Saturday, August 29, 2009

Swamp Thing Class Photos

Hi all!

This post would have been up a few days ago, but after about 2 hours of work, and near the very end of the entry, my hand had some kind of demonic spasm and wiped the whole thing out. After staring at the screen in disbelief, banging all kinds of keys to no avail, then dropping a few choice words, I had to just walk away from it for a couple of days to get over my pissed off-ed-ness. I am over it now. Mostly. Maybe.

This past weekend Dena Bryngelson and I taught our Swamp Thing class here in New Orleans. And boy did we have fun!

I mean we had a ball.

No seriously, I am not kidding. It was that fun.

Dena is crazy talented and a natural born teacher. Here she is carving her gator cake. I call her Edward Scissorhands. That knife just a goes a-flying and in what seems like a few seconds she has a 3 D masterpiece in front of her.

All of the students did amazingly good jobs on their cakes. Honestly there was not one cake in the bunch that was not excellent. We had some really talented gals in our class. And I would tell you if they sucked, trust me :)

What was really fun for us was to watch each swamp scene come to life over the 2 day period. Each student had the same instructions, used the same tools and colors, but each gator, stump and turtle had its own unique personality.

This is my buddy Pat. This is her third class with me. She is just a doll and quite the character too. I call her the walking Let's Make A Deal gal. You need anything, anytime, she has it. Really.....anything. It's amazing.

Here is Pat's gator in the early stages. It was kinda cool having a whole room of gator cake fetuses at one time. Once they got legs and eyes they really started to come to life.

Here is Pat's full grown gator. Isn't he just adorable? He looks like he is laughing.

And here is her turtle. Oh my gosh he is cute! I wanna just pinch his little cheeks and take him home with me.

This is Pat's completed scene. Isn't it just awesome? The gator sure is eyeing up that turtle! HAHA!

This is Kim D, another home grown gal. Doesn't she just look like a nice person? Well, she's not.

JUST KIDDING! Kim is a sweetheart, and her cake came out great too!

This is Erin. She is a hoot. Great sense of humor. We hit it off just fine. She flashes a beautiful smile as she wields one big a$$ knife. Look out!

This is Chae, another loyal student. She has the cutest Cajun accent. Here her gator has his crumb coat and awaits his skin.

Chae's swamp scene. Fantastic!

This is Patti. She works at LSU where my son goes to college. I told her she was responsible for keeping and eye on him and making sure he stays on the straight and narrow. That should be easy to do with a student body of about 25,000 don't you think? I just love her smile.

This is Heather, Patti's daughter in law. She does cakes as a hobby and is going to nursing school. YAY for nurses! You go girl!

This is Ramona. She is Patti's sister in law and best friend. They have been buds since childhood. So I guess that makes her Heather's aunt in law? I bet if we kept at it we could find Kevin Bacon in the mix somewhere too with these three gals.

This is sweet Scarlett. She is very quiet. Just stayed in her little back corner and worked as quiet as a mouse. We had her out of her shell by the end though! She came all the way from Tennessee!

Scarlett's beautiful cake.

This is Kristy, another Cajun gal. This was the first time she had ever done any cake carving or airbrushing.

And she did an amazing job! Bravo Kristy!

This is Sharon. She has been a student of mine in Austin. She is very talented at all kinds of art, not just caking. She is very much a perfectionist. She was worried her gator would not come out looking good.

And she worried for nothing! Look at that masterpiece!

This is Natasha. She was very serious when she was working, but always up for a good laugh. She has a beautiful little girl too.

Perfect swamp scene. I love how the gator splashed mud onto himself while he was romping around.

This is Becky. My dear friend helped me out at my ICES booth his year. She is a very talented caker and just the sweetest gal you will ever meet.

Kim, another local bud. She helped me out at ICES too. What great friends I have. Kim works at Shell Oil, same place my sister Barbara does. Small world. I wonder if Kevin Bacon works there too?

This is April working on her little turtle. Mom to a sweet little girl also.

April's kick butt Swamp Thing.

This is Carolyn. We were in culinary school together for 3 weeks. (I dropped out cuz my dad got sick and I never went back). But we stayed friends. She graduated with a 4.0 at the top of her class. Carolyn has been doing cakes for a very long time and is extremely talented. Super sweet too.

Here I am carving out the stump cake.

One student stump.

And here is another. See what I mean about how they all look different, but all look great?

Here is foliage drying that was airbrushed.

And the turtle that Dena an I made drying for a bit.

Here is a little video of some of the class action. This video proves that I certainly need to keep my day job.

Video link is HERE.

2 days and 23 hours of class time later, each student left with a truly wonderful swamp scene. We worked really hard , but we had a lot of fun and laughs along the way.

Here are Dena and I with our completed cake.


What do you mean that last picture looks funny?

I have no idea what you are talking about.

Ok,Ok, I confess I doctored the photo.

Here is the real photo. OMG the hair! Please let me explain the hair. I must explain the hair.

Saturday night after class Dena and I slept at my mother in law's house because she lives very close to the classroom. (My house is an hour away.) After class a large group of us went out for a nice leisurely dinner. By the time we got back to the house it was after 10 PM and we were really pooped.

Dena had overslept just a tad on Saturday morning and asked me to check on her Sunday morning to make sure her alarm went off this time. Sure, no problem. I set my alarm and take a wonderful hot shower and plop into bed, exhausted. My mother in law's bed is the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in in my life. Period. I think it has magical sleep fairy dust in it or something. I slept long and hard; best night sleep I have had in months, no kidding.

So my alarm goes off, and I get up to check on Dena. She is in the shower already. Check.

That is the last thing I remember, up until the point that Dena comes into my room . "Sharon , Sharon? Didn't you want to leave at 8:30?" I hear her saying thru my slumber.

I sit bolt up in the bed. "What? What? What time is it?"


"What? really? OMG how did that happen? I must have fallen back asleep! Shit! Class starts at 9 am! The students are probably already there! Crap!"

So I jump up still half asleep and started grabbing clothes and toothbrush and God knows what else out of my bag, and run around in circles in the room getting nothing accomplished. I cannot think. I am panicked. I cannot believe I did this. I am never late for my classes. Ever. I am very punctual and responsible. OMG. OMG.

It was the bed's fault! That damned evil magical power sleep fairy dust bed! It must have cast a spell on me and sucked me back into its vortex via a transcendent gravitational force field. Dang mother in law and her perfect bed.

Dena, being the voice of reason, as well as being perfectly made up, cute and perky (I coulda decked her), suggested that she go ahead on to the classroom and get the students started while waiting for me to come. (We did have 2 cars, thank goodness.) So she went on ahead and I went into overdrive. In less than 15 minutes I was dressed, hair pulled up, slapped some make up on, brushed my teeth and threw on my wrinkled clothes and was out the door, blowing MIL a kiss goodbye as the wind I created rushing past her nearly knocked her 4 foot 6 inch body down onto the sofa. Driving well over the speed limit and taking turns on 2 wheels (not really), I made it to class just 18 minutes past 9. I got a round of applause when I walked in. Funny ladies.

And that is why I look like I do in that picture. As you can see, it was by no fault of my own. It was that evil magical bed. Yep.

It's a Swamp Thing 2009 was a huge success! It was my honor and pleasure to teach with Dena, and we are making plans to do it again. Thank you to all the wonderful ladies who took our class. You all were great fun and did a great job on your cakes to boot.

Thanks for reading!

Happy Caking,

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

One Year Blogiversary!

I can't believe a whole year has gone by since I started my little blog. Where has the time gone?

It has been an incredible year for me: blogging, teaching, traveling, making new DVDs..... But the very best part for me is getting to interact with you guys. Corresponding with you, and meeting you when I travel is truly the greatest part of my job.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your love and loyalty. And to show my appreciation, SugarEd is going to have a give-away to celebrate the first anniversary of our blog. YAY!!! WOOOOOO HOOOOOO! Cheeers and whistles!!!

We are going to give away a $100 shopping spree at

Yes, you read that right! $100!!

To be entered into the drawing, just leave a comment telling your favorite internet blog.

I look forward to what this next year holds; and I hope we continue to provide you with information you enjoy.

Happy 1st Anniversary SugarEd Lagniappe!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Missouri ICES Weekend of Sharing

Hi guys! I wanted to let you know that I will be doing 2 demos and have a vendor table at this upcoming event. I have attended this WOS before and it really is an excellent event! See details below!


We have some really great events coming up! Deadlines are fast approaching (2 weeks!), so be sure to get your Weekend of Sharing registration, hotel reservation, and classes at the very best prices! You will also find the information and forms by visiting, and clicking on ‘Events’ tab.

If the links below do not work for you, copy/paste the web link in parentheses into your browser address window.

Friday & Saturday, September 18 & 19, 2009
Jennifer Dontz - All new flowers GP class
Agapanthus, Lily of the Valley, Hibiscus, Eucalyptus and other foliage
Deposit required
Read more [ ]

Sunday & Monday, September 20 & 21, 2009
Missouri ICES Fall Weekend of Sharing
Embassy Suites Kansas City - International Airport
7640 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway
Kansas City , Missouri 64153

Event Schedule: Read More [ ]

The Weekend of Sharing registration price includes up to ten demonstrations, dinner on Sunday and lunch on Monday. Special group rate for lodging at Embassy Suites includes a hot, cooked-to-order breakfast buffet and free shuttles to/from the airport. The group rate is based on 4 person occupancy per room, which has 2 double beds and a sleeper sofa.

ICES Group Reservation Link: Embassy Suites [ ]
IMPORTANT: Reservations must be placed by August 30th to get the group rate. Only 13 days from now!

Registration Form: Click here [ ]
REMINDER: Deadline for early bird registration is September 1st. Only 15 days from now!

Demonstration Descriptions: Read More
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Bronwen Weber Class coming to Kansas City
Standing 3D Cowboy Novelty Cake Class
Deposit required
Registration deadline September 4th, 2009
Read more [ ]

Hope to see you there!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wedding Cake Design Pro Winner

And the winner is...............

Bridgett B said...
Love to have a little of your used lagniappe. Please consider me for the Cake Design CD. Maybe this would help me organize all the designs in my head. lol

Congratulations Bridgett. Please email me to claim your prize.

Now I am off to pack up my stuff for our Swamp Thing Class this weekend. Next week I will post some pics of that and continue on my de-clutter mission. Who knows, I might discover some more good stuff to give away!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Crumby Day


I just shook enough crumbs out of my computer keyboard to feed all the birds in Central Park for a week.

Maybe I should stop eating at my computer.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Family Photos

Hi guys!

This has nothing to do with cake, but I just wanted to share with you these proofs from our recent family photo session because I am just so thrilled with them. A client of mine introduced me to this amazing photographer's work, and I fell in love with her style. We were well overdue for photos, so we shot these at a local state park last week. I don't know how I will choose which ones to get! Maybe you can help me?

I swear I am just so lucky. I must have done something right in a previous life to be blessed with such a wonderful family. Gosh how I do love those 3 guys.

And check out Katharine's site here. She is incredible. (She also shot the Topsy Turvy DVD cover.)

Thanks for looking,

Monday, August 17, 2009

I'm going in.....

.... and if I don't come out in a few days, send in reinforcements....

It has come to that point. That point where you can't deny it any longer. That point where you can't pretend it's not there. That point at which you can no longer function. That point at which you have to act now, or there may never be any going back.

What am I talking about?


I shudder at the mere thought of tackling what was once my house. What was once a cute 2 story dwelling with room and space. A symbol of organization and order . A place of peace and tranquility.

What the heck happened? It is now a place of chaos and mess and clutter. My cake room/office is barely functional. My foyer and dining room have become storage areas for shipping supplies and inventory. My extra room upstairs is...... is.... well.......... it's scary.

And it has come to that time. You know that time; the time you dread more than going for a root canal. It can't be put off any longer. You have to face it. You have to go in.

I am going in. Please come looking for me if I don't come back.


In my first round of purging my office, I found an old CD copy of Wedding Cake Design Pro. It is a few years old. I do not have the original case or any papers to go with it. I found that I do not have the patience to design cakes on the computer. I just see them in my head or sketch them on paper. Therefore, I am giving this lonely little copy away to a free home. If you would like to have it, drop a comment. I will draw a name from all interested on Friday. If I am still alive. If the clutter has not won.


On another note, I have not forgotten about the ICES pics and stories. My sisters took all of the pictures, so they have to send the photos to me, and then I have to edit and organize them. Unfortunately, they have real jobs, and I do not have first priority. Can you imagine!! HUMPH!

So as soon as I get all of that together, I will put up an entry on our trip to ICES

Happy caking!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

ICES Eye Candy

Hi Dudes and Dudettes!

While I am working on my blog post about our trip, feast your eyes on some of these incredible creations. These are all cakes made by attendees, in the cake display room. They come from all over the world, and the work there is just astounding! This is just a tiny sampling of what was there. Enjoy!

My absolute favorite! Not only cuz I adore junk food, but because this cake was perfectly executed. The little guy looked like a ceramic doll.

By the same artist as hamburger cake; she was from Argentina.

Wendy loved these puffy hearts.

Love the side treatments on this one and the beautiful colors.

I am so gunna steal, er....borrow, that applique and lace motif.

This was a dinner plate full of teeny tiny pastries! They were so cute! The little donuts were about the size of my thumbnail.

Incredible detail.

Love this.

Simply stunning.

I love the upside down string work. I want to learn how to do that.

Beautiful color combo and piping.

Adore it. Period.

This cake was amazing. It looked like the real game. Notice how all the words are confection related. Brilliant!

Drop dead amazing.

I will post more soon!