This week, meet Monica Anderson, the Elysia Root Cakes team’s Senior Cake and Confectionary Artist! Monica has been an integral part of the Elysia Root Cakes team for the past four years. We previously profiled Monica back in 2015. Monica is from Naperville, Illinois and now lives in the River North area. Monica has a degree in Baking and Pastry from Kendall College.
Monica worked at various bakeries in the Chicagoland area before joining our team in 2014. We’ve loved seeing her develop her skills and become an even more amazing cake artist during her time with us. We are happy to have encouraged Monica in developing her skills by sending her to learn from some amazing cake artists such as Mark Seaman, Nicholas Lodge, Mike Elder, Mary Jo Dowling, and Colette Peters.
Monica recently competed in her first cake competition and took 2nd place in the Professional Wedding Cake Division at the National Capital Area Cake Show in Virginia. We’re super proud of her accomplishment. Read on to learn a little more about Monica!
What has been your favorite project at Elysia Root Cakes? My favorite project thus far at Elysia Root Cakes has been the Rainbow Trout Groom’s cake that we created in 2016.
What is your proudest moment at work? My proudest moment at Elysia Root Cakes is when I came in 2nd in the Professional Wedding Cake Division at the National Capital Area Cake Show.
What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago? My favorite thing to do in Chicago is to go to all of the amazing museums.
What phobias do you have? I have a phobia of bugs crawling all over me!
What did you want to be when growing up? When I was a kid I wanted to be an architect.
What is an ability you wish you had? An ability that I wish I had is teleportation.
What is the one thing you cannot resist? Chocolate and Peanut Butter!
What is the favorite part about working at Elysia Root Cakes? The ability to be creative and to create beautiful cakes for people to enjoy on a special day.
Best vacation place you’ve been? The best place I have traveled to was Italy.
What celebrity do people think you look like? When my hair is straight, people think I look like Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.