Capital Cake Chick

About Me

My cake decorating career began in 2001, when I was a stay-at-home mom with a 3 year-old daughter. I was desperate to find a hobby and get out of the house for a little while, so I signed up for a cake decorating class. I was hooked immediately! I took all 3 Wilton classes back to back, and soon became a Wilton Method Instructor myself. I taught for 2 1/2 years, but eventually I was eager to expand beyond the Wilton curriculum. Since then, I have had the privilege of taking over a dozen classes with world-reknowned sugar artist, Nicholas Lodge. I have also taken several classes with Bronwen Weber, winner of multiple Food Network challenges. My most recent class was taught by Lauren Kitchens, another Food Network challenge winner.

Thanks to passage of the Texas Cottage Food Law on June 17, 2011, home bakers like myself are now allowed to have legitimate, home-based bakery businesses in the state of Texas. As a result, Capital Cake Chick has been born! Although not required by the state, I have completed the Texas Food Handler Course with a final test score of 100%.

I would like to give a shout-out to one of my favorite non-profit organizations in town, Bake A Wish Austin. I became involved with Bake A Wish at the beginning of 2010, and I try to make 1-2 cakes a month for underprivileged kids in Austin who are living in shelters and children's homes. I currently sit on the board of directors of this awesome organization.

Me and Nicholas Lodge after my "Fall Flowers in Gumpaste" class
Dallas TX, September 2007


Me and Lauren Kitchens after my "Muppets 101" class
Austin TX, March 2011

In 2005, I was asked to make a cake that would become the cover of that week's
Austin Chronicle. The annual Austin cake show was coming up, and the Chronicle was
writing a feature story about the show. I made 2 cakes for them to choose from,
and here's a picture of the actual cover from the June 10, 2005 edition: