ABOUT - Maria Cahill, The Artful Caker
Hello there and welcome to my page!
So, let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself! My love for Sugarcraft started way back in my grandmother's kitchen. I was no more than 4 or 5 years old when she first thought me how to make a rhubarb tart. I have such vivid memories of watching wide eyed as she showed me all the different techniques for sealing the pastries edge. I remember my amazement at how beautiful designs could be created by using a simple knife or fork. I didn't have a name for it, I didn't know what it was but it encompassed my two loves, baking and art. I was fascinated, I was hooked and I yearned to learn more!
However, when the time came to decide on my path in life, the opportunity to spend a year of my degree studying in France was too appealing and I turned my back on all things Cake and Art and instead decided to complete a degree in International Business and French. This in turn eventually led me to a fabulous 14 year career working for Levi Strauss across the UK and Ireland. Where I got to visit some wonderful cities across Europe and gained a wealth of sales, marketing and management experience.
Nevertheless, all good things must come to an end and in 2015, after the birth of my fourth child, I opted to take a career break and spend some much needed time with my little ones! Motherhood re-ignited my passion for baking and opened my eyes to the world of cake art! I developed my techniques by making countless novelty birthday cakes for my kids and numerous wedding cakes for close friends and family members. Many weekends were spent at sugar craft courses and many late nights were spent trawling through you tube tutorials! I was hooked! In January 2019, after a massive kick up the tail end from a wonderful friend, The Artful Caker was born! I am proud to say, that my little business has since flourished into a thriving home cake design studio, where taste, design and service are upheld in equal measure. I am based in the idyllic countryside just outside of Thurles in Co. Tipperary.
The Artful Caker is registered with the Environmental Health Executive of Ireland.
My cakes have also Featured in "ONE FAB DAY".