HELLO SUGAR FRIENDS!
Did you miss me while I was gone? I sure did miss you!
I have a secret to share, but promise you won't tell anybody? You promise? Pinky swear?
OK! So here it is....... ( I'm so excited!!)
My dear friend Rebecca Sutterby invited me to be one of her 3 assistants in the new TLC series, Ultimate Cake Off! We spent 3 days in Los Angeles, at the Discovery Studios, shooting one of eight episodes to air in the fall.
Rebecca is hands down one of the most talented sugar artists in the nation. She has won too many awards to count, including first place in a previous Food Network cake challenge, as well as the grand prize in the National Wedding Cake Competition at the Oklahoma Sugar Art Show in 2008. She has had her work published in several national magazines, including Bride's, The Knot, and American Cake Decorating. Her skills for design and use of color are trend setting, and her work is incredibly precise and exact. She has been a huge influence and mentor on my own cake decorating path. And I am lucky enough to also call her my friend. Please visit her site to see her incredible work at Sugar Creations.
Rebecca asked three of us to assist her for this challenge. Left to right is Becky (aka Willard), me, Adele (aka Deli), and Rebecca. This shot was taken right after we arrived in LA. We all flew in and went straight to the studios to set up our kitchen.
The next day we arrived ready to film. Rebecca gave us all cute cake themed shirts to wear under our chef coats for good luck.
We can't say anything about the show, the theme, the competitors or the outcome until after it airs. But here is a pic of us next to the finished cake.
After a brutal 48 hours, Willard and I were quite hungry, and got to taste one of the other competitor's cakes. It was yummy too!
Our last evening there, we had a few hours to kill and took a ride to Hollywood Blvd. We walked for a couple of hours, saw lots of um, interesting sites.... and shopped for souvenirs. I was ecstatic when we stumbled across the star of my all time idol, Lucy.
It was an incredible experience all around. We worked our butts off, but had the most fabulous time together. It will be one of the most treasured memories of my life time. I was honored and privileged to be a part of Rebecca's team. After the show is aired I will be able to fill you in on more juicy details!
I am now in total ICES convention mode. I have 2 weeks to get everything together to make the trip. I will have a vendor booth for the first time this year, and I am super excited! Wendy, my two sisters Janice and Barb, and my older son will all be with me working the booth. Please stop by and say hello if can!
Wish me luck!