This week, meet Danielle Leahy, the Elysia Root Cakes team’s Cake Artist and Baker! Danielle joined the Elysia Root Cakes team in the past year. Danielle moved to Chicago from Washington D.C., but is originally from Pennsylvania. She received her degree in Baking and Pastry Management from The Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Danielle interned at Pink Cake Box in New Jersey and also has a strong pastry background, having been on the pastry team at the Rosewood hotel in Washington, D.C. We recently sent Danielle to 3 days of Cake Carnival in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada to learn from six amazing cake artists and to further develop her own skills. She spent 3 days creating this beautiful wedding cake that showcased a variety of different techniques.
Read on below to get to know a little more about Danielle!
Before work at Elysia Root Cakes what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? In high school I took phone orders for a company that sold plants and seeds.
What do you like most about working at Elysia Root Cakes? I like that we are always doing new and different techniques and learning every day.
What book did you last read? 32 Yolks by Eric Ripert
Where is your hometown? Hatboro, Pennsylvania
What has been your favorite project at Elysia Root Cakes? My favorite project so far has been the monkey baby shower cake.
What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? A French bulldog puppy
What is one food you wish had zero calories? Pizza
Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why? Italy because of the amazing art, delicious food and wine
What is one thing you can’t resist? Peanut butter
Thanks for taking the time to learn a little about Danielle, Elysia Root Cakes team’s Cake Artist and Baker!