Known as a pioneer of cake design in Switzerland, Melanie Boers work is defined by a unique combination of classic Victorian flair with a contemporary twist. Whether she is making a wedding cake, cupcake or cookie, her work is instantly recognizable. Dig deeper and get lost in the majestic beauty and elegant masterpieces by this artist of excellence!
Brief history of your business and how you got to where you are today?
Melanie Boers founded Melcakes in 2008. I was the first cake designer in Switzerland and started giving workshops on cupcakes and cakes design at home and through adult education classes. It has been a huge success and I was honored to be on the Swiss television. This gave a boost to both my commercial and creative work. Gradually I developed my own style and my designs were published in various magazines. Nowadays, I give master classes to students all over Europe.
How were you first introduced to Satin Ice?
To be honest, I don't remember the first time but I have always used Satin Ice Gum Paste.
What is your signature style & inspiration?
Attention to detail with a touch of gold and posh cakes.
What is your favorite cake?
A wedding cake dressed with multiple roses, orchids, dahlias and blossoms - which will be the masterpiece of my future book. (Stay tuned to the Satin Ice Facebook page for details on the release of her new book and to see this gorgeous cake, as described above!)
Most challenging cake to date?
My blue baroque cake, because it was designed especially for a room in the Castle Gutasch near Luzern, Switzerland. It was here where I got to work with the fabulous Swiss wedding photographer Sandra Marusic. I was very pleased when the blue color matched perfectly to the wall in the main room. And we were published in so many international wedding blogs!
(Seen here with photographer Sandra Marusic - below)
What advice or tips can you offer to Satin Ice newcomers?
Mix your colors in advance - it works so much easier for fondant and also gum paste.
If you weren't decorating cakes, what would you be doing?
Photography - it has always fascinated me since I was a young girl.
What is a 'regular' cake decorating day like for you?
Each day starts with answering emails and planning appointments. Afterwards, I bake my good for the upcoming days and prepare for the private courses and workshops. Wednesday morning is my shopping time; in the afternoon I coach and mentor students who want to get into the wedding cake business. Thursday I give private courses and on Friday I prepare for the courses that I have on Saturday. In case I have extra time, I create sugar flowers.
What is your creative process for making cakes?
First I mix the colors and one I achieve the color I want, everything else just falls into place.
What is your favorite part about making/designing cakes?
Creating the desired color and making realistic and fantasy sugar flowers.
Favorite cake flavor?
Pumpkin and Tahitian Vanilla.
What is inspiring you this very moment? Seasonal flowers are my biggest inspiration followed by old paintings and porcelain - and also lifestyle subjects.
What are the big trends you are seeing right now in cakes?
For my courses and wedding cakes, I need to be aware of the current trends. At the moment marbled and hand painted cakes seem to be of major interest. Personally I prefer to create the trends rather then be following what the market is doing.
What do you aspire to accomplish with your cakes?
The pleasure in creating a beautiful cake, and I to improve the level of cake design in Switzerland.
Finally what is the next big thing for you?
I am working on my first book about.... more to come.
Name: Melanie Boers
Location: Uznach, Switzerland
Education/Training: Medical Assistant
Business name: Melcakes, in Uznach, Switzerland
Cake philosophy: Improve your skills every day and experiment with all kind materials/food/techniques.