Gumpaste challenge

Today I started to familiarize myself with gumpaste techniques (mostly on YouTube – a great resource for anything, at least at the beginning). I am not as much a fondant/gumpaste kind of person as I prefer decorations that people actually eat (and although both fondant and gumpaste are theoretically edible, I’ve never met a person who thought they were tasty or appetising), but I still think any cake decorator should be able to make a gumpaste flower arrangement. 

My Wilton flower making set is in the mail (got it on eBay from the US, so it’s going to take a little while). Here’s what it looks like:

OK, I’m out of time for now, but I’ll try to find a minute later to tell you about some of my great books on baking and cake decorating.

Blog to you later!


So, you stumbled upon this little blog (or more realistically were invited by myself) and probably wondering what the heck it’s all about. Guess what, that makes two of us! I’m absolutely clueless as to how this is supposed to work, but I’ll try my best to keep you from yawning.

But wait, where are my manners? First of all, let me introduce myself. Hi! I’m Marta– a 30-year-old mother of two boys, wife to a theoretical physicist and a poet (in case you were wondering, it’s the same person, but with many talents), and aspiring pastry chef slash cake decorator. I have many hobbies (too many, actually), but I finally decided to try and make one of them into a real occupation. And, I guess, for the large part this is what this blog is going to be about.

Tastefully Sweet is what I decided to call my business (if it ever gets that far). I put a lot of thought into the name, trying to make it reflect what I think baking and caking should be about. First of all, I religiously believe that a cake (any cake) should be delicious! And, although the look and design of the cake is very important, the taste should never be sacrificed to looks. So, my task as a baker and cake decorator (is there such word as caker? there should be!) is to find the way to make a cake both beautiful (tastefully decorated) and scrumptious (or tastefull). Last, but not least, too sweet (both in taste and presentation) is not my style, hence tastefully sweet.

Just to make it a little more interesting, here are some of my cakes: