The first celebration cake I baked was for my daughter’s fourth birthday. It was a disaster. Bless her heart, she thought it was the best cake ever and still does. I look at that and think what the heck is that????? If I showed you that cake and said I wanted to start a cake business, chances are that you would laugh me out of your presence. Never mind any dreams of having a café, I just didn’t have the talent.
I baked this cake in September 2012
A year later
In 15 months of practice (not even regularly) and no formal training, I have begun to turn out better looking cakes. There have been days when I’ve been so down on myself and thought there is no chance on earth or in heaven that I could ever ever do this. Who would want a cake that looked like a mudslide? However, A little over a year, I am really proud of what I’ve done. Not because they are the best but simply because I have improved and some people actually want to pay for my cakes.
So I’ve developed some ‘never rules’ to always remember when I’m embarking on a new journey:
- Never judge a book by it’s cover, including yourself
- Never be afraid to learn something new
- Never stop learning
- Never say you can’t until you’ve tried
- Never give up because something is too hard for you
- Nerve judge your future by a moment of hardship
- Never compare yourself to someone else and decide you’ll never be good enough
- Never let tears (or disappointment) stop you from getting up the next day and trying again
- Never stop trying whilst you still have breath in you
- Never lose patience with yourself
- Never let imperfection stop you from presenting your work
- Never be in a hurry to be a master at what you do
- Never fail to assess where you are and determine a course of action to get you to where you want to be.
All this from baking you ask. What can I say? The kitchen is a jungle. 🙂