Practice until Perfection
We all know the classic saying "practice make perfect". Everyday baking this saying should be remembered. Baking is an art which should be appreciated for the effort and time those committed bakers put into it. I for one can say that I did not just wake up one day and think, "hey, lets give baking a go!"
Baking has always been a passion of mine, yes, but this does not mean I was able to bake from the get go. The countless people I have stuffed cake into and asked to be my chief tasters will know that my recipes constantly change to perfect the bake. The key to this is that I practised and practised until I had the right ganache consistency, the smoothest icing or the fluffiest sponge (this does not mean perfection has been met and this does mean that I will never stop practising).
Always keep in the back of your mind that your bakes and cakes are yours, you do not need to be like everyone else - something I keep telling myself everyday.
When designing a new cake or preparing to make a cake for a customer the best thing I can advise you to do is write your ideas down, draw a sketch, plan ahead and take a step back. This way you can make sure the ideas you have in your mind are ready to be created.
Over the past couple of years my techniques have changed, my ingredients have changed drastically and therefore my cakes have improved immensely. Yes it has taken time, but has it been worth it? Of course it has!
So some little tips for anyone starting out:
1. Take your time when trying new techniques - especially when it comes to sharp edged icing.
2. You will not be perfect first time - do not panic!
3. Learn from your mistakes. No need to dwell on them.
4. Make your own way - try not to worry about what everyone else is doing.