As a little girl accompanying her parents to wedding receptions, Cynthia was always fascinated with wedding cakes and it would be the first thing she would look for. She admired the art work of the swirls and zigzags that accented such an exquisite sugar marvel. It wasn’t until 1983 that Cynthia began decorating cakes after her sister-in-law, Mary Lee, brought home a cake she had decorated at a class offered by a local store. She saw decorating cakes as an opportunity to make some extra money as a single parent. With only $5 to her name, she purchased a decorating kit and a friend gave her a 1981 Wilton Yearbook. From that very yearbook (which she still has today as a reminder of how far she has come), she taught herself how to decorate cakes for co-workers, friends and family. In 1990, after realizing cake decorating was her calling, she enrolled in a professional class at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating in Chicago to learn more about making royal and gumpaste sugar flowers.
The rest is history.