by Meena Mustafa
The story behind this Kettle Cake:
It took me down the memory lane when as a child I would play with dolls and have tea parties. Just recently I had a dream that once again I was a little girl playing with my dolls and having a tea party with my child hood friends. I remember my mother making tea for us that I would put in the kettle and pour it in the cups. Who knew that time would fly so soon and here I am today recalling my past. So I came up with the idea of baking a cake that looked like a kettle from the past with roses on it.
My Kettle Cake:
The flavor is Vanilla and the filling is of peach and black berry. I just wanted to be creative so I gave a layer of each. I made the gum paste roses to put on the cake as the kettle I played with as a little girl had roses on it. Making gum paste flowers takes a long time and once the flowers are made it has to be left to dry so the petals don’t break. Then I airbrush or paint the flower and using a brush I add pearl dust to give it a shiny look. These flowers can later be stored in an air tight container for later use. I just love working with gum paste.
Cake baking and decorating is my passion. As the saying goes “Imagination is more important than knowledge”… so here I use more of my imagination creating cakes as I never did go to any culinary school. I watch You tube videos
and learn from others just to improve my skills… What could be more fun than cake decorating… It’s an Art that I thoroughly enjoy. My son who is 11 years old knows so much about cakes and the art work and gives me a helping hand at times. This could be a wonderful profession for those who love baking and cake decorating. I will never stop dreaming my dreams as one day I want to have my bakery called Meena’s Magic.