My Cake Decorating Journey

Hello everyone!
So Michal came up with a brilliant idea to introduce this new blogging challenge about us artists sharing our caking stories.. How we started and where we are now. I think it would be wonderful to read about how all you wonderful artists came to be what you are today.

Here is my story :)
I started baking when i was 7 years old. My mother was a fantastic cook and baker. The first thing i learnt was a basic vanilla sponge. I could make it with my eyes closed. Baking and cooking was always second nature to me. It never felt like a chore.

Besides that, Painting was always one of my passions. My paintbrushes were literally and extension of my right arm. I wanted to pursue a career in fine arts, but that didn’t work out for me. I ended up doing a Bachelors in Business Administration because being the only child, i was expected to take over the family business. I worked in my fathers office, and in China for a little while. Did what was expected of me, but my heart wasn’t in it.
Then one day i came across an old recipe diary my mother used to keep. She had handwritten over 200 recipes in it. I found a short recipe for simple gumpaste. Out of curiosity, i started googling. I remember reading an article about ‘The difference between fondant and gumpaste’ .. and then there was no looking back. I found myself sitting in the office, scouring through cake websites, saving hundreds of cake pictures onto my desktop. I was hooked!
With a lot of courage I told my father that this was what i wanted to do for the rest of my life. He wasn’t convinced but decided to let me give it a shot. He knew i wasn’t meant for a desk job. I needed to use my hands. I needed to play with colour!

I sold my first cake a month later, after tons of experimenting and practice. That was when Firefly was born.
I started working in a tiny store room on my roof 4 years ago. Expanded that 2 years ago. And 2 months ago i expanded that further into a big studio i like to call my happy place. :)

Here are a few pictures of my work space:

My work is the most important part of my life. It IS my life. This is what i want to be doing even when im old and grey.
Being an artist from a very young age has really aided me in my sense of design, technique and colour and im so grateful to have found my passion so early in life. And i am grateful for all the wonderful people iv met in this trade. There is so much love and that sense of being a part of something so wonderful is truly magical .
When i look back to the time i made my first sugar rose and the joy and satisfaction i got when i placed it on my first cake. Nothing can beat that happy feeling of creating something beautiful out of nothing.

Here is a picture of my very first fondant cake:

And here is one of my latests:

Thank you for taking out time to read about me and my journey. And thank you to all of you for being such a beautiful part of it.
I cant wait to read your stories!
Love & unicorn hugs,
Pavani

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Calli Creations ...

Pavina…. What a wonderful story and totally relate to you as an artist, especially the part of the extended arm being the paintbrush. I only did graphics for many years, but always wanted to do fine art painting … Which I now do.
You’re journey had been an amazing one and always in awe of your creations which are so clearly the work of an artist.
I adore your studio… What an idyllic work space…
Many thanks for your story.. It was a joy to read xxx

Michal Bulla ...

I loved to read your story Pavani and I have to say that your studio is beautiful.

Thank you for sharing ;)

Fifi's Cakes ...

Your beautiful cakes, flowers and soft and romantic artwork always has me reeling and your progress story is so inspiring to read. I also love your working area photos! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Truly wonderful. xx

Orietta Basso ...

I adore you, you are one of my favorite cake designers. Your lab is wonderful!!

Allways Julez ...

Love your story Pavani, love your style… and soooo jealous of your beautiful and roomy workspace! LOL Thanks for sharing your story. xxx

Chris Jones ...

Pavani, what an inspiring story! I have loved and admired your work for years since discovering online cake sites!! Thank you for sharing your journey and being an inspiration to me in my cake decorating journey:)!

Mira - Mirabella Desserts ...

Thank you for sharing your journey! It is clear from your amazing work that you are following your passion and doing what you were meant to do. Very inspiring! :) xx

June ("Clarky's Cakes") ...

Wow Pavani….you were super talented right from the start. Your an amazing cake artist, and your dedication and passion comes through in every cake.

SweetKOKEKO by Arantxa ...

Pavina… soooooooo beautiful story! I feel so identified!!! My pencils and brushes are an extension of my arm too!! I can´t be without a notebook and some pencils in my purse, If I stay still I have to draw. It´s like this. Since I was little I painted everything and everywhere, (also the paper clothing of the family restaurants ha ha). So I understand you, is not only something you like, is a way of living, a part of you.
I´m sooooo happy you´re finally working at what you like. It´s also my dream. I love your work, you have such a good colour knowledge, such beautiful and unique designs. So elegant cakes! You´ve done a very good work. Good work!!! xxx

CuriAUSSIEty Cakes ...

Gorgeous story and I am always in awe of your stunning work. Big hugs

Enchanting Merchant Company ...

Lovely story, beautiful artistry xx

JT Cakes ...

Nice. Your cake studio is amazing. fantastic story

SugarMagicCakes (Christine) ...

Hey Pavani! What an inspiring story! Great that you followed your heart ♡
Love your work space, stunning, and lots of light! Unfortunately im stuck in a tiny kitchen :(
Keep creating your wonderful work, I love to see every one xx

Sweet Obsessions by Tanya Mehta ...

Wow! I follow your page on facebook also.
I am in love with your cakes! Your work is totally somewhat out of a story book!wish you good luck for future :)

miettes ...

Amazing!!