Thursday, October 27, 2011

For the Love of Chocolate

In my semi short lifetime on this planet I have only met a handful of people who don't like chocolate. 

Till this day I am still amazed when people say they don't like chocolate. Well, because I love it. I absolutely love chocolate! Which is dangerous in my line of work. They are always around and if I am just craving chocolate I don't have to walk more than 2 steps before I have access to about 15 kilos of it.

Last week I travelled to Savour School in Melbourne to learn all about how to make artisen chocolates. I have always wanted to attend a class at Savour and if I lived in Melbourne I think I would be there all the time. 

I was so excited about the class. So much that I didn't mind that I had to wake up at 4am in the morning to catch a taxi to the airport. And that upon landing in Melbourne the school was still a bus and a train ride away. It was freezing and I was exhausted but nothing could dampen my spirits as I entered the school doors. Yippie!

The class was amazing and there is nothing like it in Sydney. They not only explained the science behind tempering chocolate and chocolate production but they also explained they different ways of achieving the same results at home with existing equipment too. Oh it was so much fun :)

When I got home my taste testers (aka the boyfriend and brother) managed to scoff down 3 each in less than 10 minutes. Obviously they were all good but everyone agreed that the hazelnut praline with feuilletine and coco nibs were the best by far.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wedding Cake Deliveries

Do you know what is the scariest, most stressful and nerve wrecking part of being a cake decorator?


Why is it that when I have a cake in my car there seems to be road bumps everywhere and reckless drivers all around me? Building a structurally stable cake is so important. If the tiers are not supported correctly or stacked well, the hours of work and love that goes into my creation will be gone in a matter of seconds. 

That's why I get so stressed before and during deliveries. Once the cake leaves my studio it faces a world where things are out of my control. All it takes is a pot hole or a careless driver to slam their brakes in front of me for my creation to get hurt. If a minor boo boo happens it's not so bad and can easily be fixed, but if a major boo boo occurs, that's it. Usually at about 3 - 4 hours before the wedding reception, there is no chance fixing it really.

Over the years, I've become accustomed to two or three tier cake deliveries. They no longer give me the stress they used to. But big cakes... ones that tower over me as I work on them seriously still make my heart skip a beat whenever I go over a bump on the road. The cake always appears to be swaying in the back and with every bump if there are sugar flowers on the cake, they always seem to be rattling against each other extra hard.

At every traffic light, I always turn around to check on them and silently beg the cake gods to help me make it there safely. Last week there were two big cakes to deliver. Both on the same day and due around the same time. So you can only imagine what it was like - everything was doubled!

And to add to that, when I got to one of the venues not only did the florist show up with less fresh flowers than required, she also proceeded to arrange her flowers (which were wet!) onto my cake in her own way... oh boy. I think that is a story for another day :P Luckily with some quick thinking I managed to make minor some design adjustments. I still felt really uneasy until the bride texted me the next day saying she loved it... phew!

 Design inspired by Delectable by Su

So after that stressful afternoon, we at least got to stop by Burnt Orange for some yummy late afternoon tea and sweets.

Caught this cute little guy running across the car park too :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Go-Karting Horses Wedding Cake

The best thing about my job is that no two weeks are the same. I get to make all sorts of different and special designs each week but some cake designs are so unique and meaningful to the client that I even count down the weeks until I get to start on the creation!

I've been looking forward to this order ever since the bride emailed me months ago. She wanted something a little serious but also wanted to incorporate her love for horses and her fiance's love of go carting. And finally, last week I got to create the wood textured board, the go cart driving horses (which were the bride's idea!) and colourful flower arrangements. How cool is the bride for having such a intimate and special cake?

I think this will go in my all time favourite cakes pile :)

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