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Tickets now on sale for The Americas Cake Fair 2017

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Tickets now on sale for the return of The Americas Cake Fair

Sweet-toothed consumers and industry professionals can save some dough with advance ticket purchases to the Americas’ largest expo dedicated to cake, chocolate and sugar arts

The Americas Cake FairSweet news for dessert lovers. Tickets are now on sale for highly-anticipated return of The Americas Cake Fair (Cake Fair) to the Orange County Convention Center on October 13-15, 2017.

Cake Fair is the largest trade and consumer show in North and South America dedicated to cake, chocolate, sugar arts and more. The inaugural Cake Fair in 2015 became an immediate sensation among professionals and consumers, alike.

This year, more than 10,000 baking professionals, industry buyers, pastry chefs, cake artists, retail bakers, hobbyists and everyday foodies from around the world are expected to attend the three-day celebration of cake, chocolate and sugar artistry.

“Consumer interest in baking is at an all-time high,” said Kevin O’Reilly, founder of Satin Fine Foods and Cake Fair. “There’s an enormous hunger among professionals and hobbyists, alike, for new products, services and ideas. Our show delivers that and much more.”

Building on the enormous success of the 2015 show, The Americas Cake Fair 2017 promises to be bigger, bolder and even more spectacular. “It’s the largest opportunity in the Americas to become completely immersed in the world of cake, and to learn from the very best in the business,” O’Reilly added.

Due to popular demand, show producers have added an extra day of hands-on classes and demonstrations on Thursday, October 12, one day prior to Cake Fair’s official opening. From the art of airbrushing to mastering chocolate modeling, all classes and demonstrations will provide instruction on the latest techniques from the world’s most knowledgeable cake decorating experts. All classes are three hours in duration and must be booked in advance online.

Internationally-popular pastry chef and television personality Duff Goldman, star of Food Network reality shows Ace of Cakes, Duff Till Dawn and Holiday Baking Championship, will delight attendees during his stage appearances on Saturday and Sunday. Other world-renowned cake industry celebrities scheduled to present throughout the weekend include: Mich Turner, whose clientele includes The Queen of England, Madonna and David Beckham; and pastry genius Ron Ben-Israel, named “the Manolo Blahnik of wedding cakes” byThe New York Times.

In addition to the featured stage presentations, the show’s jam-packed schedule will include:

Rounding out the expo are four themed “zones” sprinkled around the show floor, including:

  1. A wedding zone, where attendees can “engage” in the latest cake and wedding trends
  2. A chocolate zone, exploring the finest in gourmet chocolate making and modeling
  3. A kids’ zone, for a yummy interactive experience for budding cake artists
  4. A cake zone for a delectable introduction to fondant and other skills

Attendees can enjoy sweet savings by purchasing tickets online, and can save even more when attending the show on multiple, consecutive days. Prices start from $30 for regular, single-day adult admission with advance online purchase. Advance registration is highly recommended for hands-on classes, demonstrations and Retail Bakers of America seminars.

Attendees can enjoy sweet savings by purchasing tickets online, and can save even more when attending the show on multiple, consecutive days. Prices start from $30 for regular, single-day adult admission with advance online purchase. Advance registration is highly recommended for hands-on classes, demonstrations and Retail Bakers Association seminars.

Cake Fair is hosted by Satin Ice, which is made by Satin Fine Foods, Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer distributing its premium range of cake decorating products to more than 60 countries worldwide. Partners and sponsors of The Americas Cake Fair includeAmerican Cake Decorating; Ateco; Cake Central; Cake Masters, DecoPac; Domino Sugar; Pillsbury; Retail Bakers of America; and Sterling Bank.

Stay up to date on Cake Fair event updates, special offers and exclusive contests by following the show on Facebook, Instagram andTwitter (@cakefair). For those who want to present their work during live challenges and competitions, registration and information about themes and rules is now available. For more information about exhibitor opportunities, exclusive, customizable sponsorship packages, visit www.cakefair.com.

The Pirate Fairy – Family Movie Adventure Night

In a new segment hosted by The Disney Driven Life, Family Movie Adventure Night takes your ordinary movie night & transforms it into a unique & new experience…one that your whole family will enjoy!  With fun activities, themed recipes & decorations, all you need to add is your family! So what are you waiting for?

The Pirate Fairy Movie Adventure Night

The Pirate Fairy Movie Adventure Night

The Pirate Fairy is a movie my family & I have been waiting a LONG time for! The 5th film in the Disney Fairies’ franchise brings more of Neverland into the story of Pixie Hollow & the introduction of a very young Captain Hook. The movie focuses on saving Pixie Hollow’s coveted Blue Pixie Dust, which is the life-blood of the Pixie Dust tree. I knew the release date would be big in our home, and an even bigger movie night would definitely follow!

The Pirate Fairy Movie Adventure Night

The Pirate Fairy Movie Adventure Night

Blue Food Fun

Blue Food Fun

We took advantage of the  The Pirate Fairy official website to prepare for this movie night.  I started planning this one a few days in advance, as some of the decorations & food would take some time to prepare. We decided to make the Magical Pixie Dust Lamp from the official movie site & the Pirate Fairy Paper Lanterns from Spoonful. I really liked how the Pixie Dust Lamp turned out. I didn’t have a jar that would be stable if I turned it upside down, so we glued a blue ribbon around the neck & added a piece of “moonstone” where it met in the middle. The battery operated candle stayed in place upside down with the help of Velcro dots. The Paper Lanterns were fun & super easy…print, cut, glue.   A search on Pinterest showed the most popular menu items for this movie were blue. While I chose not to color any of our food blue, we did decide on a blue-raspberry cake & blue punch for dessert. We made the cake earlier in the morning, so I printed a color sheet & we were ready for our movie!

The movie was a great & our decorations were cute. Since the movie, we have been on a marathon of TinkerBell movies, all while our Pixie Dust Lamp glows bright!

This post was inspired by the Disney Driven Life’s post, The Pirate Fairy -Disney Family Movie Adventure Night~ Be sure to check out their ideas!

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Buzz Lightyear Spaceship Cake

Here’s an easy and inexpensive cake to make for your Buzz Lightyear fan. No special cake pans are required; the design is very basic.

I modeled this cake after a toy I found through a google search.

Bake your favorite cake in a 13 x 9 pan. Allow your baked cake to cool 10 minutes, then invert onto a baking sheet.

Cut the cake into three sections.

Move the 2 small pieces from the top of your rocket down to the base…attach them with a couple dollops of icing.

Crumb coat the entire cake.

Etch guide lines into the iced cake with a wooden skewer. Then decorate with colored icing.

I added a couple of small clean PVC figures to my cake. Not amazing so much, but definitely fun and easy!!

See? So simple. And I promise, your little spaceranger will love it!

These gorgeous pink and white Mickey Mouse cookies were given in lieu of cards at my family’s Valentine party this year. My favorite aunt brought them.

She used the cookie recipe on the Disney site and topped them with a colorful rolled fondant. The cookies turned out perfectly and looked too good to eat! Somehow, we all managed. 😉

I’ve copied Disney’s butter cookie recipe here:

Ingredients

2 cups of butter (4 sticks)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
4 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Beat butter together with the sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy.

Add egg yolks and extracts and mix well.

Sift flour and salt together and add to butter mixture, beating until just combined. Wrap well with plastic and chill until firm (if rolling or shaping).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make cookie cutter cookies chill dough until firm (at least 1 hour). Roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes.

Cool on waxed paper and decorate