Our ACDN Member of the Month for September is
Dax Wilding of Tasty Bakes & Wedding Cakes
When did you start cake decorating?
Over 20 years ago, making cakes and cookies here and there for family and friends.
When did you start your cake decorating business, and how did you make the change from cake decorating as a hobby to a business?
February 2011. I had been working on a building site and taking all my baked goodies in for the tradies to share and they were all so enthusiastic about my products. My job changed and it just seemed the right time to launch Tasty Bakes.
I joined the British Sugarcraft Guild, got my food licence and insurance, had my kitchen rated 5* by my local council, had some business cards printed and made sure everyone knew I was now making cakes. In 2014, we relocated from the UK to South Australia, so I'm going through this exact process again right now!
What is the most enjoyable part of running your cake decorating business?
I love the Customer's reactions when they see their Deliciousness!
What do you find most challenging?
Balancing admin with actually caking. Also summer weather!
What is your preferred style of cake to create?
I love listening to a Client talk about their wedding cake vision - and then turning that into reality. At the other end of the spectrum, I really enjoy carving cakes and making something spectacular out of sugar.
Do you prefer to create cakes, cupcakes, cookies, or other baked goods?
I love making wedding cakes, macarons, cupcakes and iced cookies. Back in the UK I used to make chocolate shoes which were hugely popular, so I'm looking forward to getting that aspect up and running here too.
Could you share some tips with others who are considering starting out in cake decorating?
Practice practice practice! and then practice some more - BEFORE you start selling!