Second blog ever! I mean how do you start off a blog?! I have no idea how to so why not reuse material! Anyway, moving on, as we’ve gone through August, we again find ourselves in isolation in Victoria and with all sorts of restrictions coming out of our ears. I, however, haven’t really felt too much of a change, as with the last lot of higher-level restrictions, isolation suits us just fine.
During the last period of our mandatory ‘stay at home’ rules, I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Australian Cake Decorating Network Cake School Foundation Masterclass. The ACDN is an amazing organization that supports all aspects of the cake and cake decorating industry and to be able to have the opportunity to learn from two of the most incredible and talented people in the industry was just an unmissable event. Karen Stack (Lick The Bowl) and Lena McKechnie (Savvy Cakes) taught us so many new things and tips about using ganache and fondant, as well as consolidating what I already knew. The experience not only helped me with my cake decorating, but it actually changed my outlook on many aspects within life. I met so many amazing and supportive people in the group, who are in the same or a similar situation to myself, and knowing that there are people who appreciate what we do as cake makers and as small business owners, has made me want to push myself to be better and to do better.
My daughters first birthday is in August and although we can’t have a party, we still wanted to go all out for her and to have photos to show that we still celebrated even in isolation. I used my new found tips and tricks from the ACDN Masterclass to create her cake and I feel so much more at ease with completing more challenging cakes. It was hard though trying not to eat all of the desserts I had been preparing for her birthday – and making it all alone with two toddlers running around is even more difficult. I had to fight tooth and nail to fend off the children from gobbling up my freshly made jam drops, I failed miserably however and one dropped to the ground. The magpies (my kids) swooped in so fast I only got to taste a crumb that was left behind! It was an amazing crumb though that’s for sure!
I’ve also signed up for the ACDN Business Lounge – a dedicated space to aid business owners in the cake industry – and have so far completed two modules designed to develop our business skills, not so much our creative sides – something that is very foreign to me. That being said, I love learning, as I mentioned in my previous blog and the Business Lounge has made me look at different aspects of what I do and where I want to go with it all. It too is challenging me and I look forward to the modules to come.
Creating videos of making cakes has been the biggest thing for me this month, and I’m actually loving it. I didn’t think being behind the camera would be that fun, but it is and it’s a great opportunity for me to see what I’m doing when creating cakes, and it also lets all of you see as well. I’ll be trying to capture as much footage as I can so keep an eye out!
Until next time, stay safe and eat cake.
From Sugar With Love,