Almost 40 years ago, a cake decorating teacher was trying to recruit students in front of a Montgomery Ward’s store in Oklahoma. I really wasn’t interested, but decided to keep my friend company. The instructor was excellent, which got me excited to sign up for the following course also. And the one after that. And enter the cake decorating contest. And join the local cake club. And go to ICES conventions. I started doing a few paying gigs, but mostly just for family and friends.
I moved to Utah about 30 years ago, and found a group of cake decorating lovers like myself to surround myself with. I never became serious enough to start a business, but my husband decided to build a shed that he attached to our house, so I could store all the “stuff” I just HAD to get after seeing the professionals demonstrate their talents at a show. (After getting home I wondered, “What the heck is that, and what am I supposed to do with it?”)
Anyway, I mainly like to involve myself in the cake decorating community to learn all the amazing techniques people use and have developed. Although today I really don’t do many cakes, I still enjoy it, especially when it’s only occasionally, and when I’m able to dazzle my friends and family with the things I’ve learned over the years, thanks to the generosity of others who are always to willing to share because they care!
Chantal Fairbourn is the founder and director of the Sugar Artists of Utah Show. She is an ICES Certified Sugar Art Judge and former Utah ICES Representative. She is also the owner of Chantal’s Cakes and Desserts, a custom cake studio in Draper, UT. Chantal’s love of baking and the arts began early. Her mother created fantastic desserts while her father created glorious oil paintings. For over thirty years, she has been passionately involved in the sugar art industry. She also has more than ten years of professional experience in the event industry. The Sugar Artists of Utah Show is a culmination of her experience. Chantal’s membership with the International Cake Exploration Societe’ provided many opportunities for her to expand her knowledge in various aspects of the industry. Chantal’s goals with this organization ignited her desire to begin an annual sugar art show in Utah. Chantal’s work has been featured in various cake-related publications. She enjoys teaching sugar art classes both privately and professionally. She is passionate about all aspects of the sugar arts. The Sugar Artists of Utah Show provides Chantal with an opportunity to share awareness of the industry with the public, to help others to expand and perfect their skills, to provide opportunities for innovators to share, and to expand her network of friends that share her passion from all over the world.
Brette Hawks is a home based Utah cake artist who specializes not only in artistic buttercream cake design, but also mentors fellow bakers on the ins and outs of being in business and how to have a sustainable & profitable baking operation from home. Her cake creations can be found on Instagram at @hobblecreekcakeco, and her insights, advice, tutorials and tips on how to run a successful baking business can be found at @the.outofhome.baker.
Tyler is professionally trained with a Bachelor degree in Culinary Arts. He has taught baking and cake decorating formally and informally for years. He has spent a number of years working in artisan baking and pastry producing a variety of baked goods, wedding cakes, and plated desserts. Eventually he moved into catering management and event planning. All the while still producing wedding and special occasion cakes. While his career has moved in a different direction, he still enjoys producing cakes for family and friends, and others who need it. He also enjoys offering professional advice for any looking to get into cakes, baking, catering, or event planning.
Emerlie Ann Miller is a local award winning Cake Artist, Sugar Artist, Pastry Chef, and Content Creator of Utah who owns My Sugar Rush. She spent several years as a self-taught cake decorator, before gaining additional experience at a Harmon’s grocery store and the popular Cupcake Wars winning bakery One Sweet Slice. From there she moved to Toronto to earn a Confectionary Arts Diploma from Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts – A small scale, world-renown cake college. Emerlie learned the professional art of baking and decorating cakes and other pastries from current professionals in the industry who are the masters of their art. Shortly after returning home from school, she started decorating cakes on her own to what is now known as My Sugar Rush. Emerlie is passionate to teach advanced cake decorating techniques in a variety of mediums she has picked up from 10+ years of experience. She is also a 3 time Food Network competitor, and recent Food Network Champion on season two of The Big Bake. As seen on Santa’s Baking Blizzard (2019), and Holiday Wars (2020) as a Sugar Artist and Pastry Chef.
Muyly started her own wedding and event planning business in 2011, The Muyly Miller Company. Under her company, she has branched into a host of lifestyle interests, including food and baking. She has been asked to appear on a number of local, daytime TV shows to share her knowledge . Her most recent, and ongoing, passion is teaching cake decorating classes to sold-out groups at a local wine bar, taking her classes to Cache Valley with the sold out groups Her baking won a blue ribbon at the Utah State Fair cake contest, and she most notably, commissioned to do a cake for Governor Herbert and the First Lady for a private event.
I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. That is exactly what happened! After graduating with a Bachelors in art, I went on to be a potter for over 10 years. After my 3rd child was born, I switched to cake decorating and have been doing that ever since! I love the art and joy it brings to others.