Meet the Squires Kitchen International School tutor... Laura Dodimead

Friday 11th August

Founder of successful cake making business, Life in Sugar, cake artist Laura Dodimead tells us her favourite thing about teaching, how her Spanish heritage has inspired her and the one person she'd love to bake with the most!

Name?

Laura Diana Dodimead

What’s your sugarcraft specialism?

Modelling, airbrushing and painting

How long have you been baking or in the sugarcraft industry?

10 years.

What do you love most about baking and decorating cakes?

I love people’s reaction when you present them with a cake - the smiles and the laughter - and the sense of achievement I get after working so hard on a cake.

As a professional, what skill do you find the most challenging?

I’m not very good at piping with royal icing … I leave that to others!

If you could bake a cake alongside any famous person, alive or deceased, who would it be?

I would choose Michael Jackson as I’m a massive fan. I would choose him. He is well known to have had a childish personality and huge imagination, and I think that my own personality would appreciate his unique style and slightly odd design. It would be great fun! Maybe Bubbles the monkey would feature on it somewhere!

What’s your favourite food?

As a daughter of a Spanish father, I grew up on a diet of Mediterranean food, lots of flavour and spice. I have been surrounded by food all my life as it’s the Spanish way to show love… so I’m a massive foodie!

When you bake at home, how do you like to work, what’s your style?

I have the radio on (mostly ‘80s music, Smooth FM or Magic) but prefer to bake alone so I don’t have my husband and daughters sneaking around me trying to grab any offcuts.

How much cake do you eat each day, all in the name of ‘testing’ of course?!

None… my husband is my official taster as he is very honest… I’m much more of a chocoholic!

Which one baking skill do you think every amateur cook should know?

Modelling. It’s quick and simple and always impresses.

What do you most like about teaching? Please provide any interesting stories about your teaching experiences…

I love helping people, so I get a real feeling of pride when, after attending one of my classes, students send me images of their work to show me how their skills are progressing. I like to encourage people and to be able to show a skill to my students never fails to make me happy.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I like to break the mould a little and produce cakes and bakes that wow and get people talking. To inspire people is the best feeling in the world.

Check out Laura's brilliant upcoming courses at the school