I have long had a “pipe” dream of sorts, to be able to design and bake beautiful, tasty cakes and cookies, have a thriving business, have time to enjoy life, travel and spread joy. It has taken me some time to believe in this dream and believe in myself, to go all in and trust that if I go for what I love the rest will fall into place. So I’m going for it. I’m headed to the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts school to take their Cakes Certificate Program. Two months in the big city of Toronto, and I’m so excited! (ps – if any of you have any great things to do or see in Toronto let me know! )
This was the first wedding cake I made, for Jocelyn and Matt.
I learned to bake with my Grandma. She did everything from scratch, including grinding her own wheat. I remember baking up the best batches of warm, fragrant cinnamon buns, rolling the dough, cutting the sections with thread, and patiently watching them rise through the oven window. When my brother and I went to stay at my grandparents’ house, we could be sure to be greeted by the delicious, comforting aroma of freshly baked whole wheat bread slathered with butter. This I credit with creating in me an ever-lasting love of baking.
At the age of fifteen, I wanted to sell my baked goods. So, I created a business: ‘Little Miss Kyscotties’. I baked almost every day after school, hired a friend to assist me, and went to the local farmers’ market every Saturday morning to sell my expanding variety of biscotti. I did this for a few years until grade 12 and provincial exams were a bit too much, and I was told I needed to be baking out of an approved kitchen.
I never lost my love for baking though, and in the resent years having been asked to make wedding cakes and special cookies for friends and family, which has reminded me how much I love to bake for people. Don’t get me wrong I love to eat delicoous cakes and treats to, but it is joy and bliss I see in someone when they truly enjoy a biscotti or are wowed that a foot tall Lucky can is completely edible. So, I am switching things up a little and going to cake school. I will still be doing some graphic design work, mainly wedding and other party invitations and decore as well as special unique designed cakes and cookies! I have found a way to have the best of both worlds and get to exercise my creative artistic side with my baking.
I can’t wait to share some of the fun things along the way, and of course some of the mess ups too 😉 It may be a tough road, with struggles and hard work, but I know that it will be one filled with love and passion.
I just want to say a huge THANK YOU x a million, to all the amazing people in my life (you know who you are) that have believed in me and supporting me, unwaveringly, on this new adventure. I am so lucky to have each and every one of you in my life.