Christmas this year was all about gift cards and iTunes cards which was very depressing because it does not make for a present laden tree on Christmas morning. Immediately after opening their various cards and redeeming code on iPods my children vanished to their rooms for solitary game play and downloading leaving me clutching my own iPad for company. So I started surfing (if that is the correct term on an iPad) in the apps store to see if there was anything that would be valuable in my cake decorating genre. To my surprise there was quite a few interesting and informative choices to be had to download.
This both delighted and disturbed me because I an an antique old school chef who despairs at the new and improved cooking techniques used in restaurants and other hospitality venues. Pre-made, processed, bagged and boxed ingredients and dishes have taken over due to cost and sometimes lack of experience or commitment in staff members. I do not want cake decorating to also fall victim to ease of use apps. There is a place for innovations, better products and time savers but nothing can replace the passionate talent and vision that is required to create stunning cakes in signature styles. These available apps can certainly give valuable information and provide tutorials of skills such as frosting cakes. These apps can be a wealth of wonderful recipes and tips for successful cakes. They cannot replace a bowl of icing, gel color stained fingers or that gritty feeling your skin gets when dusted with flour or sugar.