Archive | April, 2011

Why I Bake

17 Apr

First of all, I’d like to thank all my followers and customers for continuing to believe in Coco Cakes. I’ve been baking for while now, but it’s only been a few months, after a lot of encouragement from friends, since I started doing this for others. This has been such an encouraging experience for me and I really wish all of you are as fortunate as I am to be making a living from something you love.

I’ve been asked a few times, “How did you start? Is it difficult? How did you know it would succeed?”

To answer the first question: I’ve been baking for my kids and some friends, but late last year my friend encouraged me, more liked pushed me, to start showcasing my work on a blog and accept orders. I didn’t know people would welcome my cakes so enthusiastically!

The last question is the easiest to answer: I didn’t. I had no idea if it would work out. Sometimes you just have to step out.

The second question has the longest answer but it is also why I’m writing this post.

Is it difficult?
Sometimes it does get difficult, especially since I have to balance this with being a single mom of three beautiful and active kids. I enjoy baking and I enjoy being a mom even more, but sometimes it feels like I never have enough time or energy or money to do everything. I’m sure many of you moms know how I feel. But knowing that every cake goes to making someone’s celebration memorable and knowing that my work provides for my family is amazing motivation.

This is why I bake: to create baked goodies infused with imagination to turn every moment into a sweet one. I’ve made a simple acrostic on what goes into every Coco Cake:

CITY!
Creative – I want every cake to capture the imagination of the one it’s for.

Intricate – I love details! It takes a lot of time but I like seeing tiny features add up for an amazing piece.

Thoughtful – Every person is special and different, so why celebrate with a common cake? I have a lot of fun tailoring my cakes to the ideas and insights my customers give me. I want you to forever remember your moment with a cake prepared with you in mind.

Yummy! – Everyone seems to think so!

So now you know why I bake, but what I really want to achieve with this post is encourage you to step out and do what you love. I’ll write more about that.

Why I Bake (And Why You Should Do What You Love)

17 Apr

First of all, I’d like to thank all my followers and customers for continuing to believe in Coco Cakes. I’ve been baking for while now, but it’s only been a few months, after a lot of encouragement from friends, since I started doing this for others. This has been such an encouraging experience for me and I really wish all of you are as fortunate as I am to be making a living from something you love.

I’ve been asked a few times, “How did you start? Is it difficult? How did you know it would succeed?”

To answer the first question: I’ve been baking for my kids and some friends, but late last year my friend encouraged me, more liked pushed me, to start showcasing my work on a blog and accept orders. I didn’t know people would welcome my cakes so enthusiastically!

The last question is the easiest to answer: I didn’t. I had no idea if it would work out. Sometimes you just have to step out.

The second question has the longest answer but it is also why I’m writing this post.

Is it difficult?

Sometimes it does get difficult, especially since I have to balance this with being a single mom of three beautiful and active kids. I enjoy baking and I enjoy being a mom even more, but sometimes it feels like I never have enough time or energy or money to do everything. I’m sure many of you moms know how I feel. But knowing that every cake goes to making someone’s celebration memorable and knowing that my work provides for my family is amazing motivation.

This is why I bake: to create baked goodies infused with imagination to turn every moment into a sweet one. I’ve made a simple acrostic on what goes into every Coco Cake:

CITY!

Creative – I want every cake to capture the imagination of the one it’s for.

Intricate – I love details! It takes a lot of time but I like seeing tiny features add up for an amazing piece.

Thoughtful – Every person is special and different, so why celebrate with a common cake? I have a lot of fun tailoring my cakes to the ideas and insights my customers give me. I want you to forever remember your moment with a cake prepared with you in mind.

Yummy! – Everyone seems to think so!

So now you know why I bake, but I’d like to encourage you to step out and do what you love. I’ll write more about that.

Angry Birds Cake & Cupcakes

15 Apr

One of the things I enjoy doing with my kids is playing the game Angry Birds on the iPhone. Of course, they’re way better than me. My boys are sooo good at these things. Every time I get stuck in a level, I just call one of them to get me out – many times in just one try. So if you’re wondering why I haven’t updated my blog in a while, blame Angry Birds.

All this playing did prove useful when I got an order for an Angry Birds cake with cupcakes to match.

I immediately thought about them. I always think of fun and interesting activities I can do with them, and having them help me decorate the cake (maybe make the pigs or something simple like the bricks and wood blocks) would be both fun and productive. I realized it was harder than I expected to make those pigs, so I just made them small cakes to decorate on their own with the gum paste characters they made.

Lucas’ Cake
Andres’ Cake
Angry Birds Cake
It was really fun making these Angry Birds characters. My boys would give suggestions on the littlest details, like how the red bird’s eyebrows were supposed to be crossed, or that the pigs weren’t green enough. It just showed that they play this game too much.
I really appreciate that my boys notice the details of things, something that they got from me perhaps? Working on the details of these tiny characters is a lot of fun for me. I tinker with gum paste shapes of different colors and sizes to come up with a combination that’s just right. I believe that even the smallest detail makes a great difference, and deserves a lot of work. I want my cakes to make moments special, and I believe that will happen as I continue to give each piece special attention.