Icing: How did you start Call me Cupcake? What is your background/formal training?
Linda: I've always enjoyed baking, but have never taken it very seriously. One day in July 2009 I made my first cupcakes, and I thought I would start a baking blog just for fun. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to bake all the time, and it was all I could think about (it still is!). When I made my first cake in February 2010, I realized that this is what I should be doing! I'm self-taught and I don't have any formal training as a pastry chef, however I do have some formal training as a photographer.
Icing: When did you start translating your posts in English and why?
Linda: I started translating my posts into English by the end of 2009 because I thought it would interest international readers, but turns out I didn't have many readers back then! When I realized that, I stopped doing it because it was so time consuming. I just recently started translating my posts into English again, because now I actually do have some international readers, which is so much fun! I think Google translate is fantastic, but sometimes it can destroy a whole recipe! It's also a great way for me to practice my English and learn some new words.
Icing: What has been your favorite project that you have worked on?
Linda: I come up with new projects in my head all the time! I wish I had time to carry all of them out. However, my favorite project must be the
Icing: What is your favorite dessert to create?
Linda: I love making macarons! When you get the hang of it, they are not at all hard to make. And the best thing is that they are so delicious and cute!
I must say that cakes are also so much fun to make, but they involve a lot more work. I enjoy decorating cakes, of course, because it is my creative outlet!
Icing: Do you have any exciting projects for 2011 that you can share?
Linda: I do have some very very exciting things going on, but unfortunately I can't tell you about them just yet! You'll just have to wait and see... However, I can promise that it will be an exciting year!
Icing: Other than creating amazing pastry's, can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself?
Linda: Thank you so much! An interesting fact might be that I play bass in a band called Death in The Afternoon (www.ditaband.com). By the end of February we're going to Paris to play live, which is going to be fantastic! I will probably visit some pâtisseries.. and maybe Ladurée. ;-)