Cake Decorator artisancakecompany

Liz Marek

Cake Decorating Instructor

Portland, Oregon US sugargeekshow.com

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About artisancakecompany

My name is Elizabeth Marek. I have always been an artist but I got my start in the professional world by first going to graphic design school and becoming an Art Director at an ad agency. I really hated the work and would come home every day so stressed with my back hurting. I used to calm down by watching Ace of Cakes on Food Network every night when it hit me, maybe I could make cakes just like Duff and sell them to people who actually wanted a cool piece of art at their celebration! So, I quit my job! It was a crazy first couple of years, working multiple jobs, trying to drum up cake orders and meet with clients in between working at Great Harvest as a pastry baker, churning out cakes at Safeway in the bakery department and learning as much as I possibly could (this was way before YouTube, anyone remember flickr?) Anyway, fast forward 7-8 years and here we are, I had a successful career as a cake decorator, became one of the top wedding cake artists in the Portland, OR area and won a ton of awards. So what's next? Well, I'm currently working on teaching and competing at cake shows. I love to teach in person classes, and I really enjoy meeting other cake decorators and interacting with them. While I can't meet everyone or teach everywhere, I do have an online cake school where I make amazing cakes and then break down how to make them into easier steps. My school is called Sugar Geek Show, and I put up about 2 cake tutorials every month. One of the things I learned as a cake decorator working on wedding cakes all the time was that often when I needed to learn something, I'd buy a tutorial and it would only teach me one step of the process that I actually needed to know, or I'd learn how to do something 1 way but not in the way I actually needed to use it, so I thought, "What if instead of having to buy Craftsy tutorials one at a time I just make my school have a monthly membership for about the price of one of those Craftsy tutorials when they are on sale, and then you could have access to every tutorial on the site, kind of like Netflix?" So, that's what we did, you can have access to over 100 tutorials on our website all for the price of about 1 Craftsy tutorial when they are 50% off (and when are they not?) that way if you're ever in a bind and NEED to learn something at 2am for a cake that's failing, you don't also have to cough up a ton of extra money to learn it. :) Sugar Geek Show is a one-stop cake decorating school. With other 100 cake tutorials and 50 hours of easy-to-follow instructions, you're going to go from zero to cake decorating hero in no time.

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  • Zombie Cake Made this cake for display at a cake show. The skin is modeling chocolate, the brains are made of jelloFacebook: www.facebook.com/...
  • Cherry Blossoms And Gold Baby Shower Cake Made this cake for a repeat customer who lets me have a lot of freedom and I thank him for that :) Facebook: www.facebook.com/...
  • Threadcakes Entry 2012 My entry for this years Threadcakes challenge :) Had probably the most fun ever doing this one. The face is made of modeling chocolate and...
  • Pirate Ship Birthday Cake - Black Pearl Birthday cake themed after the "black pearl" ship. Made from cake, modeling chocolate and gumpaste. The only inedible product are...
  • Harry Potter Themed Birthday Cake - Hogwarts Castle With Dragon Harry potter themed birthday cake. All edible materials. The castle is RKT and modeling chocolate, the dragon is gumpaste, the book is cake...
  • Spongebob Birthday Cake Made this cake for a clients 40th birthday party! Proves you're never too old to have a fun cake! Everything is edible. Tv is made of...
  • Edible Angry Birds Toppers Edible angry birds toppers for cakes and cupcakes made for a client. Everything is edible and made from marshmallow fondant
  • Gumpaste Flowers And Branches Wedding Cake Nature inspired wedding cake with modeling chocolate branches supporting the gumpaste flowers. Medallion was painted with vodka and petal...
  • Black And White 25Th Anniversary Cake Cake made for a clients anniversary party. The bows are fondant and the brooches are non-edible :)
  • Sushi Mini Cakes Made these sushi mini cakes for my best friends birthday. All the elements are made with fondant, piping gel, sprinkles, and cake! :)
  • Jungle Babies Baby Shower Cake This is a fun little cake I did for a clients baby shower. She gave me a napkin from the showers theme to work off of which was great for...
  • Steampunk Cake This is my labor of love for the steampunk cake contest. I LOVE the steampunk style and have been immersed in the culture for years now. It...
  • Coral Wedding Cake With Peacock Topper Three tier cake (technically four if you count the long on in the center). Center tier is covered with sanding sugar, bottom is decorated...