Hi! I am the TJ, the baker and cake decorator behind Teal Velvet Bakery. I am an award winning and Wilton certified sugar artist who has been baking and decorating cakes and cookies since I was 15 years old.
As a teenager, I began decorating wedding cakes for competition for 4-H and open class (going up against adults) at the county fair. My cakes have won many grand prizes at the county and state levels. I have also done several live demonstrations and live competitions!
When I was a young adult, I served as a cook at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At that time, they had their own talented cake decorator, a Japanese man named Soichi. Since his bakery was located just behind my work station in the kitchen, it was very convenient to pop in a hundred times a day to watch what he was decorating! I often assisted him in his cake decorating and learned a lot of unique techniques.
Nowadays, I am a homeschooling stay-at-home mom, writer, and home-based cake decorator running my business under Colorado state’s Cottage Foods Act.
Safety is beyond important to me! I am an OCD germophobe so I wash my hands many, many times a day, and I keep all of my surfaces (especially those in the kitchen) squeaky clean.
I am also up to date with my State Food Safety food handlers certification and regularly practice commercial kitchen food safety procedures while working with food of any kind.
COVID facts (such as its not being able to transmit on surfaces nor be contracted by eating) combined with my ridiculously immaculate cleanliness skills (seriously, guys, I sterilize all groceries and mail as it comes in the house now)–means my products are safe. Also, during pickup or delivery, I wear a mask and keep my hands clean to ensure you’re safe.