I’m into cake. Like…digging into it with a fork, whenever possible. I used to be a professional cake decorator. Now I’m here to help you! I hope this blog will give all of you aspiring/expert cake decorators and business owners a renewed sense of purpose and some ideas to help you on your own cake journey. If I can help even just one person avoid the pain of the learning curve, my job here is done!

Lisa D - TalkSweetToMe.com

I heart baking - TalkSweetToMe.com

I’ve been baking ever since I can remember. There are pictures of me in the kitchen busily making sugar-filled treats around the age of 4 or 5. I remember baking most with my mom and my grandma, and they taught me right…bake from scratch and always use good ingredients.

Little Lisa baking - talksweettome.com

I am completely self-taught in the art of baking. Luckily enough, I got to learn from those amazing women. I also read cookbooks, scrutinized and tweaked plenty of recipes, experimented a lot, and am just perfectionist enough to (usually) measure things correctly.

A midwest girl at heart - TalkSweetToMe.com

I was born and raised in Iowa, and spent most of my formative years in Ames, where Iowa State University is (go Cyclones!). I like to tell people it’s between the O and the W on the IOWA map since it’s right in the middle of the state. (Insert giggle here.) It was a great place to live full of kind people, wonderful teachers, beautiful parks, great coaches, and plenty of fun things to do.

Moms garden - TalkSweetToMe.com

My mom’s amazing garden

My crazy career - TalkSweetToMe.com

My career has been a little wild and I wouldn’t have it any other way. While in college in Minnesota, I studied plant biology and studio art before heading down to the University of Georgia to earn my degree in Landscape Architecture.

Landscape Design - TalkSweetToMe.com

Between studio sessions, I decided to get my head out of the books and took some Wilton cake decorating classes at the local craft store. That’s when I fell (and fell hard!) in love with cake. One day, a classmate of mine said that I should open my own business since I so clearly enjoyed it. I laughed it off. Then thought about it. And thought about it some more. Until it finally became my dream.

Dream to reality - TalkSweetToMe.com

Before that dream became a reality though, I was in for some seriously hard work. First I was a landscape designer in Atlanta, then moved to Sydney, Australia. One day while walking around the suburb of Balmain, I saw an amazing cake shop:

PC Outside - TalkSweetToMe.com

Without even thinking I marched right in and asked to work there. They took one look at the little cakes from my Wilton class (probably laughed behind my back) and said I could start as an intern. I was thrilled.

Working - TalkSweetToMe.com

Eventually I worked my way up to becoming a full-time cake artist, and cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved going to work every day! It finally felt like I was home. While there, I learned so much from some truly amazing people. Anna-Maria, Handi, Jonny, Antony, Ritzy, and Paris – how I miss you all!

Planet Cake - TalkSweetToMe.com

My own business - TalkSweetToMe.com

After moving back to the U.S., I settled in Kansas City. Best city on the planet, in my humble opinion. Working again as a landscape designer, I started my cake business on the side before it became obvious that I needed to devote full-time hours (and then some!) to it. The business thrived and I loved baking cakes for special occasions as well as selling cake drops at exclusive retail locations.

Slice cakes - TalkSweetToMe.com

Several years later, I am now using my degree in landscape architecture as a park project planner, designing places for families to play and for people to be active. I totally love my job!

TSTM the beginning - TalkSweetToMe.com

Still though, I miss cake sometimes. That is why I’ve started Talk Sweet To Me. So I can share ideas and inspiration with you. So we can talk together about cake. So I can write without being edited (by anyone but myself). And so I have a creative outlet for all the cake-related ideas I still have bouncing around in my head…and hopefully they will help another cake decorator out there!

My life and love - TalkSweetToMe.com

I am lucky to be married to my best friend, Anthony. Our wedding was in the fall of 2011 and was such a fun day! Many people ask me if I baked my own wedding cake. The answer: heck no! Do I look stupid?! (Wait, don’t answer that.) Both Anthony’s family and mine are full of wonderful bakers. His mom and aunts came to town a few days early, and my mom and sister both contributed their favorites to create a cake buffet for us. We had some amazing flavors – think Italian Cream, White Chocolate Raspberry, Mocha Fudge, Butter Rum, Coconut, Margarita, Amaretto Butter, Lemon, etc. – all set out on antique cake stands. It was one of my favorite parts of the wedding…and guests are still talking about how good the cakes were!

Wedding - TalkSweetToMe.com

Spare time - TalkSweetToMe.com

When I’m not at work or writing here, I am usually spending time with my husband and kids, laughing with friends, reading a good book, creating the latest project from my Pinterest boards, painting something on a canvas, running/walking/biking/hiking/yogaing, baking or cooking, sewing a quilt, dancing and singing to good music, traveling somewhere fun, watching a movie with a happily-ever-after type ending, planning our upcoming landscape overhaul, and thinking about cake, dreaming about cake, baking cake, or eating cake.

Big Chair - TalkSweetToMe.com

My favorite chair in Sonoma, California

I’m so glad you’re here! Click around and be sure to say hello sometime!

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