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