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post #16 of 20
I was a stay at home for the first 1 1/2 of my son's life. While he was down for a nap I came upon one of the many cake shows. I was sucked in.

5 years later here I am. Here is a picture of my most recent:

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post #17 of 20
I've always loved to cook. On my 16th birthday my mom offered me a book translated in french of Debbie Brown and loved the cakes she made in that book. Never had the chance to make any of them but it was always in the corner of my head that I would make some one day... I finally had the chance when my goddaughter turned 2 (she is now 5) since my sister in law had just given birth to an other child she didn't have time to bake a cake so I offered to do it. I did a turtle cake. Since then I've made some of the cakes for my godchildren and nieces. I'm doing this as a hobby but some people at birthday parties are more and more interested by these cakes and start asking questions. These type of cakes aren't very popular here in Belgium so it's quite hard to find classes so thank God for internet and all it's resources and I have to be very imaginative to find other ways to do stuff because we don't have as many materials or food items as you have (Think I'm going to take a trip to the US with an empty suitcase one day icon_wink.gif )
My motto is "Why make it simple when you can make it complicated", just love the challenge and want to take it a step further every time...
post #18 of 20
My dad loved sweets so I used to make the desserts. I've been baking since my teens but never did much decorating excepts for using fruits, shaved chocolate etc. Last year for Mother's Day my daughter enrolled me in the Wilton cake decorating class and I was hooked. I make cakes for my family & friends only and give them as gifts. I don't think I could do this for a living but really enjoy decorating a cake every once in awhile.
post #19 of 20
My Mom used to do cakes back in the day. All butter cream. I would sit there amazed watching her. She sure could kick out those roses! When I was in my 30's, a co-worker was asking around about wedding cakes, and I told her my Mom did them. My Mom was willing to make it, but told me she wanted me to help her with it. I had no clue what I was doing, but could follow direction from watching her make all the cakes prior to this. It was fun doing it with her, and a great bonding experience. The cake turned out great, and I was so proud of it!

Fast forward about 10 years, and another wedding cake presented itself with another co-worker. I hadn't done a cake since that first wedding cake, but felt I would give it another go...this time solo. The design was simple, and I consulted with my Mom about how to go about it, and went at it! I did have her help me deliver it and to "spot" me while I stacked it at the location...in case something went wrong. Again, it turned out great! After that, I did about 3 more wedding cakes and a couple birthday cakes in a 7 year time span. I worked full time, and just did it as a hobby.

A little over 2 years ago, another co-work was looking for a wedding cake. I offered to make it, and almost regretted it! She wanted FONDANT! I had never worked with fondant (had avoided it like the plague) and had no idea how to work with it. I was old school butter cream all the way! By this time my Mom had suffered a major stroke and is now paralyzed, so I wouldn't be able to experiment with fondant with her (she had never worked with it either). So, I looked up fondant recipes, looked at every tutorial I could find on how to work with it, cover a cake with it, and how to make the flowers the bride requested. It would also be the first square cake I ever made! I had a few hiccups with it, but in the end I think it turned out good for being a fondant virgin! The cake is the Cali-lily cake in my photos. I'm now hooked on Fondant!

I love working with the stuff! All the pics in my gallery are cakes that I've done within the last 1 1/2 years. I'm making more cakes now, and am really enjoying it. I've learned pretty much what I know from researching tutorials on the computer and asking questions here. I still have so much to learn, but having fun doing it! The only regrets I have is that I can't share this with my Mom. She really enjoys seeing what I'm doing, but I just wish she could do it with me. She used to be so talented, and this is a medium I think she would have loved using!
post #20 of 20
I started baking about the time I was big enough to reach the knobs on the stove. My grandmother got me into baking cakes when I was going to her house every day after school in the 5th grade. The first really important cake I made was my oldest dd's first birthday cake.

I got into decorating about 15 years ago. I saw some beautiful cakes and thought "I can do that". And I was hooked. I didn't realize there were classes or youtube videos or books. I figured out on my own how to do the things I wanted. Then about 6 years ago, my dd wanted me to make her wedding cake. I had a year's notice and became obsessed. I spent hours and hours researching cakes on the internet. Her cake was my first fondant, first tiered, first wedding . . . . well, you name it, it was my first. Had I known what I was getting into, I would have run screaming into the night. icon_rolleyes.gif

Needless, to say, it has gone from an obsession to an addiction. I finally started my cake business in January. Then in April, my dh and I accepted transfers with our company to a different location. My cake business had to be put on hold and it's been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Even so, I've made a couple of cakes. I made cake pops for a company cookout and was amazed at how many people had never heard of them. Yep - - already making plans. icon_biggrin.gif
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