Professional Cake Designer/Instructor
Gitti Allman has been decorating cakes professionally since 1999. Following a successful career in special education, Gitti began cake decorating as a hobby during her years as a full-time mother. Her pastime of creating gifts of centerpiece cakes and pastries for her friends and neighbors on special occasions soon turned into a cottage industry in Long Island and New York City. As word continued to spread of her artistic and culinary talents, her company Pastries & Petit Fours by Gitti, soon became a thriving business supplying imaginative centerpiece cakes and desserts to caterers, party planners and individuals for special functions, parties and celebrations, as well as for personal and corporate gifts.
Equipped with an advanced degree in Special Education, a warm and sociable personality, as well as natural teaching ability, it was inevitable that Gitti was soon sought after to share her talents and knowledge with other aspiring cake decorators. After being recruited to create and establish the Kosher Culinary Institute in the 5-Towns JCC on Long Island – where she served as a long-time, regular instructor – she launched a new company, Decorate-My-Cake, Inc., to teach cake decorating courses and classes and to supply specialized cake decorating equipment to her students and other decorators.
Gitti has been invited to teach and demonstrate cake decorating across the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, from Miami to Boston – and points in between – including Highland Park, Englewood, Manhattan, Scarsdale, Stamford and Great Neck. Internationally, she has been invited yearly to teach a 10-day series of courses in cities throughout Israel, and most recently, in the United Kingdom for a four-city teaching tour.
Gitti has taught cake decorating to all skill levels and age groups, including senior citizens, elementary and high school students, bridal showers, charitable functions and fundraising events. She has also been a regular presenter at career nights for young women on starting their own businesses. Her business is based in Cedarhurst, New York and will soon have a global presence on the Internet with a website that will showcase her finished creations and market hard-to-find and unique cake decorating supplies.
As Marketing Director for Decorate My Cake, Chana brings over 18 years of marketing and multimedia production experience to the world of cake decorating. Self-employed for over 12 years as a freelance graphic designer and professional photographer, Chana has experienced the many successes and challenges business owners goes through when launching and maintaining a business. Chana’s experience has helped many businesses to find their voice in a rapidly changing market. Her clients have come to rely on her expertise in customer service, sales and brand recognition. Chana holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communications and lives in Las Vegas where she heads up Decorate My Cake’s west coast division.