Where it all began...
Ilona's story is probably not what you would expect from a cake maker and decorator. It doesn’t include patisserie schools or a lifelong ambition, despite her long time love for cake…
Sometimes, life has a way of taking you in different directions; sometimes, you find the courage and strength to take a leap of faith, try something new and hope for the best. Despite a number of attempts at other career paths, Ilona always knew they weren’t the one for her and that one day she would like to do something involving art and craft. With her mother’s artistic background, creativity has always been a prominent characteristic of Ilona’s and something she has felt enthused and motivated by. Art & Craft has always been a strength of hers from childhood, and previous stints of working with clay has gone towards developing her skill when putting together her sensational sugar creations.
However, it wasn’t until Ilona got engaged to Mark that she was set in the right direction. Ilona very bravely took on the massive challenge of baking and decorating their own wedding cake. With complete confidence in her abilities and feeling incredibly motivated to surprise and wow all 80 of her guests, she went ahead and booked herself on an intensive sugar craft course. Ilona was so excited to have the free creative reign on this celebration and to be able to create something really special and unique for their day.
With more confidence in baking and sugar craft, Ilona then threw herself into baking cakes of all shapes and sizes for friends and family for every celebration that passed. She adored the experience and LOVED the feedback, and still finds it the most rewarding path she has ever taken.
Since then, Ilona has become an expert at decorating large multi-tiered cakes. With clients from all over the country entrusting Ilona with their special cakes, Ilona’s career in cake decorating is on a strong and steady path.
With the arrival of their son Lukas, she is now focusing on sharing her knowledge via YouTube videos, please subscribe at https://www.youtube.com/tiersofhappiness
“It's been an amazing journey so far, meeting so many lovely people along the way to talk about their cakes, flavours, designs and special celebrations. Without a doubt, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing happy faces and happy tiers ;-)”
- Ilona Deakin