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Welcome to my website. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, I hope that you will find helpful information to further improve your cake decorating skills.

My Passion For Cake Artistry

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My beautiful grandmother Ana Fisi’ihone Akauola

I am a self-taught Cake Artist (having used techniques from various on-line videos and short courses) and Professional Cake Artists.

My passion for baking and art, started at the age of nine, when I used to help my late maternal grandmother, Ana Fisi’ihone Halangahu Akauola (more dearly known as “Nana”). This web page is dedicated to her memory, and all that she had inspired in me.

Nana ran a little stall in our local markets during the early 1980s, where she sold yummy fried Tongan donuts made with yeast (keke ‘isite) alongside her many other homemade crafts.

My cousin Rose and I, were her little helpers: craft making, cooking, sewing and delivering her goods to the markets. Both of us learned skills that later developed within our own lives as we grew up.

During this time, Nana was in her early sixties, but her spirit of self-less giving, kept her energetic. My grandmother had nothing, yet her goal in life was only to help other people, in whatever way she could.

My fondest memories were, of her welcoming people to her home, with her baking or cooking. You could smell the aroma before entering her house.

Sadly, Nana passed away in 1999, but those wonderful memories of her cooking and love for people, are what inspires my creations. I often wish that she could see my handy work today. I believe she would have been very proud.

I bake and decorate cakes for any occasion, which is something that I personally call an “expensive hobby”.

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Many would say that, it’s your passion that motivates you to get yourself out of bed every day, but for me, it’s what keeps me up to the wee hours of the morning, making those final little brush strokes, or dusting the final blush on a rose petal.

I do all this to bring smiles to the faces of the people I make the cakes for, even if it doesn’t make me profit. Just like my Nana.

Being Unique

I love baking, but above all I love to transform ordinary looking cakes into unique pieces of art. I am not at all perfect, however, I learn from my mistakes and draw from the professionalism of other Cake Artists, to find the best, most valuable products and strategies for my ideas.

You Can Be A Cake Artist too

If you are bored with just the ordinary looking fondant/buttercream decorations, then try my tips and find your inner creativity. You do not have to be Picasso or have any artistic background – just a lot of passion and a love for fun.

I will also share the products and services that I personally use, that have helped to enhance my skills.

Purpose of this website

This website will offer you free cake artistry tips and shared experiences. Feel free to share your own as well. I would love to hear from you.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below or email me.

All the best,

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16 thoughts on “About Ilaisaane

  1. It is good to know your inspiration for baking came from your grandma. That is always wonderful to hear. It must have been quite the act of love. I appreciate it.

    Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!

  2. After many years of not baking, your website has inspired me to begin baking once again, even if I can no longer use sugar in my recipes. Luckily, I have found a wonderful one = one product called Swerve. There is no bitter, chemical-like after taste because it is all natural. It just tastes like REAL sugar.

    Great story and yummy-looking cakes. I, too, miss my favorite grandmother.

    Good luck in your endeavors.

    1. Hi Sandra,
      thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I am glad to know that my website has inspired you to bake cakes again, my most recent post: has some sweet alternatives to sugar. I do know about Swerve as great alternative to sugar also, although it made with an ingredient component that is made from fermented glucose and quite wary of using it, only for that reason. However, it is also nice that our grandmothers had a played a great role in our lives. Please visit again, it was great to chat with you.

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