Working in the media and entertainment industry was all Hazel Wong knew, until one sugar flower class from Jacqueline Butler altered her career path. She immediately fell in love with cake decorating and that is where her featured artist of excellence story begins!
Brief history of your business and how you got to where you are today?
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.
How were you first introduced to Satin Ice?
I was introduced to Satin Ice when I was shopping for cake tools and ingredients in a cake decorating shop. I was attracted to it because the product comes in a wide variety of colors. I especially love Satin Ice gum paste because its just perfect to make flowers. It also is perfect because I can leave it at room temperature in my country's climate.
Is there one project that stands out as significant?
One of the cakes I am particularly proud of is the lotus cake I did for the Vesak Festival collaboration. I was able to combine both abstract element and painting to get the story across.
The second project would be a cake I did for golden jubilee this year (a holiday celebrated in Hazel's country of Singapore).
I love anything that has an illusion of abstract art painting.
Elie Saab fashion - from runway dress to cake (below)
Marchesa Spring/Summer 2015 fashion Collection - from runway dress to cake (below)
Zuhair Murad - from runway dress to cake (below)
Gucci Red Carpet Dress - from runway dress to cake from the Red Carpet Cake Collaboration (below)
Most challenging cake to date?
The recent Elie Saab fashion inspired cake I did for Cake Central Magazine. I love incorporating abstract elements into a fashion inspired cake.
Every piece I do is my favorite cake! Its just so hard to choose - but for now I have these two (below).
What tips can you offer to Satin Ice newcomers?
- Do not save money on cake ingredients, especially if you are doing a fondant cake.
- Always use the best fondant, that suits you best.
- Don’t overdo your design; adding too many details will lose the original idea that you want to get across.
- Sometimes, less is more.
- Never stop practicing.
- Be bold with every design you create.
- And remember - the sky is the limit.
If you weren't decorating cakes, what would you be doing?
Exploring and experimenting new recipe for Chinese cuisine.
What is a 'regular' cake decorating day like for you?
I do not really have a ‘regular’ day. My day usually starts in the afternoon after feeding my furry baby, and my time is often divided between running ad-hoc errands to supermarkets, banks, gym and special cake projects.
What is your creative process for making cakes?
I know it helps when I sketch a cake before I start, but I don't always follow my sketch - I often change it as I decorate. As I go along, I often get new ideas so in the long run I have give up doing sketches all together. However, I do Google a lot for color palette before starting on any cake.
Who or what is inspiring you at this very moment?
There are so many things around me - fashion, patterns, textiles, buildings, paintings, flowers - the list is endless.
Do you consider yourself to be a cake trendsetter? If so, how and why?
Cake decorating is a big community and if any of my designs can lead the trend, I would be glad to share. However, the sky’s the limit and I am still learning. Anyone could be a cake trendsetter!
What do you aspire to accomplish with each cake?
I hope to be able to enter one of my cakes into a cake competition and be lucky enough to earn some credits from the competition.
Some of Hazel's many accomplishments this past year (seen below)
What are the big trends you are seeing right now in cakes?
I am seeing a lot of cakes with big sugar flowers incorporating modern texture art and flower arrangements. And the use of metallic gold and bold bright color is still trending.
If you could create a cake for anyone in history (past or present): Who would it be and why?
Audrey Hepburn for her classiness, elegance and charisma.
What is the next "big thing" for you?
Nothing really big but I hope to be able to focus on some of my favorite flowers and to do a tutorial.
Name: Hazel Wong
Business name: Hazel Wong Cake Design
Website/Facebook: Hazel Wong Cake Design
Cake philosophy: The sky is the limit, break the rules, and be creative!