Frosting Fame: Columbus cake artist makes it big

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It’s art you can eat. A Columbus artist is getting national notoriety for his recent work. Creations that have taken him all over the world in a career he never expected.  

Tim Sullivan or Timbo is Columbus’ own cake artist.  He’s been on several television cooking shows, taught classes across the country and competed around the globe with his cake creations. Just last month he was featured on the Food Network. 

It’s a position he never thought he would end up in, though always an artist, he didn’t start baking until after high school, “Honestly it found me, I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Timbo said.  

In 2011 he was watching a competition cake show with sister Tierra and was inspired, “We were just watching TV one day and he was like, I can do that, I laughed and said no you can’t, so you know here we are,” Tierra Sullivan said.  

Since that first cake seven years ago Timbo has gone as far as Australia making elaborate cakes limited only by his imagination, he’s also been teaching others how to do it, “I think teaching is probably what I love the most, having a class full of students wanting to learn from you,” Timbo said.  

TImbo has also competed on several television cooking competitions, most recently the show, ‘Ridiculous Cakes’ on the Food Network.   

While his talent for creating cakes, may be a piece of cake skill-wise, to him, it is much more, “I don’t think of it as cake, I think of it as artwork,” Timbo said. Artwork that Timbo does not have any problem abstaining from eating, “I am more of an ice cream person,” Timbo added.  

A self-described ice cream person who would never have found his raw talent and successful career path, had he not made that first cake, “The first cake was nice looking but it tasted awful,” Timbo said. He encourages others to try new things as well, “I am always looking for what is next,” Timbo added.  

As for what is next for Timbo, he is considering open his own bakery, but for now is just enjoying competing, traveling, and frosting.  

You can learn more about Timbo and his cake creations on his Facebook 

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