For the last 20 years, I have been a big fan of the band Hanson. When I was younger, it was to the point of obsession. But now that I am a grown up (or at least expected to act like one…), things have calmed down a little 🙂
If you don’t follow them, I know you are probably thinking one of two things right now:
- Are they STILL around? Didn’t they just have that one hit song?
I’ll spare you the details and summarise. Yes they are still around and in fact decided to become an independent band almost 14 years ago which means they don’t have the backing of a big record company. They have continued to make music (releasing a whole bunch of other records) and tour around the world with a very loyal group of fans supporting them all along the way (think multiple sell out concerts!).
Anyways, this is not really a story about them but about me 🙂 For the last 10 years, every time they visited Australia I’ve been trying to make them a cake. It’s just something I had on my bucket list.
If you could make a cake for any celebrity in the world, who would you choose?
For me it was Hanson. They’ve made such an impact in my life (not only because of their music, but through their journey of independence), I just wanted to do something cool for them in return – plus it would just be so cool.
Each time they travelled out to Australia, I reached out to the media to see if I could contribute a cake in any way but I never heard back. Then this year, as luck would have it, I won a meet and greet opportunity with the band. I found out when I was in Melbourne teaching so I ummed and ahhhed about making them a cake because I literally would not have any time to do it (I only got back to Sydney Monday afternoon, the event was on Wednesday afternoon).
I went through phases like thinking that making them a cake would be the best idea ever to thinking that it was the dumbest/lamest idea ever (yes I think like that – it was quite the emotional rollercoaster). I also thought it might be too hard to haul the cake around and wait in line…What if everyone else teased me about it? Plus I didn’t even know if they would even like it. What if they just tossed it aside?? I was so close to deciding not to do it and being so worried that it was a stupid idea.
But then the more I thought about it the more I realised that my dream was to make them a cake – what does it matter what they or other people think of it as long as I got to achieve my dream?
Plus, the universe (or whatever you believe in) has made this miracle happen and if I don’t do it, when will I ever get another chance to personally hand the cake to them and remind me again, how long have I been trying to do this?!
So after lots of googling and 10 hours later… I was the random small Asian girl standing outside the concert holding a 5kg box.
As it turns out they loved it, shared it on Instagram and even ate it (check out the cutting video) – how cool right?!
So my point to all this craziness here is that I almost missed out on this really cool experience because I was busy making excuses and convincing myself that there was not enough time, it was not convenient, they might not even like it and that the whole idea was just lame. Luckily, I decided not to listen to that side of myself. It’s been a 10 year wish and now it has finally happened… Sometimes these things just take time 🙂
By the way, if you want to see an extremely sped up version of how this cake came together, click on the video below (everything condensed into just 10 minutes!). This is a little rare because you get to see how I typically work behind the scenes. Usually when I am doing a tutorial or a class, I have to think differently, plan better, create templates and work out ways to ensure everyone gets the same results. This process here is a little more organic – with mistakes along the way and fixing things on the fly – see if you can spot them 🙂