Alan's interest in sugar flowers began from reading books and apprenticing with the British Sugarcraft Guild. By age 17, he was leading sugar-flower classes. He has since taught throughout the U.K., North America and across the globe. Alan is the author of 12 books on sugar flowers, including Exotic Sugar Flowers for Cakes. He contributes regularly to industry publications such as Cakes & Sugarcraft, Cake Decoration Monthly and American Cake Decorating.