CARLY
Wish Upon a Cupcake

Hey it’s Carly from @wishuponacupcake_

🧁 Content Creator
💗 Pastel Lover
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Beddau, South Wales
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What did you have for Breakfast this morning?
I had the same thing I have every single day – Arla protein yoghurt with granola and fresh berries.

How long have you been Cake Decorating for?
This will be my 10th year of cake making! It sounds so crazy to say that out loud.

Why did you choose Cake Decorating?
I fell into it completely by accident! I qualified as a primary teacher just before I gave birth to my eldest son (Finn) and there were hardly any teaching jobs available so I ended up keeping myself busy with baking etc. I made Finn’s 1st birthday cake after watching a few YouTube tutorials and that was my first ever fondant cake. After posting it on my Facebook page a few friends got in touch asking if I could make a cake for them and it kind of snowballed from there. Never ever thought I’d make a business out of it.

In times of doubt, what do you do to get back into your creative zone?
Ooooh this is a tough one. I honestly believe you can’t force creativity, I’ve tried it in the past and I think you can just tell when something has been forced or done for the sake of it. If I’m not feeling very creative I just ride it out until I feel inspired again. I’m very much an all or nothing type person – I’m either super motivated, full of inspiration and can’t bring my ideas to life quick enough or I have zero motivation to do anything. I find a lot of my inspiration on Pinterest, on nail art pages on Instagram, stationery designs and even wrapping paper. If you’re having a creative block just experiment and have fun instead. I usually find some of my best ideas have come from doing that or from making mistakes!

Where did you learn your Cake Decorating skills?
Most of it is self taught! I learned how to make sugar flowers with my lovely friend Tracy at Cotton & Crumbs but everything else is self taught. Lots of practice, lots of mistakes, lots of trial and error and just not being afraid to have a go. I really feel like I found myself and my own style during the first lockdown last year and I’ve honestly never loved my job as much as I do now.

What is your typical day like, what does it entail?
At the moment we’re in lockdown number 3 in Wales so my typical day at the moment is – wake at 6am too bake, feed the kids while the cakes are cooling, homeschool until lunchtime and decorate the cakes ready for collection at tea time. Any bigger cakes are baked the evening before collection but all treat boxes and cupcakes are baked on the day of collection.

A typical day not in lockdown would be 6am wake up to bake, feed kids and get them ready for school, drop them at school at 9am, go to the gym for 9:30, train, then home to decorate cakes.

We know Edible Art Paint is a medium you use, what do you love about it?
I just love that it’s ready to use and it’s the perfect consistency / thickness. Just shake your bottle, pour and paint! I love it. And it was what started my love affair with painting dalmatian print on my cakes and treats.

What is your #1 piece of advice for the newbies in Cake Decorating?
Ooooh this is tough too! Number 1 piece of advice I think would be to never undersell or undervalue yourself, your work or your time. So many people sell themselves short because they don’t think they are good enough but it’s so important to have the confidence to charge what your work is worth otherwise you’ll end up resenting working all those long hours.  Oh, and invest in a good mixer 🤣

Who is your inspiration in the Cake Decorating world?
My number 1 inspo has always been (and still is) my beautiful friend Tracy at Cotton and Crumbs. Her work is literally out of this world and she’s been with me pretty much my entire cake career. Way too many others to choose just 2 but I also love Chellbells Cakes, Coco Peony, Cakes and Sprinkles, Sheri Wilson, Cakemode and Cakes and Copty. Sorry I know that’s way more than 3, I could go on and on with who inspires me in the cake world there are just so many.

Who is your inspiration out of the Cake Decorating world?
I find inspiration from nail art pages, pinterest, interior design and graphic designers. A few of my faves are: