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Beyond expectations – when dreams come true


I wonder if Fiona Cairns, when she started her home based business as a cake designer 25 years ago would ever have imagined, even in her wildest dreams,  what would happen on march the 27th 2011. If I have to make a guess I would say… no!

According to what she says in a video interview, when she got the phone call from Buckingham Palace, appointing her the Royal Wedding cake designer, it took her an effort to be able to come back to her daily schedule. I sure can believe it!

During the past years that charming lady grew her business from home-based local to nationwide, strongly asserting her presence in the luxury market. Cutting edge designs, creativity and dedication to high quality standards coupled with the support of her husband who joined the company full time in 2001 as managing director, propelled her initial project to such a (possibly unexpected) dimension.

The cake was announced to be (of course) a multi tiered one. A traditional fruit cake decorated with cream and white icing, with a strong english floral theme and elements of the Joseph Lambeth technique. During the interview Mrs. Cairns explains that flower decorations will be chosen according to the flower’s symbolism.

I thought it would be nice to share these news because it’s great to be reminded that sometimes, when we follow our dreams with passion and determination, they often take us unpredictably far.

Welcome to the Sugar Garden

I’ve been considering this idea lately: starting a blog about sugar Art. What pushed me in this direction is the wish to share with readers, the enthusiasm and joy that arise in me whenever I think about how many beautiful things can be created out of such simple elements like sugar, eggs, flour and little more.Simple ingredients with the power to be combined into awesome works of art.

Such skills deeply belong to women – please allow me this gender proudness – all around the world. I got proof of it everyday, reading posts in the blogs I follow, or looking at pictures in flickr. Jaw-dropping cakes and creations, little jewels that I guess make the day of their creators and of those lucky enough to share all that beauty.

Cake decorating is quite an unfamiliar subject to italian pastry – except maybe for a tradition of iced cakes with middle-eastern influences surviving in southern Italy- but is quickly becoming popular. I believe italian creativity and sense for beauty will give a contribution to this fascinating art.
So here I am, looking forward to sharing my creations, hence please go on and feast your eyes. Come and see what’s going on in my Sugar Garden.