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.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cake-fest Coming Up!

I’m gearing up for a busy few days of baking and decorating later this week. My son’s third birthday is on Friday, and I have two Hunter Community College cake decorating classes on Saturday. The morning class is decorating cupcakes, followed by decorating with chocolate in the afternoon. The cupcakes will be supplied, but I need to take my own cake to decorate for the chocolate class.

So I have Cameron’s “Bob the Builder” cake to bake and decorate on Thursday for his birthday on Friday, then on Friday night I’ll be baking another cake to take to the class on Saturday, plus I’ll have who-knows-how-many cupcakes to bring home. There’s going to be more cake than you can poke a spatula at in this house by Sunday!

After I get the kids into bed tonight, I need to sit down and go through the recipes I’ll be using and write myself up a grocery list. It was Rohan’s idea to do a separate trip for baking ingredients rather than trying to get them with the regular weekly grocery run, and I’m glad he suggested it. I hate grocery shopping with a passion, but I love baking, and I’m almost looking forward to a shopping trip dedicated to baking ingredients!

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