Marilyn Bawol

Marilyn Bawol

Unique Cakes

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A natural-born artist, Marilyn thrives on combining her sculpture and painting skills with her baking talents to create an art form that others can enjoy as much as she can. She brings the latest cake artistry skills to Unique Cakes, and continues to study innovative cake design techniques under nationally-renowned cake masters. As the Owner and Creative Director of Unique Cakes, she focuses on the unusual in wedding cakes, three dimensional sculpted cakes and blown and pulled sugar amenities.

Marilyn has been featured in national cake decorating publications and has had the honor of applying her talents in sugar art and three-dimensional sculpted cakes for high profile cake commissions, where guests of honor have included circuit court judges and Gov. Sarah Palin. Her detailed eagle cake won first place in the Professional Sculpted Cake Division at the National Capital Area Cake Show in 2013 and she was a competitor in last year’s Pastry Live. For a full gallery of her cake photos visit For a full gallery of her cake photos visit www.UniqueCakes.biz.

Unique Cakes

2013 Art of Cake Competitors

Without further delay, we’re excited to announce the cake artists competing in Pastry Live’s 2013 Art of Cake!

  • Marilyn Bawol, Unique Cakes, Bealeton, VA
  • Joseph Cumm, EdenJoesCakery, York, PA
  • Dawn Davis, Dawn Bakes Cakes, Cumming, GA
  • Matthew J. Dyer, Culinard Culinary Institute of Virginia College, Birmingham, AL
  • Veronica Estrada, Sugar Benders Bakery, Marietta, GA
  • Gretchen George, Le Cordon Bleu, Tucker, GA
  • Janet Hurley, JJ Pastries by Design, Chicago, IL
  • Frederick Isla, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
  • Christine Johns-Harris, Not a Crumb! Exquisite Cakes, Atlanta, GA
  • Herlina S. Kwee, Piedmont Driving Club, Atlanta, GA
  • Ramona Oskirka, Perfect Wedding Cake, Marietta, GA
  • Jessie Anne Reilly, Take the Cake Decor, Somerset, KY
  • Jaime VanderWoude, Lund Food Holdings, Inc. (Byerly’s), Edina, MN
  • Andrea Webster, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Denver, CO
  • Sara Hardy Williams, The Cakehouse at Waterstone, Acworth, GA

Congratulations to each! This year we’ve been able to welcome even more talented artists to compete and combined with the theme of “Art Nouveau” some truly beautiful works of art are sure to be created.

Dawn Joy Stoika

Dawn Joy Stoika

Cake Decorator and Designer

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
Nashville, TN

A Tennessee native, Dawn Joy Stoika became interested in the art of cake decorating after graduating Union University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Through practice and courage, she left the corporate world and started working at a bakery in downtown Nashville. After 4 years she advanced to Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention center as lead cake decorator and designer. It is there where she perfected her skill in piping and sculpture. It is Dawn Joy’s eye for detail, creative designs, and eloquent scroll work that has made her shine bright.Continue reading

Katharina Craine

Katharina Craine

Katharina’s Cakes

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Katharina Craine began her pastry journey by learning at the feet of her grandmother in small town Germany. Surrounded by proficient bakers, she quickly developed a love for cakes and a very discerning set of taste buds.

After moving to Atlanta in her pre-teens, Katharina began sharing these old recipes with others, and eventually decided to pursue pastry as a career. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta and moved halfway across the country to intern with Chef Bronwen Weber of Frosted Art Bakery in Dallas, TX. It was there that she truly fell in love with cake decorating, and she stayed at Frosted Art as a cake artist well past her internship.

Katharina eventually returned to Atlanta, where she honed her skills at some of the best bakeries and restaurants in the South. She branched out on her own to open Katharina’s Cakes–a custom cake shop serving the Atlanta area–in late 2011.

Ever-evolving in her craft, Katharina is always looking for new and innovative ways to combine her unique design aesthetic with classic flavors and pastry techniques. Her work has been showcased in various bridal magazines and on television, but most importantly at special events all across Atlanta.

To see more of Katharina’s work, visit http://www.katharinascakes.com

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