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Sugar Realm, our Crafsty Cake decorating class "Make-ahead techniques for stunning cakes" is Live! Click below for a 50% discount!
It's here!!!!....It's finaaaaally here!!! My Craftsy class is LIVE!. The class is gorgeous and packed with information:)
Check below for a 50% discount link to the class!!! I'm looking forward personally answering your questions and connecting with you! I'm SO happy:)
Sugar Realm Craftsy cake decorating class "Make ahead techniques for stunning cakes" is about to be launched!
Countdown to the launching of my Craftsy cake decorating class has officially begun!
In Lesson 1, I will introduce my signature rolled chocolate recipe and talk about the differences between rolled chocolate and fondant, and explain why my chocolate is ideal to cover smooth and precise cakes with the paneling method. I will demonstrate how to roll, trim and store pristine and oh-so-delicious chocolate panels, until it's time to apply them to the cake!. Below are a few screenshots from Lesson 1!!!
Sugar Realm, My new Craftsy Cake decorating class "Make-ahead techniques for stunning cakes" is about to launch!
Hurray!!!!...I watched my Craftsy class for the first time!!!!...This class is gorgeous and packed with information! The count down to it's launch is about to begin!!! I'm SO excited about this:)
In this class I will show you how I make, roll and store chocolate panels to cover my cakes; we will talk about my favorite techniques to decorate chocolate panels ahead of time, and how to pre-roll sugar ruffles for easy application. We will also talk about making beautiful floral appliqués and I will demonstrate the foundation of my signature statement flowers and fillers!. The recipe for my signature rolled chocolate is included, as well as a broken down list of my favorite tools and resources!. I can't wait to be able to share this class with you :)
One of the many perks of being a Craftsy instructor is the fact that I have now affiliate access to promo and discount codes through the Craftsy Platform...and I can now share these discounts with you!.
I have learned SO much from the beautiful classes offered in this platform.
CLICK on the images below to find out details about these classes and how much you can save, up to 50% off!
I have taken the time to write a few words about WHY these clases made it to my favorite list. Enjoy!
My personal journey: Learning to make Sugar Flowers took a while!
Sugar flower making is one of the things that I enjoy most, but to be honest, it took me a WHILE to learn how to make them. It was a long journey, until I understood three fundamental things that I believe are key to success in the sugar flowers process.
1. One is using the RIGHT gum paste recipe (this is half of the battle!),
2. Choosing the APPROPRIATE drying method for your flowers, and of course,
3. Having the right INSTRUCTION!
Maggie Austin: Will knock your socks off. Period.
If somebody asked me one day, you can only have ONE favorite female cake designer in the world, who would it be?, I would answer without hesitation: "Maggie Austin"!!!
I believe that this artist is the ultimate sugar artist, and I adore everything she does...so maybe, your will find these lines biased. You have been warned!
WHAT I LEARNED FROM THESE CLASSES: That sugar flower making has to be liberating, not constraining. I understood from her that you -the artist- is in charge. Make your own petal shapes; shape the flowers however you want and DO NOT rely on fancy tools. I adored her approach to flower making and left the class inspired to do my best sugar work possible.
James Rosselle: Regal and Sophisticated!
Now, if I were asked who is my favorite male cake designer, I would have to say Ron Ben Israel. I probably would faint if I ever meet him in person. James Roselle used to work with Ron, and I see SO MUCH of Ron's aesthetic in him! The best part is, that James has developed his own style...which I find simply stunning.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM THESE CLASSES: That sugar flower making is about composition. James beautifully illustrates in his classes how to make and compose statement flowers that work beautifully by themselves or as part of a whole. I have certainly incorporated some of his philosophy into my own, and I own that to his classes.
Jackeline Butler: Be inspired by a true Sugar Flower Pioneer.
Jackeline's class "Handcrafted Sugar Flowers" was the first online class that I ever took. I was just marveled by the beauty she could create...and how easy she made it look!. Even though my own personal flower making style is different to hers, I SO very much admire her work!
WHAT I LEARNED FROM THESE CLASSES: That learning to make sugar flowers is a progressive acquisition of skills. That all you have to do is jump in and enjoy the process! I also learned her "production line" approach to flower making, and that is something that I have fully incorporated to every aspect of my work and my business.
Nicholas Lodge: Be inspired with SO much knowledge!
When it comes to sugar flower making, NOBODY is more knowledgeable that Nicholas Lodge. Period. His proprietary gum paste recipe changed my flower making experience, and is to date the only gum paste recipe I make.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM THESE CLASSES: Discipline and strive for Excellence, and Structure. His classes are comprehensive, and I always left the class empowered to jump in and try my best following his proven methodologies to achieve success.
I hope that you enjoy these classes as much as I did!. Happy flower making!
My Craftsy Class, Make-ahead techniques for stunning cakes, launches in September!!!
This is a technique based class, where I teach many of my signature techniques used in my favorite cake designs, including these three all time favorite cakes!
Just click the image below for a chance to win my class for free! The winner will be announced the day of the class Launch in mid September!
Can't wait to see the gorgeous cakes that you create with the information shared in the class. I already know that I will be more inspired by you, than you will be by me!!!!
Easy flawless, sharp and DELICIOUS cakes, every single time!...and a process that this time you will ENJOY!. Learn my signature techniques in my first Craftsy Class: Make-ahead techniques for stunning cakes.
In this kingdom, it all starts with a beautiful and precise cakes iced with SUPER DELICIOUS smooth chocolate panels! The architect in my likes precision. Flawless cakes with sharp edges are SO EASY to achieve with my signature rolled chocolate panel technique. Most importantly, unlike with other icings, with this technique, you will ENJOY the process!!!
In lesson 1 and 2 of my upcoming Craftsy Class: "Make-ahead techniques for stunning Cakes", I will be covering EVERYTHING that you need to know to achieve (every single time) sharp cakes like these. I'm positive that this class will demonstrate that you ALSO have an architect in you!
These were the Hero and Step Out cakes that I prepared for my class, photographed before the were fully or partially decorated, before they were shipped to Denver!.
Yes, my chocolate covered cakes were shipped in the middle of July!...Bt that's material for another post, wink!
Learn to make the look of my popular Marbled Cake in Lesson 2 of my Craftsy Class: "Make-ahead techniques for Stunning Cakes"!!!
Sugar Realm's Craftsy Class: "Make-ahead Techniques for stunning Cakes"
In lesson 2, I will also show you how to achieve the beautiful marbled look of this cake!...it is so easy, and your marbled panels can be made ahead of time and safely stored and ready to go until it is time to apply them on the cake....How cool is that?.
Then I’ll show you how to wrap your cake in your precut panels for stunning results every time!. The two 3-tier cakes on the bottom right were my hero and step out cakes, used in the class for the demonstration!!!
In Lesson 5, you will learn how to make my beautiful statement rose, as I show you how to create petals from a simple round cutter, and dry them in a variety of shapes to create roses big and small, in all stages of bloom!
You will love this class, and I am so looking forward to see all the beautiful cakes that you will create!...yay!
Let me tell you about my first Craftsy Class: "Make-ahead Techniques for stunning Cakes", that launches in September!
In lessons 1, we will cover all my tips for rolling, trimming and storing chocolate panels to cover your cakes!...Of course that my rolled chocolate recipe is included!
In lesson 2, we will talk about the many techniques I have developed to pre-decorate my chocolate panels; we will cover my make ahead techniques to texture and paint chocolate panels, and I will show you how to achieve the beautiful Tulle texture look of this cake!
Best of all we will talk about how to store your decorated panels...talk about efficiency!
In lesson 3, you will learn how to make-ahead these beautiful floral lace appliqués!...I love them so much, and I'm sure that so will you!
The two 3-tier cakes on the bottom right were my hero and step out cakes, used in the class for the demonstration!!!
Sugar Realm, My first Craftsy Class "Make-ahead techniques for stunning cakes". Amazing clients and talented photographers made this possible!!!
Still basking on the excitement of the shooting of my first Craftsy Class: "Make-ahead techniques for stunning cakes"!!!! The images that you see here were incorporated into the class, as they illustrate techniques and tips covered in different lessons.
First, I would like to thank my amazing clients, whose vision made these cake designs possible... I was just an interpreter of your ideas! Thank you Ilene, Cami, Tiffany, Claudia, Kelly, Kathy, Lissa, Erika, and Stephanie for your trust and for making me feel like a rock star,
I would also like to thank the FABULOUS photographers that allowed me to elevate the level of this class by using their impecable photos. Sherri Barber, Laura Leppert Knabe and Amanda Donaho, you are simply the BEST.
The class launches on September 19th. It is going to be hard to wait!!!
Sherri Barber: Photographer, Leppert Photography, Amanda Donaho Photography
Sugar Realm, My first Craftsy Cake Decoration Class "Make-ahead techniques for stunning cakes" launches September 19th, 2016!
And that's a wrap!. My first Craftsy cake decorating class: "Make-ahead techniques for stunning Cakes" is filmed!!!!
The class launches in September and I believe that not only it will be BEAUTIFUL, but jam packed with amazing information. Here I share all the tips and techniques that have brought great success to my business and I illustrate this techniques with many of my favorite designs!
My most sincere THANKS to my amazing Craftsy team. You are TRUE magicians and experts in what you do. Your kindness and generosity made this experience beyond memorable. I can't thank you enough for all that you did!!!
From left to right: Nick, in charge of the recoding of the class; Miwha, my assistant and right hand for 5 full days (You can tell how awesome she is, by the fact that she wore her Bengals shirt for me!); Rob, camera man extraordinaire; and the boss, Stephanie, my super talented and sweet producer!!!!
Below, is Tommy, production assistant and project manager, and yes..."he's so rad".! I had already been told that he was the best, and always willing to help! Not only did he helped me with the step, by step instructions on how to ship my cakes, but also bought last minute items that I need for the class...all with that huge smile!
In Denver, Colorado, for the filming of my first Craftsy Class!!!!
The tittle of the class is "Clever techniques for Awe-Inspiring Cakes". I will teach all about my signature rolled chocolate and my made-ahead cake decorating techniques!. You have no idea how excited I am!...I will post more as I go, stay tuned!
Since opening in 2010 in Cincinnati, Venezuelan born Ileana Saldivia’s studio, Sugar Realm has become a preeminent wedding and celebration cake design boutique. In 2018, due to her husband's job, Ileana and her family relocated to Philadelphia, and so did her Sugar Kingdom. Sugar Realm’s cakes and confections are known for their sophisticated flavors, unique designs, artistic sugar flowers, innovative techniques, and architectural compositions. The studio’s wedding cakes are regularly featured in leading bridal, lifestyle, and cake decorating magazines. In the December 2015 issue of “Cincinnati Magazine,” Sugar Realm was named “Best of the City” and featured on the cover. Saldivia’s blog “Life in a Sugar Kingdom” is regularly visited by hundreds of cake enthusiasts and lovers of all things pretty..