You baking a cake then?

We know the life of a caker is usually filled with joy, peace and harmony, early nights, spotless kitchens and immaculate Organised cake cupboards and drawers. 

Who am I kidding, The reality is a kitchen in chaos, you cannot find your favourite cake smoother, the cake is due in one day and won’t cooperate, I could go on but I won’t. So if you want to test your strength of character start baking, it’s not all sprinkles and at times you have to literally stop youself from throwing your cake in the bin, up the wall, on the floor *Delete where applicable* 

Remember Iain from The Great British bake off last year?  #BakedAlaskaGate


And as for poor Dorett from the first episode of this years bake off there wasn’t a person in the land that didn’t feel for her, yes this is real drama people.


But as a baking community we do tend to experience very similar things so read on whether your a baker or not, and welcome to our world.

1. So you walk into your local supermarket to grab some flour, enough butter to form your own EU butter mountain, eggs that make you wonder if you should consider owning chickens, and enough sugar that would make a dentist weep


You stand at the till and begin browsing your fb timeline to see how many likes your last cake got when you hear..

“Someone is busy you baking a cake then?”


“You must be good then”

Me (being humble) I’m ok with a knowing wink

2. About to start baking you think you have everything, you weigh out all the ingredients and then you realise that your one egg short (What a croc)Note to self: I really do need chickens 


3. You go into a cold sweat when your local cake decorating shop has run out of your fave sugarpaste, you use a unfamiliar one and the cake is due in the morning, you want to have confidence in your paste and you wonder will it tear? Yep there it goes.

4. You hold your breath when delivering that stacked cake convinced it’s collaspsed in the boot of your car on what seems to be the hottest day of the year.


5. Can I make a cake Pop? Sure how hard can it be 4 hours later your ball of cake won’t stay on the stick I repeat it won’t stay on the stick, and as for candy melts Why, they are just adding to my torment, 


6. You set an alert for the great British bake off a year in advance and begin counting down the days, and then begin getting loads of messages from people telling you you should be on there.


7. You detest washing up and don’t have the space for a dish washer, then you need you mixing bowl for one last cake and run out of washing up liquid, Noooooooooooooo (thank god for late night shopping)


8. At cake International you try to convince yourself one more cutter won’t hurt,  of course I’ll use it ,oh and I really need that sparkly ribbon, the extra set of cake tins, well you just never know

9. Your covered cake is looking gorgeous, smooth, sharp and then you rotate it, and looking back at you is an air bubble so big  its like a wind machine when you pop it and the air escaping whispers “I’ll be back” terminator style.


10. You go to bed at 2am and get up at 6am to find your sugarpaste model has collapsed and the terminator air bubble has reappeared. You want to cry, sod it you cry anyway while stomping round the kitchen mumbling to yourself how much you hate HATE air bubbles and sugarpaste.

12. That tumbleweed moment when you check your email and don’t get a response from the quote you managed to spend hours working on as the cake was “Urgent”


13. You decide to try the upside down inside out back to front method to acheive that sharp edge and end up with a cake just right for the cake wreck website


14. You forgot to start the mixer on slow resulting in an icing sugar tornado 

15. And my all time fave, 

Phone rings

“You need the cake for when”


Cue hysterical laughter 

Yes everyone may think it’s super glam but it’s hard work, challenging, stressful (there’s a reason people cry on bakeoff)  but it’s not always tears and tantrums, those that do bake LOVE IT , we love creating edibles pieces of art for our customers and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So saluting my baking community we really do make life sweet.


On the Road

 Since I’m still juggling my two worlds of working as an events and hospitality manager and being a part time Cake entrepreneur my time is so precious that I don’t always get the most amount of time to do the things I like to do.

So I have to sneak as much into a day as I can, i.e go to the gym before work, (not always successful in this) catch up on a good book by reading in the bath, dance salsa at the weekends instead of weekdays (you get the picture)
And because my business operates from home I seem to spend as much time delivering cakes as I do baking and decorating them

For example One Christmas it was the only time I got to sit down (true story)

So I like to deliver my cake orders as opposed to have them collected because I like to think it’s a nice bit of customer service to deliver a cake even though at times it can be time consuming .

One day I will actually get round to outsourcing my deliveries but you know what it’s like handing over a decorated cake for someone else to deliver it’s just not that easy to say goodbye.

So since i can spend a bit of time  on the road i need to make it enjoyable and one of the things I like to do is indulge in listening to a podcast. It’s a bit of a distraction from cakes plus I love listening to interesting content.
I actually feel like I’m a podcast geek and sing their praises to all that will listen.

I love them cause they are free to listen to,you can download them on to your fancy phone or device, you get to subscribe so you’ll never miss an episode ,seriously what’s not to love. Strangely though I cannot find many cakey related ones, (if you know of any let me know) I did actually think about creating one myself but Sadly I just don’t have the time, so feel free to share your recommendations with me at the end of this post or if you decide to start a cakey podcast.

So my love affair with podcast really began with listening to Serial, its based on a true story that unfolds week by week. I caught it a few weeks after it began broadcasting so I was able to catch up in real time, I won’t disclose to much about the story line but its well worth a listen and quite addictive.

Below are a few more podcast I like to listen to.

This American life is from the same people who created Serial and is a public radio show that has over 2 million listening in, its usually one theme and the stories told are based around that theme
  #AskGaryVee is my latest obsession, tweet him a question about marketing, social media and entrepreneurship and if he likes it he will answer them on his Showwwwww but he is full on and a bit loud but i like his energy and what he has to say.

Big me up Media is another newbie podcast that i have begun subscribing to and I also follow Yvonne Radley on Facebook, her, podcast are based around gaining more clients for your business

If you like scary tales you will enjoy Lore, Aaron Mahnke is an author who uncovers the history behind spooky happenings and stories.

Criminal is an interesting one as its not about in your face crime but rather stories of people who have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, have been wronged or done wrong

Ted Talks is the most eclectic mix of speakers you could ever get to listen too, i have listened to podcast on sleep, on sampling with Mark Ronson, being creative, whatever your into there is a ted talk that appeals to you

Food 52 present a podcast called Burnt toast, (follow their instagram you will drool) they talk about all things relating to food culture, cooking and foodie debate.

Its certainly an eclectic mix but when you’re driving and don’t fancy listening to the radio a podcast can be good company.

So do you listen to any podcast? If so feel free to share your latest finds.