Come on… you KNOW you want to know what these amazingly talented people are REALLY like, right? Well, I’ve just been given the most amazing gift of rubbing shoulders and having meals with some of these crazy artists, and now I’VE GOT THE SKINNY for you! (Aka, I can give you the BEHIND THE SCENES low down on the good, the bad and the GORGEOUS.)
If you don’t yet know the talent of some of these cake giants, I highly recommend you look them up. ’Cause straight up- you’re MISSING OUT, if you don’t.
They are some of my very favorite people in this magical world of cake, and I can now, personally vouch for their personalities. How on EARTH did I get to be so blessed?
(Maybe it was that one pair of shoes that I NEEDED by didn’t buy… you never know how God’s mind works.)
K, so let me just give it to you straight… shall I?
Raewyn Read of CakesbyRewyn : This woman stole my heart. She is kind, generous, FUN, ALWAYS happy… and she straight up took CARE of me for my entire stay in Australia… bringing me here and there, making sure I was comfy and entertained. A CLASS ACT, who I will cherish eternally, right here. End of story. (EVEN though she has made the crow’s feet at the corner of my eyes, like, RIDICulously worse from the amount of laughing fits she caused me… the ENTIRE time.)
Sheryl Bito of BunsInTheOven Cupcakery : Sheryl (otherwise known as Buns… or my fav, Bunsey) was one of my first favorites of the cake world… and I can now, safely say, I’m a FANTASTIC judge of character (hee hee). Bunsey ALSO took care of me in Oz… making sure I was all set for my classes and helping me prep. She is warm and witty, the kind of girl you could spend all night chatting on your bed with… feet in the air, encased in fluffy slippers, and sipping a mug of hot cocoa (that may quite possibly be laced with whiskey. I love her. FOREVER. (And FLIPPING talented, ta boot.)
Jacki Fanto of Blissfully Sweet : I’ve got two words for you… RA-DICULOUSLY FUN. That is how best I can describe Jacki. I think we both squealed with glee when we finally saw each other… and the first hug was EPIC. I was in stiches MOST of the time we talked, and my cheeks were killing me by the end of each night of hanging with her… entirely her fault. I simply didn’t want to leave her. I’m her fan for ALL of time.
Jacinta of Kidacity : Jacinta, oh Jacinta… how I love this girl. Besides being one of the MOST.TALENTED (and I MEAN, most talented) cake artists I know, she is humble to a fault, always puts others first, and would give you the shirt off her back if it meant keeping you warm. Along with that, she somehow manages to make you laugh out loud every other minute of the time spent with her. What more can be said? She is special to me, this one.
Zoe Clark of Zoe Clark Cakes : I just spent a little bit of time chatting with Zoe, but let me tell you, she is an absolute GEM. She’s so down to Earth, charming, friendly… and honestly, it’s as if she doesn’t even know what a superstar she is! Though, how could she not? She’s a household name. And now I wish I WAS her. Gorgeous, insanely talented, and you haven’t even heard her British accent! Not fair, I tell you. Not fair at all.
Faye Cahill of Faye Cahill Cake Design : Ohmygosh I had lunch with FAYE CAHILL! The queen of all cakes, beautiful and elegant! Ahhhhh!! Here’s the best part… she IS what she makes. Faye is as beautiful, elegant, soft and sweet as the gorgeous creations that come from her magical hands. I was secretly hoping she was a complete troll, just so I could feel a little bit better about the fact that her cakes are, like, way too perfect… but alas, it is not so. I am in EVEN more awe of her now, and will simply ALWAYS swoon over her. *swoon*
Nina BlackBurn of Make Pretty Cakes : Nina was one that I looked for whenever I was lonely at the show. This girl has a way of lighting up the room. You just can’t help but smile when Nina’s around. A GINORMOUS heart, stinking brilliant (excuse my language) in every way, and so relaxing to be around. She’s like a pretty magnet… I always wanted to be near her. I still do. I miss Neeners.
Lisa Grech-Staehr of Sweet Disposition Cakes : I did not know Lisa before the show. She was introduced to me during a fun lunch outing, and let me just say… I’m not sure how I got along NOT knowing her before. Simply, she is my kinda people. Sarcastic in the most fun, endearing way possible and just so friendly… and THEN I saw her work. This woman is one of the most TALENTED, undiscovered ROCK STARS of the ENTIRE CAKE WORLD. Have you SEEN this woman’s work!! ohmygosh. That is all… OH.MY.GOSH.
Lori, The Caketress : Lori is an absolute Diva of the cake world. She is gorgeous. She is sexy (whistling like a man right now ). She is a true, free spirited artist. And it is clear from rubbing shoulders with her for just a few minutes… she is a lover of all things fashionable, including but not limited to, BEAUTIFUL shoes! Be still my heart! A friend, indeed.
Michelle Green of The Business of Baking and Three Sweeties : I could have extended my stay JUST to have a little bit more time to hang out with Michelle. She is so much fun, I don’t even have the words for it. I am IN LOVE with her sarcastic yet charming, spunky personality… and I have to say, she is one of my FAVORITE new friendships I left Australia with. I just can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed her. If only you could meet her…
Sharon Wee of Sharon Wee Creations : I only spent a tiny bit of time with Sharon, but from the little time I did spend, I must say… to meet her is to instantly like her. She is always smiling… always willing to help. Sharon just seems lovely. And may I also just say, BIIIIIIIIG talent can sometimes come in small, pretty packages.
Lisa Brown of Sweet Magazine : Lisa is fun. Lisa is cool. Lisa is generous. Lisa is a worker BEE. In short, Lisa is FANtastic. Lisa is the owner/creator of one of the most beautiful cake magazines on the planet. (And Lisa’s got THE GREATEST family, ever.) You want to know Lisa.
And last, but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST (as many of you may know) is Kate of The Greedy Baker: Kate. My beautiful friend, who I finally got to meet, fighting the battle of her life. Kate… quiet and tired but still smiley, listening to all of us chatter and carry on with hardly a care in the world, while she’s faced with pain and heartache every day. Kate… fun, talented,warm and cozy, who made the long, nine hour trip it took to get to us. Kate, who has already been through more than most of us can begin to imagine. I love Kate. And believe me when I say, you would too.
If you click on the pink names, it will take you to their pages.
You NEED these people in your life. Trust me.
A big part of this life we live is about the relationships we have. You can be one of the most talented, hard working people on the planet, but if you have not relationships with like minded people (and even UNlikeminded people… not a word, I know) then you have harldly anything worth having. I truly believe that.
The show was great, yes.
But the people… the people brought the joy and the life to the trip.
The people… I am proud to call my friends.