MARISE GIBBS ... OWNER AND LEAD CAKE ARTIST
Throughout my life, I've been surrounded by cooks, none of them professional bakers or cake artists. My mother came closest to cake decorating with a specialty in floral sugar art but she was mostly a hobby cake artist (and avid gardener, hence the sugar flowers). The cake art bug never bit me until 2008 at the suggestion of our oldest daughter to make a birthday cake for her two younger sisters' September birthdays. Pure magic happened after that.
The cake that started it all!
As a stay-at-home mom with a love for cooking and a Fine Arts background in Visual Communications, I found myself during the summer of 2008 asking the universe to show me a profitable way to combine food and art.
When my daughter suggested making a birthday cake I was thinking an 8" round with some sprinkles. A trip to Walmart led us to a Wilton Romantic Castle Set which spawned an unplanned shopping spree for all the tools and supplies needed to bring the castle to life.
Oddly enough I was never intimidated by the undertaking as I saw the fondant, buttercream and tools as just another art medium to create. Combined with my eye for detail, that I credit to taking Technical Drawing for five years in high school, this magical palace began to emerge and I was hooked!
How romantic it would be to declare that I studied as a Parisian pastry chef and worked in the kitchens of some of the finest five-star hotels and restaurants. But alas, my passion found me in a Walmart baking aisle and from that day I've dedicated myself to learning new techniques, expanding my business and creating premium quality, handcrafted cakes and treats that continue to delight all my clients.