Lights, camera, bake

Local cake decorator to appear on TLC's 'Fabulous Cakes'

January 26, 2011 

The call came unexpectedly. Producers from TLC's "Fabulous Cakes" wanted to know if Sheri Davis of Sheri's Edible Designs had any grandiose projects coming up. For someone who makes sculpture out of cake and buttercream icing, something unique is usually in the works.

In this case, she had something extra special planned. And so, Sheri's Edible Designs will be featured on "Fabulous Cakes" at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

"It was a great experience," she said. "Everything had to be on camera. It really gives an idea of what it takes to create a cake from scratch. It was fun, but every time I turned around there was a light box or a boom mic in my face."

The production crew contacted her after checking out her website. They were looking for a baker to feature in a show focusing on the Carolinas. Sheri was planning a rather large endeavor for an October wedding. (Sorry, folks. For the details, you'll have to wait until Tuesday night.)

The crew came on a Thursday and stayed through Saturday, filming 10 hours a day. But being in the kitchen that long is not out of the ordinary for Davis. May through October is the busiest period in her schedule, a time when her friends are convinced she's disappeared. A time when she's in her kitchen nearly round-the-clock.

Sheri's Edible Designs is a one-woman operation that produces close to 300 cakes a year. Success has come quick for the 26-year-old.

Her family moved to Bluffton about 11 years ago from Chicago. She graduated from Hilton Head Island High School in 2002 and decided to skip college to work. She always thought her future would be as an artist or a chef. Cake decorator turned out to be a combination of the two. After serving as a baker at Signe's Heaven Bound Bakery and Cafe for about a year, she started her own shop. Sheri's Edible Designs opened four years ago in Pineland Station, moving to The Bridge Center in Bluffton last year. She decided to focus only on cakes, a bit of a nerve-wracking decision at first, but she found a niche in destination weddings. Most of her business comes from out-of-towners.

The winter is slower for Davis, given the lack of weddings in the area, but it allows her to spend more time with family -- husband, Gary, and two boys. But she does plan for things to pick up a bit after the show airs.

As the TLC producers told her, "Just be prepared for the phone to ring."

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