About Ernest Strickland
Ernest B. Strickland is an up-and-coming cake and sweets artist from North Carolina. Completely self-taught, Ernest started from knowing absolutely nothing about the industry, as he stumbled upon his love for the artistry by total accident. After discovering that he'd stumbled across something he was good at, he began making cakes and sweets from home.
Half a year later, in November 2016, he and his partner, Justin Herring, joined forces, left their corporate jobs behind, and opened Sugar Art Custom Cakes and Sweets, located in Lumberton, North Carolina. Since then, they have won awards such as 2017 Best of Robeson - Best Bakery, by Robeson Living Magazine, after only being open for four months when voting took place! Their storefront has blossomed into an absolute success. So much that they quickly outgrew their space and after only a few months, and they're in the midst of planning a move to an even bigger location!
In less than two years, Ernest has absorbed every piece of knowledge, every word of advice, and taken every opportunity possible to help him become an impeccable and well-rounded sweets artist. He feels that he has been extremely blessed and fortunate to have the opportunities that he's been given over these last few years. From national projects, to creating a cake for clientele such as celebrity R&B artist K. Michelle, these past two years have been incredible for him personally and professionally.
Ernest also teaches cake sessions at colleges in his hometown, holds children’s cake classes at Sugar Art Custom Cakes and Sweet, and offers a wide variety of online sweets tutorials.
It's Ernest's hope that each student will walk away with so many lessons learned and with more knowledge and skills to help them build a business that prospers beyond belief.