I have an even bigger obsession than my obsession with blogs. (*gasp* yes it’s true) Well, its actually more like a passion. I absolutely love, LOVE novelty cakes! They are so creative and beautiful and you can do just about anything. The obsession part comes in when I spend hours on flickr just browsing my life away looking at all the amazing cakes people have done. My boss, A, doesn’t share the passion with me, she’s passionate about wedding cakes and excellent at making them. Don’t get me wrong, I love wedding cakes to, but there’s just something about novelty cakes that grabs me. Maybe it’s the fact that you can make one for just about any occasion?
Up until now we haven’t done novelty cakes at work and have ended up turning many clients away because of it. A wants to focus on what she’s passionate about, which is wise as you can’t spread yourself to thin or you’ll end up not being great at anything! But she’s seen my passion and she’s decided we can start doing them, and she’s put me in charge of them! Wow, I’ve only been working there about 8 months, and I’m still in the process of becoming a pastry chef, and I’ve got this huge opportunity to do what I love. I feel so blessed.
Besides this news being exciting, it’s also very scary. Since I love novelty cakes but I’ve never made them. And there isn’t anyone to teach me. So I just jumped into the deep end, and I swam!
G’s brother is a drummer and it was his birthday on Friday. I decided to take the opportunity to ‘jump into the deep end’ and make my first novelty cake. And I’m so proud of how it came out. More than 10 hours of work and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but I came out the other end as a better baker, or novelty caker? I’m the kind of person who just cannot do something half half. I go all out, I can’t help it!
I loved doing this cake. I learned something important, it’s all in the details. It’s the small details of a cake that make you look twice and think ‘wow, I can’t believe they thought to make that?’
And although mine is still a way away from perfect, he was very happy with it and that’s why I love my job. You get to make somebody happy in a way not many people can. And I’ll tell you a secret… it’s not that difficult! One of my aims for the future of this blog is to put up some tutorials as I go along. I don’t just want to show what I can do, I want to show you how you can do it to, and that way we’ll be learning together.
I’ve already got another order for a 1st birthday cake for next weekend, so will post on that soon.
Have a great week!