How did it all start? …

30 Jan

My love affair with baking began at 10 years old when I baked a cake from scratch all by myself. My mother was recovering from an illness and wanted me to bake her a cake. She handed me the recipe and I later returned with the finished product. I remember Mummy sampling my creation and being very pleased. That made me very happy!

Growing up, my Mummy was the perfect home maker, always cooking and baking. On Sundays, there was always a lavish spread for dinner followed by dessert of some kind – Baked Alaska, Custard, Cheesecake, Parfait, Ice Box Cake. She was always trying out some new recipe. Today she is still cooking up a storm but leaves the baking and desserts to me. LOL!

From that time on, I baked and decorated cakes on a regular basis and eventually started selling them. I guess I caught the entrepreneur  bug from then. So it was a natural progression when I studied Hospitality Management.

Circa 1993, Nicole’s Sweet Temptations comes to life. I am beginning to realize my lifelong dream. After almost 8 years in business  I have created a reputation for creating  high quality, custom designed cakes and desserts for all occasions.
I don’t consider myself to be a pastry chef, but then again titles don’t mean that much to me. A lot of what I do comes to me naturally, although I have done a few courses to master some basic techniques. I am slowly beginning to realize that maybe I do have a talent. I get total satisfaction when I exceed a clients expectations and help to make that special occasion a memorable one!

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2 Responses to “How did it all start? …”

  1. Marc January 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    Talent you do have my friend.

  2. Tanya Miller January 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Great start! What I like most about this post is that your passion turned into your profession. The guy I told you about that worked to build AOL (Leonsis) said in an interview that he achieved a high paying position in his 20’s but wasn’t happy and after a near death experience he decided to stop chasing money and start chasing happiness – you can read his story – but he now owns a few sports teams and is enjoying his wealth! It sounds simple enough – but I know the sacrifices that are made (or necessary) to reach that point.

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