Sheila took her first Wilton Class almost 16 years ago and
became hooked on cake decorating.
After the Wilton 1, 2, and 3 courses, she still wanted more. By this time she had also begun buying books on Cake Decorating and
was intrigued by what she saw, furthering her desire to learn
She found a lady by the name of Giesela Robinson who
taught fondant and gum paste classes from her home.
Sheila signed up for every class she offered and through
Frost-A-Tiers, the local Cake Club, and also the
international organization of cake decorators,
At Sheila's first cake decorators convention (the first Kansas
City show), she met a lady from England, Pat Trunkfield.
At this convention, the idea to open an import store
began to take shape and the name was chosen. Pat and Sheila
found themselves together quite a bit that year and in
subsequent years sought each other out.
Sheila discovered that Pat was a freelance instructor and
demonstrator. The third year at convention, Sheila asked
if Pat would consider coming and teaching classes here if she
Pat agreed and began coming over and teaching.
On one of her trips, she approached Sheila on behalf of
some of the English manufacturers about beginning an import
business. They were
looking for a distributor who knew how to use their products. About
six months later, on February 1, 2000, Cake Craft Shoppe was
launched as an internet business. The store front was opened almost three years ago on March 15,
Sheila now devotes her time to running her store, teaching
classes at home and abroad, and making road trips with her
merchandise as a vendor at the ICES conventions and Oklahoma
State Sugar Art Shows. She also supports many Cake Club and ICES
Days-of-Sharing as well as other cake shows.