On a more personal note, I was a single mom since the day my son was born until he was 4 years old. I'm not one to sugar coat things so I won't tell you that it was easy. We shared an apartment with one of my friends who was also a single mom with a son around the same age. Looking back, I'm sure she wasn't thrilled with the mess I made in our tiny kitchen with my cake supplies strewn about everywhere but she was nice enough to encourage me to keep going. My friends and family were also gracious enough to let me create cakes for their birthdays, events, parties...etc. Eventually I had enough pictures built up to establish a portfolio and put them online. This single mom desperately needed to make some extra cash! It was a slow start at first with just one or two cakes a month but it eventually evolved into a pretty decent business. From starting with cakes, I then taught myself all about cupcakes, cakepops and even the dreaded sugar cookies (I despise working with royal icing!) So there you have it. You don't have to pay thousands of dollars to attend a culinary school to know how to decorate cakes. You just need to have the desire, patience and Google!
Here's my first cake ever made with fondant:
Here's my most recent cake: