Confessions of a cake decorator

The Confetti Cakery semi-naked, gold drip wedding cake

The madness of the wedding season has descended, and cake decorators (and wedding businesses) across the land are thinking about one thing - making it to the end of August without having a nervous breakdown! If you don't know me, I'm Sophie owner of The Confetti Cakery, and if you do know me, you'll know that I'm nothing short of honest (perhaps a little too honest). The last few weeks have got me thinking, and I thought it may be carthartic to share a few thoughts, and give a little insight in to the life of a cake decorator. I don't speak for all cake decorators, but I'm sure there'll be a few giggles and "hell yeahs" in hot kitchens.

I don't get out much...

If you've met me before, you perhaps thought "when will this woman stop talking?", it's absolutely true - I'm definitely a talker! This is because I don't get out of the kitchen much, and I spend way too much time talking to the radio, to myself, to the oven, to cakes and to any other inanimate object lying around. Spending so much time by myself has sent me potty, so please forgive me when we meet and I speak animatedly about drivel - I have absolutely no marbles left!

There aren't enough hours in the day...

If my fairy godmother granted me one wish, but asked me to choose between more money or more time - I would snap her wand off for more time, 24 hours simply isn't enough. I don't think this exclusively affects just me, and I'm pretty sure that other business owners and Mums and Dads feel exactly the same. Last week I spent around 60 hours prepping, baking and decorating for a wedding cake and sweet table. Because when you're a cake decorator you want everything to be as fresh as possible and that means leaving a lot of details to the last minute. So I know I'm not alone when I say that I cannot remember how many 4AM finishes and 7AM starts I've done over the last few years - suffice to say that I have the wrinkles and grey hairs to prove it!

Friday nights are the worst...

Scrolling through social media on a Friday night can be the most depressing thing for a cake decorator, whilst all our friends are sharing memes celebrating the end of the week and heralding the start of the weekend, we are stood in our kitchens wondering if we will ever finish this cake. Thank goodness for Facebook groups for cake decorators, when we feel like the only person in the country still awake in the early hours of Saturday morning, we can rely on our fellow cake insomniacs to pull us through.

Mondays are the best...

Whilst everyone else has their back-to-work-Monday-face on, we are joyous and greet Monday as though it is a lottery win. Though it's not usually a day off, I enjoy a Monday out of the kitchen, placing the week's orders, running through final cake details and trying to get through hundreds of emails - it's a joy to be sat down for at least a few hours.

Sometimes I wish for a cloudy day...

I'm pretty sure that my wedding cake clients would sack me if I wished for rain on their wedding day, so I would never wish for rain; but I do always hope for a non-humid, dry and mild day when delivering a wedding cake. (I know, I don't ask for much!) My old adversaries butter, chocolate and sugar are not fans of the warm weather, and neither are cake decorators. Nothing fills our hearts with more dread than making a three tiered buttercream cake in 25 degree heat, I'm pretty sure I'm not alone when I have thought "I am never making another buttercream cake in August again. Never. Ever. E-V-E-R.".

I drive like a Nanna sometimes...

You'll know you're driving behind me because I'll be the one driving 30 mph on a bumpy country road. Each corner is another obstacle in delivering a wedding cake, and the journey can be the most stressful part of the whole process. This stress also extends to when you pick your cake up yourself, I'll be worrying about your journey as well!

I wasn't born a business woman...

Cake decorating and baking was an obsession of mine long before it became a business. I spent years perfecting recipes, learning decorating techniques and experimenting with cake designs. Becoming a business woman has also been a journey of which there have been highs and inevitable lows, and I'm not too ashamed to say that I have made mistakes - but wow, have I learnt from them?! For me, the admin and paperwork is a necessary evil of being privileged enough to run your own business, although I secretly dream of the day when I can employ someone else to do that!

Emails - All day, errrrrry day...

I don't think that I speak for just myself when I say, I can't keep up with my emails. I can spend a whole day answering emails and clearing my Inbox, which within a few hours will be full again. Please don't mistake my delay in replying for not caring, because I love that people want me to make their wedding cake! It is a constant juggling act; Gmail and I are in fierce competition, and more often than not - I am the loser!

If you've made it this far, thank you for putting up with my rambling! It has been a therapeutic process, and I hope it has either given a glimpse of a cake decorator's life, or if you yourself are a cake decorator maybe some of this even sounds familiar?! I'm back off to the kitchen now, I'll see you on the other side of the wedding season!!!

Thanks,

Soph xxx