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So here's my story of my cake journey. I'm Jonathan from tiny island of Malta. My late father was a great chef and he even founded the Malta Culinary Association. (Now Malta Kulinarja) He introduced me to cake when I was 17/ 18 years old. He used to bake bible cakes for holy communion, cover them in sugar paste and I will decorate them. No lessons so far.

I wanted to learn more. Between 2000 - 2001 I went to a flowres sugar course. In fact after that, my next 4 cakes where wedding cakes with sugar flowers. I wanted to learn more and more... RI piping, sugar models and more. But unfortunately I could not find any more courses here, internet was limited, I had few tools back then.

Then suddenly my father left this world in 11th November 2004. After that I abandoned the art of cakes for almost 6 years. In that time I've done some cakes, but just few, and no effort to start again the cake journey.

It was 3 and a half years ago that the flame lit again for cake decorating. I bought some new tools, than more tools, than some more. I put some adverts and cake orders started to coming in. I tried doing some sugar models. Was very difficult at first. I don't know how many I've thrown out of the windows into the garden for the ants to eat (lol)... But I didn't want to quit again. Just for my father. But practice and patience helped me a lot.

Now 3 years later looking at some of the creations i have done in 2013 and the beginning of this year, makes me very proud. That amazing 5 tier wedding cake I have done for my niece, with the 10 hour hand painted scene and a whole 2 days doing 4 poinsettias....... Every thing I learned in these last few years is all self thought. OK the hand painting is a talent from God. The rest is patience, trial and error. There is a lot to learn for me. Lot and lot and lot..... I just can never stop learning new techniques.

If you read this and you are a beginner, NEVER and NEVER abandon the amazing cake love. It was a mistake that I regret. DAD hope you can see from up above my cake creations. x x

JT Cakes https://www.facebook.com/JTcakesmalta

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74 Comments

SugarMagicCakes (Christine) ...

Hi JT! Thanks for the follow. Loving all your cakes xx

JT Cakes ...

Thanks dear I love all your cakes too :)

Marlene - CakeHeaven ...

Hi JT Cakes, I dropped by to let you know that Dina (Miettes) has just informed me that you are from Malta as well!!! It is nice to know that there is another Maltese caker who is a member of Cakes Decor!

JT Cakes ...

That’s nice. Just saw your work. You are very very talented. Love your photography as well.

Marlene - CakeHeaven ...

Hi JT, thanks a lot for the lovely comments you left on my profile!! The photographs are all complements of my very patient husband who has to spend hours taking photos of my cakes to make sure that I have good photos!! I have looked at your work as well!! Your painting is really beautiful and I especially love your bonsai cake!! Great work!! Hope to see more of your work posted on Cakes Decor soon!!!

JT Cakes ...

Thanks Marlene :)

Viorica Dinu ...

very nice your cakes.

JT Cakes ...

Thank you Viorica. I appreciate a lot

Cakemummy ...

Wow Johnathan, what a story! I’m sure you dad is looking down on you with a huge smile on his face! I have only been doing cakes for 12 months and love it, pretty much all self taught and some dumb luck! :-)

jchuck ...

Such a lovely story. So sorry you lost your Dad. But he left you a wonderful legacy!! You certainly do have God given talent!! But it does show with much practice …what you can achieve…. :o)

AWG Hobby Cakes ...

My late daughter is the inspiration behind my cakes. I ALSO am self taught…. and would love to go on courses. I make cakes as a hobby… and doing so because it helps me in difficult times to focus, and most of all to see others happy, makes me happy. Your father is proud of you x

BeautifySugar ...

That was a great story Jonathan, sorry for your loss. But I also had a loss & I know my mother is also watching from above & proud of the flowers I create . You’re work is awesome btw. :-)

Gulnaz Mitchell ...

What an inspiring story behind your cake journey! I am very sorry to hear about your Dad. He would be proud of you! Your cakes are amazing! xoxo

JT Cakes ...

Thanks for the nice comments. I’m sorry for your losses too, Wallace and Audrey.

SweetdreamsbyNika ...

I love your story and i love painted cakes ;)