Cake and Pastry Artist Lesi Johnson

XDream Cakes and Pastries in Calgary

Upcoming Specialty Classes at “Lesi’s Kitchen”

March 26th, 2011 This month’s feature class has been cancelled to allow for Instructor Training Day…..I have to stay one step ahead of you all. :)

April 23rd, 2011 we are proud to be hosting our very first ever Cakin’ Kids class. Baking and decorating with the younger crowd in mind. They will leave with basic cake making knowledge, and have a lot of fun picking up some basic icing and fondant skills while creating some yummy fun of their own. This class is geared for kids age 12 – 15. Younger children can be accommodated under the supervision of an adult.

May 28th, 2011 we head into territory slightly outside the mighty cake realm. Pies, Pies, Pies will add a little variety to your caking repertoire. Easy never fail pie crust is a skill you will be able to tuck into your goodie bag. Seldom heard of pie recipes to wow even the most discerning palate. Dessert will never be the same.

June 25th, 2011 we bring to you Amazing Cupcakes and Cookies. These are not your average pretty cupcakes. They are specifically themed for any occasion. They look like you’ve spent hours but are amazingly simple and truely a treat for all. Come express yourself!

July 23rd, 2011 take flight with the Butterflies. Gelatin Bows and Butterflies is the newest technique to hit cake decorating. You will learn the secret to realistic looking butterflies to embellish your summer creations. These bows are like no other! You won’t believe they aren’t ribbon! This is truely too good to miss.

Well, that is what is shaping up in “Lesi’s Kitchen” for the next little while. I hope to see you in class. In the meantime,

Happy Caking!

Lesi

New Studio Kitchen Under Construction

I am finally realizing my dream of having a kitchen studio.

It’s all coming together but what a long road. I didn’t realize there were so many things to do in putting together a studio not to mention a lot of cheque writing.

I thought I had it easy. I had the perfect beginnings with a nice empty space to work with. Large open room with high ceilings, just had to tear out some carpet, slap some cabinets in…. bing bang boom….studio!

Sure, dream on chick!

First, I needed plumbing and because there was none in this area, a drain access had to be located, the concrete had to be jack hammered up, lines and outflow had to be put in place and then the concrete had to be repaired. Write the cheque…..

Next, the subfloor had to go down. Pretty easy but the concrete wasn’t level all the way through the space and it caused a few issues. Hubby did this job so I got to keep that cheque and it was a good thing because boy did over pay for subfloor. The guy at the home improvement outlet did not calculate properly and I got subfloor galore. Good thing they take returns. I ended up taking back enough subfloor to receive a $630.00 refund.

I had already painted the space out first, so when the cabinetry went in I didn’t have to paint around it. Now I have a lot of touch up to do but that really is just minor stuff in light of all else. Paint and supplies…write the cheque

The electrical was not in the correct place so an electrician had to be hired. The first one came in and did his assessment. Said it was a cut and dry job, no problem, easy peasy…….then he never returned to finish the job. The second one came in and did his assessment. Turns out, I did not have enough of anything (power wise) to run the equipment that would be in the studio. He had to install a new circuit box (I don’t even know if that is what it is called). Write the cheque…
He also had to dig trenches in the ceiling, which was finished, because in addition to the new box, I had to be rewired. Write a bigger cheque….

Oooooh, add ceiling repair to the list. Write a postdated cheque….

The cabinet maker came and did his measurements and booked me an appointment to see his design team to put together a plan. Well that was pleasant…..write the cheque.

He was very fast, three days….I have cabinets, shelving, laminate tops. He will have to come back after the electrical is complete, to finish with some doors, and put toekicks on, and cap off the ends….he’ll take a cheque…

The island work top will be Walnut butcher block, which I found at a local millworks….the most affordable option that was food safe and attractive as well…..another cheque….

Appliances, appliances, appliances…..you guessed it….cheque….

As my construction progresses, I will keep you posted. I have to go and reorder my cheques….

Almost Valentines….Time to make Cookies

It’s almost here and what better way to set the tone than with cookies prepared especially for those close to you. The kids will love to give these away at school !

And who says fondant is just for cakes. Pull out those cutters and get busy!

By the way, here is a great recipe for the cookies you can give at school. Always on the look out for allergy friendly recipes for the kids.

Eggless Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

1 Preheat oven to 375°F.
2 In a mixing bowl, cream together sugar, powdered sugar, oil, butter, and
vanilla extract.
3 Add flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.
4 Mix well.
5 Take teaspoonfuls of dough & roll into balls.
6 Place on cookie sheet and press to about the size of a nickel.
7 Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Happy Valentine’s Day all!

“Lesi’s Kitchen” Grand Opening Classes – Please note: These are NOT Wilton Classes!

It has been a long time in the workings, but I am now offering the next phase to  what you now know about cake decorating and  classroom instruction.

I have put together select  project classes that are  designed to take your cake decorating to the next level. Finally you will be able to take the classes specific to the techniques that you have been dying to learn.

The offerings will cover everything from amazing life- like  florals to intricate cake sculpting.    Gone are the days of  our grandma’s round, pink  flowery cakes.      Move  over granny,  there’s a new Grandma in town…..  and she’s bringing on the Ultimate in  Cake Design!

Get ready to learn more modeling  candy clay techniques, more realistic gumpaste flowers, a menagerie of animals, fairies and elves, cars, handbags, and shoes,   just to name a few.

You will gain fabulous insight into recipe how’s and why’s, as well as, get the scoop on some awesome “must know” cake and pastry secrets.

Here’s the best part. You will learn the secret of “how to cake decorate without breaking the bank!” (it’s my little pet peeve)

There is so much more to learn.

Each workshop is based on a 2 – 3 hour curriculum and is designed to meet the needs of today’s busy cake enthusiasts.

Sign up for a class today and take your baked goods to a whole new dimension.

Go to: http://xdreamcakes.com/products-page/

Wilton May Grads

After a few computer/camera glitches, I am finally able to post the May Grad pics (I was  told not to get so  riled over these glitches.  Apparently  they never go away ….arghhhh!)

And for all those who participated in the Tail Gate Graduation party…Thanks for being such good sports,  I love you guys!

Wilton Cake Decorating has a New Face

New Wilton Method Curriculum

Well after 35 years Wilton has changed their curriculum.  They have added  a few more techniques, but  kept a lot of the old standards,  giving  it a slightly more modern feel.

Courses offered are:  Decorating Basics (this is the best place to start for obvious reasons), Flowers and Cake DesignGumpaste and Fondant.

The second two offerings can be taken in whichever order you choose.  There is no set procession for them.   After the basics, each is as simple to follow as the other.  (And yes, classes are offered all summer!)

“Updated Courses with Exciting New Techniques!  Fresh New Look, Same Trusted Wilton Method!”   is how they are putting it.

In addition, all who register for the  new classes being  offered in the months of June, July,  and August, will be entered into a contest to win:

Grand Prize:  A 2 week Master Course at the Wilton School of Decorating and Confectionery Art in Darien, Illinois

50 First Prizes: $50.00 Michaels Gift Card


You can see all of the details at    www.summersweepsstakes.wilton.com

April 2010 Class Photos

More and more cake enthusiasts and hobbyists popping up all over the place.  I love it!

Classes commence in the first week of every month.  Come and join in on the fun!