Self-Improvement Saturday – Just Do It.

We all desire progress one way or the other.  Our plans and goals won’t fall into our laps while we sit and watch the television.  We have to get up and get going. Is there something you are supposed to do? Just do it.  I have so many plans for my cake decorating business but sometimes, getting up and taking steps can be so daunting. I guess I will just do it anyway.

Nike slogan cake   download  images (1)

Below is a lovely article on taking action.

What an amazing week – so much to celebrate! I am grateful for all of the things we did on the 4th – each being special in their own way. The 5k run with our family was such a fun (and active) way to start the day and it was fun to see so many people out in the community! A new tradition for sure. We then met some friends down at the beach and I am truly grateful for all of the amazing people we have met here. Then on to this beauty for a BBQ, fireworks and sleepover! I had no idea the fireworks over the bay were so spectacular and I’m glad we left the bubble to go! It’s funny though, we hemmed and hawed about not doing our usual – block party and fireworks from our yard that we can see from neighbouring Del Mar – but sometimes you just have to say yes to new opportunities and make them happen!

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9971863

Just Take Action

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Minnie Mouse cake

This is a 12″ fondant covered cake.  The pink fondant was decorated with white polka dots. A white rope border was at the base of the cake. White fondant covered cake board has little pink blossom flowers on it. The cake toppers were Minnie’s bow and ears.

wm minnie bow cake

Food safety – Storage of leftover cakes

We strive to bake our cakes as close to the celebration day as it possible.  We also don’t use any cake preservatives.  When I was in training as a cake decorator, I asked our teacher how we can preserve our cakes as people in this part of the world want to keep their cakes after the celebration, for weeks or even months if possible.  We were sternly warned not to use any so-called cake preservatives, to bake our cakes fresh and to inform the clients to consume within three days and store leftovers in the refrigerator.

I have gone a step further to advise all clients to store their leftover cakes in the FREEZER. The electricity supply in Nigeria is not constant so the fridge compartment may not be cool enough.  To avoid issues of clients complaining of spoilt cakes, I advise all clients to wrap all leftover cakes properly in plastic and/or foil and store in their freezers.

clingfilm  clingfilm 2 aluminium foil

Enjoy the article below from EzineArticle.com on Food Storage.

After a great party or dinner celebration, deciding what to do with a table full of leftovers may not be at the forefront of your mind, but it’s an important part of partying. It’s certainly a pity to waste good food, but letting leftovers linger without temperature control can be unsafe.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/9956248

Food Storage: Storing Your Leftovers Safely

Making cakes more attractive

We all tend to “eat” with our eyes first before our mouths.  This is why food handlers do their best to present the food in attractive ways to whet the appetites of the consumers.  Cake decorators are not different.  We try to make your cakes attractive through our colour combinations, decorations, pictures etc.  One quick way of making cakes attractive is through the use of edible prints/images.  Below are some cakes we have made with pictures.

wm sofia pic cake  wm picture frame cake wm sophia cake

The article below on edible printing is from EzineArticles.com

WHAT IS EDIBLE PRINTING?

It is used to decorate birthday cakes and desserts which are fit for human consumption. They are of various forms and can be used to garnish our food items and make them all the more attractive and mouthwatering.
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Edible Printing: Makes Boring Food Attractive

Edible prints and images

Edible prints are writings made with edible ink on fondant or icing sheets and are fit for human consumption.  These writing could be done with edible pens, edible paints etc.

lg globe cake

Names of continents written with edible pen

Edible images are pictures printed out on paper made from icing. The images are printed with edible ink in a normal printer dedicated solely to that purpose.

sofia edible pics

Cake with edible image of Sofia the First.

Foods decorated with edible images or printouts are fit for human consumption.

Printing edible images are usually quite expensive.  To reduce costs, bakers sometimes use stickers and normal paper printed images or real pictures but these must not be placed directly on the cake and the client must be informed that the images are not edible.