Meet Heather

I thought it might be nice to take some time to introduce you to the Sweet Heather Anne team.  I’m going to a blog entry about all three of us, but we will start with Heather since she is the owner and namesake of the business.  She also is going to be doing a Culinary U workshop at What’s Cooking Detroit this coming Saturday (March 2nd), so if you like what you hear you can check her out there–be sure to ask her about her love of spoons.   Carla HallMichelle BommaritoJohn Somerville of Lark, and many others will also be there.

Heather’s love for cake design stems from an education in art, a passion for food, and a childlike refusal to believe that there isn’t anything she cannot create.  While attending the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, she packed up her paintbrushes to study abroad in Florence. Though she had hoped that immersing herself in the realm of the Italian masters would rub off on her artistic prowess, she found herself more interested in the perfect foam atop my cappuccino.

Upon returning to the States, her new-found passion for food seeped into her art making. For my art school thesis, I dedicated myself to forming the same connection to food in Michigan that I had experienced in Italy. After working with food producers and artisans in the Ann Arbor area, she created a series of edible monuments to honor each one.

Before opening Sweet Heather Anne, she took time to carefully refine my craft: developing and refining her palate with Eve Aronoff at eve the restaurant and braving the Food Network’s Last Cake Standing as an assistant to Courtney Clark of Cake Nouveau.  As owner and cake designer at Sweet Heather Anne,  she loves what she does, and looks at each new cake as a challenge to create something beautiful that will make your day extraordinary.

Glimpse into the Sweet Heather Anne kitchen, and check out Heather in action: hand-painting a cake topper, decorating cookies, and making royal icing.

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Heather at work

Heather at Work

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Warm Up with Sweet Heather Anne Classes

I know I’ve written previously about my dislike of winter.  This year I’ve been making a more conscious effort to take a positive view of the biting cold and dark nights.  For one, it is a great excuse for sleeping in and staying at home.  I’ve been busily crossing items off my long to-do list, including remodeling my bathroom.  Winter, I’ve decided, is a time to focus on what’s important.

Here at Sweet Heather Anne winter means less large special event cakes which frees up some of our time for fun classes.  This winter we have some great classes scheduled.  The classes offer anyone interested in beautiful and tasty desserts to come, learn new techniques, and take home some tips from the pros.  This year’s class schedule covers a variety of cake and cookie decorating techniques, including all of the techniques pictured below.  Sweet Heather Anne

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For more information on how to learn any of these fabulous decorating techniques visit our web site or give us ring at 734.913.2025.  Private classes also make great birthday and bachelorette parties, as well as showers. We are looking forward to seeing your smiling face in one of our classes.

Classes Give a Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes

As the weather cools and we all slow down to rest for the winter the Sweet Heather Anne calendar opens up a bit, which allows us time to offer classes.  We love the opportunity to share our love of sweets and knowledge of decorating with you.

We kicked off this year’s classes with a Block M cookie decorating class for all of our Michigan fans.  In addition to a couple different cookie decorating classes, this year’s class list also includes a buttercream class where you’ll learn to do all four of our simply stunning buttercream finishes, and some basic and advanced fondant technique classes.  Tonight we are excited for our sold out Chocolate & Bubbly class where students will learn to make and dip cake truffles while sipping bubbly.

The classes are a great way to get a sneak peek behind the scenes at Sweet Heather Anne and to learn tricks of the trade which Heather and Claudia have picked up during their 8 plus years of combined experience.  Classes make great gifts, and are also perfect for private events like showers and bachelorette parties.

Here’s a sneak peak into the Block M cookie class, and a big shout-out to Abby Rose Photo for the gorgeous images.

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