Did you know that my professional dessert adventure started when I was 15?
Friends from home will probably recognize this yummy treat. It’s the famous Buttered Almond Cake from The Knotty Pine... a high-end and well-known restaurant in Cambridge (it’s now a banquet facility called The Pines) that I was lucky enough to work at during high school.
I worked in the bakery on weekends for 4 years decorating cakes and I absolutely LOVED it and I loved getting feedback from our customers who were impressed with the beauty of their cakes.
That’s all I did. Make cakes look pretty. And I loved it so much that I took a Cake Decorating course through Conestoga College’s Continuing Education to learn more about it, and then when I was 19, I started my first business selling cakes.
I bought all the tools and icing bags and tips, and I even made the most delicious buttercream icing (I wish I still had the recipe), and my favourite cake was an Elmo one I did for a baby’s birthday which I’ll post whenever I find the pic again.
I’m not sure how long I sold cakes for because I eventually got into selling Finelle Cosmetics (I did NOT succeed in selling makeup lol) and then went to college and university so it really wasn’t until 2012 that I returned to desserts as a business even though I’d been baking Too Good Triangles since I was 21 (the year I asked my grandma for the recipe).
Despite being a great baker I much prefer the business, marketing and promotion side of things, so my ultimate dream is to have someone else do ALL the baking eventually (I’ll be in charge of batter though because that’s fun and there’s no way in hell I’m sharing my recipe with just anybody), so that’s what I’ll be moving towards as I rebuild TGT.
I am so excited for what’s to come!
2 more sleeps until the BIG day!
P.S. The BIG day was an epic success! Read about it here.
"My favorite cake of all time! To think you might have made it for me! I’ve been enjoying your desserts since high school without knowing." Eric Lightfoot