Do you know who's who in the world of cake decorating and designing?
Here's a chance to discover some of the famous cake designers who are shaping (literally) the culture of custom cake design, one sugary creation at a time.
Since there are too many great designers to name in just one post, we'll take it a few at a time so that you can really get to know these inspiring artists, including an inside look at who they are as well as an exploration of the amazing art they create with buttercream, fondant, gum paste and cake.
Who: Duff Goldman, Charm City Cakes
In five words or less: Artful cakes with tattoo attitude.
The sweet lowdown: Described as both audacious and creative, Goldman is the founder and owner of Baltimore's Charm City Cakes bakery. The bakery's daily goings-on are featured on the Food Network show Ace of Cakes. Recently, he began collaborating as a designer for a line of branded cake baking and decorating products.
Photo via Charm City Cakes
As you can see, even a fondant covered cake with a sweet color scheme and theme has a stylized, avant-garde look when it's made by Charm City Cakes.
Who: Anne Heap, Pink Cake Box
In five words or less: Highly customized sculpted fondant dreams.
The sweet lowdown: After working in advertising, Anne decided to quit the corporate world and pursue pastry arts. After studying at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, she completed an apprenticeship with Ron Ben-Israel Cakes in New York City. In 2005, she founded Pink Cake Box in Denville, New Jersey, which includes a retail location and a skilled staff of decorators.
Photo via Mike's Amazing Cakes
Who: Mike McCarey, Mike's Amazing Cakes
In five words or less: Is that really a cake?
The sweet lowdown: Mike McCarey of Mike's Amazing Cakes started a lifelong love affair with cake in his teens, when he spent a two-year term at a cooking school in Denver. From there, he worked as a pastry chef in various cities before settling in Washington state, where he decided to focus on cake exclusively. His goals? That the concept being presented should be as accurate as possible, but also as expressive and unique as possible.
His clients include celebrities such as Dustin Hoffman, Arnold Palmer, Rodney Dangerfield and Julia Child, and corporate clients such as Disney, Microsoft and the Smithsonian. He's also a Craftsy instructor! Check out his classes Advanced Cake Sculpting and Classic Car, Timeless Techniques.
A cake from Mike's portfolio:
Photo via Mike's Amazing Cakes
It may look as if it's a collectable figurine, but it's actually cake. This stunning dragon cake exhibits Mike's mastery of sculpting with fondant, not to mention his wonderful detail with airbrushing.
Who: Colette Peters, Colette's Cakes
In five words or less: Incredible and edible art.
The sweet lowdown: After studying fine art in New York City, Colette moved on to a designer position at the oh-so-posh Tiffany & Co., where she earned a reputation as office baker. Designing well-received cakes for a Tiffany catalog shoot led to a book deal and a cake making empire, which includes her business, Colette's Cakes.
Her accolades are almost too many to list: an international clientele, designing cakes for the President of the United States, teaching classes internationally, writing five books, and appearing in countless publications and TV shows. She is also a Craftsy instructor! Her courses include Piece of Cake! with Colette Peters and Vintage Cakes, Modern Methods.
A cake from Colette's portfolio:
Photo via Colette's Cakes
Pillowy tiers of cake (get it?) are covered with fondant and gum paste detailing, complete with hand-painted details and a beautiful palette of custom-tinted colors.
Who's your favorite cake designer?