Girl, 9, is talented cake decorator

June 6, 2008 4:42:34 PM PDT
A pint-sized baker in The Woodlands is already starting to make a name for herself, decorating cakes for family and friends' occasions, worthy of praise from the experts.For 9-year-old Valerie Pignetti, it's all in the squish. Too much can lead to a squash. She's learned the secret to her bakery rolling technique.

"You start in the middle and work your way out every time," Valerie said.

Like any good baker, Valerie first starts with a drawing of the cake she wants to make.

"This is two layers with roses on top and a rope border," she described.

But it's Valerie's petals that are perfect. Her tiny hands have just the right touch to create any shape or color you want.

Valerie's creations are as intricate, colorful and whimsical as a cake from any professional baker. It's all the result of a cake decorating class she took this year at a local crafts shop.

"Her grandparents paid for her first kit and she did really well," explained Valerie's mother Sue Pignetti. "She was the only child in an all adult class."

Hired by a family friend to make a cake, that spark has led to a raging inferno of cake madness -- something her podiatrist father could hardly imagine.

Tom Pignetti said, "Absolutely not -- it's been a wild ride."

Valerie remains serious about her craft. She's done a number of cakes for events for family and friends. If you would like to get in touch with Valerie, you can email spignetti@comcast.net.

This story was brought to you through our partnership with Houston Community Newspapers. You can read more about it in The Courier of Montgomery County.

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