I absolutely love baking!
I love everything about it; finding new recipes, trying out new recipes, searching online for cake and cupcake designs, baking, decorating, ordering new equipment, every single thing about it.. especially the eating part.
I’d say I’m more of a cake and cupcake kind of baker, just because there are so many to make! Although, I do love making a batch of chocolate chip cookies every now and then.
The best part about baking for me is the look on people’s faces when you hand it over. It’s a great feeling. Whenever there is a birthday in my family, you can bet myself and my mum will be right there waiting to make a cake to mark the occasion.
For myself it’s a way of relieving stress, baking has a calming affect on me. Whenever I’m stressed or feeling anxious I try and bake something. If I can’t do that, I’ll search online for new cake designs (one of my favourite things to do). I always find that when I’ve finished baking, my anxiety and stress levels have dropped dramatically. I think it’s important to find something in our life that we can go to whenever we need a breather.
I try my best to bake as much as possible. Between work and everything else, there isn’t all that much time. But whenever I have a free day I will do a bit of baking. It’s therapeutic and something that gives me focus. I love how creative I can be when making cakes. I can use my artsy side and my love of food together to create something extremely tasty.
My mum has always had a passion for baking, one of my first memories is of her making me a cake with my favourite ballerina on (at that time). So I guess you could say I grew up around it. I inherited her love of baking, which makes it even more special. Our mutual love of baking means we can spend most weekends baking together.
I’d say apart from what I’ve learnt from my mum, I’m pretty much self taught. With the help of YouTube every now and then. I love watching videos on cake and cupcake making/decorating. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine.. I can spend hours doing it.
If you haven’t already, then try a bit of baking. If you’re new to it, start off small; maybe a batch of cupcakes and work your way up from there. It’s fun, doesn’t have to cost a fortune and helps distract you from what is going on in the world.