What are some of your favorite childhood memories? For me, it’s baking in my grandma’s kitchen and eating cake at her dining table on my birthday. Dessert is a big part of our family. There are not many meals we have had that did not include dessert. At about two years old, I started reading my grandma’s cookbooks to my stuffed animals. I would sit in the kitchen and watch her bake things. When I got older, I was actually able to stir the batter and be the official taste tester. We always made everything by hand. Most of my grandma’s recipes were written on old recipe cards with no measurements! I’m still amazed that everything always turned out so perfectly.
When it was our birthday, we would have extra nice cakes. I loved them all, but I remember my carousel and ballerina cakes being my favorites. My grandma also had this party drawer filled with pretty candles and confetti. On our special day, we were able to go into the drawer and pick which ones we wanted on our cake. Those are the moments that stay with me. Growing up with those experiences shaped who I am today and why I love celebrations so much.
Once I graduated high school, I was unsure of what career to pursue. I loved art, but I did not want to be a traditional artist. Then, I started a job in a bakery at a local grocery store. One day I tried my hand at cake decorating. I decorated the cake with way too many flowers and ruffles, but I loved it so much. It was like love at first pipe! Ha! I immediately felt so inspired that I could make art out of dessert and turn two of my greatest passions into a career.
It has been 10 years since I began baking professionally. I have entered many cake competitions and enrolled in culinary school. When I graduated, I wrote “Baking the World a Better Place” on my graduation cap. I like being able to see a big smile on someone’s face when I give them a cake. That is the reason why I love what I do. I would like everyone to experience the same happy moments that I shared with my family growing up.
In 2018 I created Little Sugar Kitchen to be able to contribute to my community in a personal way. Everything that I make is a reflection of who I am and the joy that I want to give to others. The philosophy of Little Sugar Kitchen is to keep the tradition of scratch baking. My intent is for us to enjoy our desserts just as our grandparents and great grandparents did. We may have fancier baking tools now, but the ingredients do not have to change. The best ingredients are always simple and natural. I also included a few recipes that are straight from my grandma’s kitchen on our menu!
Most importantly though, Little Sugar Kitchen’s mission is to celebrate life’s happiest occasions in an extraordinary way. Birthdays, weddings, holidays, and any other festivity become the memories that we hold closest to us. Those celebrations are so meaningful because we are with the ones we love and that is what matters the most.