My current profession began as a happy little accident… or maybe the will of the universe…? Anyway, I, Kenya Brooks, owner and cake artist, have always had an appreciation and love for all things artistic. To explore that interest I studied fine arts at the University of Georgia and following graduation worked as an interior designer at a Georgia architecture firm. However, my days in interiors were cut short when the economy crashed and burned and I thought that my artistic future might take the same turn. I know. So melodramatic, right? Then one day my mother-in-law asked me to take a cake decorating class with her at a small bakery in north Georgia. I thought it might be a fun distraction from my current reality so I did. As the classes went on I discovered a new love. This was a field in which I could combine all of my interests. I was sculpting, painting, drawing, and putting to use some pent up creativity. I found that in making cakes I had so much creative freedom which is great because I really don’t like restrictions and maybe have a small problem with authority, so my family says. Ha! I began making cakes for birthdays and small occasions and before I knew it people were actually paying me to play with sugar. SUPER! Now most days I am up to my elbows in flour and sugar and am loving every minute of it. I have a lot of cakes under my belt now and am so proud to have recently been published in an international cake magazine! I also just have to mention my very cute, very sweet little helper, Miss Veda Wren Brooks. She is still in training but is really blossoming and is on what is probably a very short list of 4-year-olds that prefer fondant to play-doh. I am so proud:) Photo shout out to Jaime at Our Ampersand Photography (heart).
I love to make pretty cakes. Making things makes me happy.