Friday, August 12, 2011

Close encounters of the cake celebrity kind - Giveaway!?!?!?

I try not to be a dork and go all crazy meeting "cake celebrities" but there are a few that I wanted to meet and talk to a bit.  I don't want to meet them because they are on TV, but because of what they have accomplished.  Not every decorator publishes a book, appears on TV, creates a new product/technique, etc.  Of course, not everyone gets recognized for their talent either.  Alright... enough of the chit chat.. and by the way... this is the most pictures you will EVER see of me...

Here is me with Edward Frys.  I took an introduction to airbrushing class with him back in March at the National Capital Area Cake show.  He has been on Food Network Challenge and does great work.  You may have seen this WALL-E cake or Yoda cake he did.

 This is James Roselle.  As I think I mentioned before, he does awesome sugar flowers... something I don't think I will ever be able to do.  He gave me some pointers, but for the most part, it's all about practice.
This is Jay Qualls of The Next Great Baker fame.  He was one of my favs from the show and he was the keynote speaker at the breakfast for shop owners.  He told us his story and how to work with social media.  One of my fav quotes from his talk was that just because you are busy, doesn't mean you are making money.  This applies to every business... not just cake... it kinda goes along with the "Work smarter, not harder".
 Of course, if you are at all familiar with cake, you know who this woman is.  She judges and critiques all the Food Network Challenge contestants, has published a book of her work, and of course is like the master of cake.  This is the only way I would meet her, so I figured I might as well ask for a pic.
Here is me with Marina Sousa.  She is probably the designer I look up to the most... and was the most excited to meet.  Maybe it's her style or the fact that she is a bigger girl like myself.  I also love her sugar molds and hopefully will find some time to give them a try.

And finally here is me with Sharon Zambito.  Sharon has a great line of DVDs that show you how to do various cake decorating techniques.  When I first started decorating, I borrowed Perfecting the Art of Buttercream and started using her tips and techniques.  I then bought all of her DVDs a few months later and learned a lot.  I still use some of Sharon's techniques, but I have also adapted some to fit me better.

 I get a lot of cake decorating DVDs... for me, I like seeing how different people do things and try to figure out what works best for me.  I have 3 or 4 DVDs on how to fondant a cake, and would gladly buy another... sure I have fondant down, but I feel the DVD is worth it if I get another tip or trick that I never heard of or seen before.  

So... to the giveaway... I have one of Sharon's Perfecting the Art of Buttercream DVDs up for grabs.  To enter, leave a comment below stating why you need/want this DVD.  For an additional entry, follow my blog and add a comment stating such (or add a comment that you are already a follower).  Entries will be accepted thru Monday the 15th of August.  Winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 16th.  Good Luck!


  1. OH my gosh the Yoda cake was amazing! It looks like you had fun! I am glad you got to do that! I just highly suggested someone order cakes from you:)

  2. Have you seen my buttercream edges? I seriously need that DVD! Seriously, I've been considering getting some of her DVDs for a while now, just haven't gotten around to it.

  3. ..And I am following your blog now as well. Although I was pretty much following it anyway from Facebook links :)

  4. I only do cakes for fun and have learned on my own, asking folks, looking at gazillions of pictures and trial and error! I really don't make $$ but do it for the love of it!!!!! People always say I should get paid but I feel like the pressure would suck all the fun out of it for me:)I can not believe I found you only after I moved away from Locust Grove~ I would have most definitely been stalking you......I have gotten so MANY ideas just looking at your cakes and pictures and different posts!(Maybe I have snagged your designs to the best of my ability:)) Also I have asked several questions and you always take the time to answer which is so awesome of you!!!! Anyhow I thought this would be a great post to tell you that you have cake/chunky girls looking up to you!!!! THANKS!!!!!

  5. I could use some help with my buttercream! I only really make cakes for fun, but I have trouble getting the buttercream the right consistency. It sometimes falls off when I'm decorating. I'd love some instruction! :)
    Jennifer Sayre

  6. Holy cow, we were in that air brushing class together! I had no idea!
    Oh well I look forward to YOUR ruffle flowers class!

  7. I liked that class. Still don't use my airbrush much though... I guess I will see you Saturday!


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