My Story...

Every artist has a tale to tell and here I present my story. My name is Anjali Tambde, I was born in a middle class marathi family in Mumbai. Being born to an artist mother, I was naturally inclined to several forms of arts and crafts. She was my inspiration since childhood so much so that I made my first painting at the age of 3 when other children of my age mananged to only scribble. My love for art and craft grew bigger and bigger with my age. I entered all the drawing competitions in school and at state level and won most of them. With marathi values deeply instilled in me I learned to respect every win and strived to become better and better. I topped in Fashion Designing at Nirmala Niketan College in Mumbai and took up the teaching job at the same college. Little did I know that the real struggles are waiting to begin...

Moving abroad..

After marriage, I had to leave my Job and left to London with my husband and my 3 months old baby. Managing a baby and the house in a new country with no friends and family and absolutely no domestic help was the toughest task I had faced. It was the most difficult year as the new country brings its own set of challenges when you are on your own. Doing the entire cooking, washing, drying, cleaning etc. drained all of my physical and mental energy at the end of the day. This continued for a year when I finally decided to manage my time to learn something new. I started to read more about miniature craft using polymer clay and few other craft ideas. This was going to be turning point for me as it was going to turn out something bigger and better in future.


A humble beginning...

I started making miniature human figurines using polymer clay for my friends and family. For a few years I kept working on different techniques for creating miniature figurines using the knowledge I had in painting, sculpting and even Fashion Designing. I moved to Ireland in 2009 and kept working on making miniatures using polymer clay. I made miniatures of humans, animals, monuments and differnt other objects to finetune my skills. After working on it for a couple of years I didn't know how and where to sell them. I went to a few cake shops to show my creations but to my surprise nobody showed any interest in them. I didn't expect such response as I thought I am creating something really unique and beautiful, something that doesn't come across to you more often. Such lackluster response to my creativity however didn't discourage me at all as I had complete trust in my creations. Having failed to convince any buyers for my miniatures I then decided to use internet and social media (Youtube, Facebook, etc) to showcase my talent and sell my figurines using e-Bay.


Becoming Entrepreneur!!!

Listing my creations on eBay was easy but I quickly realized it is not easy to sell them as there were hundreds of similar cheap quality items for sale at a much lower price. At this point I could have either made cheap quality items and sell them at cheaper prices or continue to make them as perfect as possible. Today I am happy that I didnt run after money (I owe this decision to my middle class marathi values) and I chose excellence over money. With experience I learnt some key techniques to market my creations better and in just one year they became very popular. During this time I learned the nuisances of running a business however small it was. I started receiving orders not only in Ireland but also from UK. This is when I decided to open my own business in Ireland to sell handmade figurines for weddings and other ocassions. It was a big move as I risked losing my own hard earned money that I invested and moreover I would have had to manage the business without affecting my family. Today Global Cake Toppers has become very popular for its premium quality cake toppers in Ireland. In last 7-8 years it has delivered more than one thousand handmade personalized cake toppers all over the world.
  • Aeroplane Cake Topper

  • Digger Cake Topper

  • Unique Cake Toppers


Awards & Achievements !!!

Becoming enterprenur and to make uniquely beautiful creations to bring smile and joy to thousands of people was a dream come true but there was still something missing. The commercial aspect of my work was secondary to me as I wanted to explore and challenge my skills more.

I came to know about Irish Sugarcraft show which is a national competition for cake decorating art where artist from all over Ireland compete. In 2016 I participated in five different categories in the show and won a prize in all of them. In doing so one of my entries was unanimously adjudged as the Best in Show among 300 entries. This was my first international win and that too in my first participation of the competition.

After six months I participated in the World's biggest cake competition show "Cake International" in Birmingham. My entry "Fantasy Flowers" won the competition beating more than 1400 entries among 30 categories from all over the world. It was an ecstatic feeling as at world stage this was my first competition and I had won the World's biggest competition. I became the first Indian origin to win the competition and my name was included in the hall of fame in Cake International website.

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Fantasy Flowers

Winner of the Cake International Show, Birmingham in 2016.

Highlights

1st Indian origin woman to win Cake International.

Winner among 1400 entries

Won Best in Class

Won 1st Gold prize

Toys through Ages

Winner of Irish Sugarcraft Show, Dublin in 2016.

Highlights

Overall winner among 300 entries

Won Best in Class

Won 1st Gold Prize


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Butterfly Fairy

Winner of 1st Gold and Best in Class at Cake International, London in 2016.

Fanta-sea Flowers

Winner of 1st Gold and Best in Class award at Cake International, Birmingham in 2017.

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Mother Nature

Winner of 1st Gold award and Best in Class awards at Irish Sugarcraft Show, Dublin in 2018

Mother's Love

Winner of 1st Gold and Best in Class awards at Irish Sugarcraft Show in 2018.

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Spring Wedding Cake

Winner of Gold award in Irish Sugarcraft Show, Dublin in 2018.

Shakespeare

Winner of Best in Class award in advanced master class category in Cork Sugarcraft Show in 2017.

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Wafer Paper Flowers

Winner of Gold award in Cake and Bake Show, Germany in 2018.

Presence in Media

    Cake International win featured in Ireland’s national news website. Click here to read the article..

    Winning entry at Cake International feature on Ireland’s National Television.

    A recent interview with immigrants.ie website featuring my success journey.


    The awards are important to me however what drives me the most is the opportunity to participate in a competition and get inspired to do better than before. Proud to own these winning badges as they are the reflection of my own self in the journey to excellence. Overall I have won 13 awards in different competitions in Ireland, United Kingdom and Germany.
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    My other award winning creations at Irish Sugarcraft Show, Dublin in 2016.

    Workshops, Demos & Classes...

    Meeting new people and sharing my knowledge is my passion. I love to travel across the globe sharing my knowledge and skills and helping the new rising bakers and guiding them in various forms. I also create frequent online free tutorials and writing in various cake decorating magazines has been a frequent effort to encourage fellow cakers and home bakers. I have writing blogs and demonstrating at various shows, talking and discussing how they can cope with various problems while staring their careers in the baking industry, pricing their products and increasing sales were the key points that I always discussed with them during my visit. Feel really satisfied when I use my knowledge to build confidence in people who are beginning their life in this field. This is now my renewed passion to keep sharing knowledge across the globe and travel as far as possible until my health allows me to do.

    Becoming Judge...the Last Lap!

    Participating in these various competitions encouraged me to trade unknown waters and meet different but like minded creative people across the globe. Winning these prestigious awards created an international identity for me and for my craft. The craft that I learnt from my mother at childhood and from the teachers back in India now made me an international artist. The hard work without fear of losing is still is the best old method for success and as an Indian it is a value that is deeply instilled in us from the early life.

    Life has come full circle as I am now an official Judge at Cake International, UK and guide the upcoming artists to achieve the perfection they are striving for. I will miss participating in these competitions as now I am a judge and not a competitor. But I am connected to this beautiful world of creativity where all are equal regardless of gender, religion, nationality etc. and only the creativity and perfection wins.