The cakes you see on my site are original designs gleaned from an invitation, a piece of lace, a baby blanket, a fashion blog, a movie, even a chair. But like most of us starting out, I bought a few books and several DVD's to see if I could copy what I saw, develop the necessary skill sets and bring any talent I might have to the surface. Then I would know if the passion and the inspiration and the joy that I felt about cake design and decorating was worthy of a business.
I purchased 3 books immediately. Debbie Brown's 50 Easy Party Cakes and then copied her kitty cake on a ball of yarn exactly. I love that little cake. And I love all of her books! Little kitty was inspirational, adorable and I couldn't believe I did it!
Then I tried my hand at the butterfly cake found in Lindy Smith's Celebrate with a Cake. I was freer this time and put a few original touches to it, but could not have done it without Lindy Smith, I promise you.
My third book was by Chef Toba Garrett The well-Decorated Cake, hence the mouse bride & groom cake. This is an amazing book that every aspiring cake artist should have in his or her library.
Her ability to teach Austrailian string work exquisitely, through words, speaks volumes about Chef Garrett.