Colleagues not competitors

9 years ago I worked at Slattery’s: a Patissier & Chocolatier based in Manchester. My role involved decorating cakes for their bespoke cakes made to order. It was a fantastic job and I learnt a great amount. The owner of Slattery’s once said something to me that has stayed with me. I still think about often. We were talking about […]

Chaos in the Kitchen

I have a love/hate relationship with baking with my children. Most of me wants to embrace it with open arms and dance around with the icing-sugar shaker. However, the OCD part of me wants to control the mess, flying arms, spoon licking, and general craziness. When my son asks to bake a chocolate cake, which […]

Tears, Tantrums and Superheros.

Every year for my son’s birthday he chooses the cake he would like. I try and steer him in the direction of a fairly simple one, as his birthday falls in wedding cake season, when I am up to my ears in designs, iced figures and complicated structures. However this year just before his birthday […]