Monday, January 19, 2009

The story goes like this...

It all started with the "work-weekend". When I was growing up, my parents would schedule an entire Saturday and Sunday that would be dedicated to outdoor chores. Mostly, it consisted of a great deal of yard work, tilling the dirt around flowering plants, trimming all the trees and hedges, and then sweeping and hauling it all into a huge yellow bin parked in the driveway. I would participate during the first day, but would inevitably be asked by my mom to bake something for dessert for Sunday dinner. Early Sunday afternoon, I would put down my rake, take off my gloves, and hand them over to my sister, who would soon be climbing up a ladder onto the roof to help clean out the gutters. At first, I was just happy to get out of the clean up, but soon I found great joy and happiness during those afternoons in the kitchen. It didn't matter if I was baking from a mix (Duncan Hines Brownies!) or trying a new recipe from scratch...it was creative and fun, and the result made my family very happy.

As a young adult, I continued to create cakes for friends and family, immersed myself in professional baking courses at The California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, and later studied the art of sugarpaste flowers with Scott Woolley, Colette Peters and Nicholas Lodge. And while my first career training Assistance Dogs steered me down a different path for 15 years, I knew the time would eventually come to follow my dreams of cake.

You have found me in the early stages of the development process...brainstorming, making lists, choosing a business name (done!), creating a website (no, first a blog!), writing the business plan (I should start!), marketing, networking, taking photos, trying recipes, creating new designs, practicing my craft and showing it to as many people who are willing to look! It certainly is very exciting, and a bit scary at the same time. This blog is dedicated to my experiences in the world of sugarcraft and beautiful cakes, and my goal is to capture and share the entire adventure!

So, I'll start at the beginning and post a photo that instigated this whole thing! First up is the little fondant cake that quickly became a favorite. The "springtime cake" created for a baby shower...pale green blades of grass and delicate blossoms topped with a big pink bow:



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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

YEAH, congratulations!!! I love it, the Petal Sweet blog is absolutely outstanding.

Keith

Your sister said...

I was always jealous that you got to into the kitchen and I had to go up onto the roof. As a result, I do well in the yard but in the kitchen I can only make brownies from a box!

Jen

a fan of yours said...

The most impressively beautiful cakes and cookies I've ever seen were created by you. I'm so thrilled you're on this new path.. and am sure that many will be wowed and inspired by you and your creations.

Erin

Michael ("FastMikie") McCafferty said...

"The Business of Cake"!
I love it!!

Congrats on stepping into new adventures, and all the very best of good fortune...

M.

cc said...

I have always loved this cake!
You have a gift!!!!!
Can't wait to see more!

Audrey said...

HI, Jackie

I, too, am starting a business and each day brings it's own set of challenges & hurdles so its nice to read about someone else who is following their dream! Your work is absolutely stunning. I'm still marveling at the fondant bow on your Springtime Cake. I can't even get one that real-looking with actual ribbon! Keep up the amazing work.

Anonymous said...

Oh My - Your work is amazing and beautiful. I wish you were in Virginia Beach, I would have you do my daughters cakes.
Congrats on your new endever.
Karen Smith
Virginia Beach, VA

Thomas D. said...

Hi Jacqi:
I have been privileged to taste your cakes and cookies, which are
so beautiful, that in a way, is a shame to eat all of that exquisite
handwork. My best wishes to you for your continued success. Great
job Jacqi!

Jacqueline Butler said...

Thank you all for your kind words and support...it is greatly appreciated!

faithy, the amateur baker said...

Wow, this cake is so pretty!

How To Be Perfect said...

I adore this cake, everything about it is perfect. x

Jessica Phan said...

I just want to say that I have read your blog from present to past and I really admire your work, dedication, talent, etc! As a beginner caker myself, I'm always looking for ways to improve my talent and you are truly an inspiration.

P.S. my favorite cake is your chocolate brown one.. super freaking adorable!

Jacqueline Butler said...

Thank you so much Jessica! Welcome to the wonderful world of cake decorating! Best wishes to you! Jacqueline x