After graduating from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Amber Spiegel went on to pursue her dream of becoming a pastry chef and enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Program at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. During those years at school she realized that her true passion was decorating cakes and cookies – a profession where she could combine her artistic skills with her love of baking.
In 2008 Amber won the grand prize in a Wilton cake decorating contest and was flown to the Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art outside of Chicago, IL to take the Master Course. Soon after, she accepted a job with Wilton as a cake decorator. While at Wilton she decorated cakes and cookies for product packaging and publications including the 2011 and 2012 Wilton Yearbooks and was subsequently promoted to an assistant cake designer. During this time, Amber spent her nights and weekends honing her decorating skills by making cookies in her tiny Chicago apartment kitchen. With the support of her family, she made the decision in April of 2011 to say goodbye to Chicago and return to her home state of New York to follow her dream of turning her part time cookie business, SweetAmbs®, into a full time career. She now creates cookie decorating video tutorials and travels the world to teach others how to make beautiful cookies on their own. Amber’s first book, Cookie Art: Sweet Designs For Special Occasions was released in 2016.
Amber’s work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle magazine, Brides magazine, as well as on numerous blogs and websites including The Knot TV, Amy Atlas, Junebug Weddings, Merci New York, The Huffington Post, and Better Homes and Gardens. She was named one of Forbes Top Influencers of 2017 in food. See more of Amber’s work on Instagram.
SweetAmbs, LLC, Kingston, New York