Candace Chand of Beau Petit Cupcakes is the definition of a sugar artist. Her natural and sophisticated style has produced a cake collection of Avant-garde and exquisite beauties. She has command in transforming modern styles into effortless works of sweet art – and we can’t wait to see what's next for this rising cake star!
Brief history of your business and how you got to where you are today?
Born and raised on the beautiful Islands of Fiji, I moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2001 and pursued my studies in Business Administration and Marketing. Though always having worked in the corporate world, my love of baking and crafting started in my early teens. After getting married and having two sons, I naturally always baked and decorated for them, whether it was for birthdays or for school functions. Needing an extra creative outlet for myself, I looked into cake decorating seriously and through the love and support of my husband and sons, I took my cake decorating hobby to the next level.
After a couple of years of taking and working on outside orders, I started demonstrating and teaching cake decorating. Apart from being a proudly recognized Satin Ice "Artist of Excellence," I am also a Magazine Partner with DIY Weddings Magazine for their cake section. I am an international cake decorating instructor and have many projects/classes coming up. I also have my own line of cake stencils, cutters and molds on Beau Petit Cupcakes.
Throughout my cake career, I have been featured in the DIY Weddings Magazine USA, Mehendi Weddings Magazine Chennai India, Gay Weddings and Marriage Magazine, American Cake Decorating Magazine, Cake Central Magazine, Cake Masters Magazine UK, Sweet Magazine of Australia, Cake Craft Magazine UK, Pretty Witty Cakes Magazine UK, Sugar Magazine of India and The Hindu - National Newspaper of Chennai India.
(A collection of some of our favorite cakes by Candace!)
How were you first introduced to Satin Ice? Back in 2014, I was part of a cake collaboration for a print calendar with a group of online cake decorating friends to help raise funds for Icing Smiles USA, an organization dedicated to bring smiles to sick children and their family members through cake. Satin Ice was one of our sponsors and had provided fondant and gum paste for my project. That was the first time I ever used Satin Ice products and was instantly hooked.
(Candace's cake from the 2014 Icing Smiles Calendar)
Is there one project that stands out? Project wise, I am very proud of two cake collaborations that I masterminded and spearheaded. One was the Festival of Lights cake collaboration and the second was the Elegant Indian Fashion cake collaboration. Both hold a dear place in my heart because of my Indian ethnicity. To have the participants of my project learn about the culture, art and fashion and then to have the group create stunning masterpieces to reflect the themes was absolutely heart warming. Both projects truly showed how different cultures could come together because of cake.
(Festival of Lights)
(Elegant Indian Fashion with Inspiration)
What is your signature style & inspiration? My vision with my cakes is more on the simple elegant side. My collections of cakes are luxe, ethereal and an interesting blend of modern and embellished designs. I highly believe in effortless designs that are not lazy.
Favorite cake? It is really hard to pick a favorite, as all my creations are my babies and special to me! But if I had to pick one, then it would have to be my cake titled “Autumn Sangria”. This cake was my first ever creation to make it on the cover of a Wedding Magazine and it incorporated my love of fall colors. The cake design to me reflected how as summer days end and autumn lights set in, the richness beautifying the crisp air sets the mood. It was inspired by the deep colors of a romantic glass of sangria by a crackling fire. I made it lush with sugar leaves, berries, holiday red and green succulents and autumnal yellow roses. And if you are wondering - yes I am a fall baby!
Most challenging cake to date? I have yet to come across this in my cake decorating career, as I like to keep in my comfort zone. Gravity defying cakes scare me but I would love to create one soon. Hmmm does achieving navy blue fondant count as challenging??
What tips can you offer to Satin Ice newcomers? Nothing is achieved overnight. Have patience, take classes and invest in the art and practice. Learn the techniques you want to see yourself creating. Look at the work of other cake artists to get inspired, but never copy. Give credit and create your own style.
Describe your cake decorating style in three words? Simple yet sophisticated. Because of my full time job, I am very limited to the number of hours I can put into my cakes. This has forced me to come up with textured designs that are simple, yet look gorgeous.
What is a 'regular' cake decorating day like for you? I actually have a full time Monday to Friday corporate career in the utility field. Hence I do not own an actual bakery. When I do get big wedding orders, I rent a local commercial kitchen but I mostly concentrate on teaching nowadays. Right now, I teach both locally and internationally. But no matter which project or class I am working on, one thing is for sure, it is long hours at night burning the candle.
(Candace teaching all over the world!)
What is your creative process for making cakes? I almost always need to be inspired with something to start designing. I look at outfits, invitation cards and create a rough mood board. Then I take three to four items from this mood board that stand out instantly to me. This can be a color, a texture or a particular design. I then get to sketching and 400 paper trees later; I am set to confirm the design. This design then gets implemented onto my cake, but usually again with changes. I never seem to stick to exactly what I initially confirmed my design to be.
What is inspiring you this very moment? Indian fashion and nature. The colors and elegant details of Indian fashion especially sarees inspire my work quite a bit.
Fashion Inspiration turned into cake #1
Fashion Inspiration turned into cake #2
Fashion Inspiration turned into cake #3
And of course nature - from blooming flowers to ethereal looks. I look toward these two things constantly to get inspiration.
What is your favorite part about designing cakes? Adding the details - the little things that make up the big picture of the cake. From adding pearl designs, painting with luster dust, attaching molded art - I find it all therapeutic. I actually most days wish I had pre-baked, filled, ganached and fondant covered cakes to just add my design and flare to!
What is your favorite cake flavor? To date it is my Pink Champagne Cake with a rum infused custard filling and a Swiss Meringue Buttercream.
If you weren't decorating cakes, what would you be doing? Writing a book and I have not given up on this yet. Hoping it still happens!
Who would you love to learn from in the industry? Sylvia Weinstock and Ron Ben Israel. The way they both incorporate sugar flowers into their cakes is so fascinating for me. To just have one day in their studio learning their floral techniques would be a dream come true! I also would love to take classes with the amazingly talented sugar flowers artist Giovanna Smith of Sugar Art Studio one day. Her flowers are drop dead stunning!
What are the big trends you are seeing right now in the industry? I find trends come and go and then there are always some that keep coming back or just stick around. Like fashion. Currently geodes, wood textures and marbled designs seem to be requested by my customers. Sugar flowers also always seem to be wanted - be it wedding or birthday cakes.
What do you aspire to accomplish with your cakes? To see my students and customers smile and fall in love with them just as much as I do. Recently I was teaching in South Africa and all the students in my class were blown away by what they had learned and could achieve themselves. One particular student had tears in her eyes, as she never thought she would be able to complete the design on her own. To see their joy in their learning and then later watch them grow in their businesses using techniques learned in my class, is truly the best accomplishment and honor!
(Candace with her proud students)
If you could create a cake for anyone in history (past or present): Who would it be and why? My late grandmother because she loved to cook, feed everyone and was a master at Indian dishes and sweet desserts. I have yet to come across anyone who makes dishes as tasty as her. It would have been an absolute honor if I could create a cake especially for her.
What is the next "big thing" for you? This is hard, as I have not thought of any one “big thing”. I am grateful to be where I am today, and loving my teaching opportunities as well as upcoming projects. I think for now I am content with this. Meeting other cake personalities, learning from them and having made wonderful friends in the industry is truly a blessing for me!
Name: Candace Chand
Location: Delta, British Columbia, Canada
Education/Training: Bachelor of Business Education and for cakes – Various hands on and online cake decorating classes.
Business name: Beau Petit Cupcakes
Cake philosophy: Special occasions need special custom created cakes. Devour the art of cake with your eyes and relish the yumminess during your celebrations.
To see more of Candace's creative and elegant style, be sure to check out her Artist of Excellence profileas well as her Facebook page - Beau Petit Cupcakes!