Being treated to sweet career change
Rexine Hawes finds her niche in cake decorating - but decides to remain in journalism for a while - for this Reporter Challenge story.
I always thought one of the best things about parenting was being able to bake creative cakes for children’s birthdays.
When I was a child, birthday cake was round or square, chocolate or banana and covered with simple icing and candles.
Simple and completely enjoyable.
The requests I now receive from my children are Barbie, Dora, Frozen, teddy bear and cowthemed.
While I am quite at home in a kitchen, and baking is one of my favourite activities, cake decorating is not.
The pressure to produce an edible masterpiece is quite stressful.
So when I was challenged by Billie Brocklehurst to test my creative talents at Sweet Treats Cafe, I was delighted for a chance to develop my cake decorating skills.
I was also a bit concerned that Sweet Treats mum and daughter team Denise McIndoe and Danielle Ratcliffe might be disappointed with my efforts.
I had visions of them telling me, kindly, that I should definitely stick to a career in journalism.
Well, I am happy to report that I surprised myself - and hopefully them too.
We decided on an enchanted forest, which involved a plethora of decorating skills.
Thankfully my job was cut in half, as the sponge cake was already baked and iced.
I could go into further detail, but I think the photo for this story speaks for itself.
I tried my hand at moulding, painting, piping and rose making.
There are so many tools that go into cake decorating.
One could easily max-out a husband’s credit card on piping bags, icing tips, rollers, cutting tools and paint brushes.
McIndoe and Ratcliffe use Do you have a challenge for our reporter? Send in your suggestions to: email@example.com those tools like an extension of their own hands.
They create roses and leaves ‘‘just like that’’.
They have been operating out of Sweet Treats in Bake 1st, next door to The Warehouse for six months.
However, they will soon run their business from a commercial trailer, dedicated solely to cake decorating.
To fine tune their skills, they go to as many workshops as they can and research online.
It can take the ladies up to four hours to bake and decorate a cake.
They bake birthday cakes, catering to ages from 1-101, special occasion cakes and cake toppers. Cup cakes are also an option. So, was this reporter challenged? Yes, I would say so.
While I don’t imagine switching careers just yet, I do feel more confident and I am very grateful for the challenge.
Reporter Rexine Hawes with Sweet Treats owners Denise McIndoe and Danielle Ratcliffe.