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, October 4, 2010

Scooby Doo

One downside of the new job is that I can't take the kids to playgroup any more... this Scooby Doo cake was for one of their little friends.

Minnie Mouse

At the time I started my new job I only had three more confirmed cake orders on the books, so I decided to just complete those orders and not take any more until further notice.  Minnie Mouse was done during the first week of my apprenticeship, for an old school friend's daughter's birthday.

Upsy Daisy Mark II

It seems so long ago now... I was working on another Upsy Daisy cake for the weekend when the job opportunity came up.  When I made my daughter's Upsy Daisy, the hair didn't work out the way wanted it too, so I didn't have much choice but to stick it down on her forehead.  I always thought that if I ever did another Upsy Daisy I'd put her on a bigger board and fan out her hair... MUCH better!