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The Sweet, The Sassy and The Blur

Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:19:12 AM America/New_York

I recently had the opportunity to visit Sweet Wise. We celebrated my birthday with a weekend at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville.
Sweet Wise was located just across the street from the mega hotel.
It sorta seems like I had it all planned out, doesn't it? I will never tell but I will say I had a list made out of all the cake toys I wanted. They had everything on my list except two items. YAY!
The sweet manager of Sweet Wise allowed me to take some photos of the store to share with you and my YUMMY-O Cake Company "CAKIES."
Thank you Sweet Wise!
The photos turned out great and I am super excited to share them with you.
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Caroline's Cake

Thursday, May 16, 2013 7:46:36 AM America/New_York


My friend Caroline got married the last Saturday of June. It was beautiful week – they rented a cabin at a lake in Kentucky, and there was plenty of room for everyone to sleep, play, eat, etc. It couldn’t have gone better. I did the cake. I baked it at home before I went up there, torted (sliced in half each layer so it looked like 4 layers instead of 2) each layer, and wrapped it tightly and froze it to travel. This is a good method for traveling if you need to do the same and want things fresh. I don’t have a problem freezing a cake for a short time; I don’t think it affects the flavor or the texture in any way. I froze it less than a week, but if it were longer than a month, or the freezer had other “stinky” things in it, then yes, I’d be concerned.
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What I'm Making for My Valentine...........

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:46:22 AM America/New_York

Thank you for looking at my blog! We've been working on making things available via video as well, so I apologize if the written word is more your thing and you have missed me being here in black and white!

I wanted to share some of my Christmas recipes with you, and it's a little easier to go into the detail on the blog rather than the email, so thanks for sticking around!

The idea behind this assortment of recipes comes from a special place: I love to give something to the people who I have grown close to – from teachers, to Greg, the same nice man that brings our packages everyday, to Mary, the lady that does my hair. I want to give something to the neighbors and so many more. It adds up when you have a big family on top of that, but still, you want to give because it makes you feel so good, and it can't be something meaningless or random. There is no better gift than a homemade box of Christmas treats. It speaks so much more loudly than a store bought tin of cookies. Don't get me wrong; that is thoughtful and much appreciated, but if you have the time and the motivation, then I share my time tested recipes with you and invite you to go in this direction this year.
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What Should I Charge?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:36:17 AM America/New_York

There are several schools of thought on both. Here, I will approach the dummy tiers question.
First, some would take offense to calling them "dummies". I don't think they are very sensitive, so feelings likely won't get hurt if you call them "dummies". On the other hand, presenting to a client should always be done with taste, so it might come across better to refer to them as "Faux Tiers" (those unfamiliar with French should remember to pronounce that "foe", not that anyone here is a dummy. :) It also sounds a little classier than "fake tiers". Loftier language tends to fetch a better price!
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Nashville baker teaches cake decorating online, at store

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 7:30:44 AM America/New_York

By Juanita Cousins • THE TENNESSEAN • November 2, 2010
A Music Valley Drive cake supplier is making the art of crafting TV-worthy cakes available to Nashville residents with in-store classes, YouTube videos and inventions. “Everyday I would hear someone come in and say, ‘I love your store. You have so much great stuff, but I don’t know how to use it,’ ” said Kathy Wise Gentry, who operates Sweet Wise with her husband, John Gentry. Customers demanded classes because they didn’t know how to use the gum paste tools from England or the impression mats from Germany sold in the store. So Kathy began teaching customers the finer points of creating specialty cakes. This summer she began a YouTube channel, posting short videos to show customers how to use her products and offer cake-decorating advice.
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December Newsletter From: “Chef Roland”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 7:24:48 AM America/New_York

December 2010 Newsletter Happy Holidays! I’m coming to you from down south this month, looking forward to giving a very special White House Holiday Pastries class at Sweet Wise on Saturday, December 4. This pastry school is located in Nashville, TN and focuses specifically on the art of cakes, candies and so much more! I’ll prepare Plum Pudding with Grand Marnier Syrup and Bourbon Sauce, a Crepes Christmas Tree with Lemon Cream and an Orange Sabayon Cake layered with Chocolate Mousse and Rich Chocolate Ganache. Sweet Wise is a real gem of a culinary school so if you have the chance to visit the Nashville area I hope you’ll stop by!
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The question for today: "Can I add just cocoa in to my buttercream to makechocolate icing? It doesn't ever seem to get rich and dark enough."

You can add cocoa, but chances are you'll end up with a grainy lookingbuttercream because you added in a dry powder. You would either need to siftthe cocoa powder INTO the powdered sugar first (if making an AmericanButtercream, or decorators buttercream), then mix, or use my method.Read More
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Using THE MAT

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 7:36:47 AM America/New_York

Our most popular class, Fondant 1, here in a brief summary! It's not really a replacement for class, more like instructions for using THE MAT itself.
USE OF THE MAT
Before we get into the detailed instructions on the use of our mat system (Patent Pending), let me bullet point its advantages:

* Dust Free Method: STOP drying out your fondant, STOP changing the recipe of your fondant, STOP making a mess, STOP causing fermentation from Corn Starch!!!
* It's Sanitary: Minimizes or eliminates contact with bacteria laden countertops and skin
* HUGE Cost Savings: With THE MAT, you can roll thinner, using less fondant.
* Saves time: THE MAT allows you to roll out fondant and get it on the cake more quickly, PLUS you don't have cleanup!
* Minimizes effort and Stress on the User: Easy to handle the fondant, Easy to get it on the cake, Easy to get a professional looking result with first time use.
* Makes the cake TASTE BETTER: By rolling the fondant thinner, there is a less "bulky" mouth feel to each bite of the cake; Because you didn't use dust, the fondant didn't get "chalky"!
* It's FOOD SAFE: Our manufacturer uses only FDA approved materials; general purpose vinyl is not approved as food safe.

Use and Care Instructions
How to cover a cake with fondant - Using THE MAT
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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 7:36:22 AM America/New_York

Yummmmm.....
This delicious berry is in its peak season, and what better way to enjoy it than covered in delecible chocolate?!

Something so simple, but somehow elusive to some. Let's fix that! Of course, you will want to start with plump, sweet strawberries, free of blemishes or seeping parts. The green stem part should be bright and also free of any blemishes or brown parts. Kind of like a fish's eyes, the stem of the strawberry can often tell you how fresh it is. Now the question: to wash, or not to wash? Chefs often say - just brush the debris away; a wet strawberry is doom for the chocolate! I agree to a certain extent. Part of me can't eat a fruit that isn't washed, but yes, it ABSOLUTELY has to be DRY!!!! So wash gently under cold tap water, but dry thoroughly with clean paper towels or soft linens.
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Christmas Cookies and MORE!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 7:35:57 AM America/New_York

Thank you for looking at my blog! We've been working on making things available via video as well, so I apologize if the written word is more your thing and you have missed me being here in black and white!

I wanted to share some of my Christmas recipes with you, and it's a little easier to go into the detail on the blog rather than the email, so thanks for sticking around!

The idea behind this assortment of recipes comes from a special place: I love to give something to the people who I have grown close to – from teachers, to Greg, the same nice man that brings our packages everyday, to Mary, the lady that does my hair. I want to give something to the neighbors and so many more. It adds up when you have a big family on top of that, but still, you want to give because it makes you feel so good, and it can't be something meaningless or random. There is no better gift than a homemade box of Christmas treats. It speaks so much more loudly than a store bought tin of cookies. Don't get me wrong; that is thoughtful and much appreciated, but if you have the time and the motivation, then I share my time tested recipes with you and invite you to go in this direction this year.
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Don't Let the Neighbors Find Out!!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 7:35:33 AM America/New_York

There's a saying among cake decorators that get overwhelmed with business: "Don't let the neighbors find out!" That boils down to the fact that you want to do nice things for your neighbors, don't want to charge them full price for a cake because you want to be friendly, and end up kind of short changing yourself because they don't understand the value of what you just gave them. So it's best just to not let them find out, right?! Well, too bad for me! How can you resist this face! My next door neighbor's daughter turned 3. My neighbor is one of those people that thinks of every detail for a party and doesn't let any guest go home without saying "That was the BEST party!". So WHO would she need to make the cake? Yes, yes, she twisted my arm. We spent hours pouring through pictures of carnival/circus cakes on www.CakeCentral.com and came up with a pretty cool design. So I'll talk you through the details of what's on the cake. I hope you enjoy it!
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Having a Ball

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 7:35:11 AM America/New_York

It's always a treat to have Michelle Bommarito at the house as a guest. Somehow at an event I was sponsoring years ago, we hit it off the very first time like sisters, and have been friends ever since. It's so funny to me that people want to know what she's like. I know she's a celebrity and all, but to me, she's Michelle. SO, I'll tell you what she's like! She is always that full of energy, yes. Every story she tells, every hand motion and facial expression, she's full of energy. I think it comes partly from her zest for life and her genes, but probably more importantly, what she eats. So healthy.

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Animal ZOO

Thursday, January 17, 2013 4:04:26 AM America/New_York

I’ll just start out by clarifying, NO. This is NOT a cake. I say that because cakes are usually my thing. Making cakes, teaching cake classes, selling cake supplies, making videos about making cakes, etc. So for those of you who read me looking for cake tips, I just wanted to clarify. For those of you looking at my stuffed animal thingy, come take a look at our cake stuff!Read More
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CHEF DU JOUR: Pastry Chef Rolls in the Dough

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:40:18 AM America/New_York

Background
Chef Du JourHaving a mom who loved to decorate cakes propelled Kathy Wise on a cake-baking path. She remembers decorating her first cake at age 6. In 1992 she graduated from Centre College in Danville, KY., as an Economics major. She knew early on the she wanted to blend her financial education with baking, so she went to culinary school at Opryland, graduating in 1995. She "chefed" her way around town until she opened her own wedding cake business. When she discovered difficulties in finding supplies and materials, she opened Sweet Wise, a store for cake, candy, and pastry supplies for home and professional cooks.
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Take a Bow: Colorful party, fantastical cake make for magical birthday

Monday, November 26, 2012 6:32:23 AM America/New_York

Cake Close UpAnd I was so pleased to have the opportunity to sing "Happy Birthday" along with Anna, who has the most amazing pitch for someone so young. She even treated her guests to a rendition of "You Are My Sunshine" and "I'll Be Loving You Always," her grandmother Sherree Sauer's favorite song. Anna is also a huge football fan — the Tennessee Titans and Alabama Crimson Tide among her favorites — and she is a math whiz.
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Modeling Chocolate

Monday, November 26, 2012 6:32:23 AM America/New_York

...but first I have to tell you an adorable story. Some of you know that the adorable toothless child on our website's homepage www.sweetwise.com is our daughter Lindsey, 7. She is holding a cake made by Stephanie Felts of The Sweetest Day, winner of the 2009 Tennessee Cake Fest (www.TNCakeFest.com) at a class taught by the Amazing Mike McCarey (which is detailed with Modeling Chocolate, which I'll get to).

The other day, things didn't go her way and she decided she would show us. She marched herself to her room and packed up to run away. All the important stuff - a change of clothes, her favorite blanket, and vital stuffed animals. It was, of course, snowing outside. She had one arm into her coat and went to tell her brother Logan in a carefully planned but non-chalant manner that she hopes he enjoys being an only child. She made the next dramatic entrance into the office, where we were working, to ask if we had any last words before she left. I just hugged her and told her that I would miss her terribly, to please stay warm. She made a few steps to the door and burst into tears. Of course, I scooped her up and sat her down on my lap and gave her all she needed to hear - the family wouldn't be complete without her, I would be too sad, she would be scared and alone and unsafe, and she can't bully us in to getting her way. Although she still didn't get her way, we gave her lots of cuddling that night and she felt safe, warm, and loved. John and I later shared each of our own "I ran away once" stories. I think her drama was all over a Rainforest Cafe cup that she HAD to have THAT day.
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Beautiful on the Inside!

Monday, November 26, 2012 6:32:23 AM America/New_York

Hey, all! Even though it's still chilly today, we have great glimpses of the warm weather to come. That reminds me of a cake flavor that my son helped me to dream up a few years back. We'll get to that in a minute. John wanted me to remind you that Michelle Bommarito from Food Network Challenge will be joining us for a FREE demo on Saturday April 10 at 10:45. John and I, who most of you know were just married in September, were lucky enough to have Michelle as our guest for the week and to make our wedding cake. I'll post a picture of it here. It was SO awesome, that Bride's magazine wants to do a new shoot of the cake, a little revamped. Taking that into consideration, please remember that our website is copyrighted and that the picture should not be distributed. That way she can reap the benefits of it being a "fresh" cake for Bride's magazine! Go Michelle!
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