Burgess didn’t start baking with the intent of becoming a professional. She simply wanted to bake a cake to celebrate her son Benjamin’s first birthday. At the time, Benjamin was obsessed with Mickey Mouse so Burgess decided to bake a two-tier Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake.
“I never decorated cakes, never made anything from scratch,” said Burgess, who dove headfirst into the culinary art. “When I took the cake to the party, people were like, ‘This is so cute! Where did you get it?’ I was like, ‘I made it!’”
“The next month, someone asked me if I could make their daughter’s first birthday cake,” she added. “That cake request turned into another and another and then all of a sudden, I was posting cakes on Facebook and Instagram, almost every week.”
And thus, a business was born. As Burgess shared her creations online, she continued honing her craft, learning the ins and outs of the Play-Doh-like fondant icing. Every day, she sculpted and baked, and sculpted and baked.
“It was about a year and a half after I started baking and putting everything online, that’s when the Food Network contacted me,” said Burgess, who successfully auditioned for the channel and was placed on a show. She spent 10 days in Los Angeles filming for the baking series. Her team won two of the three episodes in which they appeared.
“I came back, and I started, little by little, specializing in more reality-based cakes,” said Burgess. “I started looking into more specialized techniques and looking at finding a mentor and it just grew from there.”
As Burgess’ business grew, she continued making appearances on Food Network shows. Most recently, she appeared on Food Network Canada’s The Big Bake.