Adelaide baker named Educator of the Year at International Cake Show

An Adelaide-based baker has been crowned one of Australia’s best at a recent international cake show.

Adelaide-based baker, Maggie Dmochowski, has taken the top prize for Educator of the Year at the 2024 ACADA International Cake Show Australia.

Maggie competed against baking royalty at this year’s awards, but her hard work and dedication to her craft and students is what led her to take gold in this public-voted award.

The ICSA is Australia’s largest cake, cookie, baking and sugar art show. Hosted annually in Brisbane, sweet enthusiasts from all over Australia, and 27 countries come together to celebrate innovators in baking.

“To qualify for the awards someone graciously nominated me for the award category Best Educator… It’s a lengthy process and I can only imagine how difficult it would be to really determine how a baker has contributed to their field and to be recognised for their work,” explains Maggie, when asked how she was nominated.

Maggie’s experience in the kitchen goes way back. She first opened a catering company in 2007 and worked with her team for over 8 years catering and preparing food for all kinds of corporate events, private celebrations and multi-day functions, all over the state.

“I started Adelaide Bakes in 2016 from my home kitchen after a history in catering large-scale events – with a huge passion for teaching and really wanting to raise the bar when it came to baking classes here in Adelaide.”

Maggie eventually pivoted to pastry and took the time to learn intensive pastry, patisserie and chocolate techniques from some of the best in the industry. These skills led her to begin supplying restaurants and cafes around Adelaide with her sweets and desserts, whilst making cakes for private customers and functions.

In 2016 Maggie’s true passion was found when she started teaching. She took her small but loyal social media following and started teaching classes to students in her home, now known as Adelaide Bakes Academy. By 2017, Adelaide Bakes Academy was fully in motion and was running out of a commercial studio with Maggie sharing her 20 years of professional baking experience with aspiring bakers.

“My classes soon became so popular that I moved the business to a studio at Flinders Park within a year, and by the end of 2017, my classes were booked out 6-7 months in advance.”

Maggie had created a space where bakers who wanted to learn could be supported in their baking journey.

This led her to open an online academy in 2019. “It’s membership-based and allows bakers from all over the world to join my classes and learn the recipes, methods and techniques that I share to achieve consistent results in their baking – and for those who want it – to grow their baking businesses!”

These days ABA is a place to learn the basics of baking, cake decorating, and much more, under the expert guidance of Maggie. Her classes highlight the science behind baking, and ensuring consistent results are reached each time you’re in the kitchen.

“Inside the Academy, I teach weekly, I support bakers, we have live-streamed classes so that bakers can see recipes come together from scratch in real time, For me, it’s about making fun, supportive, accessible and as close to hands-on as possible!”

Maggie has worked to build a supportive community of bakers all over the world, and her hard work and dedication are reflected in her winning of the award earlier this year.

Are you a keen baker? Find out more about Adelaide Bakes, here.

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