This week we caught up with Morgan who runs her own business called Mom's Busy BakingWhen did you first start decorating cakes? I have always made birthday cakes for my family ever since my mother taught me the basic way to make cakes. Once I had my children I wanted them to have special treats at their parties so I started decorating cookies. From there (three years ago) I made a relatives son’s birthday cake and from that moment it launched my love of creating edible artwork for people to have on their special day. Where did you learn your baking skills? My mother taught me my basic skills. Every weekend she would teach my sisters and I how to make muffins, cakes, cookies and breads. It was something she was taught as a child and she wanted to continue it with us. It's now something I teach my 4yr old daughter as well. When I fell in love with decorative cakes I started watching Craftsy classes so I could learn more. How did you become such a good artist? My mother owned a decorative painting store. So as a young child when she would teach classes my sister and I would paint along like one of her students. From there I have always enjoyed art, loving to draw and paint. For me art is my creative outlet, I can sit for hours being “lost” in creating something, whether that is a cake I am creating or just colouring along with my children. How would you sum up your style? I’m not sure I have a specific style but I’d say I’m versatile and pay extreme attention to detail. How would you describe your day to day life as a cake decorator? Busy! Being a wife and a mother of two kids is busy enough but making my creations and taking courses to continue improving keeps me on my toes each day. What is it that most appeals to you about sugarpaste modeling cakes? The endless possibilities. You can create so much with sugarpaste. I love creating flowers with sugarpaste and seeing how realistic they turn out. Where do you get your inspiration for creating new designs? I love looking at Pinterest but not always at other artist cakes. It’s more to look at artwork in general. I have a secret board that I put so many different things into that are of interest to me. Things like wallpaper, fabrics, painting and natural photography. What’s your design process? I always have the clients send me ideas and of what they want to see on their cakes and or invitations. I also ask about the colours they’ve chosen for the event so I can work with them to match everything up. From there I come up with a custom design for them. What are your top tips for for cake decorarting/sugarpaste modelling?
- Practice as much as you can. Not on the actual cake you are selling to someone, of course, but on a cake you can give to family or friends or you can even do a “dummy” cake.
- Take some classes, whether it be YouTube videos, Crasfty classes or a decorating class at a local bakery where you live.