Maggie Austin
Craftsy Instructor

Alexandria, VA

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Following her career as a classical ballet dancer, Ms. Austin completed the prestigious L'Art de la Pâtisserie program at the French Pastry School with honors. She brought her unique artistic vision to life when she launched Maggie Austin Cake in 2010 and has since reached a worldwide audience through extensive media coverage including newspapers, magazines, blogs, and television. Exclusively custom and exquisitely tailored, Maggie Austin ... Read Full Bio »

Maggie's Craftsy Classes

Decorating in Three Dimensions

Decorate inspired cakes as you learn celebrated designer Maggie Austin's signature techniques for multidimensional sugar work. Create a Stained Glass cake with tips for mimicking the colors and opacity of this beautiful art form before you build a climbing sugar arrangement of forget-me-nots that seems to grow from this vibrant background. Use molds and fondant to build the sculptural Bas-Relief cake with intricate, elegant depth. Then, bring a touch of flair to your bas-relief with two-part cameo molds, as well as dry- and wet-painting techniques. Elevate your sugar flower skills and your bas-relief even further as you make Maggie's signature fantasy peony with its extraordinary interplay of shadows and highlights. Indulge your clients in designs with multiple dimensions of fascinating depth.

$39.99

Sugar Berries, Leaves & Blossoms

Put the supporting players in the spotlight as you learn how to replicate sweet little blossoms, delicate ivy leaves and blackberries that look like they were plucked right off the bush — all in gum paste. Veteran Craftsy instructor Maggie Austin brings together these beautiful “background” elements to create charming bouquets that stand on their own. You’ll be amazed at how easily you can assemble lifelike blackberries — with individually hand-formed seeds — using Maggie’s innovative bag-and-shake technique. Hypericum berries and ivy leaves will add a naturalistic touch as will tiny sugar flowers hand-painted in beautiful detail. 

$34.99 $39.99

Southern Sugar Flowers

Trendsetting cake artist Maggie returns to Craftsy to teach two of the American South's most iconic and beautiful blossoms. You'll learn how to create a sophisticated white-on-white design featuring delicate dogwood flowers and branches or the magnificent magnolia. Maggie shows you her signature techniques for cutting, veining, assembling and dusting gum paste flowers with subtle, yet realistic shading. Create an elegant floral presentation that will be the highlight of any event, no matter where you live. This class includes a bonus lesson where Maggie shows you how to make your own gum paste.

$39.99

Fondant Frills

Have you admired Maggie Austin's sophisticated frill cakes from afar and wondered, "How in the world does she do that?" Well, wonder no more – Maggie reveals her top-secret techniques on Craftsy! In this class, Maggie demonstrates every step involved in creating her signature frill ombré cake topped with sugar paste cabbage roses. Along the way, she shares industry know-how on cake display, artistic advice on color combinations, and her compelling cake story: how she overcame a career-ending injury, pursued a dream and built a thriving cake business.

$39.99

Meet Maggie

Maggie's Projects

Painted Magnolia
Blue Frills
Rose Frill
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