Oh Gateaux


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Oh Gateaux

Aug 2014 73 Dublin, Ireland

Hello everyone,

I started making cakes last September when my little niece had her christening and I asked if I could make a cake. I had never made one before and had no idea what I was doing. Looking back on it now all I can do is laugh!
I made a chocolate biscuit cake because I didn't know how to bake! And set about decorating it. The minute I began I fell in love. It's a little embarrassing to say but I did get a little emotional! It just felt right! Like I had found my thing!

I had been studying nutrition (from nutrition to baking cakes!) because I wanted to help people with degenerative illnesses, something very close to my heart. The more I studied the more I felt a need to be creative. It was as if my body needed it.

I stopped studying nutrition and was at a point in my life where I had no idea what direction to go in. I knew I wanted to create things but didn't know what and I was frightened I might never find it. So when I made the cake for my beautiful baby niece I had my eureka moment!

Now the funniest part of all of this is that I am fourth generation cake designer! My mother, grandmother and great grandmother all made stunning wedding cakes for years. I remember the smell of icing in my grandmother's house and the wonderment of how anything could be that white! I also remember taking every second bit of piping from the bottom of the largest tier of one cake! This is something I will have to remember if I ever have children and they do something as horrifying as this!

Unfortunately for my mother four boys and one little girl got in the way of wedding cakes and I only remember seeing one that she made. I do however remember being in complete amazement looking at it and being completely stunned by how pretty it was. But until I made that cake last year it never struck me that it might be an option of a career or even just a hobby. Part of me wishes my mother had taught me how to bake and decorate from an early age but being the rebellious child I was I probably wouldn't have kept it up!

So here I am having just turned 27 wondering about all those years I was searching for what it was I wanted to do with my life and it must have been decided when I was a baby looking at all the beautiful designs in my grandmother's house! Needless to say I'm so happy I am carrying on the family tradition and I'm so grateful to have such talented cake designers in my family. I hope someday I can live up to their creations.

After I made my first cake I looked up everything I could find online, watched countless Youtube videos and read countless tutorials. I haven't had any training yet so I hope someday I will be able to be shown how to do lots of things.

Right now I am just practicing as much as I can and trying to build a portfolio and learn as much as possible and not break any bones in the meantime! I broke my wrist last December and couldn't bake for a few months! I hope in the near future I will be able to set up a business and make cakes for a living.

I'll let you all know how that goes!

Really happy to have found this online community.

Helen. x

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Oh Gateaux

Hello to you too! New to this so I’m not sure how this all works but hopefully I’ll figure it out soon! x

Sugar Duckie (Maria McDonald)

There you are! (I wasn’t joking about the cake stalking!!!) Beautiful work as always.
Maria x

Teté Cakes Design

Hello, tell me your name, I can not keep calling you oh gateaux !! lol

Teté Cakes Design

hehehe!! Hi Helen !! I found your blog !! I’m in love with your work !! You are brilliant !! thank you very much for following !!

Oh Gateaux

Thanks you so much Teté. I cannot believe that people like my work! I am in love with designing cakes so I’m glad that people like what I do. Hopefully someday I can make a living from it. x

Oh Gateaux

Haha! Thanks for following me Maria. Only new on here so I’m not sure what I’m doing yet! x

Sugar Duckie (Maria McDonald)

I’m not too sure at all either but at the very least it’s a place to store pics of cakes and drool over other people’s creations!

Oh Gateaux

Ha ha! True. It will keep the two of us happy anyway! x

Enza - Sweet-E

Love your cakes…so beautifully done..new follow from me..Enza xx

Oh Gateaux

Thank you Enza! Likewise with the like! x

Cynthia - Not Too Sweet Bakery

Your cakes are soooo nice! I am your new follower now! Please keep posting beautiful cakes!!

Oh Gateaux

Thank you so much Cynthia. xxx

The Sweet Duchess

beautiful work! new follower, looking forward to more of your creations :)

Oh Gateaux

Thank you!