I trained and worked as a graphic designer, baking cakes, cupcakes and biscuits in my spare time. We have a very lively eight-year-old son, Luc, and with the arrival of our daughter, Aerin, I had to scale down my graphic designing activities. This meant I had more time to enjoy baking.
Each cake is unique, each supplies new challenges and each has turned out splendidly! Everyone oohs and aahs at the design and the flavours. My greatest reward is seeing people happy and excited to taste the cake, not to mention seeing people come back for another slice or two/three.
As a graphic designer, I am trained to be a perfectionist and have a clear vision of the finished product. To put a cake design into 3D and have it work is very satisfying, but – let’s be honest – it’s the taste that is key. From gingerbread houses to Viking helmets, I haven’t had a complaint yet!
Luc is prone to hyperactivity and the tiniest bit of refined sugar can spark a chaotic afternoon. So any cake I create for a child is as healthy as possible. I’ve become adept at using alternative organic sweeteners (for example, honey, molasses and fruit) rather than refined sugar. The results have been most successful and the children don’t even notice the difference.
But I don’t just cater for children. I also enjoy baking for adults, where I am able to add those little extras: nuts, spices, coffee or a dash (or two) of something stronger. Guinness and whisky are very popular and the focal point of the party becomes quite a conversation starter.
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