-Member of the International Cake Exploration Societe (ICES) and American Culinary Federation
-Former President of St. Louis Sugar Art Guild
Jeannie Gearin has always had a love for baking. She spent much of her childhood watching her mom bake favorite local specialties like Gooey Butter Cake and Mississippi Mud Cake, so it’s no surprise that she followed in her footsteps. Fast-forward to having three children of her own, she began looking for a creative outlet and took a cake decorating class – just for fun. Well, that was over 15 years ago and she hasn’t looked back.
Taking and teaching classes in both baking and decorating has become Jeannie’s passion. She has studied under such notable cake decorating and sugar art experts as Nicholas Lodge, Bronwen Weber, and Maisie Parrish. Jeannie’s specialty is working with fondant, a pastry artist’s “modeling clay”, which gives cakes a high-end professional look. She loves the endless possibilities! “But for instant gratification, a batch of cookies is hard to beat!”
Jeannie started as a Kitchen Assistant at Dierbergs Southroads School of Cooking in 1998 and now works as a free-lance instructor. She knows that while it may not come naturally to some people, a little instruction and practice can release the cake decorator in all of us. For her, cake decorating is a terrific creative outlet and a wonderful way to show friends and family you care.
Jeannie's Cooking Tip: “If you don’t always get the decorating results you want, remember - it’s just cake. You can always eat your mistakes!”
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