REVIEW: Janet O’Sullivan’s Cake Backdrops

Written by Marianna Saran

There is so much more to a cake decorator then just being able to work magic with a little sugar. Cake decorators need to be a jack of all trades. They are accountants, couriers, bakers, negotiators, designers and now- thanks to social media, they also have to be photographers.

 A large majority of cake decorators rely heavily on social media to obtain business. When you’re bombarded on a daily basis with stunning images of cakes, how do you stand out from the crowd? No longer is a substandard picture of your hard work acceptable, most likely it will be overlooked. Many cake decorators would agree, that taking that perfect snap is sometimes easier said than done.

Janet O’Sullivan of Janet O’Sullivan Cake Design, recognised that many cake decorators were finding it a challenge to take a flawless picture.

“Getting the perfect backdrop and set up for a cake can be very difficult, especially when you don’t live in a studio environment” Janet said. So Janet has created an inexpensive cake backdrop to help make life a little easier for all the decorators out there.

The Australian Cake Decorating Network was lucky enough to take Janet’s cake backdrops for a test drive. The cake backdrops come in black or white and are very easy to set up. First the team found a spot in the room with good light- as good lighting is imperative to any good picture. Then we simply unrolled the backdrops over a couple of chairs, and placed a couple of books on each edge to hold the backdrop in place.

Once the backdrop was set up, it was just a matter of placing our cake on it and snapping away. Within a few clicks of the iphone camera, we had the perfect picture to post.

These backdrops can be used for anything and are not only for cake. We took pictures of chocolates, cookies and desserts and we were very happy with the results.

Depending on the colour of your cake, you will get different results using the white or black backdrop. It really is a matter of trial and error. We loved having both colours to play with.

If you would love to purchase some of Janet O’Sullivan Cake Design cake backdrops head to Janet’s FB page.

The Australian Cake Decorating Network will also have Janet’s cake backdrops available for purchase at the Cake, Bake, Sweets Show in Melbourne this coming 3rd, 4th & 5th of October so be sure to pop by and grab them before they all disappear.

Blog post written by Marianna Saran of Marianna Saran of Marianna’s Caking Me Crazy for the Australian Cake Decorating Network 

As a former news journalist and mother of two, Marianna Saran has taken her passion for writing and cake decorating and transformed herself into a new aged cake journalist. She loves to blog about her cake and cookie creations and tries to push herself to explore new mediums of decorating, even though some are quite intimidating at times. Interviewing renowned cake decorators from across the globe gives her a spark of inspiration as she hears their stories. It reminds her that in life all you need is love from your family and friends, a cookie in one hand and a piece of cake in the other! Sit back and enjoy the journey as you follow Marianna on a roller coaster of sugary creations! Check out what else Marianna is up to at her blog and on Facebook. and

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