Cake and Pastry Artist Lesi Johnson

XDream Cakes and Pastries in Calgary

New Gelatin Technique for Cake Decorating

Our inaugural Everything Gelatin: Butterflies, Exquisite Bows and Sequins class was a huge hit.
Included in the class registration fee are: the imprint mats, gelatin, brushes, forming trays, recipes, pictorial and text instructions, as well as much input from yours truly, moi! Probably more input than was necessary but face it, this caking thing is exhilarating and gelatin is new uncharted territory here.
These gelatin items are completely edible, beautiful and everyone that has seen them can’t believe that they are not real. We are taking our decorating to the next level and you’re going to want to catch a ride with us. Watch for all the new stuff that’s coming up in the near future as well as a repeat of the Gelatin Class.
Happy Caking!

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

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


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!

L’Arche CakeWalk – Sunday March 14, 2010

Hey all,
Here is the info on the contest I was telling you about.  I hope to see you there.
It’s great fun for the whole family!  Come out and get inspired!

The L’Arche Calgary Cake Walk is a display of cake at its finest.

Top culinary chefs and novices compete to see who can create the most fantastic cake.

The first L’Arche Calgary Cake was held in 2007 and is now an annual event,

which draws 1,500 visitors annually and has netted over $300,000 for

L’Arche Calgary’s homes and programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Chocolate Competition
What makes a double helping?
L’Arche Calgary and the Pastry Chef Guild of Alberta have teamed up
to bring you two fabulous events on the same day showcasing cake and
chocolate creations made by top local pastry chefs and talented novices.

The Lindt Chocolate competition is a bi-annual event presented by the

Pastry Chef Guild of Alberta. This year L’Arche Calgary and the Guild
have teamed up to jointly present both events. This partnership will allow us
to help highlight each other’s missions in the community and celebrate what
can happen when we work together in unity!

Sunday, March 14, 2010, Noon to 3:30 PM

Enjoy a double helping of the region’s most talented pastry artists at two high-calibercompetitions

for the price of one. L’Arche Calgary and the Pastry Chef Guild of Alberta have teamed

up to bring you a fabulous gallery of edible cake and chocolate art. This larger-than-life

exposition taking place at SAIT campus reveals cake and chocolate at their finest and

raises funds for L’Arche Calgary’s members with developmental disabilities.

Tickets are only $5 per person!

The L’Arche Calgary Cake Walk is a family friendly event, with lots going on

besides a gallery of stunning edible art.

Attendees can take part in…

Children’s Games
The event will have a range of midway style games to try your luck at.

Cupcake Decorating
Using sprinkles, icing and other toppings, build your own confectionary creations.

Live Entertainment
The L’Arche Singers, members of the L’Arche Calgary community will perform

throughout the day.

Complimentary Cake
Everyone who attends the L’Arche Calgary Cake Walk will receive a slice of

delectable, professionally baked cake and a cup of coffee. No cake mixes allowed!

Door Prizes
Everyone who attends the L’Arche Calgary Cake Walk will have a chance to enter

for a wide range of prizes, including things like a stay at Kannaskis Delta and

tickets to Calgary Hitmen hockey games!

The People’s Choice Award
Make sure your favorite cake or chocolate creation is recognized by voting

for the People’s Choice Award at both events.

The event takes place on Sunday,

March 14, 2010, from noon to 3:30 p.m.

The Cake Walk will be held in the

Heart Building on the main SAIT Campus

and the Lindt Chocolate Competition

will be next door at the

4 Nines Cafeteria.

SAIT is located at 1301 16th Avenue NW.

For more info, please click here, and for a map to the SAIT Heart Building, click here.

For a map of SAIT’s parking availability click here.