INSTRUCTOR, DEMONSTRATOR, JUDGE AND CUSTOM PRODUCTS
Ruth Rickey is a former attorney and administrative law judge. She fell in love with cakes and became manager of an upscale grocery store in Oklahoma City. After 5 years, she was named top Bakery Manager for IGA's 3200 stores in 31 countries and knew that it was time to open her own shop.
Ruth opened Ruth's Sweete Justice Bakery in 2000 and ran it until December of 2011. The bakery was widely respected as one of the top sweets providers in Oklahoma. Ruth closed the shop in order to focus on teaching - her true passion. Since January, 2012, Ruth has been teaching all over the
Ruth is an ICES Certified Master Sugar Artist.
Ruth has been seen on WE TV's Wedding Cake Wars (her team won), twice on TLC's Ultimate Cake Off (assistant to Pat Jacoby on two wins) and on three specials on The Food Network about The Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show.
In November of 2016, Ruth was named
Best Cake Support at the Cake Masters Awards in Birmingham,
England. This award is the equivalent of a Cake Oscar!
Ruth wrote "Ruth's Truths"
for several years for Edible Artists Network Magazine. She now has
a monthly column in Cake Masters Magazine.
About Sugar Zen
Ruth began SugarZen in 2012 to help reignite people's passion for the sugar arts. It seemed that everywhere she went, she became a "sugar therapist" and helped people remember why they fell in love with cake decorating. Her blog
is full of great advice on the subjects no one else touches!
In March of 2001, Ruth was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. At the time, it was incurable and untreatable and she was given 2-5 years to live. Miraculously, six weeks after diagnosis, the FDA approved Gleevec - a drug that revolutionized cancer treatment and saved Ruth's life.
After 10 1/2 years on Gleevec, Ruth's body built up resistance and the leukemia started to come back. Ruth switched to the second generation drug, Sprycel.
After 2 1/2 years on Sprycel, it gave
Ruth bilateral pleural effusion. Ruth had to change medicines
again, this time to Tasigna. Ruth started this drug in February of
Ruth is back in genetic remission today and pays this miracle forward by doing marathons, half marathons, century rides, triathlons and various charity events to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
and the Go Mitch Go Foundation. Ruth's next challenge is Ironman
Arizona in November of 2017.