To bake, or not to bake? That is the question.


Once upon a time I had a cake decorating business that I ran from my home.  I made wedding cakes and novelty cakes and I really loved the creative escape….not to mention the fantastic smell in my house.

I slowly phased myself out of that cake business because “real life” didn’t want to make room for the enjoyable moments of,  not only creating extra income but, embracing another journey of artistic freedom.  But I’ve missed it.  And I knew I missed it but I didn’t realize how much until I agreed to make a cake for a 50th birthday party this weekend.  The birthday girl loves sailing and this was the cake I made for her surprise party.


Just spending the last two days in the kitchen reminded me how one avenue of imagination can create a wider road of happiness.  This is one of my true passions and I made the mistake of ignoring it.  I put obligation and responsibility ahead of creativity and contentment.  And if the picture of the cake above wasn’t enough to make me rethink my decision…..

cake after

….the photograph of the rapidly disappearing remains of the cake certainly solidified my decision to put up my sign that I am back in the cake business.

Sometimes having to make a choice is difficult.  Sometimes we think we are doing what is best but maybe the best thing is to hang on to the things we really love and throw the rules out the window.  Life it too short to make decisions based on what we think we should do instead of making decisions based on what we really want.

20 thoughts on “To bake, or not to bake? That is the question.

  1. Bake! ALWAYS bake. What an amazing cake! I’m glad you’re rediscovering this, you clearly have a talent for it. 🙂

  2. It’s a beautiful cake, and would have meant so much more than a standard shop bought one – and it clearly tasted great!! I have a Thing I’ve ignored doing for too many months, although I started again last week. Hmm, do my thing or blog….actually they’re probably connected – will make time to do both 😀

      • Mine is a sewing thing too!!!!!!! I hand sew birdhouses out of felt and “vintage fabrics” (kids’ clothes out of the charity shops :-D) There is a lot of blanket stitch to hold the pieces together. I make the birds too – like the ones in my New Year Message. I’m also working up to dressmaking, thinking of starting with an A-line skirt

  3. Obviously you have too much talent to not pursue this, Susan. That cake is great! The little boat is adorable. I love to bake, but I don’t have the patience for that type of decorating.

  4. Clearly “to bake” is the answer. Looks beautiful, yummy…but what I’d love most would be the aromas from your kitchen…If only you could send those in cyberspace, we would be set!! 🙂

  5. I’m glad you were able to rediscover this creative outlet. It seems like some baking will be in your future. Who says we can’t have multiple creative outlets? Life’s too short to shortchange ourselves 🙂

  6. This looks beautiful! I love baking and wish i could do those kinds of designs. I say follow your passion and never let your talents go unused.

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