From a young age I had a drive for creativity. Art was by far my favourite subject. I would be filled with excitement at the opportunity to create something unique and different, whether it was a painting, a sketch or just decorating my bedroom. Not only was art part of my upbringing, it was combined with the delicious goodness of my mom's baking! To me, she was by far the best baker, baking up all kinds of cakes for our birthdays and other occasions. Art and sweets, a combination that later became my driving passion to create beautifully designed and detailed cakes.
"I had a dream..." no really, I had a vision, or an idea, of one day opening up a café. The idea came to me over a decade ago, long before I had even started making cakes. For years I had been brainstorming ideas for my café, drawing little sketches, and picking out decor in my head while strolling through the aisles at IKEA. I was definitely a dreamer! However, I knew that somehow, in someway, I was going to make this dream a reality.
After working for nearly a decade at my desk job, I began to feel empty inside. I knew there was a side to me that was not being fulfilled. I decided to do something about it, and made a list of things that interested me - interior design, wedding planning, and lastly, cake decorating. From that list I had to decide what to try first. I had a heart to heart with a dear friend of mine to help me figure this out. She reminded me about my café idea, and how much I really wanted it. "Why not start with the cake decorating, and see what that turns into?" It was like a light bulb moment, or in my case a fluorescent one...why didn't I think of that!
I started off by baking for family and friends to test my skills. The reaction I received was something I would have never dreamt of. I know God's hand has been on this from the moment I started searching. I felt so blessed to have received such positive reviews. I decided to start The Frosted Cake Boutique to create beautiful works of art in the form of sweets. The creative beast from within was unleashed.
I enrolled in a handful classes to sharpen my skills; most importantly, getting the Bakery Essentials certificate from the well known Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts. I am excited to take this to new levels with the help of God, and my loved ones. I welcome the opportunity to work with you and look forward to creating a beautifully designed cake... just for you :)
One of the most common questions I've been asked since opening The Frosted Cake Boutique is, "Where do you get your inspiration from?" The thing is, it's a really loaded question and close to impossible to pick just one source of inspiration. I've been blessed with a great family who not only have believed in me all my life, but have stood by my side throughout the darkest moments of my life, caring and devoted friends who are front and center to grab any bits of leftover cake I can hand over to them, and my little dog Romeo from whom I get my daily dose of love. All of these people have been my encouragement and source of motivation. But if I'm going to be real, my greatest inspiration comes from my greatest love, the One who has captured my heart and breathed life into me. His name? Jesus Christ.
I am not trying to preach. It's just the plain truth. I would be nothing without Him. He gave me this gift of creativity in cake decorating, and has made it what it is today. He created me from nothing, and it is to Him that I owe everything. I look at where my life once was and where it is today and I can honestly say that I am only alive today because of Jesus. I want it to be known that He is my first Love, and the reason why I am doing this today. Every sugary bite is inspired by His sweet love for me.