Over the last 6 years, Marcia Brown developed various products in making Designer Stiletto High Heel Sugar Shoes and other related cake decorating products. Read more about her in this exclusive interview with Busi Christian-iwuagwu of Cakes and Sugarcraft Supplies.
How did you get into cake decorating? And how long have you been doing it?
After visiting my sister in New York she baked me a rum cake to take back with me to the Uk. After I arrived back home it tasted so nice I sliced it up and kept it in the freezer. My sister from West Yorkshire came to visit and found the cake. I explained it came from our sister in New York. She then went back to Yorkshire and told my mum. I received a telephone call asking why I did not share it with the family.
I then promised I would make a cake for the family.
And the rest is history
What inspired you to start cake decorating?
Three months later after learning how to make a fruit cake, I did a test drive with friends and colleagues as a result wedding and birthday cakes orders started coming in.
Tell us about the first cake you made.
The first cake was made for my very good friend it was in the shape of a box August 2008
To date, what has been your favourite cake to make? Whats your Niche?
After two years of perfecting the art of sugar craft using various skills. I realised I was always gravitating towards making decorative shoes with matching handbags hence this became my niche.
What has been your most challenging cake?
One of the most challenging cake was not actually related to handbag and shoes, it was a dragon requested by a company from France. They wanted a cake that to represented their logo! I had to use several skill to achieve the design.
What’s your most popular product?
Designerart Cakes Ultimate Sugar Shoe Kit
What was the greatest challenge you faced while starting cake decorating business?
The greatest challenge at the time was knowledge and experience, back in 2008 information was not as easily and readily available as it is today.
What does being a cake decorator mean to you?
Being a cake decorator means being able to demonstrate skills that shows clearly shows expertise and talent
Do you have any favourite tools you can’t live without?
At the moment my favourite tools are the cutters from the shoe kit, I use them religiously when make the many different styles of shoes.
What classes have you taken and do you have a favourite one?
I am self-taught so have been to very few classes.
So to best answer the question when I started cake decoration I found when talking to other cake decorators there was a lack of understanding in regards to the vocabulary used in the cakey world hence I had to enrol on basic decorating level 1 and level 2.
Can you describe your worst baking disaster?
A client asked for a decorated sponge cake and for some reason I made a decorated chocolate cake, yes the client was not happy after she had cut the cake!
What advice would you give to aspiring bakers who’d like to follow in your footsteps?
They say in the world of cake decorating there is no need to perfect your artistic work in sugar craft – however this is how you grow your skills, demonstrate your expertise and sets you apart from the rest. below is one of my students after a shoe modelling class.
Thank you so much for you time Marcia and welcoming me into your world
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