Takes the Cake

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Design, Eye Candy

In the span of 2 short years, I have found my love for baking and cake decorating. My family owns Ninong’s Pastries & Cafe in Granada Hills and my aunt and I are in charge of the special occasion cakes.

I’m no master, especially considering that I’ve never been formally trained, nor do I have a degree in pastry. But, I know what I like and I know what tastes good. :) My aunt on the other hand is a veteran. She’s been baking and cooking for over 30 years and was formally trained in the Philippines before my family opened up their shop there.

I had the pleasure of taking a cake decorating class last year from famous chef and cake artist Ron Ben-Israel. He is an amazing teacher and with this basis of education that I received in a span of 3 days, I was hurled into the world of cake decorating. Needless to say my graphic design degree was a tremendous help for me in this department. I guess it all works out for a reason right?

Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of designing numerous cakes for clients as well as some displays for our shop. What I love about cake decorating: endless possibilities. My aunt tells me all the time that things are drastically changing in the cake world. She said cakes used to be so simple compared to the cakes that she used to make and the cakes that we’re making now. There are new innovations in tools, designs, shapes, etc.

I continuously try to challenge myself and learn more and more about cake decorating. I don’t think I’ll ever learn it all, just like with everything else. But I think that’s what makes it so much fun. :)

Here are some cakes I’ve done so far. My recent favorite, the Super Mario inspired cake. Charlie, my mom, and myself (Yes, my mom! More on that later.) are fans of the Super Mario series. I just had to!


First Steps

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

It’s been a tough couple days, but I’ve been getting through – thanks to my friends, family, and Charlie. I’ve been learning from these experiences and it’s really shown me a lot about who I am, who I can be, and what is really important to me. Not to mention, I’ve been driving myself crazy by trying to push my limits.

There are a lot of changes going on (yes, I know..you’ve heard this before) and I haven’t really been sure how to take these unexpected turns. I haven’t been able to really explain what I’ve been feeling, except that I’m scared. Admitting my fear was something I was quite proud of, and these past couple days I’ve been trying to figure out what it is exactly that I’m scared of. After all, how am I supposed to overcome my fear if I don’t know what to be brave about?

Originally, I thought it was going to take a long time for me to figure this out. I was expecting it to take months for me to figure it out, but let’s just say God works in mysterious ways. I kept thinking to myself,
“What am I scared of? Is it change?”
I thought it was, but no. I’ve made some changes in my life and I’m okay with that. I’ve also been excited for some changes, so it can’t be that.
“Is it fear of the unknown?”

No, can’t be that. If I was scared of that I wouldn’t be an entrepreneur.

More of these questions kept running through my head, and I couldn’t figure it out. But like I said, God works in mysterious ways. I was watching a commercial on TV the other day and it hit me: First Steps. Here are some photos of great first steps:

It’s tough to take that first step and that’s exactly what scares me. It takes a lot of courage to take that first step, but when it happens everything after it isn’t so bad. Hey, it might even be easier than you thought it would be. When people are entering new territory some of us tend to want to stick to what we know, I’m one of those people. I sometimes worry if the first step is even worth it. I analyze the situation and mull it over just to make sure that my decisions will be the best decision considering all the factors. But really, thinking about it won’t help any if you don’t take that first step. I know now, this is what I have to do.

Since the day I saw that commercial, I never saw it again. I really want to see it again, it was really inspirational. If anyone out there is just as scared as I am about taking the first step, taking a leap of faith, diving in head first, or anything like that – DON’T WORRY. You’re not alone, I’m right there with ya.

Photo Sources: army.mil.nz, starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov, www.babyandpregnancy.co.uk, Ja Tecson Photography