Tania Pa want eh takes the cake
TANIA PAWANTEH BRINGS TOGETHER READERS OF HOME & DECOR AND GLAM DEKO FOR A FUN-FILLED AFTERNOON OF CAKE DECORATING.
“My passion and interests push me to always attend more classes, to learn new techniques and to develop my range of knowledge.”
HÄFELE Design Centre in Damansara Uptown recently played host to baker and cake decorator Tania Pawanteh’s Cake Decorating workshop. The workshop saw an assortment of participants, from seasoned cake decorators to newbies alike, all eager for an afternoon of fun. The task of the day: decorating three-to-four tiered cakes with buttercream, icing, and fresh berries as well as flowers.
Having cultivated an interest in baking and cooking as a child, Tania first took a particular interest in baking in secondary school. From there, she went on to further develop her knowledge and skills in the area. “I was firstly taught by my mother and grandmother,” Tania tells us. “After I married, I decided to develop my interest in cake decorating and sugar flower making in particular, and took classes at the International Centre of Cake Artistry in PJ.” The illustrious baker, who has also published a book on no-bake desserts, has also taken cake decorating courses from internationally-acclaimed establishments and bakers, Peggy Porschen and Jacqueline Butler among them.
Speaking on her recent workshop, Tania
“For the best possible results, always make sure you use real butter in your baking.”
“Baking and cooking are activities that draw people together. Even if the act of baking is done alone, the results are best enjoyed in groups, so gather around a table and enjoy a meal or a cake together!”
says: “I loved the workshop! It gave me an opportunity to share my skills, as well as tips and techniques that one might not necessarily pick up from books or the internet. It was one of the highlights of the year for me.”
When she isn’t dazzling participants at workshops or cooking up delicious foods to share on Instagram, Tania runs a bonafide baking business. “My clients love my sugar flowers in particular,” She shares. This comes as no surprise, given the baker’s dedication to perfecting her craft – she once spent a week handcrafting five different types of flowers in white gumpaste to fill the brief of a bride who had requested an all-white wedding cake. “I had to individually dust them in specially-mixed edible flower dust to make them more lifelike.”
Inspiration for Tania comes from both Pinterest and Instagram. “I get to see what other people are doing at the moment,” She says. That’s not to say she’s content with simply recreating what she sees – Tania believes that art should not be copied, and makes an effort to change up the elements even while trying out new trends. “The idea is to keep pushing and expanding your creative boundaries so you always remain stimulated and excited about your work.”
Having shared her creative expertise with the participants of the workshop, Tania nonetheless has advice for novice decorators. “Find your strong point, develop it, and stick with it.” She believes that time and practice are key to success – especially given her own tenacity and passion for learning her craft. “Don’t panic when things don’t turn out as well as you think they should. Always strive to compete with yourself rather than others, but always be aware of what other people are doing. Your work will speak for itself.”