Oooh, Shiny things! (AKA let me introduce myself)
I am so glad you are here with me. You are the first to participate in the virgin voyage of the Shiny Ball Cake Blog – it’s bound to be a slightly bumpy ride with me as your captain, but I intend for us all to have a great time together, talking about… CAKE. So let me introduce myself to you. I also hope you will take a moment to introduce yourself to me in the comments.
PS – I love cake.
I know there are people out there who don’t, and I don’t judge (much). However, if you don’t already love cake, I hope that at least you will learn to appreciate cake as you travel along with me. You might actually decide that cake is pretty cool. If you don’t, I hope at least that you’ll giggle at least once during each post… a day without a giggle is sadder than a day without cake.
Who am I ?
My name is Rose and I have a custom cake business called Shiny Ball Cakes in Massachusetts. I’m a jack of many trades, but I am first and foremost an artist. I have always been one. Drawing and painting mostly, but I have always dabbled in art of some kind. Here is an example of some pen and ink drawing that I have done. You’ll see over time that my wheelhouse is the pen and ink type of design, and I do find that the cakes that I have loved the most are along that vein.
Off and on during my life I have also played around with cakes – decorating them, baking them and eating them – of course! A couple of years ago, I decided to pick my piping bag up and play again with cake and frosting. I had been enjoying all of the shows on baking competitions and amazing cakes and decided to try my hand. Little did I know that I would be hooked, more than ever! Here is one of my very first fondant covered cakes. I tried braids, ropes, swags, cut out flowers AND piped royal icing flowers. Kind of like a garbage cake where I just threw everything I practiced onto one cake. This particular cake was red velvet and delicious. I’m definitely a function over form kind of gal – so if it doesn’t taste good, I think the whole effort is just a waste. Happily, this one tasted better than it looked, but we all have to start somewhere!
So, since then I have been continuing to play with baking and decorating, and there are so many areas of caking to explore – I feel like I have just unearthed the tip of a very big iceberg. I started my own custom cake business in 2016, and now for 2017 I’m starting this blog to share more than just a picture here and there on social media. Wouldn’t you like to see the behind the scenes action that creates sculpted cakes like this one? This guy is named Bob, and he is a woodland elf that I created as part of a cake collaboration. Don’t know what a cake collaboration is? Well – just wait, I’m sure I have a blog post in me about those!
Together we’ll journey through sculpted cakes, cool cake tools, recipes and more. I hope you will join in conversation about the blog posts, ask questions, give me feedback, and we can have a real exchange – there are few things that I love more than talking all things sugar!
Can’t wait for next time – see you soon!