Monday, May 16, 2011

A Lesson in Piping

Do you have any regrets?

Sometimes I say things in the moment and then immediately mentally kick myself, 'why did I just offer to do that!' or 'why did I just say that!'. But it's too late! The words are already out of my mouth. So the best I can do is either back paddle or follow through... and I don't like back paddling!

I remember a couple of years ago when I was looking for a new job, when my current boss found out, he asked me if it was because of the salary. Immediately I said, 'no it's not. I don't care about the money I want the experience'. Which was true at the time but when I told a friend of mine she was shocked 'never tell your boss not about the money! Wouldn't you like a pay rise anyways?' Oops, she did have a point.

Recently I made a design recommendation to a client and kicked myself in the head after. And as my hands were aching after all the piping I knew I only had myself to blame. 

This bride brought in a cake picture that had used a black and white print from the Christina Re paper range. In the picture, the print looked like it was printed out on an edible image sheet and stuck on the cake. 

I personally didn't like the look so I said the design will be piped on. Oh boy did I suffer for that! The pattern was so intricate that I had to use a 00 piping tip to pipe it on and as I did the first pattern block I realised in dismay that it had taken me 20 minutes and my thumbs were already sore. What do I do? Suck it up and keep piping! slow and steady, slow and steady (but try and move faster!) and 6 hours later...

In the end it was worth it and I was really pleased with the cake. I don't think I would have done the cake any other way and I learnt lots from the challenge I set for myself. But at the beginning and during the process, the finish line looked so far away, I was mentally kicking myself all the way.

PS: If you guys left a comment on the post below, it disappeared because blogger was having some issues over the last couple of days :(

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Massive Week of Business and Decorating

What a MASSIVE week!

For those of you who don't know, I co-own and teach decorating classes at Couture Cake Classes and we ran our first ever intensive cake decorating and business session this week.

The intensive session was only available to 4 students and this week they got an insight to my studio and how Louise from Cupcakes for Poppy, Lilia from My Sweethearts Bakery and I run our businesses. There were hours of discussions, brainstorms, designing and days of ganaching, covering and decorating. 

The students got to design their own cakes and by today (day 4) we (and the students) were all mentally and physically exhausted but extremely proud of the cakes that were created. One of our students, Katie even traveled all the way from Melbourne to join us. I was extremely flattered!

Here's wishing all 4 of them lots of success and fun decorating times ahead! 

We've got a new class date listed for this class in August so be sure to check it out quickly as this class is super popular.

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