Our Creative Director, Caitlin Mitchell did an interview with the Courier Mail’s for their QWeekend Magazine. Read the interview below:

It was the movie¬†Bridesmaids that did it. Caitlin Mitchell (above), of Annerley in Brisbane’s inner south, was watching a scene in the 2011 film where a cake decorator whips up an impressive sugar art cupcake in her kitchen. Mitchell, a travel agent and former ski tour manager who was “at a crossroads in life”, immediately took note. “The lead actress [Kristen Wigg] made this beautiful little cupcake right in the middle of the movie. When I saw that scene, I wanted to learn how to do that,” she says, “I’ve always enjoyed baking and had dabbled in decorating my own cakes, but it hadn’t occurred to me that I could do cake decorating as a business.”

 

Mitchell signed up for a butter cream cake-decorating class, followed by several classes hosted by Toowoomba-based cake decorator Mary Reid. Reid, who has become Caitlin’s mentor, recognised Mitchell’s talent and invited her to fill a spot on a British cake-decorating tour in 2012. While there, Mitchell entered her fourth-ever cake in the British Sugarcraft Guild International Cake Expo at Telford and received a “commended”. It was her first award and she was thrilled. Now, almost three years after attending her first decorating class, she works part-time in travel and has set up her own cake-decorating business, A Little Cake Place, which she runs out of her parents’ Annerley home.

 

In March Mitchell will return to Britain to compete in a major event called Cake International¬†– The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show – in London, as well as attend new skills training. This year’s Ekka will be her third as a cake-decorating entrant. Mitchell has created three cakes, including a three-tier contemporary wedding cake in an intermediate section and a two-tier contemporary cake in novice. “Eventually, I’d like to make cakes full-time and train other people too,” she says. “Decorating cakes for a living would be a dream come true.”

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