Saturday, September 17, 2011
Hard to believe it has been over a year since my first blog entry, yet so much has happened and I have learned more than I ever thought I would in a year. One Lorraine McKay figure course and two Alan Dunn sugar flower courses later I like to think my skills have significantly increased. Although I started out a year ago thinking I would branch out into the world of cupcakes, I now realise that my ultimate love is for sugar flowers. Alan Dunn never ceases to amaze me with his talent, and I have a dream of one day being able to make flowers that look absolutely real.
After my great success with the Christmas cakes I made in bulk for many of my colleagues, the New Year saw a marked increase in cake orders for me. Most of them were children's cakes, a great place to begin, I believe! Although somewhat limited in how much one can earn with children's cakes, I have to admit that they are always great fun and immensely rewarding to make. I treasure the wide-eyed looks of wonder and delight of each birthday child when he/she sees his/her cake for the first time. it means more to me than the money I earn from the cake to see those little faces shining with delight!
When I make cakes for adults, the focus is entirely different; despite the admiration for the cake itself, usually the key factor is the flavour of the cake. How delicious the cake is seems to be the ultimate criteria. Just recently a friend and colleague ordered two undecorated cakes for a party he was planning. He actually wrote on the invite that there will be "Sonja's cakes"!!! What a compliment that was:) Lest I lead you astray, I should also note that despite the shift in emphasis with adult cakes (and I don't mean naughty cakes!) these have invariably also been the most challenging to make.
But before I can fulfill this plan I need to take more courses and practice, practice, practice my decorating and my flower making skills. I also need to compete, successfully I might add, in order to give myself more credibility. Sooooo, come next spring I will be entering my first competition(s). Wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed for me!!!!!!