I'm a bad ass culinary artist and Cake is my Lyfe! I create cake masterpieces daily and I'm constantly pushing the limits of my craft!
I'm FAMOUS! I competed on Crime Scene Kitchen and you can watch it on FOX or Hulu!
My good friend Luis Flores, aka Mac Daddy Macs, and I would compete together on Crime Scene Kitchen. The show tested our culinary knowledge and technical skills. Spoiler... we won! Go watch the show it's on HULU right now!
My Lyfe as a pastry chef started as a young girl. I learned to love baking by doing it with my Grandma. That love inspired me to earning my degree in baking and pastry arts from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.
To prove to my parents that baking wasn't just a tasty hobby but a serious career. I moved to Las Vegas and began to work my way up the culinary ladder.
Once in Vegas I worked hard and earned positions in the kitchens of some big names like; Thomas Keller, Jean Georges, Joel Robuchon, & Tome Coliccho. At that time it was my job to cater to the pastry needs for A list celebrities visitors.
As a mother of two boys I am constantly on the go. When I'm not coaching soccer I'm in my bakery creating Vegas' best custom cakes.
My goal is to always push the boundaries of what is possible. I want to create cakes that become memories. This is the drive that created Cake Lyfe by Nattie J. and this is the drive that will carve out my spot among the great pastry chefs.
Cake Lyfe by Nattie J
A veteran of Bouchon, Prime Steakhouse and The Mansion at MGM, Chef Natalie Collins (aka Nattie J) now makes custom cakes out of her Henderson home. Her football-themed creations include cakes in the shapes of the gridiron, a helmet and plenty of Raiders/Golden Knights combos and, with a few weeks’ notice, she’ll happily work with customers to express their team spirit in any way they’d like.
by Al Mancini
Dec 25, 2020
As my business grew I began to get more freedom to create custom cakes that would blow my clients minds. I was featured in the Las Vegas Entrepreneurs - Top 25 on the Rise who had this to say!
Cake Lyfe by Nattie J offers Las Vegas show-stopping custom cake art. Nattie J, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, has an innate ability to make sugar come to life. Her amazing natural talent to sculpt, paint, and create your dreams out of cake has made her the choice for many high rollers and celebrities visiting Las Vegas.
Before starting her own custom cake business, she was the executive pastry chef at Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak House. She has received many awards for cake art, but her most recent notary is heralding from Fox's new baking competition, Crime Scene Kitchen, on which she and her friend Chef Luis Flores are competing for the grand prize of $100,000.
Nattie J is no stranger to strange requests and over-the-top cakes. She has made a variety of realistic cakes from a human heart to a Rolex watch (and everything in between) with so much attention to detail, that they look like they are actually pumping blood and telling time. If you are looking for sugar flowers that look like they were just picked from a meadow or hand-sculpted Chanel purse cake that you might accidentally mistake as your own purse and try to wear out of the party, then Nattie J is your Las Vegas cake girl.
I'm just getting started! I'm a proud mom of two and I am driven to be the best pastry chef Vegas has ever seen!
With plans to open our first brick & mortar location, we are ready to continue growing.
Keep livin' that Cake Lyfe!