5 secrets to Sugar Seductions

Today’s exciting Blogger in the Spotlight (BITS) is none other than the accomplished baker, Mama Min. Mama Min is a sugar artist who makes cakes that tell stories.. so without further ado, here is the interview with her.

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1. What got you started ?
I’ve never considered myself a baker as I didn’t bake very much until 6-7 years ago.  For my daughter’s 1st birthday, a friend of mine baked a cake with a mermaid sitting on a rock.  That was when I realize that cakes need not be regular round or square and flat.  Even then I didn’t think of making cakes.  For Laura’s 2nd birthday, I wanted to make her birthday cake.  I searched online for a butter cake recipe but didn’t have a clue what sorts of icing to use.  So I baked a butter cake with the recipe I found online, drove to Puchong to another friend’s house to get her help.  We fumbled a bit but managed to decorate the cake with butter-cream.  We used Smarties to spell out Laura’s name.  Every year, I became more adventurous.  My first shaped cakes were for Laura’s 4th birthday (jewelry box) and Adam’s 1st birthday (construction site) in 2004.  I was so stressed out 2 weeks before their party that Patrick suggested we just go out and buy them a cake.  I started making the cakes for my nieces, nephews and friend’s children.  Then I realized I had a knack for making cakes that don’t look like cake.  Friends were my first customers.  When I started posting up photos on my blog , I also started receiving inquiries by email.
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naughty3I get to tell stories through my cakes.  Seduction (which is the most popular naughty cake design) is about a man helpless in the hands of a seductress (or two depending on what the customer asks for).

What’s the story behind this Get Well Soon cake?  Are they really a nurse with her patient or are they enjoying a bit of role-play? *wink*


2. Who is your favourite baker and why?

There are a few sugar artists whom I admire.  Debbie Brown and Lorraine McKay who are fabulous with figurines.  Debbie Brown has a big influence in the way I shaped figurines.  Alan Dunn for sugar flowers.  He has a knack for making life-like flowers.  Even though I’m not a big fan of sugar flowers :-P  I’ve been fortunate enough to have learned from them too!  I made a trip to London last year just to attend workshops.


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3. What is your favourite travel destination for food/cakes?
I love street food!  In my opinion, the best way to get to know a place is to through the street food, especially where locals go.  Overall, good food to me means something that tickles all my senses.  It has to look appealing, smells good and has bursts of different tastes and texture in the mouth.  I hope I achieve that with my cakes :)  I would say my favourite food destinations would be Penang and Bangkok.

pole14. What is your advice for budding bakers?
Think out of the box.  Do not be afraid to make mistakes and try new recipes and methods.   We get to eat our mistakes! :)  Attend workshop/classes to sharpen your skills.

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5. What is your favourite recipe and why?

My favourite cake recipe is this Carrot Cake recipe which I got from The Complete Step-by-step Cooking Class Cookbook.  The awesome-est Carrot Cake ever!  It looks good, smells divine and with every bite, you’ll taste the combo of carrot, pineapple, cheese, raisins… Yum!  I was craving Carrot Cake when I was pregnant with my son, Adam.  I didn’t want to bake a whole cake, knowing I’ll probably end up eating most of it myself.  I ended up buying slices of carrot cake from cake shops, specialty coffee places but none of the cake sold outside could fulfill my craving.  In the end, I baked the cake and ate it too :) , but no, I didn’t finish the whole cake by myself . Cake taste best shared!

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Min sep 07 resizedAbout this weeks blogger in the Spotlight (BITS):

Min Chan aka Mama Min is a sugar artist who makes cakes that tell stories.  Min believes everyone has an in-born talent.  She hopes to help those who love crafts and cake decorating  discover their talents.  Min is currently busy setting up Mama Min Studio which is scheduled to open in May 2010.

Website: Mama Min (Happiness is Homemade)

Comments

  1. This is the scintillating voluptuous creamy Baker we would love to meet, especially at nights :D

  2. Wow…awesome!!

  3. i’ll never forget the birthday cakes that gfad got min to bake for me. so talented!

  4. Min Min Min, let them eat cake indeed!!!!
    no wonder we have AFC channel – there are so many talents in this country!!!

  5. And Happiness is just a cake away….

  6. yer..the cake so cute!

  7. Had order a cake from Mama min before, the butter cake is so moist and yummy.

  8. Love how all the designs are so detailed and intricate. If they taste as terrific as they look, I’d be torn whether to eat them or admire them!

  9. Did you know that I started baking birthday cakes for my Boiboi after seeing Min doing so!!! *bow to Min* for making it this far!!!

  10. I love mama min’s cakes! all are very seductively awesome!

  11. You are incredibly talented. A great Artist – salute!

    Apple

  12. haha the Original BootCamp cake she made for me was AWESOME

  13. Min, I think the baby blue box cake you made last time wasn’t big enough. Didn’t make a big enough impression – am still waiting for the real thing to materialise. Maybe it needs to be propped on top of a bag with double C, ya?

  14. Wow.. All I have to say is AMAZING designs and talent! Keep up the great work.

    David

  15. Amazing and lovely colored sculptures. And I love them because they’re so nice to see that I would never dare to eat them. Good for my diet… :-)

  16. Wow – these look fantastic! And I agree with Simon, they look so good that I’d never dare eat them ;)

  17. thank you everybody for your rocking comments! Yes, Min Chan is truly talented. Not only does the cake look good, it tastes good as well. We should know, we have a nice butter cake in our fridge! If you want more info, kindly go to http://mamamin.wordpress.com/about/ Contact details etc, are there :) Happy weekend.. EAT CAKE!

  18. Min, those cakes are STUNNING! Well done and keep up the good work. Am glad to see that our Cake As Art scene is coming of age.

    AMAZING! Am so proud to be part of this industry. Am sending this to my team. They will be inspired.

  19. The second pic is hilarious! So notty notty. ;)

  20. Hahahaha Makes me laugh! Such a talented baker!! But i don’t think I can eat.. I’m not a sweet tooth. :) Anyhow, nice work indeed!

    Juno

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