Meet Jean owner/cake artist
My name is Jean A. Schapowal and I am a self taught cake decorator/designer, creating cakes for 14+ years. I graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1987 with a BFA in Fine Arts, majoring in cartoon and illustration. As you can tell from my work it has a very heavy cartoony/pop feel to it! I freelanced for numerous years doing work for Putnam Publishing, Weight Watchers and DC Comics to name a few. I did logo design, wedding invites, calligraphy work, custom T-shirt designs and murals.

With the start of my family my art career began to take a different route. I began to create cakes for my kids own birthday parties and thus Cakes with Character was born. Friends and family attending these functions would inquire about the cakes and business would begin to grow. After dabbling in numerous art techniques, I found that cake decorating was antoher amazing and creative new medium! Simple occasion and birthday cakes began to transform over the years. I became more serious in experimentiing with new techniques, styles and designs that people were not offering on Long Island, practicing on cakes and donating to family, friends and charities. I began competing in cake shows across the country and taking the leap in competing in LIVE cake challenges.

I love the endless possibilities cake decorating has to offer and I love bringing a smile to someone's face when they see their vision brought to life. Or the joy a child has when their cake is brought into the room! My artistic career may have taken a slight detour but I wouldn't have done it any different! It is an exciting and rewarding profession to be in!



AFFILIATIONS & CHARITIES

- Founder of Simpsononymous (an organization helping to promote cancer awareness through edible art!)

- Member Long Island Baking and Pastry Guild

- Icing Smiles Sugar Angel since 2013

- Contributor to several online cake collaboration

- Stephen and Alexandra Cohen Childrens Hospital

- Sid Jacobsen JCC Auction for Excellence

 

AWARDS

- 2010 NY Cake Competition, placed 1st in Division

- 2011, 2013 CT Cake Competition, placed 1st in Division, Decorators, Choice & People's Choice

- 2012, 2013 Garden State Cake Show, placed 1st in Division

- 2014 National Capital Area Cake Show, placed 4th

- 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Oklahoma Sugar Art Show, placed 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 1st & Sponsor's Choice

- 2014 NY Cake Show, placed 3rd

- 2015 Cakefest, placed 1st in Division

- 2016, Cakefest, Cookies, cupcakes and decorated board

 

 

PRESS

- 2014 Nov Issue of Cake Masters Magazine

- Newsday

- Hicksville Illustrated

- Featured in Cake Wrecks Sundays Sweets and Between the Pages blogs

 

 

 

169 Dartmouth Dr

Hicksville, New York

 

PH: (516) 935-6924

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