Wow! My first blog!! I’m not gonna lie, it’s a very scary thing kinda sorta bearing my soul for a few folk to see. Ok, ‘soul’ might be a bit dramatic but by soul I mean my ridiculous obsession with all things cake….and for me at least…it’s all the same thing.
I’ve not always been this passionate about cake. I mean I’ve always loved to bake and I’ve been described to people by my family as the ‘Martha Stewart’ of the bunch. I just shake my head at the comparison,but secretly, I kinda love it.
My gran baked, she ran a business from home selling the best cookies and a chocolate cake to die for! She passed that knowledge on to my mom, and although neither of us have been able to properly replicate my Gran’s famous condensed milk cookies….my mom’s baking is not too shabby. Not by a long shot!
After I graduated high school I had a few ideas in mind of what I wanted to do with my life and none of it involved food. This is going to sound ridiculous but it never really entered my mind that I could actually go to school to learn the Art of Baking. I just assumed that you started out as a culinary chef and then apprenticed and sorta upgraded to becoming a Pastry Chef. I was young and naive. Don’t judge me!
So I went to Pastry School, learned the art of Baking and loved every minute of it. We didn’t spend too much time decorating cakes, it was really just focused on the science of baking, perfecting every type of dough imaginable, whipping up every concoction you read about in every French book. While I was at school I was working in one of Canada’s largest book chains. And of course when you’re going to pastry school and working in a bookstore, it’s only natural that you start gravitating toward the recipe books and baking section. It was here, (perusing when I should have been working) that my new found love of novelty cakes was born. Confetti Cakes by Elisa Strauss. I was hooked. It was one of the only books that came with me over to Scotland, and a book I still use for reference every so often.
For me making cakes is not just a means to make a living, it’s my medium. It’s my safe place. It’s a place where I can find therapy when I need it. I’ve found comfort in them. I’ve also been at breaking point with them, where I’ve been ready to throw in the towel because it all just becomes too much. It’s somewhere that sometimes I put too much energy into but at the end of the day I’m not sure where I’d be without cake in my life…I know how crazy that sounds, after all, to many people ‘it’s just cake’. But to me, especially lately, it’s so much more than that. I get to challenge myself everyday and I get to be inventive and creative and I get to escape to a safe place when this hectic life all gets just a little bit too much. But those are stories for another day….and let me tell you, there are loads of them! I’m looking forward to having you on my blogging journey.
Now on to the fun stuff and how I made this Honey Bee Cake 🙂 x