So this is it â€“ my first blog, it will be a blog about my cakey and businessÂ experiences to date and other such musings, interspersed with helpfulÂ marketing advice from Rob Watson (a great friend of mine and an experienced and resourceful marketing manager)â€¦
SoÂ to kick it all off I thought I would share where my cake passion and interest all stems from…
Itâ€™s not an unusual story for a caker, I think most of us cakey lot developed our love of cakes through baking and decorating with our mums or grans when we were younger, but the reason I wanted to share my story is my mum is exceptionally talented and never had the resources available to showcase her beautiful work to the masses. That is where this blog post comes inâ€¦.
My earliest memories are baking with mum and watching her create beautifully decorated wedding cakes. My mum was also self-taught, gleaning information from books or just learning by instinct, amazingly all made free hand and by sight like this expertly piped Royal Iced wedding cake she made for my sister. Mum didn’t work from a pattern nor scribe points around the cake, nope mum just â€œdid itâ€ and executed it beautifully.
Below is my brotherâ€™s wedding cake completed with aÂ gorgeous handmade Â sugar bouquet, this scanned photo really doesnâ€™t doÂ it Â justice. I remember everyone at the wedding thinkingÂ they were real flowers, it really was fantastic, even more soÂ as it was the first oneÂ mum ever made (not that you can tell!!)
My mum recruited me to make a couple of sugar figures for her cakes when I was about 13. The first was for the reverend from our church portraying him dozing off in his armchairÂ with his sock hanging off his foot. Pretty good forÂ a first attempt…
The second was for my Grandmaâ€™s 70th featuringÂ her in her tae-kwon-do outfit, nurses sister hat,Â her 6 babies, (looking like a harassed mum) completed with a few faves of hers (chocolate cake, noodles, ten pin bowling, champagne) I was so chuffed to be part of mum’s cake process!
Â Last but not least – this is the beautiful wedding cakeÂ mum made for mine and Eddie’s wedding. This was outside mum’s comfort zone ofÂ the traditional RI wedding cake, as I didn’t like fruit cake at the time (I love it now!!) and so a feather sponge non pillared wedding cake was requested by us and once again mum pulled it out of the bag with her first ever American style stacked cake. Completed with handmade sugar flower spray.
I think you’ll agree my mum sure is one talented lady,Â she never went into business as with 5 arguing kids to look after, there was never the time or as many resources and marketing tools available. To mum it was always a hobby that she loved, but if it werenâ€™t for all those hours watching mum and baking and decorating with her, then my passion may have never been ignited and I wouldn’t beÂ in this career that I LOVEÂ â€“ so a big thank you Mum and Happy Mothers Day for Sundayxx
Hope you lovely lotÂ enjoyed seeing where my initial inspirationÂ stemmed from, I’d love to knowÂ who was the person that inspired you to become a caker? Let us know in the comments box below…..