Erin Gardner is a self-taught pastry chef, Craftsy instructor, creator of ErinBakes.com, and author of Great Cake Decorating and her new book, Erin Bakes Cake: Make + Bake + Decorate = Your Own Cake Adventure!. She's a regular contributor for The Cake Blog and Craftsy's cake decorating blog. Gardner worked as a pastry chef in numerous New England kitchens, including Boston's legendary Locke Ober, before opening Wild Orchid Baking Co. in 2009. She quickly became the go-to cake designer for premiere events, and competed on and won Food Network's Sweet Genius. She lives with her husband and children in the New Hampshire lakes region.