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Meet Niki Pitts of Eat My Art Creative Cakes in Woodstock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Niki Pitts.

Niki, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I got my start baking cakes and cheesecakes from home and providing them to a nearby Italian Restaurant. Impressed customers would inquire of how to contact me for their own parties and special events. Those clients would share with other friends. And, I soon discovered that I’d stumbled upon my two most passionate things: art and sweets and that I could provide them to others, helping to making their special occasions memorable and sweet.

For 15 years now, inspired by art of every kind and a desire for bold creativity Eat My Art has specialized in delectable cake designs and hand sculpted edible art. I spend my days constructing customized designs. And because, I believe your cake should taste as amazing as it looks, I add a few modern twists to Mom’s special recipes, resulting in an amazing selection of tasty treats.

We’re as passionate about baking and designing cakes, as you are about eating them.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being that I’m pretty much self taught, there have a bump or two in the road, as I’ve perfected my craft along the way. But, I learn fast and am the queen of improvising. Having limited access to resources and tools, I had to learn to be creative and think outside the box in order to achieve desired results and leave my clients floored. Business was blossoming and I was exploring options to open my Eat My Art Gallery and Bakeshop. But After several years of growing success, my son and I were hit with a devastating blow, as my husband passed away, suddenly in 2011. My world, and my business, seemingly came to a halt. But after years of persisting through this incredible adversity, I eventually regained my footing. My passion for creating has re-emerged and I once again, explore new and interesting ways to create edible art. I’ve recently remarried an amazingly supportive man, I’ve discovered life can be both tragic and amazingly, incredibly sweet, all at once.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Truth be told, I hate when folks refer to me as the “baker”. Although, delicious cakes are a must, I also feel that, that’s a given. Of course a cake is delicious. But merging these delicate desserts with art, is whole other level. How many times have you experienced, or heard of someone else’s unfortunate experience, of having a cake that was “pretty, but tasted awful”. I believe anyone can bake a cake. Anyone can decorate a cake. But, it requires a certain level of talent to create something truly and deliciously memorable, that is a treat to all the senses. I am an artist. And like any artist, I’m most proud when I see or hear from a client that couldn’t believe how beautiful their cake was. Didn’t want to cut it and was blown away and how moist and tasty it was, as well. It makes me proud to have created that experience. I absolutely LOVE what I do. I think that’s what sets me a part from others.

What were you like growing up?
True introvert. I cherish my alone time. I don’t view it as a sad and lonely thing, like most. I cherish it. I think better and am my most creative self, in solitude. Growing up painfully shy and spent most of my time alone, writing, creating music, reading and sketching. Ironically, as a young girl, I hated baking.

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