The Sweetness of Artistry & Philanthropy with Barb Gardner

by Oct 7, 2021Corporate Program, Podcast

Confectionery artists can create incredible works of art, but when they are done to brighten a sick child’s day, the smiles are that much sweeter. Our guest this week is Barb Gardner, a confectionery artist who creates delicious, eye-catching works of art every day at her bakery Cakes By Whisk. She has been featured as an assistant on the Food Network and even won awards for her confectionary creations. Not only does Barb make cakes for birthdays, weddings, and other events, but she is a baker for Icing Smiles. 

Join Kay and Barb as they discuss her company Cakes By Whisk, how she uses her artistry for good, her advice for young businesswomen, and more! 

Click the video below to view their interview or click here to listen on Spotify.

Baking a Difference with Icing Smiles

Icing Smiles is a fun organization which helps children battling an illness “wear a smile all year long” through sweet treats and magical memories. Together with Icing Smiles, we created fundraising bangle charm bracelets featuring their adorable logo turned into a custom charm.

Barb’s Power Symbol: The Peace Sign

Barb’s Power Symbol is the Peace Sign. This iconic symbol reminds Barb of her older brother who was in the Vietnam War and the innocence and fun of being a child in the late ’60s. The Peace Sign makes Barb smile remembering all those fun times – bell bottoms, flower power, and all. The modern peace sign was designed in 1958 as part of a campaign for nuclear disarmament. It was described as a symbol representing despair with the lines forming a human with its hands questioning at its sides. It has since become the universal symbol of peace. 

Shop our Sterling Silver Peace Sign Charm

20% of net proceeds of our Symbol Charm Line benefit our charity programs. 

About Barb Gardner

Barb Gardner is an award-winning confectionery artist who has been wowing the Phoenix Area for over 40 years. She has been seen on Food Network, Midday Arizona, The Pat McMahon Show, and countless other television networks and publications. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with others, bringing back the joy of youth, and creating something beautiful and edible. She is up to date on modern designs and upcoming trends in order to create the cake of her client’s dreams for any celebration you can imagine. When she isn’t baking up a smile, she enjoys volunteering and having fun with her family and friends.  

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