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Saturday, March 20, 2010

On the Way UP

Hi, my name is Zach and I have decided to enter the world of blogging. I'm an aspiring cake artist and I've decided to start this blog as a way to record my journey to success. It all started back in October '09 when I was watching one of those cake decorating competitions with my friend Tracy. She suggested we try making a cake decorated with fondant for her upcoming birthday. I've always enjoyed making tasty treats so I jumped on the idea. Together we learned how to make fondant from marshmallows and we created a funky little cake. The experience was a reminder of how much satisfaction completing a piece of artwork could bring me, something I hadn't felt since my previous interest in graphic design and customization of action figures. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like I really had the "stuff" to make it in the world of graphic design and had grown out of the action figures. But cake decorating allowed me a new way to channel my creativity, and I was excited. I decided to continue making cakes and decorated five more in the next few months. Then my final semester of university began, and it was time to decide what the hell I wanted to do with my life.
Being in the Food Science program, the easiest decision would be to either apply to grad school or look for a job in the related field. Unfortunately, the field of Food Science doesn't really suit me. I do have a strong interest in food...but science??? (Long story why I'm in the program in the first place...) Anyway, after months of debating and going back and forth, I realized that a career decorating cakes would best suite my personality. While some people couldn't imagine spending hours on a single cake, I enjoy every moment, and there's nothing like the sense of accomplishment that is felt upon completing a cake. Now, when I look into the future I don't see a vast expanse of unknown. Instead I am excited at all the possibilities and can't wait to take on the challenge.
Obviously, I have an insane amount to learn, but I have the passion and desire to make it to the top. The start of this blog coincides with my decision to start making as many cakes as possible. Forget birthdays or holidays, I'm going to make as many cakes as possible to learn as many new techniques as possible. I don't have a clear plan about life after graduation, but I will keep you updated. For now, just enjoy looking at my cakes, and I always appreciate constructive criticism.


  1. Didn't see this "intro" blog straight away Zach...
    Look forward to following your journey to success as a cake decorator. I'm so excited!

  2. Good for you, Zach! Go for your dreams! Allow yourself the freedom of flexibility as you grow and learn! Best wishes for a successful journey!

  3. Thanks for the well wishes!
    Funny you mentioned flexibility, as it's the number one adjective I use to describe myself these days. Without flexibility I would surely be overwhelmed by stress!

  4. Well you look like you are on your way. It will be interesting to follow. The Easter basket looks yummy.

  5. Thanks! It was pretty tasty. I ate a quarter of it then had to get it out of my apartment ASAP