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Coco Cakes Has Finally Found Its Home! Online at least…

24 Oct

We have finally moved to our final domain online: ilovecococakes.com. Coco Cakes has been such an amazing experience for me. In just one year, by God’s grace, we (Coco Cakes in partnership with you, the best customers in the world!) have been able to not just grow a business but truly make incredibly sweet moments!

My new site will continue to showcase the Cakes and Cupcakes that have made Coco Cakes famous, as well as share the many Sweet Inspirations that come with doing something you love.

Thank you for being a part of Coco Cakes!

3 Baking Lessons

16 Oct

Thank you to Rica Antonio Palma for the photo!

Starting October of 2011, Coco Cakes will be choosing one lucky person to receive something special from Coco Cakes every month. It may or may not be the same cakes or cupcakes but it’s something I’m sure whoever gets it will enjoy.

There are many reasons why people give. Sometimes it’s out of obligation. Sometimes we give out of guilt. Sometimes it’s to celebrate and commemorate an occasion. Even sometimes, and this is the saddest reason of all, it’s to try to impress people. The reason why I would like to give back is simply because I am so so so so so so grateful to God for Coco Cakes. Though it is not without its challenges, Coco Cakes has been a dream business. It’s been God’s way of answering my prayers to provide for my 3 kids and to see my life be involved in something I’m passionate about. It’s been a confidence booster, and there was a time when I was trapped in constant discouragement. I believe that God has even used you, through your simple likes, comments and orders, to show me that I do have something special to offer. It’s only been a little over a year and the growth has been amazing because of your support.

More than giving cakes and cupcakes, since I can’t give everyone something for free, I’d like to leave with you something more incredible that a baked goodie. I’d like to share 3 things I’ve learned from my Coco Cakes journey.

1. He bakes everything beautiful in its time. Actually the verse is, He makes everything beautiful, but I just thought I’d put a baking theme. Like with every cake, it gets placed in an oven where it’s hot and where we’re forced to stretch. But again, just like a cake, there’s a perfect time for it to come out of the oven, and when we’re done with the baking we’re now fit for decorating.

2. There’s more fulfillment in serving the cake than just eating it. Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat my cakes. Haha! But the fulfillment for me has really come from seeing you happy whenever you enjoy a Coco Cake. If I had just thought about trying to eat everything I baked I would a) not have a business and b) miss out on the joy of seeing people’s moments made sweet. It really is better to give than to receive.

3. There’s a different Coco Cake for everyone but they’re all special to me. There’s a different role for everyone but we’re all special to God. Some people order birthday cakes, some for weddings, some for company events, some just because they love to eat! But whatever the occasion or the reason there’s a Coco Cake for you. Similarly, there’s a path for each of us. It won’t be the same as mine. It may cross sometimes and have similarities with others but it will be uniquely yours, and while not everyone may appreciate it, I hope you remember to embrace it – because our lives are a gift from God, and even if no one else thinks so, you are incredibly special.

I Believe You Can

21 Aug

I’m overwhelmed – in a good way. I’m overwhelmed by the orders, by the support, and by all the “likes” and comments you have all been giving me. Most of all, I’m overwhelmed by the thought of how good God has been to me despite my many mistakes. I don’t deserve any of this but I’m very very grateful. I work very hard to be a good mother and provider to my kids, and I work very hard on Coco Cakes, but I can’t take the credit because I know that I would not be in this blessed position without the goodness of God and your kindness and encouragement.

Enjoying Two of My Many Blessings: My Daughter Natalia and Coco Cakes by Little People Lifestyle Photography

Not very long ago, I was always worrying, very fearful, unconfident, angry, and just trapped in a situation from bad decisions of the past. But God somehow made a way to change all of that and he used you to tell me a very simple thing: “You can do it Michelle. I believe you can.”

So I’m taking the time to return the encouragement and say:

“You can do it. _____place your name here______. I believe you can.”

Sometimes we browse the blogs of other people, we see their work, read their stories, and think, “What an amazing life this person has. I wish my life were like that.” I know because this happens to me all the time. We wish we were as thin as them, or as pretty as them, as white or as dark, as rich, as successful, as traveled, as secure, as loved, and etc. etc. But I hope that as you read these things, you are not discouraged or envious but are inspired by the fact that you can be just as successful or even more. For me, after living in a cage, I really had very little confidence in myself. I had actually given up my dreams and resigned myself to my unfulfilling life. But I’ve learned that God really does listen, He listens to even the silent prayers of my heart, and now, a little more than a year of Coco Cakes, I’m even more hopeful that something great is waiting for me.

This is why I believe we can, not because we’re anything special, but because we’re loved. So go out and take a step of faith. Live an amazing life. I believe you will. I believe you can.