The cakes you see from Sweet Retreat have been created by a very special team of Thai women. They have in the space of over just 1 year, excelled in great abilities in baking and sugar-artistry.
I am originally from the UK but now live & work in Bangkok, Thailand. I fell in love with baking & sugar crafting about 10 years ago. I am self taught, the passion for baking & decorating was so strong, that I eventually quit my job and set up my own full-time cake business within 2 years of baking! It has been an enjoyable whirl wind every since.
I moved to Thailand in 2012 and learned Thai within the first year. I have been living in Thailand for 4 years. With a great passion to enable and empower Thai women who are vulnerable and at risk, they would normally be marginalised by society; to see them move forward with confidence. I began a Social Enterprise Bakery - Sweet Retreat Cakes and a baking & sugar crafting training programme called The Baking Project.
Sweet Retreat is Partnered with The Baking Project, where they learn essential skills and vocational training to enable them to rediscover their dignity, value and give them a renewed hope for the future and the opportunity to become specialists in baking & sugar artistry.
Through this programme, they learn to add their own creative flair and originality to cupcakes, celebration cakes, wedding cakes and baked goods. Once they have graduated from the training course, they then have the opportunity to work in the Sweet Retreat bakery, where their skills can flourish as they continue to grow in confidence.
It has been amazing to watch their confidence, skills and abilities grow. They have all come a long way! I am super proud of them all, teaching them is a great pleasure!