About Michelle Smith

Learn how to add various ruffle designs to your cakes at The Ultimate Sugar Show with Michelle Smith.Michelle has had a love of baking since the tender age of 3, after being inspired and nurtured by her Nanna who loved to cook and bake. Michelle’s cupcake hobby started to grow into something more about eight years ago, and then Cake Craze was born!

With a creative background in art and dance, Michelle decided to change course and pursue her love of cakes and decorating professionally, expanding her skills by attending classes at the renowned Planet Cake in 2011. After completing the full course, and numerous other classes taught by international and well-known Australian cake artists and pastry chefs, Michelle completed her Masters in Cake Decorating, and was offered an Internship, followed by a working role at Planet Cake. Being surrounded by such cake talent and mentors each day, Michelle was enthused and inspired to grow her business at home in Newcastle, and continue to learn all she could to build her confidence and skills.

Michelle has a passion for all things Weddings, which led her to specialise in wedding cakes and dessert tables. Michelle has also developed a range of cake decorating stencils for the past four years, and became a sponsor of the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS) in 2014. Michelle was a guest judge at the OSSAS in 2015 and 2017, invited by organiser and Australian cake matriarch, Kerry Vincent, also entering the Grand Wedding competition in 2017. Michelle also attended the NY Cake Show as an instructor and demonstrator, along with The America's Cake Fair in Orlando in 2017, and SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo in April 2018 (judge/ instructor/ demonstrator).

Cake Craze Wedding cake designs have been featured on two consecutive covers of Modern Wedding Cakes Magazine (Australia), and been featured on the cover, and within the Australian Cake Decorating Network Cake! Magazine (cakes and tutorials). American Cake Decorating's recent Wedding Trends Issue features Michelle's Vintage Glamour wedding cake, and also a stencilling tutorial (digital issue).

Cake Craze runs the yearly Cake, Bake & Sweets Show's Make & Take Classroom, teaching over 400 students in 18 mini classes over the three days of the show in both Sydney and Melbourne.

The passion and inspiration behind teaching for Michelle is all about guiding students in the right way and teaching them professional skills, starting with basic foundations that they can build upon. Michelle has a commercial premises with retail shop, production kitchen and custom-built classroom in Newcastle, and also has a youtube channel with online tutorials and a vlog series called Damn Sweet Honesty, giving a no BS view of everything cake and clients!