Have a seat, grab a fork, and allow me to introduce myself.
I’m Amanda Rettke, resident baker, blogger, wife and mother behind I Am Baker. You could also say I’m the resident icing piper, cookie decorator, and pie maker…speaking of, do you have time for seconds?
I created I Am Baker in 2010 out of the deep belief that I am a baker, you are a baker, and together, we are bakers. Together, we can bake something beautiful.
As I brought this blog to life, I recognized the craving my readers had for a communal space where they could celebrate the sticky-sweet lives of one another. I Am Baker is where recipes, raw stories and real-talk come together, and where you’re always welcome to get comfy and share stories from your own kitchen.
In the 10+ years since I’ve been blogging and raising my family, I’ve had the wonderful honor of being featured in and collaborating with some of the most beloved publications on the shelves, including Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade.
My hope is that I Am Baker eliminates the fear of cracking the first egg, while sharing the joy of getting your hands dirty in the work of baking, mothering, and serving.
In 2014, I published Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside. This is my love letter to the ambitious baker who wants to create something elegant, whimsical, and unexpected from scratch without, you know, destroying her kitchen or her sanity. You don’t have to be a pastry chef to make something totally jaw dropping. I show you how in this book, and help you from first step to last.
As you explore I Am Baker, I hope you’ll enjoy some real-life snapshots of the most important ingredients that make up my life: family, community, and sarcasm (my specialty). I Am Baker is a piece of my life, and I’m thankful that you’re here to share the pieces of yours with me.
To sugar, butter, and you.
Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.
Over the course of her 10+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.
An award winning writer, photographer, blogger and baker, Amanda’s true passion is supporting others in their creative projects and building up online and offline communities. She speaks often on issues of authenticity in social media, and believes that we meet our greatness when we extend a helping hand to others.
In addition to exploring creative confections for I Am Baker, Amanda is a mother to five amazing kids under 10, and wife to her husband of 13 years, Chad. When she’s not serving as after-school chauffeur, helping with homework, or playing with the little ones, Amanda keeps her hands busy in her church and local community.