I posted my first drip cake on social media the day my eldest son turned 13, in 2017. It really was a total mess of a cake but it was to be the start of something special.
Baked by Rose was born. And so started the journey of baking. Something I have always loved doing, but decorating was never my forte. It was a case of practice, practice, practice! Slowly but surely my decorating skills got better. And orders started rolling in.
And what could be better than being able to make people happy by doing something you love? I genuinely put my everything into every cake I make, and over time it has gotten easier… I reckon I could whip up a chocolate drip cake with my eyes closed. Ok, maybe not, but you get my drift!
Time management is vital. Baking, cooling, filling and crumb icing, cooling, icing, cooling, drip, cooling, chocolates.
I know my limitations and even though I have taken risks when it comes to decorating, I do like to stick to what I know best. I’d rather that than mess up an order when perhaps I shouldn’t have taken it in the first place due to inexperience in that style.
Baking has changed my life. When I found myself in a place I didn’t like, baking gave me a reason, making cakes for others made me feel useful. And in turn that made me happier. It gave me meaning. Baking allowed me to express myself in ways I never had before, and because I had always believed I wasn’t good at anything, it gave me a new found confidence.
And new ways to stress! Don’t be fooled, baking for others is not for the faint hearted. I have messed up, been messed about and because creating a bespoke cake is so personal to the client, I always stress about getting it just right.
When it comes to baking, you have to take the bad with the good. And it took a client to make me realise that not everyone will be happy with what you have created for them. Not because the cake isn’t good enough, but purely because not everyone will be happy regardless. You could make them exactly what they asked for, and they will still be able to find something to complain about.
I had a client who asked me for a particular cake. Made and collected by her other half, I received a phone call to let me know that she wasn’t happy with the cake because it didn’t make the table decorations she had laid out. She asked for the cake to be changed. I agreed and asked her to bring the cake back to me. She didn’t. I didn’t hear from her for another 2 days when I recieved a phone call asking when she could come and see me to get her refund. Shocked, I asked her if the cake had been eaten. She confirmed it had, so i refused the refund. Especially as I had waited for her 2 days previously to bring the cake back. She then informed me that because she was unhappy with the design which she had asked for, she wanted a refund. Again, I told her that seeing as she had eaten the cake, I wouldn’t be refunding her. So she threatened me, a refund or she was going to blast me on social media. I stuck to my guns and she damaged me.
Not my business, she damaged me personally. My confidence was shattered. My depression took hold me and self doubt cradled me tightly. I gave it all up. I vowed never to make a cake again. And just as I was about to delete my social media page, I received a message from another client I had made a cake for the day before. Telling me how much she and her party of friends enjoyed her cake, how beautiful it had been and how she would recommend me to everyone. That restored my faith in people. And with Nik’s help, picked myself out of the hole I was wallowing in and decided not to let it get to me anymore.
And so I continue! Taking on what I can handle and declining orders which I would find too stressful.
Soon enough, I will be writing up a blog post full of recipes and techniques. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the email address on my contact me section, or the social media pages I provided!
Stay well, stay healthy and keep loving yourself..