As a kid growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, my mom would always make my birthday or other special occasion cakes from “scratch”. She would grab a box cake mix and a jar of icing off the shelf at the grocery store and make an 8 x 11 cake for me. It was always frosted nicely and she would decorate the best she could, so to me, this was as great as cake was growing up. As I got older and more interested in culinary arts, I actually took a special home economics cake decorating class in elementary school. We learned all about baking and how to decorate cakes. My final project was a Star Wars R2-D2 cake that I think turned out pretty good considering my age and experience level! Later in life I was still interested in cake decorating, so my wife and I took a class from JC Penney’s when they used to offer them. I never really got that good at it, but it was definitely a lot of fun and I did learn a thing or two about cake decorating.
In today’s cake making and decorating world, it’s a totally different animal than what I learned many years ago. The baker has to be a visionary and an artist. They have to take an idea and make it from nothing. At The Yellow Rose Cakery, that visionary is Andi Brown. She is the brains and artist that creates some totally amazing cakes for her customers. From the basic to the extreme, she is able to take care of all her customer’s needs. I had an opportunity to sit down with her recently and sample some of her cakes.