As an entrepreneur, I am constantly networking and meeting new people everywhere I go. When I tell them that I am a cake designer, there are a few questions that people always ask, so I thought I’d answer them all at once here.
1: Did you go to school for pastry arts?
Bahahaha… no 😛 Originally I wanted to go to George Brown for their pastry arts program but I was afraid that this “passion” of mine was just a temporary phase and I didn’t want to close doors of opportunities for my future so I went into the Bachelors of Commerce program specializing in marketing and communications. I figured that if my baking passion was still around after 4 years of business school, I would look into exploring that option more. Luckily, it’s still here! (and even stronger than before :P)
2: What did you do in your past life? (this is THE most popular question I get asked the most)
This is the #1 question I get asked ALL THE TIME. Right before Sweet Escapes came to be, I was the marketing manager at Richtree Market Restaurants. That was my dream job and I was so lucky to have gotten it at a young age. I love the concept of marketing in the hospitality industry and my experience there has taught me so much about business and has played an integral role in my journey as an entrepreneur. I am extremely grateful to have been given that opportunity and who knows? I might return to that industry in the future 😉
3: What made you decide to leave the corporate world?
Remember in high school when you had to reflect on your short and long term goals for your life (what you wanted to achieve in 5 years, 10 years etc… )? Everything I wanted to achieve in 10 years, I had already achieved in less than 2 years post-graduation. Granted, I worked hard to get to that point but I also became bored quickly. I wouldn’t consider myself as an “overachiever” but I had this empty void in me and this determination to do more with my life. I really wanted to make a difference in the world and change lives (as cheesy as this sounds). I knew I was made to do more but didn’t know what the next step was. I re-evaluated the direction I wanted my life to go towards and realized that corporate life wasn’t for me at that time. So I took the plunge and left. I struggled with that huge decision but God really answered my prayers at the time and gave me a deep-seated peace that He had a bigger and better plan for me and I didn’t need to know exactly what my next step was–all I had to do was TRUST Him and He never broke his promise Looking back, that “decision” was the hardest one I ever had to make up to that point because I LOVED that job but that was the BEST thing that ever happened to me!
4: What was the first thing you ever baked?
I was 16 and was bored so I flipped through one of my mom’s cookbooks and found a recipe for peanut butter cupcakes. My grandma loves peanut butter and I thought I would surprise her with it. I had absolutely NO interested in baking up to that point. I studied the recipe and didn’t know what “granulated sugar” was so instead of Googling it (which I should have done first, now to think of it! :P), I called my mom at work and asked what it was. After carefully following the instructions step by step and measuring out each ingredient precisely, I realized I didn’t know how to use the oven. So I called my mom again. After 14 agonizing minutes of sitting in front of the oven, staring into the little window (like in the frozen pizza commercial), my beautiful cupcakes came out perfectly! I was so proud of myself. I brought them over to my grandma’s and she loved it (or at least, pretended to). Then that night, I realized I was allergic to peanut butter! (and most nuts) But on the bright side, I now know what granulated sugar is and I know how to use my oven. Two out of three ain’t bad! 😉
5: What is your favourite kind of cake to do?
Hmm. I like making two-tiered cakes with sculpted characters on it with matching cupcakes. I think every cake should come with matching cupcakes. I just love things that match. I also like new designs that challenge me and the feeling of accomplishment I get after snap a photo of it and post it on FB/Instagram 😀
Hopefully, you got to know me a little better in this post.
‘Till next time! 😉