About Colette Peters
Colette Peters is a baker, artist, designer, and published author with more than 35 years of experience. Since 1989, she has been the owner of the custom cake business, Colette's Cakes. Before starting her business, she worked as a designer for Tiffany & Company in New York City for eight years. While at Tiffany & Company, she was known for making cakes for her co-workers. In 1984, she was asked to design cakes for the books 'Tiffany Taste' and 'The Tiffany Wedding.' Colette created groundbreaking cake designs, such as the crooked cake and the gold and silver bedecked gift box cakes. This exposure led her to a book contract.
Colette has since written four books published by Little, Brown & Company on cakes and cake decorating:
- 'Colette's Cakes: The Art of Cake Decorating' (1991)
- 'Colette's Christmas' (1993)
- 'Colette's Wedding Cakes' (1995)
- 'Colette's Birthday Cakes' (2000)
Her fifth book, 'Cakes to Dream On (2004),' is published by John Wiley & Sons. Her latest book is a cake coloring book titled 'Twisted Treat' and published in 2018.
Colette has delivered cakes throughout America, Europe, and the Caribbean and has created cakes for many celebrities, including Sting, Yoko Ono, Natasha Richardson, Bette Midler, Whoopi Goldberg, Jann Wenner, Russell Simmons, Kanye West, Ertha Kitte, Robert Altman, and the Rolling Stones—just to name a few. She has even created cakes for the wedding of Marie-Chantal Miller and Prince Pavlos of Greece in Hampton Court, England, as well as the wedding of Alexandra Miller and Alexander Von Furstenberg.
In The Media
Colette has created window displays for both Tiffany & Company and Cartier's New York stores and was featured in the 2010 holiday windows in Barney's New York store. In 1998 and 2000, Colette created three 'sugar scenes' for the White House Christmas displays. Her unique cakes have also been featured in a variety of media, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Food Network, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Discovery Channel, CNN, and Lifetime Television. Colette has also participated as a contestant and a judge on many Food Network Challenges, including the first Wedding Cake Challenge and the Mystery Cake Challenge, both of which she received a first prize of $10,000. In 2010, she won first prize on TLC's Ultimate Cake Off, also receiving $10,000.
Colette helped create and design the format and rules for the first Cake Challenge for the World Pastry Forum, which would soon become the first Cake Challenge for the Food Network. Her print appearances include the New York Times, Town & Country, Brides, Modern Bride, New York Magazine, Food & Wine, and Pastry Art & Design—just to name a few.
She has also created cakes for films, Broadway plays, television, and commercials. In 2007, she was voted one of the 10 Best Pastry Chefs in the USA and was given the Trendsetter of the Year Award by Modern Bride Magazine. In 2010, she was given the honor of being chosen as one of the 10 best cake designers in America by Pastry Design magazine.
Teaching & Art
In 1990, Colette began to teach cake decorating. She has since traveled throughout the world, sharing her expertise on the matter. Since 2018, Colette has been spreading her artistic wings and creating fanciful creations for what she calls her 'Findings.' These are made of recycled doilies, linens, buttons, ribbon, and more.