Newcastle, NSW, Australia
I’m a former industrial chemist, and after deciding on a career change while at home with my two young children, I’m now a qualified pastry chef. In 2009 I started taking some classes in cake decorating and other pastry-related cookery, and taught myself many more decorating techniques from books and internet resources. In 2010 I started a pastry apprenticeship, studying Retail Baking (Cake & Pastry) Certificate III at TAFE, which I completed with Distinction in 2012. I completed my apprenticeship in December 2013, and am now working as a full time Pastry chef and Cake Decorator at 'Exquisite Cakes by Lennert' in Cessnock, NSW.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Blue Canvas

YES! Buttercream covers everything... I think I did a reasonable job of disguising the cutting mistakes. I was a bit surprised at how much of the royal blue Wilton gel colour it took to get the buttercream even to this shade, which is only a fairly pale blue. I shudder to think how much normal food colouring it would have taken! I did the best I could to get a smooth finish, but I couldn’t seem to even out one spatula mark without making another one somewhere else. Unless there’s some trick to it that I’m not aware of yet, I guess I just need more practice.

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