My Cake Decorating JourneyThanks for the share opportunity Michal – great idea! My earliest memory of cake was when I lived with my Gran – she made delicious cakes that were rock hard and you had to use your teeth like a scraper to gnaw at them! She didn’t have an oven or...
Thanks for the share opportunity Michal – great idea!
My earliest memory of cake was when I lived with my Gran – she made delicious cakes that were rock hard and you had to use your teeth like a scraper to gnaw at them! She didn’t have an oven or a fridge and baked the cake by putting the filled tin on hot gravel in a large pot. But they were delicious because I tasted the love that went into making them, more than anything else.
I have always loved things arty and crafty from a very young age – always standing first in every art competition in school. I loved craft so much too – that I every year I handmade Christmas decorations for my tree. But most of all I like to eat! …..and so enjoyed cooking and being a severe ‘sweet tooth’ – baking came naturally. I made my first birthday cake when I was 13. It was out of a box….but what was important was I decorated with a dough that I made out of butter and icing sugar and food colours! It was a sleeping beauty cake for my sister who was 3 at the time! Then I got lost along the way trying new mediums in art like pottery, oil painting, sewing and craft.
Then I grew up! After we got married, we decided to move to New Zealand from India. Before we left 16 years ago, I did a course in Cake Decorating, thinking this would add a skill to my CV. I learnt Royal Icing piping, flowers and Fruit cake!
Well what do you know – when we moved – all we could think of was trying to support ourselves on a limited budget and hobbies and passions were put aside. …..all until 8 years later, my son was born. I then started playing with fondant again. I didn’t know that you got fondant in different colours so I would colour them with liquid colours. But this kindled my passion again. I made his birthday cakes every year with small modeled toppers up until his 5th birthday when I made him a Pirates’ Treasure chest! I wanted to make it brown, but as I could not find brown food colour, I painted it black! He loved it and so did everyone and I was very proud!
I became a Flight Attendant and also started up my own food Company called Mel’s (keeping it simple! – just went with my own name!!!). Then my second child was born – the love of my life – my daughter, Maayan. I got so sick after that (nearly died!) and fell into very deep depression. Then a Flight Attendant from work asked if I would make her wedding cake – a 3 tier cake with cascading roses! I pushed myself and forced me to get out of bed. What came of that was not the greatest by any standards, but that was it! I realized that cake and sugar was the medium I wanted to work with – I had discovered my passion. I created a logo, made a website and called it ‘Sugar and Spice’ ….and the rest is history! Sugar and Spice was the song that my Nana sang to me….she always called me a Princess…you know the song…’what are little girls made of? Sugar and Spice and everything nice…."
Robyn’s Wedding Cake
After that I got a formal education from the University of YouTube! ….and practiced and practiced. Only with this degree – you never Graduate – it’s life long learning! I bought almost every tool in the world I guess as I wanted to learn every technique. I am still learning everyday. I have wonderful Cakey friends and met amazing talent – I am in awe constantly on my ‘Daily Cake Drool’!
Today I have a new birthday – its the day we Christen our brand new kitchen. I work with an amazing team of friends. With our new place, I have tried to think of every little detail. We have built this cake studio from scratch. It’s our dream come true. It is HACCP approved – and all MINE!!!!! The top floor is my Cake Studio – the bottom is a full on commercial factory where we cook and package gourmet Indian spices for delis and supermarkets all over New Zealand. It would never have been possible without the encouragement and support of my dear In-Laws – my Father in Law has always believed in me and pushed me to GO for It! I am eternally thankful to them.
This is where I play!
My Consultation Room ~
Love my Baroque feature wall ~
I love the amazed look on people’s faces when they receive their cakes – it makes all the long nights worth while. Life is very busy….balance is a myth….you just have to do what you gotta do….chase your dreams, explore and live your passion. Life is so fragile, love with all your heart. Today I run both businesses amid a flurry of kids, cake orders, classes, workshops and life! I love it!
This is one of my latest cakes…
James Bond 007
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