Anna Knaus lives in sunny California with her husband and two little girls.  She has worked in the wedding industry for more than 7 years and in January of 2010 relaunched her Etsy shop SweetPetalBakery to showcase work in sugar and wafer paper.  Her only training in the cake business was at her local bakery where she created wedding cakes, cupcakes, and special occasion cakes.  From there she learned how to bake, make frostings and fillings.  After leaving the bakery she trained herself on sugar flowers. Everything in her Etsy shop is a result of reading books and taking apart real flowers to develop a technique.

Since the opening of her shop, Anna has been featured in numerous blogs like Anders Ruff, Real Etsy Weddings, Kate Landers Events LLC, and  The Indie Bride .  She has also worked with many event planners, private cake stylists, and designers.

Below is a curated portfolio of  her work with clients:
"My first attempt at some Birds of Paradise!  I used to have these flowers outside my window when I was a little girl.  The head is hand sculpted gum paste with shades of moss, pure white, eggplant and violet petal dust rubbed to show a graduation of color .  A 'lily' shaped cutter was used to form the orange petals which were textured, dried, then airbrushed with red and electric orange."
"This order was challenging and exciting at the same time.  A client wanted me to put together an arrangement of sugar flowers that mimicked the grace and ease of Saipua, a famous floral designer from Brooklyn and my favorite design inspiration!  (The inspiration photo is below).  I wanted to make a sugar dahlia that carried the same delicate effect as the real thing but was still hardy enough to survive shipping."

This is a photo that the bride took after the flowers were placed on her cake.  (Photo: Courtesy of Lizz Kuehl)
This was the inspiration photo

"These garden roses are the best work I have so far in terms of roses.  They say that roses are the easiest flower to learn but the toughest to master.  The inner rose petals are hand rolled and formed to make a tight center then dried with a wire dipped into it to form a stem.  Bigger petals are formed, dried, and then taped onto the existing flower bud's stem.  Next the flower is airbrushed with color to give depth, dimension, and vibrance."
"This collection of sea urchins, sea shells, and sea anemones was a collaboration with Kate Landers Events LLC for an ultra chic Mermaid themed party.  She requested these ethereal treasures in sugar.  The urchins were hand molded, airbrushed in gradual colors of light coral pink to dark and dotted with royal icing.  The sea shells were molded from a plastic mold and brushed with stripes of pink and brown to mimic a real shell.  The anemones were hand rolled, assembled and airbrushed to create a sort of sea 'flower' for the top of a cake.  This adventure was such an honor!"

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