While neither a crafts person or baker, it was Menlo Park resident Amy Bayersdorfer who took the cake, so to speak, at the American Craft Council show, which wrapped up a weekend stay in San Francisco today.
Amy had seen a notice inviting bakers to make cakes inspired by artworks created by participating Council artists and inquired about how to participate. She then learned that the program was aimed at professional bakers.
“I’ve baked some interesting cakes over the years, but they’ve mainly been for my daughter’s birthday parties,” she explains. “Once I baked a hamburger cake, another time a cake that looked like flip flops.
“For the Council cake, I selected an enamel pin by artist Michele Friedman to duplicate. I used molded, melted sugar on top along with butter cream frosting and fondant. One layer of the cake is yellow cake and the other is chocolate.”
What Amy refers to as her “15 minutes of fame” came when the SF Weekly selected her cake to feature in its story of the various jewelry cakes baked for the Council show.
“I was the only amateur baker represented so it was really fun,” she says. “While I can’t imagine supporting myself baking, I sure love it!”