Cutting the cake together after you tie the knot remains a significant process in all weddings. But to get a wedding cake that matches your theme for your wedding, you need a cake artist that has extensive knowledge in cake decorating as well as in touch with a good palette of flavours. Hazel Wong is a cake artist and Satin Ice Artist of Excellence based in Singapore. Her unique creations are often inspired by her bounteous experience in the TV and movie industry. Always bold in colors, the cakes she creates often exhibit an abstract art element. Constantly trying to explore new techniques and adapt her creativity, her cake creation is a symphony of perfect design, colors and embellishment. Here, we met up with her to ask her a little more about her business and passion.
Q: What made you decide to pursue a career in cake designing?
A: Cake decorating was purely an accident for me. After working in the media and entertainment industry for almost two decades, I realized my job has become quite a routine and that I needed to take a break and look for a hobby. I always had a keen interest in cake decorating, and it was by chance that I stumbled upon a cake decorating class where I learned the foundation of cake decorating with Wilton and PME. It was only when I attended my first sugar flower class with Jacqueline Butler; I totally fell in love forever with cake decorating.
Q: How would you describe your work style?
A: Incorporating bold colours and abstract art in every cake I created is my style. I love pushing colour boundaries which often leads to another stylistic experimentation.
Q: What is your creative process when you start designing a cake for a new bride?
A:I am not a person to start a cake with a sketch. Sketching process is something that I will not follow as I often change the design when I decorate. But before I get my hands on the cake, I love meeting couple in a cafe because I believe coffee and cakes are a good remedy to get things going. I love to hear the love story from the couple and from the meet up, it allows me to see how affectionate they behave and I would be able to customise their dream wedding cake.
Q: What has been your favorite cake creation so far and why?
A: Oh, there’s so many to choose from. Every piece of cake is my favourite and there’s a special and unique story in every piece I made. Totally in love with anything that has an illusion of abstract art painting. However, there’s one special cake that top my list and it would be a cake I did for Cake Central, which totally caught me in awe that it was identified as their cover cake for that issue. It was a fashion inspiration cake adapted from my favourite designer, Elie Saab, which allows me to incorporate abstract elements onto the cake.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of cake decorating?
A: Words of appreciation keeps me going and it allows me to think out of the boxes every time I create a new cake.
Q: What top 3 tips could you give to people who have just started decorating cakes or would love to start?
A: (1) Always use the best fondant and never save on cake ingredients.
(2) Don’t overdo your design; adding too many details will lose the original idea that you want to get across, sometimes; less is more
(3) Think out of the box, be bold with every design you create, always remember, the sky is the limit, break the rules and be creative.
Hazel has since been featured been featured in Cake Masters, Cake Central, Cake France Design Magazine, American Cake Decorating, Cake Craft Decoration, Australia CAKE!, DIY Weddings Magazine, Pasteles de ensueño Spanish Magazine, Sweet Magazine, Wedding Cakes and Sugar Flowers and other online accolades. To learn more about Hazel and her cakes, check out Hazel Wong Cake Design!