We're thrilled to have the wonderful Shelby Bower as the second chat in our Cookie Competitor Series on July 27 (10 am central)! Shelby is an incredibly talented young cake decorator who's crossed over into cookies and competitions in just the last two years. And she's done remarkably well with both, as you'll see in her long list of competition wins below (which includes two second-place finishes in Julia M. Usher's Cookie Competition when it was held at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show)!
In this chat, we'll learn how Shelby preps for competitions and juggles the competitive side of decorating with running a full-time cake business. Of course, any other cake or cookie decorating questions are fair game as well.
To help formulate your questions for Shelby, please read her bio (below). Please also review the following chat guidelines. We look forward to "seeing" you on July 27!
(1) Feel free to enter advance questions now by following the instructions at the top of this chat page. (As always, it's super helpful for questions to be logged early, so our guests are able to prepare answers beforehand and to field more questions during live chat time.)
(2) Please note that any advance questions will reveal one at a time, in the order received, only after the chat goes live. Do not expect questions or answers to appear immediately.
(3) Last but not least, as with all of these chats, you have a special opportunity to see inside the minds of some extremely talented decorators, so I encourage you to do your homework before jumping on the chat. Again, please review Shelby's bio and other information below.
Shelby Bower is a cake designer and sugar artist, who is rapidly rising to the top of her field with her outside-of-the-box designs, gravity-defying structures, and creative textures. Shelby’s work demonstrates that cake design is a beautiful art form with infinite possibilities.
Born in Houston, Texas, Shelby quickly grew to the substantial height of 6 feet tall. Originally following the modeling path, Shelby left that world behind when she decorated her first cake, and hasn’t looked back since. Interning with a small fashion label in Los Angeles where she worked directly with celebrities, Shelby became well versed in the design and creative process. It was around that time that she decided to combine her love of fashion and sculpting with the art of cake decorating.
Throughout her artistic career, Shelby has had the opportunity to attend a multitude of workshops led by cake icons, as well as the University of North Texas for Fashion Design, Animation, and Painting.
For four years, Shelby proudly served as the lead cake designer for a custom wedding cakery, where she specialized in sculpted cakes, sugar art, and handmade sugar flowers. In 2016, she decided to launch her own cake design business, Shelby Elizabeth Cakes. Shortly after opening her own business, she started to teach cake decorating classes and launched a YouTube channel, The Sugar Scoop, to share her craft.
In the short time that Shelby has owned Shelby Elizabeth Cakes, she has become a leader in over-the-top wedding cakes in the Houston market and beyond. Shelby loves traveling for clients to create their ideal cakes.
And, in case you were wondering, here's a peek at her second-place entry in Julia's 2017 competition:
Cookie and photo credits: Shelby Bower