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 1, 2013

Toy Story

It's August again already!  I started this blog four years ago today in the lead-up to my son's 3rd birthday, which was when I started taking cake decorating seriously. This time last year I'd decided to put my blog on the back-burner, and Cameron's 6th birthday cake missed the boat... before he turns 7, here's the 'Toy Story' cake I made for him last year...


After the dramas I had getting Rapunzel together for my daughter Rebecca's 4th birthday earlier in the year, I decided that I needed to simplify things so it wouldn't be such an ordeal. After all, that's the reason I had to stop taking private orders while working full-time... work was already tiring, and having to come home and do even more cake work became too stressful to be enjoyable.

Cameron wanted a 'Toy Story' cake, so I decorated a simple rectangle to make Andy's bed. It's a bit rough by my standards, but the birthday boy loved it and that's the main thing. Oh, and in the lead-up, when I realised I was cringing every time I thought about modelling Buzz and Woody, I decided to cheat and buy plastic toys. After all, Rebecca got a Rapunzel doll to play with after her cake was done with, so it's only fair... well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!!