My Mom used to do cakes back in the day. All butter cream. I would sit there amazed watching her. She sure could kick out those roses! When I was in my 30's, a co-worker was asking around about wedding cakes, and I told her my Mom did them. My Mom was willing to make it, but told me she wanted me to help her with it. I had no clue what I was doing, but could follow direction from watching her make all the cakes prior to this. It was fun doing it with her, and a great bonding experience. The cake turned out great, and I was so proud of it!
Fast forward about 10 years, and another wedding cake presented itself with another co-worker. I hadn't done a cake since that first wedding cake, but felt I would give it another go...this time solo. The design was simple, and I consulted with my Mom about how to go about it, and went at it! I did have her help me deliver it and to "spot" me while I stacked it at the location...in case something went wrong. Again, it turned out great! After that, I did about 3 more wedding cakes and a couple birthday cakes in a 7 year time span. I worked full time, and just did it as a hobby.
A little over 2 years ago, another co-work was looking for a wedding cake. I offered to make it, and almost regretted it! She wanted FONDANT! I had never worked with fondant (had avoided it like the plague) and had no idea how to work with it. I was old school butter cream all the way! By this time my Mom had suffered a major stroke and is now paralyzed, so I wouldn't be able to experiment with fondant with her (she had never worked with it either). So, I looked up fondant recipes, looked at every tutorial I could find on how to work with it, cover a cake with it, and how to make the flowers the bride requested. It would also be the first square cake I ever made! I had a few hiccups with it, but in the end I think it turned out good for being a fondant virgin! The cake is the Cali-lily cake in my photos. I'm now hooked on Fondant!
I love working with the stuff! All the pics in my gallery are cakes that I've done within the last 1 1/2 years. I'm making more cakes now, and am really enjoying it. I've learned pretty much what I know from researching tutorials on the computer and asking questions here. I still have so much to learn, but having fun doing it! The only regrets I have is that I can't share this with my Mom. She really enjoys seeing what I'm doing, but I just wish she could do it with me. She used to be so talented, and this is a medium I think she would have loved using!