CakeArt Creations "The Studio" Atherstone
Please meet some of our team working here at CakeArt Creations "The Studio" in Atherstone.
Lynda, owner and founder of CakeArt Creations has always had a passion for cakes. Growing up she always loved baking and by 13 was making cakes herself. It was then that she announced to her Grandad that one day she would have her own cake shop, just like her Uncle Bob, who was the local Baker at the now Millers Hotel, Sibson. This love of cakes never wavered and has become her lifelong passion.
When Claire, her baby sister was 4 years old, Lynda created a crinoline lady cake which provided the catalyst towards turning her passion into a career, even though Claire was upset that Lynda had pulled the legs off her much loved Barbie to use the torso for the cake.
At the party a friends Mum asked Lynda to make a cake for her daughter and soon Lynda was making cakes for the whole Nursery. With her skill level and confidence growing it wasn’t long before Lynda was being asked to do demonstrations and baking cakes on a regular basis from home. When her not so little sister entered College to become a Chef, Lynda’s knowledge of cake decorating was sought from the Senior Bakery Lecturer, which initiated her teaching career. Within a year it was apparent to Lynda that there was a need for a retail outlet for her students to access materials and equipment – so in 1993 CakeArt Creations was born.
A lecturer for over 20 years, Lynda has taught CENTRA, ABC and City & Guilds at various Colleges within the Midlands area, whilst successfully running a retail business in Atherstone. Lynda is our Senior Lecturer and Head of School at the Studio and ensures that all courses are run to the highest specifications. Lynda is an accredited tutor for the professional PME Diplomas in Sugarcraft and also designs and delivers a number of our other highly successful cake baking and decorating classes.
Co-Director of The Studio, Melissa works behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the business and often acts as Course Co-ordinator.
As an award winning cake decorator, Becky Jenkins brings with her a gold and three silver cake international awards. Cake decorating started for Becky at a young age being interested in art, especially clay modelling, finding sugar paste a wonderful medium to work with. She went on to study ABC with Lynda at North Warwickshire & Hinckley Collage and soon turned her hobby into a business. As well as sugarcraft Becky has also completed level 1 and 2 working with chocolate with the ‘Barry Callebaut’ Chocolate Academy. She has a wide knowledge of various areas within sugarcraft attending many courses through the years ran by some of world’s best cake decorators and sugar artists. Becky’s new appointment as internal verifier for ABC, at the Studio, will soon widen to teaching various classes.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the introduction of Maurice Hartnett to our team of experts, Maurice was born in Warwickshire and moved to London in the early 1980’s. Always a passionate foodie and cook he would often be asked to cater for large parties or smaller more intimate dinner parties. He came fairly late to baking and started out about 8 years ago following an intensive course with the Bertinet Kitchen which really ignited his passion for bread. Since then has baked every day developing his skills and knowledge of bread making including a period of study in Italy. Three years ago, after a successful career in London he opened The Revel Bakery working from the heart of Malt Kiln Farm, Stretton under Fosse baking additive free bread, handmade bread. As a qualified teacher he has passed on his skills to and inspired others to open their own bakeries whilst also continuing to offer support and advice as they embark on their quest for the perfect loaf.
We are pleased to welcome Sue Taylor to our team of expert tutors.
Sue has been successfully running her own cake pop and cake decorating business for many years and is highly thought of by her peers. Her extensive knowledge and valued experience can only be an asset to anyone wishing to learn the art of cake popping. Sues artistic background which includes painting and love for creating perfection promotes the quality finish and bespoke designs she exquisitely produces. You can view Sues work at her website and Facebook page.
Dawn has been teaching Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft for the past for 10 years and has vast experience, she has worked alongside Lynda at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College. Presently Dawn is working for Adult and Community learning, often working with groups of children from the ages of 7 to 15 on basic cake decorating courses. Her qualifications are OCR in sugar flower making, sugarpaste work, pastillage and royal icing, ABC level 1&2 and City & Guilds in Art and Design. Dawn will be offering classes in all aspects of cake decorating and sugarcraft.