This week is Thanksgiving week, so I thought this would be the perfect cake to showcase as many of our family members will be watching football as they fall in and out of turkey-induced slumber.
But it's also a time for self-reflection, and a time to give thanks. I have so many things to be thankful for - I am thankful that my small business has thrived in a struggling economy. I am thankful for the skills I have learned and the people that have supported me and my business.
When I first started, there wasn't a lot of information out there. I bought every cookbook I could find, but there were still specific questions I had. As far as I know, there was no CakesDecor or CakeCentral to fall back on. Out of desperation I e-mailed a few specific questions to some well-known decorators. Some I never heard from, but I was surprised that several answered me back with an answer. I always responded back with a gracious "Thank You" and never pushed my luck. I also vowed that I would "pay it forward" when my skills were more developed.
Nowadays I must get a couple of e-mails a day from aspiring decorators asking me questions, and sometimes I have to remind myself of my vow. Most people ask very pointed, specific questions and I try to answer than as quickly as possible. Some people though ask questions like "I have never baked a cake in my life and I want to make a 4-foot tall sculpted animatronic dancing armadillo cake. Can you please send me recipes and a step-by-step walkthrough with diagrams?" OK, so that scenario is a little inflated, but you get the idea. I'm never exactly sure how to answer these types of emails, and honestly more times than not, I just ignore them.
So please remember this next time you e-mail someone with a question, and they can continue to be thankful to share their information. And don't forget to thank them if you get a response!
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Spend some time with people you love!!