Friday, August 29, 2014

Sugar Artist Spotlight: Amber Adamson

Sugar Artist Spotlight #1: Amber Adamson

I was recently introduced to Amber’s work and I was blown clear away! It was one design in particular that has made me a lifelong fan….her ice cream cone cake! Three gravity defying, quirky little ice cream scoops with happy faces, cheerleading on a cake with fluffy sugar ruffles. She had me. And I had to know who the genius was behind this cake. And let me tell you….Amber is as sweet and lovely as her cakes.

Introducing……..Amber Adamson from Top Tier Cakes for All Occasions!

Location: Wenatchee, WA
Facebook name/URL:
Twitter: Ambie_80
Instagram: ambertoptieradamson

***So who is Amber Adamson?***

I am a very down to earth person, who likes to laugh at everything. I haven't been doing cakes long. I started my cake journey in 2011, and it's been a really wild ride. When I started cakes, there were no Facebook groups to pull ideas from, or to go to in order to relate with other decorators. There were no tutorials, only a small handful of You Tube clips to learn from. It was literally me fast forwarding and rewinding all the episodes of Amazing Wedding Cakes, Charm City Cakes, and Cake Boss to see how did they do that?! I figured it couldn't be too hard, and was much like ceramics, in high school. Boy was I wrong. I picked up most of my basic fondant skills from my friend Teri Waymire who baked cakes for her family and friends. I remember asking her if I could PLEEEEASE, watch her or possibly help her. She allowed me to come and learn, and from there I just fell in love. My beginner cakes were hideous, but for some reason my friends loved them and I remember being so excited for my first paid order for a flip flop cake I made. 

Since that point, I've been on a roller coaster ride of cakes, both good and bad. Seems like each time I make a cake, I've learned 14 ways how I could have done it differently. I go to bed that night and think about how I should have done it, or pick it apart and want to make it better, and more appealing. The bad part is, I'll never make 'that' cake again, because I don't repeat designs. Each cake is a new challenge, a new approach to a look or feeling someone wants to evoke in cake. My job is to crystallize what they want into an edible medium. Not always an easy task, but a challenge I welcome.

***When did you start decorating?*** 
I started decorating in 2010 for family and friends and 6 months after that a local newspaper saw a cake I made, which was a Canon camera replica, and a Shelby Cobra, and wanted to do an article on me and my friend, that had decided to do cakes with me. We weren't yet ready to publish an article, because little did we know, you can't just make cakes and sell them without being licensed. So we scrambled and got all our t's and i's dotted and crossed, and started making cakes officially for the public in February of 2011.

***Where did you learn the art of cake decorating? ***
TV, You Tube and my friend Teri Waymire

***Do you have a signature style?***
Clean, thin fondant, light, ethereal if possible, and fun.

***What inspires you?***
So many things! As hard as it is to not see another cake and think, wouldn't it be cool if..... and then change it up, I still do that. I'm working towards not doing that. Greeting cards, and children's books are a great inspiration. Etsy and paintings I see are another inspiration. And as often as I make my weekly trips to Hobby Lobby, I ALWAYS see something there and think....OH CAKE! YES! MUST MAKE! Antique stores always do it for me as well.

***What is your favorite medium or technique to work with?***
I LOVE a mix of modeling chocolate and fondant. I love when it heals itself and has no lines, and no mistakes. It also tastes great together!

***What is your favorite decorating tool?**
Favorite tool...oh boy. So many. Paint brushes, sewing ruler, because you can see through it and get a straight cut each time, scalpel, and razor blades.

***What decorating tool on your wishlist?***
A good turntable. After 3 years, I still have the Wilton turntable and have yet to invest in a new one. And a 12" bench scraper. 

***What is the best class or tutorial that you have taken (free or paid, in person or online)?***
HANDS DOWN AVALON'S MOLD TUTORIAL! Best ever! So many dollars saved.

***What is your best tip or trick?***
Don't be afraid to tear down something you worked on and remake it because it wasn't quite right. It will make you a better decorator in the end.

***Who is your “Cake Crush”?***
Cake crush.... I feel like I have so many it's hard to say just one. I adore Avalon’s painting skills ( Avalon Cakes) She is legit. Kara Andretta's ( Kara's Couture Cakes) airbrushing skills and sculpted cakes could make a grown woman cry. Lizzo's (Artisan Cake Company) bust that she made awhile back makes me want to quit decorating altogether. Ha! Anyone with a clean cake, and non cluttered decorating sends me to my sketch pad. And that's the truth of it.


*** What is your best advicefor a beginner?***
Be patient. It doesn't happen overnight. PRACTICE!!!! I'm still a beginner. I still have so many things I want to do and make. 

***What is your favorite cake/filling flavors?***
Here and now, is where I admit, that I do in fact hate cake. I do. I'm sorry. I'm awful and should be beaten. But I need steak in my life like no other. My favorite recipe is Artisan Cake Company's Vanilla/Chocolate cake. Beyond. (Artisan Cake Company)

***Tell me some other interesting, fun info about yourself.***
It's hard for me to sit still. I can't sit and watch TV, or do one thing at a time. I HAVE to do several things at once. It's just the way I'm wired. I'm sure I drive my husband nutty.
Amber was recently featured in Cake Master's Magazine for a technique using shortening and edible dusting powder, an alternative to using airbrush or royal icing when stenciling.
Click here for the free tutorial!  ----->
ACP - Amber's Creamy Powder Method:


Thank you Amber! It was a pleasure getting to know you and I can’t wait to see your next masterpiece! ♥

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