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Ashley Holt, the Sugar Monster

Cake artist Ashley Holt reveals how she coined her nickname, Sugar Monster. She recounts the moment when she transitioned from the world of modeling to the realm of cake artistry, driven by her passion for both sculpting and baking. Ashley reflects on her first cake creation for her brother's birthday. She provides a glimpse into her daily life, including being with her five-year-old daughter and working in her new in-home studio. The pastry chef dishes on the intricacies of cake making, requiring upwards of five suitcases of tools when traveling. Ashley shares the holiday traditions from her upbringing and her aspirations to pass them down to her daughter. She gushes over one of her largest celebrity cake orders and divulges how she handles pressure with tight deadlines. The judge of The Elf on the Shelf: Sweet Showdown spills the secrets of success on the show, recounting her favorite creations and sharing laughter over the challenges of the fake snow on set. 

 

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