Meet the Cake Doctor | Ph.D.-serts

Melanie Judge, The Cake Doctor

Melanie has been decorating cakes since 2008. She discovered her passion during her graduate studies at the University of Florida. Ironically, she was pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical research, studying obesity. As a stress reliever, she began by taking Wilton Method courses at Michael’s Craft Stores and was offered a teaching position the month after she finished the courses. Because her thirst for knowledge is not easily quenched, she scoured the public library shelves for cake decorating books and learned more advanced techniques, like extension work and gum paste flowers, on her own.  Melanie thrives in competition, and in her short career she has won four Best of Shows, eight 1st Places, one 2nd Place, two 3rd Place, one Decorators’ Choice, and two Crowd’s Favorite prizes. She has been published in many magazines, including the American Cake Decorating Magazine, Mailbox News, and the International Cake Exploration Society (ICES) newsletter. In a rigorous 8-hour skills exam in August 2013, she earned the prestigious title of Certified Master Sugar Artist (CMSA), which is held by only a few dozen others worldwide.

When Melanie is not elbow-deep in buttercream, she enjoys being a Mommy to her adventurous children Mikaela, Hailee, and Andrew.  She is also proud to be a baker for Icing Smiles, a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child.