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.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Dawn & Harrison

I made these two cakes for a former co-worker the week before last, for her mother's 70th birthday and her baby boy's naming ceremony.  They were both done for the same day, and with less than a week's notice, so the designs are very simple... both feature the quick fondant rosebuds that Marilyn showed us in class a few weeks ago.



Saturday, March 27, 2010

Baby Cookies

My husband's family welcomed two new arrivals in February, and I made these cookies for the proud parents...



Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fourth & Final Intermediate Class

Dang... when life gets hectic, blogging always seems to be the first thing to fall by the wayside, and once I get out of the habit I keep forgetting to start up again.  I have a fair bit to catch up on, but I'd better start with the final session of the Intermediate class, considering I now only have one session to go of the Advanced course!

In the final night of the Intermediate class, which was actually three weeks ago (and I almost forgot to go altogether thanks to having a busy week, plus I was completely out of routine because the kids were sick and not at day care) we made a hibiscus using the five petal cutter. No photos again due to my flower being a somewhat pathetic specimen... I've since "retired" (ie. thrown out) the rest of that batch of flower paste.  I think I made it a bit too dry to start with, and it was getting quite old and difficult to work with. 

So that's it for the intermediate class... unfortunately out of the four weeks I didn't end up producing anything that I felt was worthy of photographing, but it's all still a pretty steep learning curve.  I've been making different types of orchids the last three weeks in the Advanced class and will be doing lilies next week in the final session.  I've never been a fan of orchids as a garden plant, but the sugar ones I've been making in class have turned out OK.  Since I'm so far behind with my blogging, I've already decided to just write up the Advanced class as one entry next week when it's all over.