I will add my own thank you to this WONDERFUL thread.
Rose, we love you! You go out of your way to share with us your talent, recipes, and love for the art of confectionery creation. I am a newbie here, and am amazed to see how much Rose herself replies to posts and questions! That graciousness, in my opinion, makes her even more enchanting to me. I am passionate about scratch baking, and have only been making specialty cakes of any kind since October last year! I am on #s 17-18 this week, in fact. I had no idea I was capable of such beauty and creativity until my Husband’s birthday when I decided I would make him a fondant cheeseburger cake lol!
Since then it has become a romantic whirlwind, a real life romance of sorts with cakes and discovering my purist heart for the first time. I had no idea I felt so passionately about this until last October 2009, but when I read Rose’s Heavenly Cakes and then The Cake Bible mere days ago, I almost cried. Truly. (I’ll never tell!) My passion was taken to a new level so contrasted to the previous, it wasn’t even in the same solar system. Rose has IGNITED my passion, set my soul ABLAZE for the art of cake creation. Not just the fondant whimsical cakes I started with, but perhaps deeper, truer, pure decadence, cake so delicious, so exquisite, it doesn’t even need frosting. Wow. I am changed.
Rose, thank you.