Hi I'm Michelle the cake artist behind Sweet Deer Hand-Painted Cakes
I was born and raised on our family farm in sunny Whakatane in the Bay Of Plenty, where I live with my husband.
My fascination with food, art and everything creative was evident from a very young age. On leaving school I attended Waikato Polytechnic where I qualified as a chef. I have worked as a chef for the last ten years always loving the sweeter side of things with the culinary arts.
After many years dreaming of baking cakes for a living, I decided to bite the bullet and pour myself into a creative career in the baking industry starting my very own cake business a year ago in 2014.
Specialising in hand-painting cakes, I feel is the perfect way of combining my two passions in a job I love.