January 18, 2013
the love of baking
at the moment, i am on a mission to learn how to make more cakes -- really good cakes, the kind that melt in your mouth when you take a bite, the kind that are sweet but rich in butter, cream and all the good ingredients that make them taste moist and homemade. the kids might not know the difference, but parents and adults definitely do.
so many women have said to me that they would rather pay money for a cake that actually tastes good with an icing that is creamy rather than pay so much for a store-bought cake that is dry with an icing that is all sugar. i am not a pastry chef and i haven't taken any courses on baking but over the years i have been developing an ability to bake through trial and error. there are some 'secrets' to baking a delicious cake, but more than any tool, technique or skill, it's essential to have a passion for baking -- and whenever we develop a talent we have with passion or love, God enables us to create something beautiful.
we are now living in Accra and it is not easy to find a good cake. a friend of mine has encouraged and inspired me to bake cakes to sell for the families at school because she likes everything i bake for her. right now i am in the beginning stage of practicing new techniques and trying new kinds of cakes and icings. having YouTube and other tutorials as resources are invaluable. it's actually phenomenal that anyone in the world can learn just about anything from the internet if one persists with perseverance while trying to master the skill. i recently watched a video about how to make 'royal icing'. the step-by-step instructions with all of the fine details made what i read come alive in every important way in order to accomplish this kind of icing. i'm easily impressed and amazed by so much!