Colette Peters, a Maplewood resident, has been the owner of Colette’s Cakes, a specialty cake company in New York City, since 1989. She started her career as an artist and designer and used her skills to decorate cakes in the early 80s. Since then Colette has made cakes for celebrities, such as Sting, Yoko Ono, Al P, Whoopi Goldberg, to name a few. She has created cakes for the weddings of Marie-Chantal Miller and Prince Pavlos of Greece and Alexandra Miller and Alexander Von Furstenburg. In 2005, she created a five-foot replica of the White House for one of the Inaugural parties for President Bush.
I became a personal fan of Colette’s when I saw her on many Food Network Challenge shows. She has participated as a contestant and a judge on Wedding Cake Challenge and the Mystery Cake Challenge, both of which she received a first prize of $10,000. In 2010, she won first prize on TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off, also receiving $10,000.
It’s clear to see that Colette like to decorate cakes, but she also loves to teach. She has been teaching cake decorating in her New York cake shop for years, but wants to open a cake school right here in Baristaville—in her hometown of Maplewood, NJ. Colette has started a Kickstarter project to raise $35,000 to make her dream a reality.
Colette’s assistant Jennifer Roach tells Baristanet, “Colette has been a longtime resident of Maplewood and she has spoken frequently about wanting to be more involved in the community there, contributing to the commerce and economy in her own backyard rather than in the over-saturated market of NYC. She also teaches a lot at Peter’s Valley craft school in Layton, NJ, so she has many ties to the state.”
If you want Colette’s skills right here in Baristaville, you can contribute to the Kickstarter project here. This project will only be funded if at least $35,000 is pledged by Saturday August 25 at 3:42pm EDT.