Featuring Baker: Lisa Raffael of Delicious Desserts


One of the most exciting things about my blog is my reader’s.  I love the comments and feedback you all share with me.  Even though I am not in the baking world anymore, I am still very much connected to this industry and still have a lot to say about it.  I am always looking to see what is new and exciting and I am still very concerned about the small business owners succeeding in this very difficult industry.  With that said, I was very excited to learn that one of my readers is long time baker Lisa Raffael of Delicious Desserts in Falmouth, Massachusetts.  Lisa a three time Food Network Medalist, she is recognized by Brides Magazine, The Knot, Best of Boston, Phantom Gourmet, TLC’s Fabulous Cakes and a reader of my blog! (That one made me very happy.)  I reached out to Lisa to answer my top 5 questions and she happily obliged during her busy schedule…

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The lovely Lisa Raffael and one of her beautiful creations.

1. When did you start your business? What has been your greatest challenge?

I started Delicious Desserts in 1992 – 21 years ago!!! My biggest challenge was perfecting the basics: base frosting, leveling cakes, etc. It takes so much practice to do this well, and in the beginning, you don’t have that many cakes to practice with!

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2. What is your favorite cake decorating technique?

Any technique involving a modern theme. I love making abstract flowers out of gumpaste or fondant (or a combo of both), I love painting on cakes, and textured finishes. (I’m sorry – that’s 3 techniques, but it could be all on one cake!).

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3.  Who are your inspirations in the cake and pastry world?

Oh my gosh…..SO MANY! I don’t want to leave anyone out!!!  Ron Ben Israel (really – I have been a HUGE fan of his since BEFORE the cake world became what it is today!) Norman Love
, Maggie Austin
, Peggy Porschen, Marina Sousa and CakeFace.

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4.  What are your favorite seasonal ingredients?

Living on Cape Cod, I’m surrounded by farms so I literally can pick my ingredients fresh from the garden! My favorite seasonal ingredients are cranberries, strawberries and blueberries.

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5.  What tool do you use the most when cake decorating? Which one is your favorite?

My bench scraper and Exacto knife! I think I’d have to say my Exacto knife is the one I can’t live without…

Please visit Lisa and Delicious Desserts at the following:

Facebook

http://www.deliciousdesserts.net

(Thank you to the following photographers for providing pictures: Amy Dykens, Armour and Martell, Corinna Raznikov Photograpy, Tommy Colbert, Chris Cook Photograpghy.)

 

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