My name is Melanie Byrne and I am the owner/cake designer at The Enchanting Merchant Company. I am of South Indian origin, born in Malaysia and migrated to Australia as a child. Working as a Paralegal and then changing careers to work in the booming mining industry in Western Australia as a Superintendent Systems & Business Solutions, I was never truly happy in these "great careers". I always kept myself busy in the my spare time with various form of arts/crafts, one of them being cake decorating.
After years of working in the corporate world during the day and rushing home to decorate cakes in the evening for family and friends, I decided to formally study cake decorating to refine skills. What had started out as a hobby, soon took up all my spare time and so began The Enchanting Merchant Company.
2013 brought massive changes to my personal life, leaving Australia and migrating to Scotland by myself with what seemed like a shipping container of cake equipment and a huge Rottweiler called Stewie :) It was very exciting and slightly nerve wrecking as I launched my cake business in Aberdeenshire in 2014. I am very much looking forward to my future and building my new life here.
My artistic inspirations were nurtured very early in my childhood, in particular by my paternal grandfather. One of my earliest fond memories of my childhood was spent sitting for hours on end at my grandfather's desk watching him paint beautiful pictures that seemed to come to life with every brush stroke across the paper.
Together with a passion for cooking, cake decorating is a perfect outlet for me to create edible art!!