My kitchen

For several years I’ve been struggling to run my business in a kitchen not designed for the job.  I had one cupboard that housed all my baking and cake decorating supplies and I often had to empty the contents of the cupboard to find what I needed. When I was particularly busy, another problem was finding somewhere to store the cakes and decorations. Sometimes every flat surface in the house would be covered in cakes in varies stages of decoration.  Finally, after much persuasion, my husband agreed that we would have a new kitchen.

We designed our first kitchen ourselves and while it has worked as a family kitchen, I wanted the new one designed to take into account its business use.  The photo shows my work area in the new kitchen.Image

I’m still working on the organisation but the work surface and shelving have made my life a lot easier. I have ample room for cakes in all stages of decoration and plenty of cupboard space to contain baking tins, cake boards and boxes, equipment etc. The new layout is also much easier to keep clean and tidy, an important consideration when customers frequently collect cakes from me.

Over the next few posts I’ll show you inside the cupboards and talk about any storage tips I’ve come across. To be efficient and save time it is essential that the items I use most can be accessed quickly and easily.

The start of the adventure

I first started making cakes about 30 years ago when I was about 16.  Most of my cakes were covered in royal icing but I guess there must have been some form of modelling icing available as I remember making figures.  My first cakes were made for my family and occasionally special friends at work.  My teenage social life took me away from baking for a while but when I had my children their birthdays gave me the inspiration to rekindle my hobby. As the years passed I aspired to make the next cake an improvement on the previous one and people started complimenting me on them and then asking if I’d make one for them. As the requests started coming more frequently I decided to leave my part-time job to set up my own business and it was the best thing I ever did.  I would say its a labour of love, its never going to make me a millionaire but I love the whole process and I gain in other ways too. 

Over the next few weeks I’m planning to show you round my kitchen, show you how I organise my space, tell you about my favourite cake decorating equipment and where I buy it.  Then I’ll share with you the cakes I make, hopefully adding tutorials on how I’ve made them and techniques I’ve learnt that you may find useful too.