Cake Decorating & Edible Art Classes
Cake Decorating & Edible Art Classes

Laurie Clarke, Owner and Primary Instructor

Laurie Clarke, Owner and Primary Instructor of SweetCelebrations.US lives in Gilroy, California with her husband and their two kids (who are very sweet, even though they are in their teens!)  She has been decorating since 1997 and teaching since 2004.  She enjoys, more than anything, the creative aspect of decorating - using household items as decorating tools and re-purposing hardware.  Her specialty is creating edible art that can be mistaken for the real thing.  Laurie's goal is to teach aspiring decorators everywhere that "not everything is as difficult as it looks.  A few things are, but it's as important to find the courage to try them as it is to succeed."


She is Founder and President of the Sweet Things of Silicon Valley Cake Club, a Past President of the Fremont Frosters Cake Club and long time member of the California Cake Club.  She has demonstrated decorating techniques many times, participated in live competitions (including Food Network's Sugar Dome), and has judged cake shows statewide. Laurie has learned from instructors far and wide, many well-known from their competitions on Food Network, TLC and WE TV or published works.  

Food Network's "Sugar Dome: A Dragon's Tale"

Tutorials & Recipes from SweetCelebrations.US Cake Decorating and Edible Art Classes in the South Bay Area, California-- Private Lessons Available #SweetCelebrationsUS #xLaurieClarkex in The Sugar Dome: "A Dragon's Tale"

Laurie was a contestant on a Food Network show!  In THE SUGAR DOME three teams were created by the producers and consisted of a Cake Artist, a Sugar Artist, and another "surprise" Artist of any technique or medium.  In Episode 1: "A Dragon's Tale" Laurie was paired with Cake Artist Giovanna Smith of Sugar Art Studio and Animatronics Expert Bob Newton of CreatureFX Inc.  Due to some confusion Laurie needed to serve as the Sugar Artist for "Team Vicious and Delicious".


She has this to say about the entire adventure:

"It still seems totally surreal to me.  From the time I got the first 'Can you audition for us?' phonecall to the time of the competition was only four weeks.  Everything happened in the blink of an eye.  Would I do it again....? That depends.  Can I be the Cake Artist this time?  Can I lead the team? Can I choose my Sugar Artist?  Will I have to compete against Bronwen Freakin' Weber again??!  For an "arch nemesis" she's really sweet, but she's been in more than 25 televised cake competitions!  Honestly, it would be kindof nice to show what I really can do as a Cake Artist, and having learned the ins-and-outs of the way shows like these are produced I'd have a better chance of preparing well, getting more than 1 hour of sleep before "game time" and planning our tasks - even if our third teammate was still a complete surprise.  Someday I fully intend to learn enough about mechanics and programming to make a 'living dragon' cake/display of my own.  Glowing eyes, moving neck, folding and stretching wings: the works!  I'm about halfway there - I can do lighting, wiring, modeling/sculpting cake and chocolate and I can make edible, posable wings.  Automated fire eludes me for now, but I can do dry ice 'breath' and lights with manual activation.  Wish me luck!"


The Sugar Dome:  Episode I, "A Dragon's Tale" is hard to find online- Food Network is very quick to flag it for copyright reasons.  If you'd really like to see it send us an email and we'll let you know how you can watch! Join the conversation on Twitter #sugardome  #adragonstale #teamviciousanddelicious #sweetcelebus or Follow Sugar Dome on Facebook



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