My name is Kathryn. I live with my husband and children in the beautiful city of Auckland, New Zealand. To the rest of the world NZ is a long way from anywhere. For a tiny country we have done some big things internationally. We’ve made movies (Lord of the Rings), competed in sport reasonably well and gifted kiwifruit to the masses.
This blog had its beginning because last year a very close friend of mine was diagnosed with HER2 Positive breast cancer. It was such devastating news for her family and for me. To make matters worse the drug to treat this type of cancer is only partially funded by the NZ Government. My friend had to find $93,000.00 (NZD) to pay for a 12 month course of the treatment.
To help raise funds I offered to bake cakes. The blog was a perfect way to get the message out. Within a short space of time I was inundated orders and had to turn people away. The good news was that the money needed was raised within four months through a combination of fundraising initiatives http://www.supportmaara.blogspot.com/
Although the fundraising is all done I continued the blog for my own personal interest and to keep in touch with other cake makers. Not only is it a joy making these cakes but there’s another passion in me that loves transforming them into memorable images. I hope you enjoy what I have posted so far.
For me cake making is my passion and not my profession. I am a self-taught amateur who has no plans (at the moment) to progress beyond that classification. There’s a real irony at play here because if you asked me to draw you a picture, expect to see an unrecognisable stick figure depicting something slightly more sophisticated than an ink blot. However, through some mysterious work of nature, sugar and I have connected.