Anna Puchalski

Anna Puchalski

Anna is a classically trained sculptor and illustrator who started her career in cake decorating with Ron Ben Israel in 2000. Since then she has worked for a number of well known cake studios in the New York area doing complex sugar work and design. Her specialties include freehand painting, figurative sculpture and color theory. As a teacher she has worked primarily with trained chefs and professionals, providing instruction from the basics of sugar work to complex techniques. Realistic gum paste flowers and foliage are a particular area of expertise and she is always seeking to improve her methods and make them easier to teach.

She has worked at Pink Cake Box since 2008, where she is currently the senior sugar artist.

Anna's Class Reviews

Rustic and Chalk Cake Class

Internet education sites are all the rage so it’s not a surprise to find a cake-centric dedicated destination. However, CakeMade consists almost exclusively of edgy, modern designers with an array of new and innovative techniques to teach. I started out with Liz Marek’s Rustic Wedding Cake Trends class. She’s a fantastic talent and owner of   …Continue Reading

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Designer Cookies with Autumn Carpenter

I have a confession to make. I love cookies. I like making them, sure! I love eating them, too. But most of all I like coming up with a design and decorating them. It can be done with fondant, run-in sugar, whatever! And I almost never get to here at Pink Cake Box, so I   …Continue Reading

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The first impression one might have is that this is a cute, project based class. But the hidden gem here is that Ms. Gardner provides a range of lessons catering to basic skills all aspiring cake professionals must master. While not all cakes will fall into the aesthetic presented here, the base focus is on   …Continue Reading

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Anna's Tutorials

How to make a Santa Cupcake!

Need a quick but cute holiday party treat? Any cupcake can easily become jolly Ol’ Saint Nick! (Prefer video format? Check out the same steps in video here.) First, assemble everything you’ll need for the project so you have it close at hand. If you are making many Santas at once, you can do each   …Continue Reading

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How to Mermaid Cookie Tutorial

In this free tutorial, we guide you through the step-by-step process on how to create a Mermaid cookie!

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Pirate Treasure Chest How To Tutorial

This is a very simple way to make a treasure chest for your pirate’s loot! Make sure to check out our companion pirate topper tutorial to learn how to create the pirate cake topper. 1Cut two pieces of cereal treat into a rectangle, one of them should be half as thick as the other. Carve   …Continue Reading

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Anna's Recipes

Tres Leche Cake Frosting Recipe

A modified Tres Leche cake frosting recipe (less butter, less sugar, more dulce) that I used to fill my Hello Kitty cookies and macarons (pictured on right) for this project.

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Anna's Projects

Figure sculpting fairy

This figure, affectionately called Flora the Woodland Fairy, is adapted from Carlos Lichetti’s Animation in Sugar book. I like fantasy creatures to start with and she’s an interesting design.

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Bunny in a teacup Review Tutorial

Anna’s bunny in a teacup project from Carlos Carlos Lichetti’s “How to make a bunny cake topper” class!

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Anna's Cake Corner Posts

Wildflower Sugar Flowers

Trouble Shooting Sugar Flowers

I can only imagine that this will prove to be an ongoing conversation. I’ve touched on some of this before and expect to do so again. Not every client wants cultured roses, hydrangea and cool greens. As a matter of fact, more and more often florists are thinking outside the box in an effort to   …Continue Reading

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Painted Cakes

Painting Cakes (a recurring theme)

I talk a lot about painting on cakes. Partially because of my arts background, I know — but also because it’s a versatile way to add detail to a simple project and much easier than it appears. We also do it constantly here in the shop!! The obvious approach is to use the cake as   …Continue Reading

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Making Extreme Figures for Cakes

I have a sculpture background which is one of those things that both helps and hinders when working in sugar. On one hand it shortens the learning curve when doing really unusual projects that fall far out side the realm of baking, but it can get me into trouble, too. There are lots of things   …Continue Reading

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