This is me…

So today is kind of a special milestone for me – it’s my blog’s fifth birthday!

It’s hard to believe that five years ago I had just ventured into my love for sugar art and thought that it might be a good idea to document it all in a blog. I didn’t ever think that people would care enough to read what I had to write or see what I had to post. And even until today, I am always grateful for every comment that is left on my blog, Facebook page and every student I meet in class who tells me they read my blog (I am so very touched!) and that they really related to it.

Five years ago I was shyly making cakes, cupcakes and cookies for anyone who would try some. I was still working out what I wanted for my future and what real life was all about. Today, as I write this, I am sitting in my hotel room in Jakarta where I am teaching sugar art for a week and having the best time with a bunch of the friendliest students I’ve ever met. I am truly lucky to have these opportunities come my way.

My first class in Jakarta! Sorry for the bad photo, only had time to take one with my phone.

What are the very first few photos I posted and blogged about? I better not link them, they are now slightly embarrassing :) If you are dying to see them, then you can look through my history :P

I know I have come a long way and still have a much further road ahead of me. In the last half decade I’ve made so many wonderful cakey friends in real life and online. I have enjoyed sharing knowledge with them and watching them all grow too. I have also encountered some of the best customers and students, plus I’m also lucky to have some talented people working for me and supporting me.

Mostly, I am truly grateful for The Boyfriend (his name is Nick by the way – for those of you who have asked). He is more than my right hand, he’s almost both my left and right hands. Some of you have asked how I cope with everything and he is the answer. On nights were it is almost midnight and I’m about ready to collapse with exhaustion, he helps me make ganache and clean up. On weekends when I am teaching, he delivers all of my orders and gets the class lunch. On weeks when I am just too busy, he helps me bake some of my cakes. He is my overall quality control, my encouragement when I am feeling down, my biggest believer and on top of all that, he also maintains my website for me.

In the last five years I have also come to learn what I do definitely not all sugar, rainbows and green grass.

I left my corporate job more than two years ago because I wanted to avoid the politics and red tape that came as part of the job. Who knew that the world of cake decorating is equally political and just like every other industry some people can be just plain mean and hurtful? I thought being your own boss would help me avoid all that but as I grow and become more immersed in the cake world, I realised that  while there are a tonne of family, real and virtual friends that are out there supporting me in what I love to do the most, there are also those who are out to push me back down to where they think I belong.

I don’t claim to be the best at what I do, but I do love it with a passion and I believe it’s that passion that drives me to better myself. I am not a pastry chef, an art major, some culinary genius, trained as an apprentice or a certified trainer but I do my best to learn, be creative and try new techniques. I don’t think that one of those above titles should define me or give me credibility but I would like to think that my work and recommendations speak for itself.

I stumbled into this career in a non traditional way but it does not mean that I can’t work just as hard to achieve great results. Although I don’t have any ‘real’ qualifications, I am lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry and have also learned some major life and business lessons along the way. This is me. This is how I do it. I have fun doing what I do for a living and I hope everyone else can enjoy it as much as I do :)

11 Comments on This is me…

  1. The Cake Company
    October 7, 2012 at 10:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Sharon,
    This post is so honest and heart felt. Thank you for taking the time regularly to share a little of the magic that happens in your sugary world.
    Bless your business! I have always enjoyed your work.

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  2. The Cake Cabinet
    October 8, 2012 at 1:26 am (2 years ago)

    Hip Hip Hurray!
    Congratulations Sharon and thanks for the inspiration allong the way.
    xx

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  3. Samira
    October 8, 2012 at 3:13 am (2 years ago)

    Congratulations!!!

    You work is amazing, thanks for share with us

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  4. emzeegee & the hungry three
    October 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Sharon,

    It actually makes me a little sad to read this post – that you feel you need to justify the way you got into cake decorating, that you feel you need to ‘prove’ anything at all to anyone- really it just shows how this industry is not nearly as welcoming or understanding as it should be. Personally, I think your work stands up for itself – it’s beautiful, interesting, and done to a very high standard. Your blog stands up as a reflection of who YOU are: honest, talented, and just a good person.

    Don’t ever – EVER – let anyone tell you any differently. You’re raising the bar of the industry as a whole – and I can only hope that people like you (and hopefully me, too!) teach the others a thing or two about how to behave in this industry. With honesty, with morals, and with a shared love of all things sweet – the cake world can be a beautiful place, with enough room for all of us in it (regardless of how we all got here!)

    Michelle

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  5. Anonymous
    October 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Congratulations on achieving the 5th year anniversary Sharon! It’s so sad to hear that some people actually try to push you down for no reason (jealousy perhaps?).Regardless keep up the good work and all the best for the future.
    Amelia
    Ps: we met at Higgins class last week :) i’m Michelle’s friend :)

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  6. Michelle
    October 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Sharon,

    It makes me so sad to think that you needed to write a post justifying yourself or your skills. Your work stands up in it’s own right – it’s beautiful, interesting, and done to a very high standard. Your blog stands up as a reflection of who YOU are – honest, talented, and giving.

    Unfortunately this industry is not immune to those who feel the need to drag others down. The best we can do is just to ourselves behave in the manner we think befitting of the industry – with honesty, with good morals and values, and with support for one another. It’s only by being a good example that we can hope to turn this industry into what it should be – a place of sharing and support regardless of how we all ended up here.

    You have SO MUCH to be proud of – don’t let anyone (or anyone’s comments whose intent is just to hurt) let you believe otherwise. You’re raising the bar of the whole industry with your work AND your work ethic.

    I’m very, very proud to say I read your blog long before teaching trips were ever on the horizon – and I’ll be very glad to keep reading for a long time yet.

    - Michelle

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  7. Siany
    October 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm (2 years ago)

    hai sharon… this is siany from your class in jakarta… hope u remember me….hahahha…
    i think your cake is truly amazing…
    n you are such a good n sweet teacher..
    thanks for share your knowledge with us…

    siany

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  8. Percolator of Life
    October 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I say keep on blogging and keep on caking. The best teachers are those who have dug deep with the passion to learn and try. Self taught makes one strive more for perfection with appreciation. I myself am self taught in my profession and have more knowledge than those schooled. I love your work and want to cake as you do. You are Amazing for no formal training. A novice who is cake obsessed with no one to share with except Family and Friends.

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  9. Anonymous
    October 25, 2012 at 11:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Sharon,

    First of all, I want to say “Thank You” for your effort on blogging. I usually find very inspiring and encouraging by reading it. Second, I want to tell you how great is your cake creation! As you named “Creation”. Not only the lovely cake toppers you made, but also smooth color combination, unique designs… To compare with many other cakes in the market, yours is really eye catching ones. =)

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  10. Anonymous
    October 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Sharon,

    First of all, I want to say “Thank You” for your effort on blogging. I usually find very inspiring and encouraging by reading it. Second, I want to tell you how great is your cake creation! As you named “Creation”. Not only the lovely cake toppers you made, but also smooth color combination, unique designs… To compare with many other cakes in the market, yours is really eye catching ones. =)

    Reply
  11. Jenni P.
    October 26, 2013 at 4:56 am (1 year ago)

    I only just found your blog today, but I’ve already learned so much from it, and am so grateful to have found it. Thank-you for sharing your journey as well as tips about cakes and sugar art.

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