Q: What did 2016 teach you?
Woah, a big one to start, huh? The answer is I don’t even know where to start, or end for that matter. I learned to try new things. I learned that trying new things can be scary. I used sugarpaste for the first time. I made and used royal icing for the first time. I fell in love with cake decorating. I learned not to leave things till the last minute. I also learned how to speak Arabic. 2016 taught me that being bored sometimes is okay. It taught me to believe in myself a little.
Q: What are your goals for 2017?
- To be better at sharing. I’m a terrible sharer. Sharer of food that is, which is ironic since I make food for other people for a living.
- To be more patient in all aspects of my life. I’ve been so impatient this year. I wanted life to just move move move. I should have been grateful for the still moments. I guess for 2017, I want to appreciate each moment, rather than be waiting for the next one.
- Grow this blog. I love writing. I love sharing my writing. I especially love writing about baking and cake decorating. So expect more of that!
- Make more cake. Lots and lots of cake.
- Create. More and more and more.
- Learn as much as I can. I want to learn everything.
Okay, back to the baking questions; that’s enough self reflection for today…
Q: What are some of your favourite cake decorating tools?
- My palette knives. Gotta love ‘em. They come in handy for everything, from covering cakes in buttercream to lifting lots of delicate decorations.
- Piping tips. Leaf nozzles, tip 104, and plenty of star tips. To make so many pretty buttercream flowers.
- My newly acquired fondant moulding tools.
- Wilton icing duster
- Paint brushes.
- Gel food colours
Q: Which designers do you look up to the most?
- I watch a lot of YouTube, so I love Joshua John Russell’s work. He’s also super funny.
- Yolanda Gampp is awesome. She’s the queen of novelty cakes.
- Kara Andretta. Her flowers? To.Die. For.
- Elizabeth Marek. I love how much pride she takes in her work. Her no nonsense approach is refreshing.
- Peggy Porschen. Her cakes are every girl’s fairytale dream.
Q: Favourite decorating medium?
I started using fondant three months ago and I’m in love. There’s so much you can do with fondant! The possibilities are endless. I’m definitely going to be using this more.
Q: Some struggles you have been through while starting this journey?
I guess I’ve battled with myself quite a bit over the past few months. To go into detail would be another blog post, but in a few points:
- Being limited to what I can do. I can only learn and do so much. It’s the perfectionist in me. I want to know everything right now.
- Sometimes my creativity becomes a long lost friend that I forget to call till it’s too late in the day. I need to make my creativity more of a priority.
- This one is one I think one a few bakers struggle with; our work being treated as if it’s not skilled work. I’m no professional, but I really don’t like my work or chosen profession to be undervalued.
Q: Why are you blogging this journey?
I started off blogging my favourite recipes. Then I started my course and it became a cake decorating blog. I want to look back and see how far I’ve come, in the least egotistical, self-centred way possible. I want to progress. I also love to write. It’s a way to get my words out there. Another reason is that when I started out, I didn’t really know where to look for advice, especially for beginners. I hope this blog can be that for other beginners.
Q: What is your advice for other beginners?
Oh gosh. This is a tough one, seeing as I‘m only a beginner myself. I’m learning, but I do not know near enough to even be called novice. I guess I would say not to be too hard on yourself if a cake doesn’t turn out just like you thought it would. And that it takes time. And lots of practice. Yep, lots of practice.
Q: What are your long term goals?
I want my own bakery where I make custom made cakes and hold classes. Hopefully I have my own brand. I want my blog to grow, and I want it to connect to other people. I want to be doing good things.
Q: If not cake designing, then what?
I used to want to be a horse rider. I love horses. The thing is, I’ve never ridden one. I also really really wanted to be a midwife a couple of years ago. So one of those two.
Q: Lastly, and I’m especially curious, do you ever bake in your pyjamas?
Erm yes? Doesn’t everyone?