie Decorating – $30
     Dec 19th – Thursday 6:00-9:00pm (no supplies needed)
 
 
Class Descriptions (w/ photo's available (HERE))
 
Cake Bites/Balls/Pops: During this class, students will learn to make cake balls (the real way! :) and also learn to add sticks to make them a cake pop.  We focus more on showing proper consistency of dough, flavor combinations, and dipping techniques.  We do not get into making any of the fancy character cake pops/balls.  You WILL have a good understanding of the techniques to go out and do those after class... they just take a lot more time with all the tiny details so our preference is that you know how to make a wide variety of tasty cake balls that looks nice... the creativity is up to you.

Cookie Decorating: Learn a variety of techniques to create stunning looking cookies for friends, family, and customers.  During class, students will learn to decorate cookies with fondant icing, royal icing flooding (run-sugar), edible images, stencilling on cookies.

Cupcake Creations: It's time to join the craze and make some cupcakes!  Students will learn to fill the cupcakes, and then do a variety of topping styles.  We will work with both buttercream and rolled fondant, doing piping, stencilling, and figure modeling.

Fun Fondant Accents: Have you ever wondered how to get those perfect looking stripes on the sides of cakes... or add zebra print... or make the fondant drapes and bows???  Now you can learn to add all these beautiful (and EASY!) accents to your buttercream (or fondant) cakes. During this class, students will work with rolled fondant and learn: striping and polka dots, quick fondant flowers, using silicone molds (to make lace, flowers, and more!), draping, how to make a package bow (demo only - time doesn't allow for students to make this), best ways to attach fondant to buttercream (so it stays put!)

Fun with Isomalt: What is isomalt you ask... well, simply put, it is a sugar substitute that is less sensative to humidity than sugar.  It is commonly used in diabetic candies, and is preferred for making sugar display pieces as it doesn't melt into a puddle like sugar will when the weather turns humid.  We have taken the stress out of working with sugar and isomalt!  Now you can make quick and easy sugar art pieces without all the expensive equipment and worry about burning your fingertips.  During this class, students will work with isomalt and silicone molds to create a flower and greenery along with some filler flowers and a butterfly.

Gelatin Bow: See just how fun and easy it is to create these beautiful glasslike bows and butterflies using gelatin, water and food color.  Diane is actually the creator of this method, and she also designed the veining sheets used to make them. During this class, students will learn to prepare the gelatin, brush onto texture sheets and then create their own fancy package bow adorned with a glitzy butterfly.  Your friends, family, and customers will be wowed with what you've created... and only you will know just how easy it was!

Gelatin Flowers: See just how fun and easy it is to create these beautiful glasslike flowers using gelatin, water and food color.  Diane is actually the creator of this method, and she also designed the veining sheets used to make them. During this class, students will learn to prepare the gelatin, brush the petals on sheets and then create their own lily with greenery.  Following the flowers, we will make a glitzy butterfly to rest atop a petal.  Your friends, family, and customers will be wowed with what you've created... and only you will know just how easy it was!

Gumpaste Flowers: Let your creative juices flow as you see just how fun it is to create these beautiful sugarpaste flowers.  Diane has studied under some of the best gumpaste artists in the world and has since won numerous awards at national competitions for cakes featuring her flowers. Note - this is a TWO NIGHT class.  Students will create an arrangement including a rose, rose bud, leaves, and filler flowers.

Intro to Rolled Fondant: Have you ever wondered how to get those perfect looking fondant cakes???  Now you can learn to use fondant to get that smooth and porcelain like look on your cakes. During this class, students will learn how to cover the cake with fondant and also how to prevent tears and work out the bulges, pleating, and other common problems.

Stenciling Fun: Add beautiful patterns to your cakes... quick and easy!  Now you can learn to add stencilled accents to your buttercream or fondant cakes, cupcakes and cookies. During this class, students will work with both buttercream and rolled fondant and learn to work with the stencils.

Special Guest Instructor Carol Lowe (Auburn Hills, MI):

FONDANT PURSE CAKE: Work with real cake!  Carve an 8” square cake and cover with fondant to create a lady’s purse.  Class will include use of texture mats and leopard print painting technique.  Everything is provided except a rolling pin!

CHRISTMAS FIGURE MODELING:Create an adorable Santa and one of his reindeer out of fondant – makes a perfect holiday cake topper!

  

 
Custom & Private Classes are available! 

 Time for a girls night out???  Or need an idea for a kids party???

 Whether it’s a special occasion or just because… either way, we can help!

 If you have a group of at least 5 people looking for something different and fun, we have the perfect suggestion… a private class!  Just let us know what type of project you’d like to make, and what type of price range you’d like to stay within per person and we can take over from there.  We can customize a class just for you… have everything ready when you arrive, and clean up after you leave with your completed projects!

Also a great idea for kids birthday parties… fun get-together… or just because!  Just let us know, and we’d be happy to help you arrange a fun event for the kids as well.
 
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The fine print and details... 

 All classes must be booked at least THREE days prior to class!

While we realize you may not be sure if your schedule will allow the class until the last moment, please also realize that we often need to prepare items ahead for students for the class.  If you would like to sign up after that time, please call or visit the store to see if we may still accomodate you.

Registration Policy:
All class registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration may be made online, in person, via email, or by phone.  If you are emailing or calling by phone and receive the voice mail, please note that sending or leaving the message does NOT confirm your seating.  You will receive a call back advising if seating is still available.  Payment is due at time of booking. 
Cancellation Policy:
As a general rule, there are NO REFUNDS.  If circumstances arise and you find yourself unable to attend, we encourage you to send a friend in your place (they will love you for it! :)  Refunds will only be issued if the class is full and we are able to fill your seat.  Please understand that classes are like a concert or sporting event... we still have to pay our instructors.  Also, the instructor often need to prepare items for students prior to the class.

 

 

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