Com­ing to­gether over cake

Bak­ers from around the world gather in N.L. to learn from one an­other

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

It wasn’t your typ­i­cal con­fer­ence. Pas­sion­ate cake mak­ers from places such as Aus­tralia, Sin­ga­pore and the United States all came to­gether in Green’s Har­bour late last month.

The Doc­tor’s House Inn and Spa is used to host­ing wed­dings and com­mu­nity events. How­ever, on April 21, Aaron McInnes and Kara An­dretta of Aaron and Kara’s Cak­ers Es­cape brought their in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence of cake mak­ers to the Green’s Har­bour inn.

McInnes is a nu­tri­tion­ist, as well as the owner of Man Ver­sus Cake – a cake dec­o­rat­ing blog. An­dretta runs Kara’s Cou­ture Cakes, and both re­cently came to­gether over their shared pas­sion to form Aaron and Kara’s Cak­ers Es­cape.

McInnes, from Con­cep­tion Bay South and An­dretta, from Buf­falo, New York, have been pas­sion­ate about the art of bak­ing cakes for their en­tire lives. This year, they de­cided to come to­gether with oth­ers who held cake dec­o­rat­ing to such a high stan­dard as they do.

“The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple don’t re­ally look at bak­ing cakes as the kind of art form that it re­ally can be,” said An­dretta. “We wanted to get peo­ple to­gether who were re­ally pas­sion­ate about it. We wanted to find peo­ple who treated it like we do, and didn’t just see it as bak­ing a cake.”

With this in mind, An­dretta set out to so­cial me­dia, sent emails and con­tacted var­i­ous ac­quain­tances in the cake bak­ing in­dus­try to find will­ing par­tic­i­pants from across the world.

An­dretta and McInnes ex­plained that in order for an ap­pli­cant to be ac­cepted for the es­cape, they had to take part in an in­ter­view process. Through that, the two were able to nar­row it down to 15 bak­ers.

An­dretta added that they wanted to make sure the peo­ple they ac­cepted had pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes, open minds, and liked to be taught, as well as teach. She men­tioned these traits were es­sen­tial for some­thing like this.

Dur­ing the es­cape, cake mak­ers were taught tricks and se­crets of cake mak­ing, in­clud­ing how to suc­cess­fully cre­ate things like grav­ity-de­fy­ing cakes.

“It was a re­ally suc­cess­ful and re­ward­ing week­end,” said McInnes. “And I think New­found­land – The Doc­tor’s House specif­i­cally – was an ex­cel­lent place to host it. The week­end was about com­ing to­gether to share a pas­sion, and New­found­land, to me, is the per­fect place for some­thing like that.”

This es­cape was the first of its kind held in New­found­land. McInnes and An­dretta are al­ready look­ing for­ward to host­ing the event again next sum­mer.

“At the end of the day, it’s a lot more than just a cake class, or show, or any­thing like that,” An­dretta said. “It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for any­one who wants to im­prove their skills as a baker, or dec­o­ra­tor. It’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to be sur­rounded by great, like-minded peo­ple who share that same pas­sion.”

We wanted to get peo­ple to­gether who were re­ally pas­sion­ate about it. We wanted to find peo­ple who treated it like we do, and didn’t just see it as bak­ing a cake. Kara An­dretta

ALEX STEAD PHOTOGRAPHY

“Grav­ity-de­fy­ing” puf­fin cakes cre­ated by cake mak­ers who at­tended the re­treat.

ALEX STEAD PHOTOGRAPHY

Aaron McInnes and Kara An­dretta, or­ga­niz­ers of the re­treat.

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