Back in 2010 I was running a small craft business making chocolate displays and was attending lots of craft fairs. During this time I got to know lots of bakers and always admired their work.
In June of that year a good friend of mine from work was turning 60. We were always comparing food we'd eaten, restaurants we'd been to and recipes we'd tried so I decided a homemade cake would be much appreciated.
I had no idea where to start so I had a look at some magazines and as luck would have it Good Food mag had an easy vanilla cake in that months edition. I bought it and then, as it was a special occasion, decided it had to be decorated as best as I could.
I went to a local cake decorating shop and met the owner, explained my situation and pleaded for help! Within 20 minutes I'd been given some ideas, sold lots of goodies and had the offer of any help I needed...what service! *
So off I went to create my first cake. I was so pleased with it and took it to work for the big surprise. I almost dropped it getting it into the car and then it almost flew off the passenger seat when I had to hit my brakes quite sharply! **
Amazingly it arrived in one piece and was declared the centrepiece of the birthday table. My lovely friend loved it and was so surprised to hear that I had made it myself.
Here is the picture, I still love it, even though I now see the many imperfections!
As I had bought all of the supplies I then offered to make my nieces birthday cake the following month. Little did I know that it would be the first of many but I love being able to make them each year for Emily and her sister Abbie. It's even more fun now that I can create whatever they want me to :-)
And after this I decided to join a local cake decorating course. This is another story for another day, but I signed up and I'm now in year 3 of a 5 year course. I hope to complete the 5 years and would also love to teach myself one day.
* I should have realised at this point I'd chosen the most expensive hobby on the planet!
** All cakes since have been transported in a way that they can't 'fall off' anything!
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