My life as a cake specialist has many different layers! I bake lots of delicious cakes for lots of different occasions. I do cake demos. I teach baking and decorating skills. I visit cake shows. I enjoy “speaking cake”.
I love baking, but I also love my role as a home economist. It’s part of my cake life that I have been working very hard on and, I’m proud to say, is really growing.
My adventures as a home economist all began back in 2012, when I completed an internship with the Little Venice Cake Company alongside Mich Turner and her team. After my internship, I was asked to become an ambassador for Little Venice and started demonstrating cake tools and equipment.
This involves planning a cake-decorating project and using a variety of cake tools to create the desired effect. I plan, prepare and get everything together that is required for the demonstration. It’s exciting and gives me a real buzz. No two projects or locations are the same. Variety is definitely the spice of life!
Over the past four years, my work as a home economist has continued to grow. I’ve been lucky enough to take part in a whole range of cake activities… at cake shows, in Fortnum & Mason, for magazine features, photo shoots, workshops and TV. I’ve worked abroad with the Little Venice team too, teaching cake skills at their franchise in Kuwait.
But one of my most exciting recent projects has been working on Mich Turner’s latest book. I was involved with preparing ingredients and cakes, photographing step by step during the shoots last summer.
The result is a truly stunning book. How to Have Your Cake and Eat It features delicious show-stopping recipes and shows you how to make lighter, healthier cakes without compromising on flavour.
The book has just come out – perfect timing as it would make a fantastic Mother’s Day gift! I’ve been invited to the book launch at the Café Royal in London (I can’t wait!) and I am really excited that I have a lovely “thank you” mention in the book too!
That’s not all… I was recently interviewed by a journalist writing a feature for Woman magazine about women carrying out internships in their 40s and the effect it has on their career.
If you want to read the full story, grab yourself a copy of the March edition of Woman! Why not sit back and relax with a cuppa and a slice of cake and enjoy the article – I’ll be doing exactly the same thing (only I’ll have butterflies in my stomach as well as the cake!).
If you’ve got a project in mind that needs the help of a home economist, I’d love to hear from you. Just give me a call and let’s talk cake.
Have a fabulous month and I hope all you lovely mums get some yummy Mother’s Day treats (that you don’t have to bake for yourself!).
- To read more about Emma Fuller and her company, Velvet Fig, in Dorking, visit her page on Local Food Britain.