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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Featured Vendor @ Whizarts Wedding!

Whizarts started to feature their vendors recently and this month, I'm privileged to be their vendor of the month! This is the featured article. Read on! Thanks Ke Wynn!

Featured Vendor Of The Month!

For the month of July, we’ll be talking to Ween Nee from Love-A-Cupcake.

Vendor: Love-A-Cupcake
Specialty: Wedding & Party Cupcakes & Cakes
Website: http://www.love-a-cupcake.com
Contact: loveacupcake@gmail.com

1) What made you start “Love-A-Cupcake”? What’s the story behind it?
I used to run a restaurant and the cake supplier was very inconsistent. I got frustrated and attempted to bake on my own only to realize, I don’t enjoy the baking bit too much. Then my friends from US introduced me to fondant (sugar paste) and from there, I began to explore the amazing world of sugar art! It was definitely not a properly planned business. It’s more of a hobby turned business which is great! It’s been about 3 years and I really enjoy what I do. It is a business of passion hence my biggest challenge constantly is to keep my passion all charged up!

2) Describe yourself in 3 words!
3 words? Quirky sugar artist

3) In what ways would cakes or cupcakes add a special touch to a party or a wedding reception?
Wedding cakes and wedding cupcakes are usually the main centerpiece decor for a wedding ceremony. The cake is also symbolically the first task that the bride and groom perform jointly as husband and wife. I always ask my customers to choose the design of their wedding cakes/cupcakes to symbolize them. Some couples are very romantic while some prefers a more traditional wedding and there are also some who are very adventurous and fun! These different characteristics will portray in their choice of cake designs.

4) What is “Sugar Art”?
Sugar Art is what I do. I am not a baker but a sugar artist. The common misconception people usually have when they would like to order my cakes/cupcakes is they are buying a ‘cake’. But really, what they are buying is actually a piece of art made using sugar – hence the term sugar art! Usually for a normal order, I spend 10% of my time baking and 90% of my time hand sculpting the decor.

5) What is the most interesting cake / cupcake you’ve every made?
Amongst the cakes and cupcakes I have made, these are the ones that have challenged me to the very max

I was given an illustration and asked to create something similar. This may look easy but it took me close to a non-stop 10 hrs to complete!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/love-a-cupcake/4289111467/in/set-72157624447949640/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/love-a-cupcake/4289860038/in/set-72157624447949640/

I was asked to make little designer bags and shoes in an oriental theme. This took me close to a week to complete!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/love-a-cupcake/4261057169/in/set-72157624447949640/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/love-a-cupcake/4261054797/in/set-72157624447949640/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/love-a-cupcake/4261048741/in/set-72157624447949640/

And this is one of my first 3D novelty cake and one of my personal favorite!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/love-a-cupcake/4137821121/in/set-72157624447949640/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/love-a-cupcake/4137815623/in/set-72157624447949640/

6) Why do you call your cakes & cupcakes “art of love”?
I call them an ‘art of love’ because I spend hours and hours creating them. I have tried to create them without adding the secret potion of ‘love’ and ‘passion’ into it and it doesn’t work. It does not materialize! The secret potion behind the success of each of my little art pieces is really the love and passion for it.

7) How do u plan to move on ahead
Sugar art is still fairly new in Malaysia. I hope in time to come, more people will start appreciating the beauty of this. I have recently started to give classes on sugar art and I feel that this might be one of the best ways for people to learn and understand the beauty of sugar art. By doing these sugar art hands on, they realize the value of it.

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