Meantime, today I'd like you to get to know my teammate Kelly a little better. Her baking blog, Evil Shenanigans, is just fantastic, and luckily for our team, she is a master cake decorator. She did all of these:
Pretty amazing, right? Far above my skill level, that's for sure. I plan to let her boss me around in New York all she wants so we have a fighting chance of winning.
Anyway, here's some more about Kelly, interview-style. Just call me Baba Wawa.
Erika: Tell us about your blog. Why did you start it? What's your focus?
Kelly: I started my blog so my friends and family could keep up with my progress in culinary school. I intended it to be a personal journal of my time in school, but people started to ask for recipes. It evolved from there.
Erika: Are you a lifetime baker, or did you pick it up later on?
Kelly: My mom used to let me help in the kitchen as a child and I loved watching the things I mixed and measured transform into desserts I could eat. That wonder never really went away and three years ago I entered culinary school to expand my passion. I intend, one day, to open a small boutique bakery in Dallas that specializes in pastry, cakes and desserts.
Erika: On a scale of one to 10, how much of a cake decorating rockstar are you?
Kelly: Ummm, 6 or 6.5. There is SO much I do not know, and so much I need to improve on. I want to learn more about fondant, gum paste, and buttercream decorations. I love cake decorating. It is a fantastic creative outlet for me and the more I do it the better I become!
Erika: What's the most complicated thing you've attempted in the cake decorating arena?
Kelly: Gum paste flowers for a luau cake I did. I had never worked with gum paste before and it was a challenge to make the dough look the way I wanted. Also, my best friend’s wedding cake was a challenge because I baked, assembled, and decorated the cake in about 6 hours AND I did it in England.
Erika: What's the ratio of baking to cooking on your blog?
Kelly: I try for a 50/50 split, but baking may have a slight edge as I love it so much.
Erika: How did you learn to take good food photos, and what kind of camera do you use?
Kelly: First, thank you! You are very kind. I have done some research on photography and learned a lot through trial and error. I shoot with an Olympus E-420 as of December. I love it!
Erika: What do you do with all the food you make to blog about?
Kelly: Most of what you see ends up as dinner/dessert and what we can’t finish goes to our respective offices. I can tell you, my husband and I are pretty popular!
Erika: Your bio says you sang opera in a former life. Care to elaborate?
Kelly: I love to sing and have done so since I was a child. In high school I discovered opera and focused my study in that direction. I majored in Music and Theater in college and wanted to travel and sing all over the globe. Plans changed, however, when I met my future husband and settled down. I still sing, but not anywhere near the level I did ten years ago. I miss it, but I have discovered I love baking, cooking, and recipe creation far more than singing.
Erika: Finish this sentence: "When I meet Kelly Ripa, I'm going to..."
Kelly: Smile like a moron!
Visit Kelly's blog and leave her a comment or two! And watch this space for my upcoming interview with my other teammate, Jessie from Cakespy!