January Cake Decorator of the Month !
- Our January Cake Decorator of the month
- Amy - Founder @amyamescakes
- What did you have for breakfast this morning? I've never been much of a breakfast person. Every morning consists of the same thing: one Premiere Protein Shake - but instead of drinking one, I have to open two different containers and mix them together so I get 1/2 Cafe Latte 1/2 Caramel Creme.
- How long have you been Cake Decorating for? I began dabbling with cupcakes several years back and moved to cake decorating almost 3 years ago.
- Why did you choose Cake Decorating? I honestly don't even know when or why cake decorating became a thing for me. I found that I really enjoyed having a new creative outlet and began joining collabs to challenge myself to try new techniques.
- In times of doubt, what do you do to get back into your creative zone? Whenever I'm struggling or find myself in a creative rut, I'll scroll back through to my earlier creations to see how far I've come. It also helps tremendously when you go back and read all the kind words of encouragement and compliments from other creators you admire. That always boosts my confidence to get my creative caking mojo back!
- Where did you learn your Cake Decorating skills? 100% self taught. Lots of trial and error, lots of practice, and lots of laughing at myself when things turn out... less than ok (aka: straight up janky).
- What is your typical day like, what does it entail? I work full time as the art specialist at Eatonville Elementary School in Washington state. Yup. I get to teach and create art with 400 kiddos, kindergarten through 5th grade. Best. Job. Ever. On the weekends you'll find me traveling with the hubby, hanging out with my children and grandchildren, or caking (of course).
- We know Edible Art Paint is a medium you use, what do you love about it? Art has always been a big part of who I am. Painting was something I did quite often growing up. I find cake art to be the same thing. Only now instead of using acrylics, oil paints and canvas, I'm using a buttercream blank slate and edible paints. Still using paint brushes and palette knives though. It's my outlet. I love the versatility of being able to create beautiful pieces of art - only this time the art is edible. Win win y'all.
- What is your #1 piece of advice for the newbies in Cake Decorating? The biggest piece of advice I could give anyone starting out is: YOU DO YOU. Don't feel like you need to compromise what you enjoy doing to adhere to a certain "aesthetic". Draw inspiration from but don't conform to what everyone else is doing. Don't overthink things. It's just cake. Enjoy the journey!
- Who is your inspiration in the Cake Decorating world - name three (TAG THEM) There are SO MANY amazing, encouraging people I've met on my little caking journey here! There are a couple accounts in particular that inspire me every single day - they're my people. Not only are they crazy talented, but they're kind, funny, witty, totally down to earth... they don't seem to mind my ridiculous self deprecating sense of humor or my overuse of F bomb dropping. To you I say, thank you my friends!
- Who is your inspiration outside of the Cake Decorating world. List three. Outside of the caking world, my husband Jared has and always will be my biggest inspiration: Hard working, ethical and honest, with an unfailing set of business standards that he does not and will not compromise. He puts his family first and always treats others with kindness and respect. He's so damn charming. People just love him and I'm kind of jealous of that. My children (Jordan, Kyla, and Lauryn) also inspire me every day to be more kind, to be more patient, to be more sympathetic, to work hard for what you want and never ever EVER give up on your dreams.