Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Where's Becky now?

ha ha ha, I have a lot of people saying that to me lately. I travel quite a bit, teaching sugar arts at various cake shows and other events. It is one of the highlights of my job. Teaching the sugar arts to up and coming sugar artists is such an amazing experience. This is because the look on their faces when they realize that they can do it too is priceless. It's almost like seeing that 5 year old freak out about how cool their cake is. Priceless. The joys of the job.

Well, to answer your questions (in case you wanted to know) below are some of the way too cool places that I'll be in the next few months. Websites are listed also so you can check out each one.

Beginning in January, Becky will be teaching baking and decorating classes at the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking. Please visit their website for more information. www.lpscinc.com

Baking with Baileys, Loretta Paganini School of CookingMarch 15, 2011 6:30-8:30pm
Learn how to create 5 delicious Bailey's based desserts including cake, filling, brownie, cookies. YUM

National Capital Area Cake ShowMarch 26-27, 2011
Becky will be teaching Draping and Buttercream Embroideryas well as judging the Cocktail Cupcake Competition inspired by The Top Shelf Baker book.www.cakeshow.org

Great American Cake ShowApril 30-May 1, 2011www.greatamericancakeshow.com
Becky will be teaching Rock-n-Roll Flowers using modeling chocolate. All supplies included!

Oklahoma DOS May 15, 2011Mold Madness theme.
Becky will demonstrate how to use poured sugar in a variety of molds and will discuss pros/cons and pitfalls of vaioru molds and sugar issues.

Sweet Justice Mini ClassesMay 16, 2011www.ruthssweetjustice.com
Becky will be teaching Fondant Face Sculpting and Rock-n-Roll (aka Tattoo) Flowers

Cake Camp, Henderson, NVJuly 11-14, 2011www.cakecamp.com
Becky will be teaching Rock-n0 Roll (aka Tattoo) Flowers, Sushi Cakes, Everyday Poured Sugar, Working with Wafer Paper, and Sweet 16 Cake and co-teaching Principals in Cake Design with Anna Weisend.

ICES Convention, Charlotte, NCAugust 4-8, 2011
Demo: Texture painting on cake
Stop by the Cal Java booth to see Becky demonstrating the Elite products in cookie decorating! Free cookie samples with the product available (first come first serve, limited supply)

Cove County Cake Show, Beford, PA August 20, 2011Classes TBA

Cake LOVE, Vancouver, BC Sepbember 23-24, 2011
Becky will be teaching edible jewelry, ocean scene, fondant face sculpting, everyday poured sugar, and sculpting basics

Sweet Retreat, OregonOctober 23-24, 2011
Becky will be teaching Working with Wafer Paper, Fondant Face Sculpting, Bows and Popping Toppers, Texture Painting, Fondant Cookie Decorating, Ribbon Flowers, Sushi Cakes and Rock-n-Roll (aka Tattoo) Flowers

Please also check out the website for more updates and information.

Friday, March 4, 2011

A new kind of bridal show

You're invited to a unique bridal event!

Are you tired of the same old cattle call style bridal show? About the Cake has teamed up with local vendors to create a unique bridal show, known as The Wedding Reception. We will have a cake on display along with cupcakes for you to taste. Not just samples, but a real size piece of cake!

At this event, you will be inspired by beautiful wedding details on display in a relaxed and fun wedding reception/cocktail party atmosphere! Live music and a DJ, a photo booth and a photographer, cake and hors d'oeuvres, lighting, favors, beautiful table settings and flowers, a strolling fashion show and more. It's a party!

The first 50 brides to register will receive our fabulous swag bag. All brides are entered into the prize drawings throughout the evening. A cash bar will be available for cocktails.

Tickets are $10 (admits bride + 1 guest) and can be purchased on our blog at http://amynixonevents.blogspot.com/ . Proceeds will benefit a local charity.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year, Just New

Today marks the beginning of a new year. Yep, I'm good at pointing out the obvious, eh? But not only does it mark the beginning of a new year, it also affords us the opportunity to make changes. For some reason, a new year lets us fantasize about what could be, what should be, and finally what will be.

So, with that in mind, I've made the decision to make goals rather than resolutions. Resolutions fail, right? Goals can't really fail because we strive to attain them. It's something we work for. Resolutions are just statements of fact. I will lose weight. Yeah? Really? A goal states how much weight to shoot for. An attainable goal. Exercise more. Yep, sure. Let me get right on that. See if I set a goal to say, walk 1 mile 3 days a week, I have set a benchmark to work for. A resolution is just a fancy way of wishing.

Here goes:

Business Goal #1. Create a new website. CHECK! (please visit www.aboutthecake.com to check it out)

Business Goal #2. Blog at least 1 day each week.

Business Goal #3. Find marketing tools that work and put them in place.

Business Goal #4. Make decision on keeping on as a cottage bakery or leasing space.

There will be more, I'm sure. But these are the most important and pressing goals right now.

Stay tuned for more blogs from this blog-challenged caker.