Sugar Artist

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.

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Safety Standards

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-19 Note

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.