I'm new to the world of blogging so I thought I'd make my first entry an introduction to myself. My name is Jenny and I am a Stay-at-home-Mom. I have a 3 1/2 year old son, Shaun and my husband is Bobby. I enjoy being at home for the most part, though I do get a little stressed from time to time. Oh, hell, let's be honest, I get really stressed all the time! I have found that being able to make a little money on the side as well as keeping myself busy and creative are good outlets for stress.
I enjoy watching TV, reading, writing and cooking. I spend a great deal of time in the kitchen both creating recipes and following others. I attend church weekly and enjoy a monthly game night with a small group of friends. We currently live in Lima, Ohio (Yes, as in the town from Glee) which is a far cry from our hometown of Chicago.
You'll get to know more about me through my postings, I'm sure. But I know you came for the cake. I have been watching my mom make cake since I was a kid and I was always amazed by her ability (still am, if I'm being quite honest). She would always make the cake for our birthdays and big Scouting occasions but would also make cakes for various folks that needed them and would get paid to do so. When we moved here I had made a cake for Bobby's birthday and then realized I may actually be able to learn to make some pretty acceptable cakes. Turns out I was right. I started off doing a few cakes here and there for church and a few friends and informed a few people I was going to start charging for cakes and eventually my 'business' began to grow. I put business in quotes because I do not officially have a business just yet. I'm still considered small potatoes.
So here are a few things that everyone should know, especially if you are interested in purchasing a cake:
1. I charge less than most bakeries. One reason I started doing this is that I couldn't believe how expensive it is to get a cake for a special occasion. The last thing any of us need is to spend $75 on a little quarter sheet cake for a child's birthday.
2. I use boxed cake mix.
I'll let the scandalous gasps die down...
Any time now...
Okay, yes, I use boxed mix to make my cake. Every time I shamefully admit this to someone I am told that anyone can make a cake mix, but it comes out differently for each person. Mine is always great. Now, that's not to say I would never make a cake from scratch. I've done it. It's just easier this way. If a client were to order a cake from scratch then that's what they would get. I will also add to a mix to change up the flavor which has turned out very well in the past.
3. I will make almost any cake that is ordered. I put a lot of love into my work. Any cake I make is me learning by doing. Every now and then I will turn down an order, but only if it is something I don't know I can handle. This has only happened twice, but both of those times I said no, then found a good excuse to make a practice version of what they wanted so I could do it the next time I needed too.
Most of my entries here will be about cake - both posting pictures of my creations and a few stories about the process of making them. For a while I will mostly post about past projects until something new comes up. I may even throw in some posts about pies, breads or other creations I am particularly proud of. If there are any new recipes I try I will post them here as well.
Feel free to comment or to contact me. To see more pictures of cakes please find me on Facebook! Happy Hump Day, all!!!