Professional cake decorator teaching others her skills
SPRINGVILLE — Tiffany Tuttle was very excited to make her daughter's first birthday cake next month but she knew she needed some professional help. She looked for a teacher who could tutor her in the…
SPRINGVILLE — Tiffany Tuttle was very excited to make her daughter’s first birthday cake next month but she knew she needed some professional help. She looked for a teacher who could tutor her in the fine art of cake decorating to make her dream picture of the perfect princess cake.
“I am planning the perfect doll cake with a Barbie coming out the top and a pink and white fondant ruffled skirt,” Tuttle said. “And I am going to make cupcakes and cookies to match. I am so excited to do it and I want it to be just perfect for Kate’s first birthday.”
The professional cake decorator she turned to for help was Katherine O’Donnell in Springville. O’Donnell has been teaching novice and experienced chefs how to decorate cookies, cakes and pastries for 10 years. She tells people to take at least one class if for no other reason than to appreciate how much time it takes for professionals to make that perfect cake.
“My own cake decorating adventure started 10 years ago when my husband and I got married,” O’Donnell said. “My sister-in-law had just taken a cake decorating class and told me she would do my wedding cake if someday I would do hers. I thought I had a few years since she was only 17 but two years later she called to tell me she was engaged and it was time for me to keep my part of the bargain.”
O’Donnell signed up for a cake decorating class at Michael’s and took all three Wilton courses in two months to be ready for her first wedding cake. Her instructor, Anita Allen, recognized her talent and suggested she not only continue decorating cakes but apply to become a teacher.
“Teaching cake decorating classes for Wilton at Roberts and other places gave me, and still does give me, so much joy but after almost six years of teaching, I went to work at a bakery in American Fork for two years before starting my own business called ‘A Piece of Cake Utah,’ ” O’Donnell said. “I still teach community education classes with Nebo School District and UVU and at Goodies in Spanish Fork because I know there are people out there ready to discover their decorating talent.”
O’Donnell has a show on Spanish Fork channel 17 called “A Piece of Cake Utah” that airs daily from 9:30 to 11 a.m. You can see O’Donnell in action at www.youtube.com/apieceofcakeutah or www.katherineskreations.webs.com.