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Too Nice To Slice, #010 -- Show Your Cakelove!
July 01, 2009
Too Nice To Slice Newsletter, Issue #010 -- What's Your Style of Cakelove?
June 30th, 2009
This newsletter is brought to you from the Easy Cake Ideas website. Each issue brings you up to date with fabulous new cake additions, contests, tutorials, reader questions, decorating tips & tricks and more. Together we'll unleash your inner 'cake diva'...
You Gotta Love Summertime.
So talk to me in a few weeks and my outlook may be very different, but right now I'm loving having the kids out of school for the Summer. We get to have a leisurely breakfast without concerning ourselves with the whereabouts of last night's homework or the imminent arrival of the school bus at our front door. The days are much more relaxed, filled with biking, swimming and hanging out together.
Wherever you are in your Summer plans, relax and enjoy...
What's New At Easy Cake Ideas?
Wear Your Cake And Eat It Too.
Introducing "Cakelove" by easy cake ideas, a fabulous collection of witty, wearable tees, totes and bakewear that tell it how it really is...
Tons of other great designs available in the store.
New cakes added this month:
These are just some of the great new cakes submitted this month by site visitors, just like you:
Check our "What's New" page for more new articles and inspiration! The "What's New" page points you to all the newest cake projects, tips and techniques the moment they're added so you don't miss a thing!
There's new ideas bubbling up around here all the time.
You've Got Questions...We've Got Answers!
If there's a cake related question that's been bugging you, check for answers in the "Ask A Cake Question" http://www.easy-cake-ideas.com/decorating-a-cake.html#Visito rPages area. If no-one has asked that question yet, post your question http://www.easy-cake-ideas.com/decorating-a-cake.html#INV and you'll become part of this great free resource.
The questions have been pouring in this month from all over the place.
Here are some of the most recent:
Don't be shy. Come on over and join the conversation. Everyone's welcome to contribute the knowledge pool.
See you there!
Meet Our Cake Diva Of The Month.
Debra Luke of A Little Romance, special occasion cakes in Everett, WA.
How did you learn to decorate cakes? Did you take a class?
Iím self taught and draw upon my artistic nature for inspiration. I've not yet copied a cake from someone else. I sit down with a cake as if it were a blank canvas and let it tell me what it wants to be. I research techniques extensively Iím not afraid to fail. I donít even think about failing. I just work at it until it looks the way I want it to.
What's your first cake-related memory?
Thatís a tough one, but my favorite would be the birthday dinner my mother threw for me when I was just in kindergarten. All the food was greenÖall the food. The cake, the pastaÖ She took a color scheme and ran with it. Although Iím not sure I really remember it myself, the story still lives on. Green pasta? Who knew?
Is A Little Romance open to the public or by appointment only?
A Little Romance Cakes is a custom bakery open by appointment only. Each cake is a unique work of artÖalthough I will repeat a cake upon request.
How is running a cake business different than you might have expected?
I enjoy it even more than I imagined. Itís expensive to get going, but well worth the investment. Itís my passion. Sometimes my feet are killing me at the end of the day, but Iím learning to pace myself. I engage in a tremendous amount of social networking to grow my business and even teach seminars on how to take advantage of todayís most popular means of generating buzz around your business.
What is the most important aspect in making a great cake?
A great recipe. I worked on many before I developed my basic line up. I still test and develop new recipes and will continue to do so. Youíre only limited by your imagination.
Where do you get your recipes?
Books. The Internet. However, I rarely follow a recipe verbatim. I want my work to be original.
What would you be doing if you weren't decorating cakes?
Iíd probably still be in corporate marketing, but the Fates had other plans for me. Thank you, Fates.
What's your favorite kitchen gadget?
Oh so many toys. Iíd have to say my favorite is my six-quart Kitchen Aid stand mixer. If it died tomorrow, Iíd be waiting in line for the store to open to replace it.
What's your favorite cake book?
The Wedding Cake Book by Dede Wilson. She got me started down this road.
If you were a cupcake, what kind would you be?
Iím a Southern Belle, so itís a pecan pie cupcake for me. Iím currently working on the development of recipes for pecan pie and sweet potato pie cupcakes for three wholesale clients.
Thanks Debra. Visit her website at A Little Romance for inspiration and information on how you can book Debra if you're lucky enough to live in the Everett, WA area!
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