UPDATE: On Monday, the “Cake Wars” show aired showed the Smurfs-themed step-by-step process in which Sublime Cake Design, a bakery in Redding, was a competitor. A gathering at the Bleachers Bar in Redding watched the show until the end, when Sublime received the $ 10,000 prize. Congratulations, Wiley and Tiffanie Saccheri and your Sublime Cake Design team.
Join me in welcoming Wiley Saccheri, co-owner and cake designer of Sublime Cake Design on Park Marina Drive in Redding. If you visit the Sublime Cake Design website, you will see a description of Sublime Cake Design like … a family business born from the passion to create personalized cakes with amazing edible works of art and extraordinary taste.
Welcome to A News Cafe.com and congratulations on your second participation in Cake Wars. Most people in your profession wouldn’t dream of being on the show once, let alone a second time. Quite impressive.
First of all, can you tell us a bit about Sublime Cake Design, you and your team?
Thank you! Taking part in Cake Wars has made many of my longtime dreams come true and has been amazing!
Sublime Cake Design is a family business that was born out of the idea that Redding needed high-end, personalized baking. We’ve had bakeries coming and going, but we haven’t had a lot of consistency there. Custom cakes in big cities can be quite expensive due to the laborious time involved, and we wanted to provide this for Shasta County at an affordable price. My wife Tiffanie and stepmom Jackie New saw that I, Wiley Saccheri, had developed a talent for the baking arts and in 2011 invested their time and savings in using these skills to a business that we could all work and manage. Since then it has grown very organically with the help of family, friends and customers fascinated by our product, using word of mouth and social media as the sole advertising medium. We are fortunate to have received such support from our small town.
The kind of contest you enter Cake Wars in is extreme. What led to this level of mastery of the cake? And while you get ready for this answer, we’ll take a look at a sample of the Sublime photo gallery. Amazing cakes!
I’m a self-taught artist, which means long, painful blocks of time using the ordeal of fire to figure things out. I’ve always loved the arts, but music came more naturally to me than drawing and painting when I was growing up. Nonetheless, I persisted in my powdered sugar pilgrimage and kept going until I felt like I had a place in this industry. I had a great start and a stroke of luck when my wife and I were chosen to help world-class pastry artist Roland Winbeckler and his wife Marsha on TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off in 2009. It really rekindled my passion. for baked art and gave me a taste of the cake TV show experience.
What was the process to get into the show and why did you want to do it?
After Ultimate Cake Off’s television contact, I focused on the business for a few years until I felt like competing again. I was sitting at lunch one day and found a casting for a website for a new Food Network show starring Duff Goldman, my cake rock star idol. The catch, however, was that this was the last day they were accepting video applicants! I rushed to finish a short video that night and sent it in the morning with my fingers crossed. Lo and behold, I was picked for the show called Duff Till Dawn (now available on NETFLIX) and got my first glimpse of advertising my own work and business on national television. I didn’t win the competition, but it gave me a bit of influence and support for my CV, which certainly helped me when I applied for Cake Wars the following year. Since then, I have seized every opportunity that was presented to me, because I know that each experience will help lead to the next.
Can you tell those of us who missed it how your last experience on the show went? And a little behind the scenes of what it’s like for applicants during the process too, please?
Going to Cake Wars the first time around was insane. The show is much more structured than the more laid back attitude on the set of Duff Till Dawn. It was high energy, but also high pressure. You are not only expected to perform artistically in a short period of time, but also entertaining! It fulfilled my first career goal as a kid to be an actor. It was the first time I realized that reality TV shows like this can definitely make you do things that are outside of your comfort zone. Think you came here to bake a crisp cake and look good? Think again, mate, because we are going to make you drop a cake! Of course, television is all about entertainment, and seeing four decorators head down working hard isn’t as exciting as you might think.
What did you learn from this?
The most important thing I took away from Duff Till Dawn and Cake Wars is that having fun and being yourself is number one. Of course, the cake should be great too, but if you have a blast and it shows on your face, everything else will fall into place. I like to stress out more than usual before these competitions, so that by the time I arrive, I have nothing to worry about. I had a structural issue in Duff Till Dawn that maybe made me lose the competition, so in Cake Wars I really focused on the structure. No one wants to be that guy / girl with their finished cake on the floor!
A cake on the floor after all this work? It would be agony!
Once the candidates are chosen, what information are given to you to prepare yourself, and what guidelines and rules should you follow?
It’s no secret that reality TV isn’t that “real” – so I’m sure it’s no surprise to you if I said we kinda know what we need to do about it. participate in the competition. I’m not going to say that, because I’m contractually obligated not to. ??
They have a decent amount of rules and contracts, but really not as many as I would have thought. They really want you to go in there and express yourself through cakes and have fun doing it. The production team on set are amazing people, full of energy and always ready to help and cheer you up. They value your time and your art, and it makes you feel important. You really feel like you are doing a TV show with your friends.
Well, I’m here to assure Food Network that you’ve been completely low-key.
What’s the hardest part about attending an event like this?
The most difficult thing for me in decorating, and in life, is organizing and managing time. In my bakery at home I have everything where I can find it, but it took a while to get it there. On the plateau, you only have a few hours to get in, set up your station and get organized. If it was just me, I would be doomed. Luckily my wife Tiffanie, who was my assistant in the challenge, is a fantastic organizer and kept me on track with a schedule. I really couldn’t have done all of this without her.
Looks like you have the perfect team.
So, that competition you took part in… Smurfs? It looks like a lot of blue food coloring. Are you authorized to tell us how you executed the design? And what did that imply?
Let’s just say all the hands and aprons were a nice shade of aqua at the end of the day!
I can’t say much about our design at this point, but I will say that in any cake design I try to focus on the big picture first and foremost. The overall shape, figure and perspective are the most important things to me. Filling in the details can then be done properly. So many decorators focus on the little things first like figurines, flowers, etc. and then throw it all on a tiered cake. I truly believe that the main reason I won Cake Wars the first time around is my unique shape and structure of my design. I’m definitely taking that into account again this time around, so hope it turns out!
As for materials, I’m lucky enough to live close enough to Los Angeles to drive there. Let’s just say my little green van was filled to the brim with cake, frosting, and tools. I used about 40 lbs of frosting, 20 lbs of modeling chocolate, and about 300 portions of cake in addition to the materials they had available to me!
At this point in a contest like this, does anyone really care about the taste of the cake?
In fact, yes! They really eat the cake you provide, and that can affect you at the judges’ table. I tend to think that design can win over taste, but I’ve seen episodes where two cakes are neck to neck and are decided based on flavor. I guess it’s more of a tiebreaker if anything. They also force you to use weird ingredients on the first round while pulling a delicious cake. The first time around we had wild flavors on the table including herring, lamb and elderberry.
You will have a gathering at Bleacher’s Sports Bar and Grill at 5 p.m. on Monday. March 27 for people to come and watch the show broadcast. Of course you know the result. Can you give us a hint?
We are excited to watch it live with everyone! We don’t have a preview screening, so I’m still a little nervous about what the show will look like. I always tell them to make me look really cool, funny and skinny, but they don’t seem to take my advice too well …
I’ll try to be there, but in the meantime, is there anything that I forgot to ask, or that you would like to say?
I would just like to add that without the immense support of my wife, my in-laws, my close friends and of course our loyal customers who have become friends, I would never have come to this. My hope is to make all these people proud of my life, and I feel privileged to be here to serve each of them a piece of CAKE!