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Canon 30D Meets a Naked Cake

Many years ago I purchased a Canon EOS. At the time it was “the camera to have” or the Jones’ of the camera world. I bought two lenses with it and a flash pack, feeling oh so pleased with myself, it seemed that in the world of photography I had arrived. In a few short years, all cameras went digital and my optical EOS was basically useless.

Finally, when I went back to New York for a six week vacation I did a little (well, maybe a lot, actually it was a lot!) of shopping. One of my purchases was to buy a digital Canon camera. It had to be a Canon, as I hoped the old lenses would still be compatible. I sheepishly asked the gentleman helping me. He said “yes” and then did a test. They worked! I wanted to literally jump for joy and probably could have, as the very tolerant New Yorkers probably wouldn’t have thought me to be too odd. But I didn’t, just did internal cartwheels instead.

Since, my cake creations seem to be gaining more and more of an audience. I soon learned that the typical iPhone photographs definitely could go and be replaced with professional ones. I have nothing against iPhone cameras, as there are amazing editing apps available to create a good photograph and to me the quality is most of the time good enough.

A few days after I got back to Australia, a Red Velvet cake was waiting to be delivered for a lady’s 40th Birthday. She didn’t want any icing over it and in the cake decorating world it’s called a “naked” cake. A few fresh from Townsville Flower Market dressed it up perfectly and then for the first time I grabbed my new Canon. Tadaa! A moment in history was made… my own professional cake photograph.

Check this out for more: New York Cake Co. Facebook Page



Wine and Dessert Social


What an amazing pair… Wine & Dessert!

Thanks to Dee Rieber, a Halstead Real Estate Broker, who hosted the 2nd annual Community Wine & Dessert Social.  Last year she hosted her own Birthday party at Pour, a wine shop on 75th Street & Amsterdam in NYC.  That was such a success she committed to doing it every year.  This was her 2nd and hopefully many more to come.  It was my privilege to create the dessert for this special event.

From my experience last year at Pour I knew who my audience (folk eating my desserts!) would be and I knew the type of setting Dee wanted – small two bite desserts that were delicate and delicious.  In a flash the menu was created… Petit Fours, Mini Cupcakes and… Caramel Custard Tarts.  She was all game and gave me a big green light.

Petit Fours I’ve made twice before so I knew what to do, Mini Cupcakes I could probably do in my sleep, but why on earth did I say Caramel Custard Tarts?  I’ve never seen a recipe for such, I’ve never made a Caramel Tart before… Am I going crazy or will I have to create a recipe so I don’t let my client down? (For the balance of the Caramel Tart drama read the blog post).

What an excellent night… Many compliments were thrown my way and the sweets were gone before all the guests got there.  Go ahead… you can drool.. they were delish!!  LOL 🙂

Keep It Sweet,


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