The Cakeologist: A science based column to troubleshoot your cake and decorating problems away. Created and written by pastry and cake industry pro, food science nerd, and food artist Kara Andretta.
Kara Andretta is a cake and sugar art instructor teaching live and online. She has appeared in multiple magazines and is the creative chaos behind karascouturecakes.com blog and Pro Cake University – The Professional Learning Place for All Things Cake. In a previous life (or when she was a spring chicken) she studied to be a fine arts teacher for school aged children. Now, a two-time graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and former intern with Ron Ben-Israel Cakes in New York City, she currently resides in her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and three boys. She is a homeschooling mom, average knitter, lover of all things food science, and a Harry Potter nerd. She’s also been referred to as a crazy cat lady, but she unconvincingly denies those accusations.
Business-Minded: Business of Baking expert and book author Michelle Green gives our readers insight into the issues facing small- to mid-sized business owners including marketing, hiring, pricing and much more.
Michelle Green is the sole author of the Business of Baking blog. A qualified pastry chef, Michelle owned a custom cake company for over ten years before deciding to sell it so she could become a full time mentor in the baking industry. She works as a consultant to a number of baking businesses and as a writer and educator to the food business industry. In 2016 Michelle published her first book which is available for purchase both in print and electronically. She has been featured in, or written for, a number of industry publications and websites globally including Family Circle, Cakes Decor, Cookie Connection and more. Additionally, Michelle teaches live baking business classes all over the world and is a Craftsy instructor.
The Art of Buttercream: Buttercream expert and all-around cake enthusiast Kerrie Wyer of Viva La Buttercream shares her tips, tricks, hacks and insights on all things buttercream. Kerrie shows the versatility of buttercream, with hands-on tutorials, delicious recipes and inspiring projects.
Kerrie Wyer is a Buttercream Artist, Writer, Blogger, and inciter of shenanigans. She creates buttercream art, tutorials and recipes, from her gloriously crazy home studio in Sydney, Australia. Her work has been featured by many international cake magazines and she is thrilled to be the resident buttercream expert at American Cake Decorating Magazine.
Kerrie chose to specialize in buttercream, because “buttercream speaks to me. Not in a literal sense, that would be Craaaazy! (sssh! They’re on to us!) Ahem, I digress.” She is owner and founder of Viva La Buttercream, where she shares her knowledge, enthusiasm, passion, and unique brand of tomfoolery, with anyone willing to learn, regardless of skill level. Kerrie believes that ANYONE can create their own buttercream art, with the right ingredients and a little know how.
Where Bakers Fear to Tread: Derek Aimonetto guides our readers through traditional techniques. Demystifying art forms such as Lambeth and Nirvana, and breaking these complex, much admired, but feared, techniques into easy and digestible lessons that even the novice decorator can understand.
Derek owns Sweet Life Cakes, Cookies, and Confections in Madison, WI. He has been baking for more than 15 years and also teaches baking, pastry arts and cake decorating in the Madison area.