We haven’t done a Makingmine Feature in awhile, so I’m really excited to bring you today’s post! Katie is an amazing person who I am lucky enough to call family. She is a terrific baker who creates beautiful (and delicious) cakes and is already establishing quite a name for herself! Keep reading for more on Katie!
Q: What’s your passion? What are you “making” with your life?
Cake decorating is my passion in life. From the beginning I knew I wanted to do this one thing for the rest of my life. It makes me happy and it’s a way for me to express my creativity and individualism. I love the math and science of baking, altering recipes, and developing support structures for big cakes as well as the art and science of creating and designing edible art through multi media. I want to give people a personalized piece of art and a quality product that exceeds their expectations.
Q: Tell us your story – how did you get started?
My love for cake decorating flourished when I found my culinary nitch in high school. I took every cooking class and art class available, competed in some local culinary invites, got a job in a bakery, and after graduating I enrolled at MCC Institute for the Culinary Arts. My bakery job encouraged my passion for decorating and sent me to trainings and cake conventions all over the Midwest. I gained knowledge and experience in fondant and wedding cakes and eventually worked my way to participating in Bridal Fairs at the Civic, DC Center, and MID America Center. I was even fortunate enough that my work sent me to an event in Omaha where I was able to meet Chef Duff from Ace of Cakes.
While I was hard at work honing my skills I did a mini internship at a Bakery in New Orleans, I finished my degree in Baking and Pastry, and towards the end I had the once of a life time travel to Europe to see Le Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie (The Bread Baking and Confectionary Olympics!) I graduated with a degree in Baking and Pastry. I’m currently finishing up a second degree in business, and over the summer I did an internship in Colorado under elite Cake Artist and Food Network Cake Challenger Rachael Teufel.
Q: How would you define success?
My long term goal is to have my own cake shop, to be known, to be heard, and to have the opportunity to show my skills to the greater Omaha community. I want to master all kinds of decorating techniques and create works of art.
Q: What advice would you give others who want to pursue their dream or make a change in their life?
Never stop learning, and stay positive. Opportunity presents itself in many forms so take up every opportunity that comes your way! Even if you think it’s below your skill level I guarantee you will always learn something. Set dates for your goals, it may not happen right away, and you will probably wind up writing and rewriting your timeline. In the meantime dive into your passion! Immerse yourself in the community, network, make connections and friendships, and above all do what you love and be proud of your work.
Q: What’s next for you?
While I am working step by step to achieve my long term goals, in my downtime I am trying to play a more active role in the cake community. I plan to take classes at the Wilton school in Chicago to learn and familiarize myself with new techniques, research new trends, develop more designs and have a signature style, and practice my skills as often as possible.
Q: How can we get involved?
Check in to my Katie’s Cakery Facebook page to see new cake projects. I’ve recently teamed up with Shannon Cubrich of Floral Design by Shannon, she’s an amazing florist and we are working on wedding deals to promote and encourage each other’s passions! Referrals are wonderful to us gals who are starting out, so if you know anyone who just got engaged please spread the good word of local, affordable, and quality!
Thanks so much to Katie for taking the time to share her story! I absolutely love her advice about going ahead and doing something even if it’s just for a learning experience! I can’t wait to keep watching (and hopefully eating) her beautiful cakes! I know Eleanor will be excited to bite into one on her first birthday :)
Make sure you head over to Facebook and “like” Katie’s page to keep up on her progress!
Have a great weekend!