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May 15, 2016

My love of baking started as a child.  I would be famished after a long walk home from school.  Instinctively, I would open my parents' kitchen cupboards and begin to forage.  The contents were what I would imagine to be the standard in many households.  Some long-forgotten tins of canned meat or fruit.  Pasta, in a variety of forms.  And an array of basic baking ingredients.  With eggs and milk in the fridge I knew I would have to try whip up something delicious in a matter of minutes.  For me, this was certainly better than the left-over sandwich I had conveniently forgotten in my schoolbag that day. 


I would make something as often as I could.  Be it unfrosted vanilla cupcakes, or a few waffles drenched in golden syrup, my insatiable obsession with baked goods began.  Pancakes and crumpets were a staple.  On the rare occasion I would attempt my hand at biscuits.  When it was time for us to be spoiled, my mom would treat me to a box of "mix-and-bake" brownies or chocolate mousse. 


Throughout my studies, and my years in the office, my friends and colleagues have been  introduced and have become familiar with my love of baking.  Although I have stayed true to the simplistic nature of my childhood favourites, I have moved away from my "mix-and-bake" pastime.  I now enjoy creating all things good from raw ingredients.  I believe they are no less difficult to master, but are all the more delicious.  Not to mention how much more satisfying it is indulging in something you created... from scratch. 


A couple of friends encouraged me to enter The Great South African Bake Off when they saw a call for contestants.  And so I did.  Before I knew it, I was caught up in a blender with production staff, camera crews, a tent in the middle of nowhere, and a number of other contestants.  I only managed to make it to episode 4 (out of 8).  However, my short-lived time on the show left me with a group of really good friends, and an enriched determination to share my passion for all things sweet. 


I have always wanted to create a recipe book.  A bite-sized piece of cake from my life.  Frosted with a smear of my indulgences.  And sprinkled with sparkles of my personality.  And so my journey begins.  Week by week, join me on my attempt in making my dream a reality. 


Welcome to the birth of Sweet Cheeks. 

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