Meet Our Team: Baker Amy Ferrari
Say hello to Amy, one of our bubbly colleagues who works in our finance department, and loves to get creative in the kitchen in her spare time! Look out for her amazing Game of Thrones cake…
Meet the Baker: Amy Ferrari
How did you get into baking?
I have always loved baking; growing up it was one of my favourite school holiday activities. We used to make fairy cakes and Victoria sandwiches for the whole family. I really got into making more extravagant cakes about 10 years ago when I moved out of home, I went on a few courses to learn how to work with sugarpaste (fondant icing) and there was no stopping me after that. I find it really therapeutic and it helps me relax after a stressful day at work.
What was the first thing you baked?
I think it would have been fairy cakes, they are simple and great fun. I can always remember getting arm ache from mixing the buttercream.
Do you have a signature bake?
That’s a tough one, but I think if in doubt I always turn to my triple chocolate brownie recipe. They are fully loaded with chocolate chips and terrible if you’re on a diet but people seem to love them.
What could you not live without in your kitchen?
My kitchenaid mixer! I don’t know how I ever coped without a freestanding mixer before I owned one.
What’s your favourite type of bake to make?
Cakes are my ‘thing’ – I dabble in bread and pastry, but you just can’t beat a good old sponge. I especially love making children’s birthday cakes, as you can let your imagination run wild with colours and design.
What was your latest bake?
I made a 4 tier wedding cake for a friend.
What does your baking area look like?
I have a shiny new kitchen, my dream would be to have a huge kitchen with bit bi-folding doors onto the garden.
Any tips for new bakers?
Always, always ,always follow the recipe step by step, that way you can’t fail. Don’t worry if you have a disaster, even the most experienced bakers mess up sometimes.
What are you excited to bake in the future? Any new products or techniques you want to try?
I have entered Cake International this year which is a huge cake competition at the NEC, so I will be focusing all my efforts on designing and creating my entry for that in November. I am also going to bake along with GBBO and take on the technical challenge each week, I will undoubtedly have some disasters as I am rubbish at bread. I really want to have a go at computerised cutting for icing, there are a few machines on the market that do it and you can get perfect lettering and shapes cut out of thin icing sheets.