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Please don’t ask me! It’s too hard!

A question I am often asked by people is ‘Which of your cakes is your favourite?’. A seemingly innocent question at first glance, in cake circles one could almost consider it akin to asking a parent which of their children is their favourite!

Each cake that I have made is not merely just a confection to be consumed; they all have their own story behind them; their own trials and tribulations along the way; their own challenges and learning opportunities to develop my craft; and of course, in most cases, their own delighted recipients.

Depending on the day, I suppose you might get told it was my first ever entry into an international competition – not only because it won me my first award, but also because it marked a shift in my own belief in myself. I finally had the courage and faith in myself to believe that I was good enough.

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However, on another day, you might be told that it was my first Harry Potter cake, back in August 2015. Made for one of my best friends and about a book series that I adore, this was probably the first cake that I poured all of my heart and soul into – it was so important to me that everything was perfect (mandrake notwithstanding!). It also enjoyed a brief moment of viral fame – with over 2.5m views on Facebook, which I certainly didn’t hate.

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Another possibility would be the first entry in my #grumpypug series, which was originally created for a public collaboration with Tartas Imposibles. This little chap, who unbelievably took practically no time at all to make (the one time nothing went wrong), marked a change in the way I photograph my cakes and also helped me achieve my (so secret I hadn’t even told anyone in my life about it) goal for 2016 of appearing in a cake magazine – the fame-hungry little tyke popped up in Cake Masters Magazine, Cakes & Sugarcraft Magazine and even Pasteles de Ensueno Magazine!

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Or the cakes that I have made to raise money for local charities – that have contributed over £2000 to their deserving causes? How can one choose a favourite when they all did so much good?

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But of course, these are big milestone events and I haven’t even begun to touch on those cakes that are special because of whom they were for or perhaps the occasion. Being able to surprise my grandmother-in-law on her 80th birthday with a lifesize replica of her own sewing machine in cake, being able to contribute to the awe and wonder of someone’s wedding with the gift of a wedding cake or even the little (well – little for me) character cakes I make my godchildren and nephew for their birthdays are all incredibly special because they were made with a good dose of love and affection for the recipients.

 

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To be honest, it would probably be easier if you asked me which of my cakes is my least favourite. But that is a post for another day…

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