This past weekend I had time to bake some cupcakes in celebration of Valentine's Day. My original plan was to experiment with making fondant covered cupcakes, but in the end I ran short on time and motivation and stuck to my trademark rose swirls. I did experiment with making so called ribbon roses and was delighted at how quick and easy they were! Suffice it to say that you'll be seeing a lot more of those from me in the future!
I find that the more I bake, the more I enjoy it. With every cake I create I get more imaginative and bold. There are innumerable new techniques and fads out there just waiting for me to try that until recently I simply had no idea about. My greatest frustration at the moment is that I have so little time to explore and practice these new methods. I have several video and pdf tutorials that I have purchased, none of which I have had the time to try. It is soooo tempting to take the plunge, quit my day job and devote myself full-time to this new passion. However, the knowledge that next year I will have 2 daughters in university and the UK threatening to raise tuition fees radically brings me back to reality. The orders are coming in steadily, but not yet in the volumes that I would need to devote myself full-time. All in good time!!