Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

It has been a little while since I last blogged; my apologies for that.  On the bright side I have been very busy with various orders, but on the not-so-bright-side I have been bogged down with the usual winter ailments.  Not enough to keep me in bed, but enough to make me feel tired and drained all the time.

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!!

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