About 3 months ago, just after I had made a major life decision, I received my first 'real' inquiry after creating this website. Steph was a bride-to-be and was in Toronto for a few short days and had to plan everything for her August wedding before heading back to Alberta. She had found me by using google and liked my work. We decided to meet for a tasting and consultation (also my first!). Since Steph was staying way out in the East end (Ajax or Pickering or some such) we decided to meet somewhere near the middle. I picked a mall in Scarborough that was supposed to have a Timmy's and we were set to meet nice and early at 8 am. When I arrived, early of course, I found to my chagrin, that since the mall didn't open until 10, the parking lot was completely gated off and I could not make my way around the mall. There was really no where to park and I started to panic. The only option I saw was the pick up/drop off area for the Go bus. Steph called to say she was running a bit late and I embarrassingly told her where to meet me. When she arrived with her twin sister, I apologized profusely, and she was really great about it, and said it didn't matter. So, there we sat, on the curb with the 9-5 commuters buzzing around us while we ate cupcakes and talked about cake. What a riot! Steph decided to take a chance and went with me as her cake designer. We decided to do a three tiered cake, covered in buttercream (to spite all my attempts to talk her into fondant) with blue hydrangea between the tiers and accented with a ribbon. The top and bottom tiers were vanilla cake with vanilla frosting, and the centre tier was chocolate cake with mocha frosting. All of the hydrangea were hand made out of gum paste. All of those little flowers were fantastic practice and I think I've perfected my hydrangea technique! Dropping off and setting up the cake in the reception hall was another amazing experience that left me feeling like all the time and stress and freaking out was worth it. And even better was the look on the beautiful bride's face when she saw the cake, or the request from the groom to stick his finger in the icing. I gave him a stern look.. "What about from the back??" he begged. I smiled and walked away. I don't know if he sneaked a taste or not. My only regret is my my camera settings were off and my pictures do not do the cake justice. Hopefully the photographers will be able to send me some of the pictures they snapped.
I baked my first cookie at the age of 5, and have been in love ever since. The smiles on people's faces when they taste my creations is what keeps my passion alive!