I AM DRAGONS & DAFFODILS CAKES
My latest tutorial for Cakeflix
My name is Rhianydd and I am addicted to cake and sugarcraft!
It is true! I have been since I first picked up a book by Tombi Peck with the most exquisite realistic sugar flowers. I just couldn't believe this was possible and my love affair with sugarcraft began.
Student work at my class hosted by Shanghai Cakeart Studio
Where did it start?
I initially learnt from cake books such as Alan Dunn; Tombi Peck; Debbie Brown; Lesley Herbert and Lindi Smith. These incredible cake artists shared their skills and that is how I have always felt. I wanted to share what I too had learned with others that shared my passion.
Right from the beginning, every time I made a cake I was asked if I could make one for someone else, so in July 1999 Dragons & Daffodils Cakes was born.
Why the name?
At the time that was what I got asked to make the most.
At my first premises in Tonyrefail
On Roald Dahl Day
Moving to teaching?
Never could I have dreamed where this journey would take me. From humble beginnings in my home kitchen, I then moved to premises where we made over 3000 award-winning wedding cakes that regularly featured in magazines. This led me to writing tutorials and exhibiting and teaching in Exhibitions.
In 2014 I began competing at Cake International and am proud to have received multiple gold medals as well as best in category which led to me joining the judging team in 2017. I have since created three solo show features.
Training to judge at Cake International gave me so many opportunities and in 2019 I travelled to China to judge at the China selections of the FIPGC and to teach at the wonderful Shanghai Cakeart Studio
Judging the China Selections at the FIPGC
Teaching at the Shanghai Cakeart Studio
Cyril's Cake Adventure
2019 saw the release of my first book Cyril's Cake Adventure. It gave me the opportunity to give a little back to all the wonderful students I have had over the last 20 years by putting as much of the hints and tips I have picked up over the years into one woodland and whimsical book following Cyril the squirrels story.
I only started making cakes so that I could make them for my children, so my book has a children's story running through it. Each chapter page sees the next page in the story.
Dare to Dream
I mean that. You never know where your journey will take you.
It could be that you just want to make a fabulous cake for a loved one - and fantastic! What a dream!
I am here to support you every step of the way. I hope you will join me on my sugarcraft journey.
May it never end