I’m constantly inspired by the amazing work of other bakers!! The passion that these people have for baking shines in their creations, and I can’t describe how wonderful it is to see the excitement and enthusiasm others have in the kitchen. Below is a short list of the many bakers who inspire me day in and day out!!

Sally McKenney – Sally’s Baking Addiction: Sally’s recipes are always winners, and she has written several (amazing) baking books! She was the first blogger I followed, way back before I even started baking! I have so much respect and admiration for her.

Yolanda Gampp – How to Cake It: Yolanda is simply an incredible cake maker!! Her cakes are literally show stopping, and her YouTube videos are so entertaining. She is a rockstar, and has inspired so many bakers out there to get in the kitchen and have fun.

Matt Adlard – Topless Baker: I had the pleasure of meeting Matt at a Food Network event, and he is just as fun IRL as he is on YouTube and Instagram! His intricate and stunning pastries are so fun to watch come together, and his commentary around their ideation and execution are the best.

Molly Yeh – My Name is Yeh: I was able to meet Molly in person at an event this year, and I just about fainted!! Her blog, cook book, AND baking show are all so uniquely her. Her positive and bright spirit shine through in everything she does, and she is so humble and sweet! Did I mention she bakes with the most unique flavors?! Her recipes are amazing!

Georgia – Georgias Cakes – Georgia is such a sweetheart!! We first were IG friends, then became friends in real life, and I am so happy the internet brought us together! Georgia is a classically trained pastry chef, and her style of decorating cakes is jaw dropping. There’s something so delicate and cheerful about each of her cakes. Everytime I see one of her cakes, I instantly know it’s hers.

Joy Wilson – Joy the Baker: I haven’t met Joy before, but I religiously follow her on Instagram, and love her style! It seems so natural, and I think she is a creative genius. I mean, Drake on Cake?!?! Straight up fire. I love seeing her creations, and her food styling always stops me in my tracks.

38 thoughts on “Inspiration

  1. Love your cakes! You might find My Cupcake Addiction Elise Strachan a great inspiration as well. Do you have a sign up for following?

  2. Hi! Your cakes are so beautiful!
    I have an assortment of pans, but unfortunately only 2 are the same. I’m having trouble finding sets of 3 or more that are the same size. Is there a set that you like, or do you buy pans individually?

  3. I have learned so much from you! I just bake for family and friends but so far this is only the 4th cool cake I’ve made and I look forward to more of your videos to learn more because I still have a good amount to learn! JLT7HB

  4. I’m an investment banker by day who bakes on weekends to relax. You’re cakes are not only beautiful, but taste delicious! I just made your Chocolate Chip Cannoli Cake yesterday for friends who returned from Italy. It was an all-time hit! You’re such an inspiration. Thanks to you my level of stress had decreased. Making your cakes relaxes me and boosts my confidence. Thank you!

    1. So happy to hear that the cannoli cake was a hit Michelle!!!

      I really do find baking relaxing too! Happy I’m not the only one out there who uses it to relieve stress πŸ™‚ And I so agree, there is nothing more satisfying then making a beautiful cake from scratch!! Happy baking <3

  5. Hi Chels! First off I love your work sooo talented! I have watched pretty much every video you create, but have not seen anything on if you freeze your cakes then frost them next day? Or so you bake cake and frost same day? I’m wanted to attempt to make my daughters bday cake. I would like to make/bake cake one day then frost next day. Do you have any tips/tricks for freezing cakes to keep freshness best? Thanks so much! ?

  6. I’ve been following your cake designs for quite a while and I had an idea for a series of cakes: All of these are inspired from my home country of Belize: the great blue hole with a deep dark blue centre in the cake, a jaguar’s fur pattern, a toucan’s colours, a scarlet Macaw’s colours, the barrier reef with its colourful tropical fish.

  7. Hi! I love your video’s on Instagram. i am just wondering.. You seem to only work with mainly buttercream fillings. Now i find that using a buttercream filling doesn’t taste very good. When i make it it tastes great, but when I leave it overnight in the fridge it’s all hard. I leave the cake out for 2 hours before cutting it, but still it’s relatively hard.
    Do you have any solutions for this? Thanks so much!

    1. most buttercream does crust, which is what I think you’re talking about! it’s hard to avoid this with most buttercream, but American buttercream def crusts the most (it has the highest amount of sugar). you could try a Swiss meringue buttercream, which might crust less! <3

  8. Today i made your Chocolate Layer Cake and Whitpped Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. It was my test run as i am making a birthday cake for a 2year old birthday party in 2 weeks with construction trucks on top of the cake. I would like the icing to be dark to look like dirt. I will be decorating the cake with candies to look like rocks and construction trucks “digging” in the cake. Can you make a commendation? I looked through your library and could not find a “darker” icing. I did add some Choc Brown AmeriColor but really want it to be almost as dark as the Choc layer Cake.

    Thank you for your advise!


    1. sure! i’d recommend adding in a lot more cocoa, or black cocoa!! black coca will definitely deepen the shade, and adding both black cocoa and regular baking cocoa plus a bit of additional heavy cream will help get you the color you’re after πŸ™‚

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