Edible Artist on the Rise

By Gracie Prainito

Hi my name is Gracie. The reason I am writing this is because I want to tell you why I like to bake. I like to bake because I get to bake with my mom and spending time with my Mom is great fun. She has taught me everything I know and I guess that’s why I enjoy it so much. I started baking when I was five and I just turned 9 in September.

Fondant is my favorite! You can create many great things with fondant.  When my Mom pulls out the gumpaste and fondant I know it’s going to be a great day.  I remember not too long ago my Mom was working on an Angry Birds cake – she had to make all the characters right down to the pig.   She allowed my brother Frank and I to join in the fun which started a little friendly competition.  We both decided to make an angry bird, and have our Aunt Cheri Judge the best of the three.  Well of course my Mom won but I came in second, and my poor brother took dead last.  It was a ton of fun and you can really create anything you can imagine with some fondant and a little imagination. 

Mom’s on the far right, Frank’s in the middle, and Me on the left!!

I have found I can create anything out of fondant. give me a textured mat  and it’s Christmas all over again.  I especially love to make cupcakes and decorate them with buttercream, and edible glitter.

So have you guessed who my Mom is yet? That’s right! It is Joanne Prainito one of the founders of Edible Artists Network.

Gracie is our youngest Local Beat Reporter and is a third grader in Addison, IL. If you have any questions for her please email us at cheryl@edibleartistsnetwork.com and we will be sure to forward your questions to her.

My favorite dessert to eat is my Mom’s French Silk Pie. My favorite holiday dessert is Christmas cupcakes with a handmade Santa on top, my friend just gobbled them up.  When I bake I feel great because I feel like I can do anything.  Did you know that my mom met BUDDY on Cake Boss?  And that’s the reason why I like to bake.