by Sharon Wee
What is a cake spa? Is it somewhere cakes go to relax? No… but it is somewhere where cake decorators go to chill out. There are no facials and mud wraps but lots of demos and learning outcomes.
It’s been almost a year since I have had a chance to indulge myself in learning from someone else. And last weekend was such a special treat! Together with some cake girlfriends we all had the honour of playing host in a private flower class with Jacqueline Butler of Petalsweet. Oh, it was exciting and just like what you’d imagine gathering 6 decorators in a room might be. There was lots of chatter and gossiping and occasionally Jacqueline had to tell us to quiet down and get to work!
Jacqueline’s Hydrangeas. Pretty, pretty!
People outside the cake world might think that it’s strange for us all to be friends considering that we all run businesses in competition with each other. But what they don’t understand is that the cake decorating community is filled with lots of lovely people and that we are mostly all friends or know of each other. We love to share information and brainstorm how to handle difficult clients and at the end of the day, this circle of friends are really the only ones who truly understand how hard it is to run a business in this market, bail you out when you are in trouble (I’ve run out of sliver balls! My cake doesn’t seem to be balancing right!) and can laugh at cake type jokes with you.
Our finished flowers!
So it was truly a fun filled 3 days that I got to spend with my friends and also learn from the super talented and down to earth Jacqueline. She has such a unique style when it comes to flowers and I love how her technique is simple but so effective. In 3 days all of us have learned so much and at the end it felt like our eyes were opened up to a whole new way of making sugar flowers…