Interview with Rachel Creese
Meet Rachel, a homebaker from Tulsa, Oklahoma with impeccable style and an inspiration for our caking hearts!
We had the chance to talk with her and get to know a little more about her influences, favorite caking tools and the warmest family baking stories!
Here's the result of this lil' interview.
How did you get into baking and how long have you been doing it?
I grew up around baking in my house as my mom baked something a few times a week every week. Sometimes I would come home to homemade red velvet cupcakes just "because". I would help her with homemade cakes on birthdays, and she has the best banana bread I have ever had. Literally. I started baking for myself when I moved out in 2013 after college, but didn't get super into it until a few years later when I moved to Seattle. Moving to a new city by myself was stressful, and baking was a stress reliever. I would bring in my baked goods to work and share with my coworkers, and quickly realized that I loved making food for other people. Seeing their faces makes me so happy! When I moved back to Tulsa after three years, I knew I wanted to make baking more than a hobby
Where do you get inspiration from?
I get inspiration from lots of things around me, but especially from other cake artists. Some of my absolute favorites include @butter_and, @mijjicakes, and @sweet.lionheart. I also take so much inspiration from those who are fairly new to the game too, like my friend @mybatterfingers. Seeing someone who is also relatively new do so well makes me excited for my own cake journey and gives me so much hope.
What is your favorite medium & technique to work with?
I love Swiss meringue buttercream, because it never crusts over and it goes on sooo smoooooth haha. I can never get my American buttercream to go on as smooth! It's also not as sweet, as too sweet frosting makes my teeth curl. I also am completely in love with textured buttercream. I can start out with an idea and it'll turn into something completely different! And I love the uncertainty.
What is your favorite thing to bake?
Definitely cake, but I got really into macarons last year too. I haven't tried it again since moving back (probably because it scares me haha) but I need to get back into it!
What tool can’t be missing in your kitchen?
A small offset spatula. I see a lot of people use the big ones to frost, but I feel like I have more control with a small one! Also, good quality vanilla extract. If it's clear or in a plastic bottle, don't mess with it. Ain't worth it! Also butter oh my God do not forget butter. Even if you think you have enough, you probably don't. I have like, six pounds of butter in my fridge at all times because I have definitely started something and not had enough butter for it hahaha.
Tell us a bit about this cake.
This is chocolate cake with Swiss meringue buttercream outside and inside. I went on a flower hunt in Michael's for a more elegant cake but on a budget and saw all of these gorgeous colors on sale, and decided to try my hand at making a bouquet on top with matching colors in the design. I used a textured buttercream technique where you take a small offset spatula and flick it upwards. I love how you can’t ever predict what it’ll look like. I also added some gold dragees because I love a little hint of gold in my cakes, I feel like it really brings some bling to them!