Saturday, March 26, 2011

Classes - Next Stop, Canada - Back for More!

www. -- Class 2 with their clownfish cakes
The last time we blogged was a day before we flew to Kitchener, Ontario, where Rick made his teaching debut at Icing Inspirations.  It was a 9,000 mile journey round trip -- 10 hour plane ride each way -- and nearly 2 weeks away from our shop and life on Hawaii, all for the sake of sharing artistic knowledge with 37 students and meeting new friends over the course of 6 days.  Was it worth it?  Most definitely!!

It was Amazing!  Truly a fantastic experience that is hard to put into words because so many new memories were created in less than 2 weeks.  Our hosts, Chrissie and Justin of Too Nice to Slice/Icing Inspirations are truly wonderful people and took care of us, from the second we landed in Toronto, shuttling us back and forth from our hotel to the their shop where the classes were held, to meals after the classes, and regular stops at the local Tim Horton's for coffee and doughnuts.  They treated us like they were a member of their family and let us take over their lives for the duration of our visit.  Cake designer Carrie Biggers of "Carrie's Cakes" and TLC's "Ultimate Cake Off" flew up from Utah to take the class and assist Rick when needed, as did Chrissie and her assistant Kellie. Carrie is a real sweetheart in person and a wealth of knowledge on everything cake! We were so comfortable around our new friends even before the classes started.

Rick taught two 3-day "Discover Your Inner Artist" classes to a group of 17 students each.  Students learned how to make Rick's hibiscus with bamboo cake, a cakelava signature design and also a colorful sculpted clownfish in coral composition.  The classroom he taught in was incredible!  Each student had at least 4 feet of working space to themselves and their own airbrush, which definitely made for some interesting memories, if you can imagine what would happen when 17 people are using an airbrush at the same time. It brought back memories of our living in Los Angeles, except the air was a lovely green hue.

We have posted numerous photos taken during the class on our cakelava facebook page if you want to see them.  Rick loved teaching his students and the students really enjoyed learning from him and by the end of the first class, numerous people had inquired if he would be back to teach again and this continued with the second class. - Class 1 hibiscus cakes

Having had such an amazing experience in Kitchener, ON and a lot of positive feedback from the students and our hosts, we were ecstatic when we were invited back in 2012 to teach another course at Icing Inspirations! We started with a single 3-day class, with the cake designs as yet to be determined, to be offered in June 2012, and the class sold out in less than 48 hours, with all the spaces grabbed up by his students in the classes that just occurred.  A second class was added and we have heard that it is almost half full already! -- We're all SO EXCITED to come back again!

We barely got home and have spent this week getting back into our usual cake groove.  Since the next classes happened so fast, Rick hasn't had the time to finalize the cake designs he will be teaching but we can assure you, they will be just as fun as the last classes!  If you want to register for Rick's second class on June 19th, 20th and 21st, 2012 -- reminder, the first class is Sold Out -- you may contact Icing Inspirations directly.   We have included the Class information below:

Class 1 (cake design(s) to be finalized) :  June 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2012
Location:  Icing Inspirations, Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA
Status:  SOLD OUT!
You may contact Icing Inspirations directly at to be placed on a wait list for either class.

Class 2 (cake design(s) to be finalized) :  June 19th, 20th and 21st, 2012
Location:  Icing Inspirations, Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA
Status:  OPEN.  Spaces going fast.
Follow this link to register.

We will make an announcement on the blog and facebook once the class projects have been finalized.

We also would like to acknowledge the ongoing requests we are receiving to have Rick teach outside of Canada.  While there may be other locations added in the future, currently Canada is our only destination, as it is logistically difficult for us to travel frequently with our schedule in Hawaii.  As other locations become available we will post them.  Icing Inspirations welcomes any students travelling from the U.S. or abroad and are happy to help with accommodation information.  Thank you to everyone who has shown their support with his classes, including our wonderful hosts Chrissie and Justin, all our students, and other cake artists!  So Excited!


Nati Tristan said...

What amazing work!

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to round two :)June will have lovelier weather than snowy, cold March.

cakelava said...

We're looking forward too, Angela! June should be gorgeous and totally different from our other experience.

SweetThingsTO said...

I would highly recommend this class! And so happy to hear you are coming back to Canada - we definitely love cakelava here! Will trade Tim Horton's coffee and apple cider for T-shirts :-)

cakelava said...

Thanks, Juanita! Hope you can make it back for another class. We'd love to see you again! We'll try and remember to bring some t-shirts with us on our next trip! :)

Shaile's Edible Art said...

great cakes.. they all turned out so wonderful.. looks like great fun.

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