Michelle, owner of Good Gracious Cakes, has ALWAYS loved dessert. In 2005, she realised that she could combine her 2 passions -art and dessert, and she made the switch from graphic designer and illustrator to full-time sugar artist. Since then, Michelle’s award winning cake designs have been featured several magazines and blogs such as Cake Masters Magazine, Sweet Magazine, American Cake Decorating. You may have seen her on several Food Network shows, most recently “Outrageous Wedding Cakes”, “Halloween Wars” and “Haunted Gingerbread Showdown”. Michelle specialises in extreme, over-the-top cakes and also teaches classes in various mediums of sugar art.
Good Gracious Cakes
Catriona is an award winning portrait and wedding photographer and educator, based in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. She has been photographing weddings and portraits for just over 10 years. Catriona specialises in both natural light and studio photography, offering clients timeless portraits to cherish for years to come. Having honed her trade over the years, she now loves to share her knowledge and skills by offering workshops and 1-2-1 mentoring to students. These cover a wide range of topics including beginners classes, wedding workshops and food photography.
Claire Anderson is a Multi Award Winning Cake Artist & the founder & Creative Director of Clairella Cakes. Claire has an art & design background & is based in the UK but is known internationally for her unique style of stunning & colourful airbrushed cakes & her bespoke Clairella Cakes product range. Claire is also an experienced Tutor teaching in the UK & overseas. She also has her own cake school & has students coming from all over the world to take classes with her in her gorgeous studio.
Global Cake Toppers
Anjali Tambde is a multi-award winning sugarcraft artist who holds a distinct achievement of winning back to back Best in Show awards at Cake International and Irish Sugarcraft Show. Anjali has also won several Gold and Best in Class awards at Irish Sugarcraft show in Dublin, Cork Sugarcraft Association, Cake and Bake Germany and Cake International London and Cake International, Birmingham.
Apart from winning various awards, she has also conducted various demonstrations and workshops in different parts of the world and many popular cake shows. She is also one of the few artists whose tutorials regularly feature in various Cake Magazines and websites. Her award winning pattern techniques have featured in many international magazines and have been immensely popular.
She is a qualified Fashion designer who worked in the designing industry for a few years and also used to teach in college in India. For last one decade she is running her own cake topper business under the name of “Global Cake Toppers” and runs classes for various cake decorations. Painting,sculpting,sewing and crafting are few of her hobbies that she always incorporates into her cakes, loves cooking and experimenting.Enjoys travelling across the globe and sharing her knowledge with everyone.
Sachiko Windbiel is the owner of mimicafe Union, based in Santa Monica California ( newly relocated from NYC! ). Her speciality is creating Fondant Figures & Cake Topper as well as offering well received Fondant Figure workshops. Sachiko artistic skills are self developed and inspired by her childhood fascination with Manga and Animation. Sachiko feels most fulfilled by the connections she makes with the people at her workshops, and she is motivated to inspire others to explore and enjoy their own creativity.
City Cakes, New York
Chef Benny Rivera started his cake career in Puerto Rico as a young teenager and the occasional hobby turned into a true passion when he discovered his natural talent. Chef Benny not only specializes in three dimensional sculpted cakes but also pumpkins and chocolate in addition to sugar paste flowers, buttercream, royal icing and creative fondant techniques. He co-owns a high-end custom cake design studio and bakery in NYC called City Cakes. Chef Benny not only had created amazing cake designs for big celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Fergie and others, but his work also has been featured in different TV networks and magazines around the world.
Not only Dessert Professionals Magazine have named Chef Benny Rivera as one of the top 10 cake designers in North America (2016) but The New York Cake Show have named him as one of the top 10 international cake designers (2016). His most recent achievement, winning “Cake Artist of the Year” (2017) at the Golden Tier Awards presented by the American Cake Decorator Magazine, and named one of the top 10 cake artists of the year by Cake Masters Magazine (2017).
Rosie Cake Diva
Rose Dummer aka Rosie Cake Diva will be joining us as show hostess for the entire weekend. Her inimitable presenting style will keep everyone energised and entertained.