by Sharon Wee
My heart always breaks a little when someone says ‘it’s just cake’ when referring to what I do.
I know what is under the sugar works of art is deliciously moist cake, but it is what’s on top that I am the most passionate about.
This week I made a cake for the cutest little boy. He loves playing Mario Kart and his mum wanted to surprise him with a cake of his favourite character and kart for his birthday.
The bullet bike is balancing on the two wheels by the way! This was a structurally challenging cake but I’m so happy to have had the honour of making it. Why? Because when I delivered it, the little boy came down stairs with his mum and I wish I had a picture of his face as I took the cake out from my car. He had an initial look of shock which then quickly turned into pure joy when he realised that I was holding his cake.
‘Is THAT my cake?! Oh wooooow! I was just playing that game this morning mum!’
I don’t think I have EVER felt so rewarded when delivering a cake. It was just so touching to see his excitement and eagerness as he stared at the cake. And the look on the mum’s face as she saw her son really made my heart melt – it really confirmed that I did not deliver ‘just cake’ 😉
Last week I also attended Planet Cake’s master class and it was truly an intensive 4 days. I was mentally and physically exhausted each day when I got home but it was the most fun I’ve had. I made lots of awesome new friends and got to learn and experience from some of the most talented people in the world.
Almost 30 hours of work went into creating this cake. Yes that’s right… 30 hours – over 4 days. The sugar flowers are the most time consuming – every single petal and leaf you will see on the cake was created individually by hand, assembled and painted and dusted with colour.
All the orchid petals hanging out to dry.
The roses getting their drying time before the next round of petals are added on.
The cake assembly itself takes a long time.
All the flowers then need to be carefully attached to the cake.
Don’t forget the little details!
The finished cake!
The cake was nearly half my size! A big thank you to AM and Linda for all their wonderful help. I learned heaps over the 4 days 🙂 and a super thank you to my new friend Winnie who was generous enough to help me with some of my sugar flowers (even though she had tonne to do!), I don’t think I would have been able to finish on time if it wasn’t for her!