What’s your favourite cake?
I thought long and hard about this question (it was the toughest one to answer) and it’s going to have to be a draw between chocolate and red velvet cake, they are the cakes I also make the most.
What’s the most difficult technique you’ve had to use when baking?
The first time I ever used fondant, I found it quite difficult to find a technique that worked with getting it to the right size and then getting it actually onto the cake, without it cracking and splitting.
What’s your favourite occasion to bake for?
I haven’t baked for a huge variety of occasions yet, but I do really enjoy making a birthday cake, because you get to know so much about an individuals personality by the kind of cake that they want.
Have you always loved to bake?
Absolutely, I have baked since I can remember. My mum and I would always get out our mixing bowl and bake something, our specialty was brownies.
Who taught you to bake?
My mum. She taught me everything – and still does. I still go to her for advice when I’m baking. I’ll always send her pictures of what I’m making. She’s my secret sidekick.
What is your favourite thing to make other than cakes?
Cookies! I’m always making cookies. They’re so simple and easy to make. Whenever my husband feels like a little but of something, cookies are always my go to.
What is your lifelong goal with baking? Are you planning on opening a bakery?
My lifelong goal with baking is pretty simple: I just want to make people happy with my cakes, and I want them to be able to really compliment any occasion. I would love to one day open a bakery, but right now with looking after Chunks, and I’ll be home educating her too, it won’t be until all my kids are older that I’ll think about opening a bakery.
Would you write your own bakery book one day?
I am planning on writing my own book – in fact I actually have one in the works, and I can’t wait to get it out there and write more. I have always wanted to publish a book ever since I can remember.
Have you ever had any huge baking fails?
Of course – tell me a baker who hasn’t! This year I wanted to make a 3D pumpkin cake for Halloween. I had gotten a tin that was supposed to make a good shape for me to put two lots together to make a pumpkin shape, but when I put on the icing and stepped back to take a look; turns out it didn’t look like a pumpkin at all. But hey, it was my first time, everyone makes mistakes and that’s okay. Practice makes perfect!
When did you realise baking was your calling?
Not long ago actually – about a year ago. I have always envisioned having my own baking business since I can remember. But I’ve always had this thought that I wasn’t good enough to do it. But when I saw people’s reactions to a cake I made last year, that’s what really hit it off for me, and I thought “I could actually do this.” It was the fact that people believed in me, and thought I was good enough that I decided to chase my dream and do it.
What advice would you give to someone who is trying to opening a business?
Be patient. It takes time and dedication to really get up and running – I mean, I’m still not fully there yet, and it won’t just happen straight away. Never give up, if you ever feel like quitting, just remember why you first started.