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!

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….

Dairy Free / Nut Free…… and still it tastes spectacular!

Best Dairy Free / Egg Free Cake Recipe Ever

by Cake Decorating Classes on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 9:32am

My granddaughter inspired me to find this recipe. She was always disappointed that she could not have cake because of her severe allergies.  I found this recipe and tried it.   I was quite amazed at how good it really is.  And it makes great cuppies too.  Give it a try and let me know how it worked out for you.

Egg and Dairy Free Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cold water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Mix well with a fork, then stir in oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract. When dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened, pour in cold water and stir until batter is smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a rack.

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Learn to Make Amazing Cakes on a Small Budget

Cake decorating doesn’t have to be expensive!

There is no need to shy away from this  art form that you love,  for fear of cost.

In my new classes you will be shown cost effective ways to pursue your craft of cake decoration.    Each workshop offered  is  based on a     2 – 3 hour curriculum  and is  designed to meet the  needs of busy cake enthusiasts.

Most people, when they first start this hobby,  don’t think outside the cake-box.  The big brand cakers will tell you what you need.  More often than not,  it’s what they would like you to think that you need.

If you were to go through your kitchen,  right now,  you would  most likely have everything required to make amazing embellishments to adorn your home-made baked creations.

These are the  many little tips and secrets that I want to share with you.

Back in the day,  before commercialism,  gorgeous and  elegant baked goods were readily  available.  Someone crafted them with a little imagination,  and simply,  by hand.

Here are a few examples of  “by hand” creations that  you will learn,  in the very first class,   at  Lesi’s Kitchen.

Sign up HERE for a class.

Tell me about your experience with cake decorating classes.  What would you like to see, as far as cost effectiveness goes?

Talk to me.  Leave a comment below:

Divorce Cakes

I am having a hard time with all the hype about “Divorce Cakes”.

I have seen some of the cakes offered by other artisans and the negativity I see attached to such art is astounding to me.  Are they an expression of art or just a paycheck?

Having been divorced  myself,  I wonder why one would want to continue to wallow in that state of mind.  divorce cake

As a person who prides herself on working toward the positive,   I wonder if  we as artisans, we who have the ability to create such beautiful works,  aren’t  just  feeding into the negativity that opens up a divorcee or divorcer’s  pocketbook  for the drawing of  just one more drop of so called “blood”?

The featuring  of a cake with a dead ex-spouse trailing a bloody mess down the side of an otherwise beautiful work of art,  I find disturbing , to say the least.

I do in fact have  “Divorce Cakes”  (XDC:  “Reverse Wedding Cakes” )   in my repertoire of cake designs but my submissions  to this cause will continue to be  depictions of celebration,  if in fact that is in order.

More appropriate in my mind,  would be a  rendering of a  faux wedding cake topped by the appropriate ex-spouse enjoying life in some way, not having to live with cake-murder on their conscience.

Let’s Play Nice, Can’t We?

Why a Custom Cake?

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Since Lesi started baking with her grandmother many years ago, she learned to use freshly baked treats that have inspired long lines of devoted followers and serious epicureans alike.
Lesi’s baked goods are handcrafted from the finest ingredients, including sweet cream butter, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, fresh bananas and carrots, real strawberries and natural citrus zests. Topped with flowers, animals, and all sorts of characters, Lesi’s decorations are a deliciously sophisticated update with an international flare.