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On The Rise with Beth Appleton of Whimsical Cakes

October 2011, The Bakery Network
Joe Baker, jbaker@thebakerynetwork.com

In the business of making special days just a little sweeter, Beth Appleton of Whimsical Wedding Cakes sits down with Joe Baker to talk about her passion for designing works of art.


1. Why wedding cakes?
I love being a part of something so special. So much time and energy is put into a wedding and for most it’s a once in a lifetime event…and I get to share in that.

2. How long have you been designing cakes?
I’ve been designing cakes professionally for 3 years. Prior to that I was self taught and made cakes for family and friends. I finally got to a point where I felt I had learned as much as I could on my own and succumbed to taking classes. It was the best thing that I could have ever done. A friend once told me that if you want to be the best at what you do, you must learn from the best. So I did. I went to Bonnie Gordon’s School of Confectionary Arts. The school is now an accredited College.

3. What or who was your inspiration for becoming a Pastry Chef and opening your own specialty shop?
When I was planning my own wedding 9 years ago I was in love with Collette Peter’s wedding cakes. She was ahead of her time and in my books she is responsible for changing cake design from typical to Whimsical.

4. What was your biggest challenge in learning how to bake?
Ah yes, learning to bake…I learned how to design and decorate a cake before I could actually bake. I think my biggest challenge has been to create my own unique flavours and to add a twist to old favourites. My best selling chocolate cake recipe has been in my family for over 100 years but I’ve tweaked it a bit by adding espresso and a hint of cinnamon.

5. What is your favourite all time recipe?
I would have to say my favourite recipe would be my Great Great Grandmother’s Chocolate cake with raspberry curd and dark chocolate ganache or vanilla bean cake filled with lime curd and cream cheese filling.

6. Have you always wanted to be a Pastry Chef?
Nope. It wasn’t until I was planning my wedding that I realized my love of cake design. And still it took me 6 years to realize that I had it in me to actually do it.

7. Do you have any advice for someone wanting to start in the bakery business?
The same advise that was given to me…learn from the best.

8. What type of schooling or baking background do you have?
As I mentioned before, I went to Bonnie Gordon’s School of Confectionary Arts in Toronto. In addition I’ve taken several Celebrity Cake Designers Classes focusing on Sugar Flowers, Air brushing and Carving.

9. Any awards or special achievements?
This past spring I won a Live Cake Star Challenge at Bonnie Gordon’s 3rd annual Cake Show and Competition. I was up against two other designers to create a wedding cake to represent one of the four seasons in front of a live audience in only 7 hours. It was amazing!! And just a short month after that I competed on a new Wedding Cake Competition Show on Slice Network in Canada. The show is called Cake Walk. For our challenge we created a 4’ tall wedding cake with lots of pillows and round tiers stacked topsy turvy as if they were floating above each other. We came in second for this show. It was truly and amazing experience.

10. What would you be doing if you weren’t designing wedding cakes?
I can’t imagine not designing wedding cakes.

Visit Beth Appleton’s website: www.whimsicalweddingcakes.com


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