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The Only Sushi I’ll Eat…For Now

3 Oct

I really ENJOYED making these toppers.

You know why? Because I never really appreciated sushi, except recently. I had a bad experience with sushi as a kid so I never liked it growing up.

Recently my kids learned how to eat sushi (of course not from me) and they super duper LOVE it!!! They can finish one order of Salmon Sashimi and California Maki each…for their appetizers. They would always ask why I don’t eat them. I never know what to say. I’ve improved though. This year,  I’ve learned to like salmon sashimi.

But THIS kind of sushi I can definitely eat. Any. Day.

I made sushi toppers for a client a few weeks ago. When my kids saw me making these, they said “Finally, mom, you can eat sushi!” Indeed, I can!


One day at a time. Maybe next year, I’ll try the real California Maki. But for now, these would have to do!!! Not bad. Not bad AT ALL!

Little Einsteins Cake

4 Aug

“We’re going on a trip in our favorite rocket ship,
Zooming through the sky… Little Einsteins!
Climb aboard, get ready to explore
There’s so much to find, Little Einsteins!
We’re going on a mission, start the countdown 5,4,3,2,1
Everyone to rocket, rev it up now RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
We’re going on a trip in our favorite rocket ship
Zooming through the sky, Little Einsteins
climb aboard, get ready to explore
There’s so much to find, Little Einsteins
come On – Let’s Go – Little Einsteins
We need you, Little Einsteins!”

Are you familiar with this kiddie show? It’s one of my favorites. I also love this song! Sometimes my daughter and I just play this over and over in youtube.com. I particularly like this show because it’s different from other kiddie shows. In this show, there are four kid explorers who would go about their missions while learning about classical art and music. I used to watch it with my boys when they were younger and we really enjoyed it. Occasionally I would let my daughter watch from youtube.com or from DVDs, since they canceled it almost 2 years ago. I thought I was the only fan left but apparently not. For this year, I already got two orders for a Little Einsteins cake. One around April and one just last week.

Unfortunately I only got to take a picture of the second one. This was another fun project.

Little Einsteins Cake

A fun, and memorable one. I had so much to do that weekend that I had to make the toppers while in a business meeting. Good thing it was held at a friend’s house. Imagine me, molding gum paste while discussing business models.

Leo, the Little Einsteins leader

June, the dancer

Quincy, the musician

Annie, the singer

Rocket, the Little Einsteins' friendly transportation

Sometimes my schedule can be pretty hectic especially when a lot of orders come in..(but I am not complaining!) I do ALL the work, from answering emails, drawing the designs, looking for inspirations, sending quotations, baking and decorating the cake, making the toppers, assembling them, packaging them, and delivering them. Sometimes I wonder how I do it, but I manage and still get things done on time. And the secret, really, is simple…efficient time management and mega multi-tasking skills. I’ve been getting so many orders I find myself doing non-baking work in the car while bringing kids to school or delivering a cake.

In conclusion, I want to share with you four things I’ve learned (ever since Coco Cakes started) when it comes to making things happen:

1. I’ve learned to be disciplined by making my schedule ahead of time and actually sticking to it. It’s not always so bad to give up wants for needs.

2. I’ve learned to prioritize my duties. Of course, God always comes first. Next comes my kids. Then, Coco Cakes. If there are things, like working out, other business opportunities, meeting up with friends, and other stuff that come up, I usually check first with the first three.

3. I’ve learned to be grateful and content. Grateful because sometimes when I feel like complaining that I’m too tired already, I just look back to how I started and I’m reminded of the many things that I’m blessed with. Content because it teaches me to not be envious of others’ success. I’ve learned to focus on my set goals and work hard in achieving them.

4. I’ve learned to be more open. Open to new ideas, new discoveries, new techniques, new recipes, new ways of doing things, new everything. Think out of the box. Like in the Little Einsteins’ theme song, we should “get ready to explore, there’s so much to find!” There really are endless things to explore. We just have to be patient and willing to climb aboard, step out of our comfort zone and zoom through the sky. And of course it won’t hurt to have great friends tag along, too.

The Little Einsteins