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The Cake That Started It All

15 Jun

I remember my mom having two kitchens in our old home. She had a cooking kitchen and a baking kitchen. The baking kitchen was my favorite place in the house, just second to my room. It wasn’t fancy or anything, but to a 6-year old, it was heaven. My mom had everything one could possibly need in home baking. My dad, himself, made my mom a baking table complete with all the shelves, drawers and cabinets she needed for her gadgets and tools. This became my playground. I started with measuring dry ingredients then went on to cracking eggs and before you knew it, I was baking brownies and cookies from scratch. In that tiny little kitchen was where my love affair with baking started.

Inspired by my mom’s love for baking and my dad’s interest in building things, I learned how to do things using my hands. I loved everything crafty..anything that has to do with creating beautiful things out of ordinary objects. This hobby spilled over to all my kids’ birthday parties, I really wanted to make their cakes  myself (some of their giveaways and decors, too). For my boys, I made a racetrack cake for my eldest, Lucas, and 6 sports balls for my second, Andres. At that time, baking was just something I liked to do. It didn’t cross my mind I could actually earn something from my passion.

Until my daughter Natalia’s birthday, I made her a stacking teacups cake.

Natalia's Stacking Tea Cups

My theme for her party was Alice in Wonderland. This cake was the one that started it all…my baking business, that is. After her party, I started getting orders and since then, everything just started falling into place. What once was a hobby is now a dream job, and with the support and encouragement of my family and friends, I started Coco Cakes. I wouldn’t have had the guts to push through with it, if not for their help or probing. I am thankful for all of them! I don’t want to turn this into a “woman power” post, but I do want to remind us ladies that we have so many God-given gifts, talents, and opportunities, and we don’t need a guy to approve or affirm us before we try something. We can step out in faith and trust that as we use our gifts wisely, He will bless the work of our hands.

So just follow the dream He has for you, you never know, just like Natalia’s cake, it might be the start of something amazing.

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.