Today marks 2 years since I launched my baby, Cakery Arts, into the world. Deciding to flip my life to work in the creative world is one of the most solid decisions I have ever made for myself. Making cakes makes me happy. I love to dig into a concept, design something fun and then produce it. I love to see the smiles on the faces of my customers when they see what I have created for them. Those smiles are my greatest reward.
I have received some tremendous support on this journey of mine. My family is my heart. They have lifted me up when I felt like giving up. They have eaten a lot of cake as testers for sure! They are my rock. My friends have also stood by me with their supportive words, referrals and of course some cake orders! Sharing my stuff on social media, especially in the beginning, helped me to build a strong following to share my creative work with. I have so much gratitude…it spills over!
I have met some amazing humans through networking as well. I joined a Business Referral Group last year and went for a while and then I found Babes in Business. Babes has helped me to grow my confidence while providing me with a social network of entrepreneurs. With Cakery Arts I work alone a lot and for those of you who know me you know this isn’t ideal. Going to Babes every other week has helped me to stay connected and sane. Lastly, I want to thank Community Futures of the Central Okanagan for helping me give my vision some legs to stand on. Without this program, I am sure I would not be making cakes for living today!
It is hard to imagine when I think about how many cakes I have made or how many batches of Buttercream I have whipped up. My Mixer, Black Betty, is my right-hand gal. David bought her for me as a Christmas gift several years back. I remember opening it and thinking it was so fancy. What was I going to use a Professional Grade Kitchen Aid mixer for as a home cook and baker? I didn’t know at the time how important that mixer would become to my future. Thanks love for knowing before I did that I would need it!
Growing Cakery Arts has not always been easy. Ups and Downs for sure have taught me many lessons about business management. I am not just a cake maker. I am also the book keeper, the social media doer, the shopper, the inventory controller, the marketer and the dishwasher, among other things. I have many hats to wear on a day to day basis. It can be tiring trying to keep everything in order sometimes. One day I will have a store front and a staff to hep me but for now it is still just me.
I wanted to share this interesting graphic as the number one question I get asked is Why are Custom Cakes so expensive. I saw this years ago and have recently rediscovered it.
It has been a whirlwind 2 years. I look forward to the fun designs yet to come. I do put love into every cake. Hopefully you can taste it!
Kelowna Custom Cake Artist