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I met Sally a couple years ago in a Zumbini class that our kids attended. I had have the pleasure to try her cakes, cupcakes, cake pops…and yum yum..they aren’t only pretty, they taste amazing. She prides herself on working with fresh, natural and organic products. She even has her own chicken coop for fresh eggs.
If you follow her on Instagram you will see that she is always learning new techniques and trying to offer the best for her couples. You will also see her sculpted sugar flowers. I swear she has to be the most patient person in the world to sculpt those sugar flowers. As she said in her interview she can spend 4-6 hours on a flower.
I won’t spoiled more for you, Sally answered to some questions to share more about her and her business in this blog post, so I’ll let her take it from here 💕 Keep reading to hear from her, and then be sure to check out her website and follow her on Instagram for more!
Q: What is your business name, and what service do you provide for your clients?
A: Cakebee LLC & I curate bespoke luxury wedding cakes and celebration cakes.
Q: Who does your business serve?
A: My business serves mainly bridal couples.
Q: Is there a type of client you love working with the most?
A: I have found over the years that most of my clientele tend to love my passion for sculpting delicate and elegant sugar florals. My ideal bride will have a love for nature and art and also willing to be a little adventurous too.
Q: How did you get started as an entrepreneur?
A: I have always had a love for baking and crafting things with my hands. As a child I truly love the elegance and beauty in a wedding cake so I knew when I started that is where I wanted to focus my business on.
Q: When did you realize you were passionate about baking?
A: In 2009, after I went to the FCI in Manhattan I found my passion for crafting wedding cakes and a love for the delicately formed sugar rose.
Q: Is there a story behind your business name or logo?
A: I wanted a simple and easy to remember name that represented me and my vision for my business name. It took me 3 weeks to think of it in 2007 but its just came to me. I said “hey I am busy like a bee and I love making cakes.. its gotta be “cakebee” and when I said it outloud I knew that was it.. haha.”
Q: Do you have a team? If so, introduce them – including yourself! If not, share a little bit about you and your favorite things!
A: No, I am currently the only person that does all the baking and decorating on all my cakes, but I do have a couple of close friends that have supported me through my journey in finding my passion. One is my childhood best friend, Patricia who would help me with all my bridal shows and cake events. The other is my college best friend, Saqib who used to help me carry and deliver my wedding cakes to shows and setup everything. I wouldn’t be where I was today without their encouragement and help over the years.
Q: What does a typical workday look like for you?
A: It’s a lot of standing in the kitchen and baking during the mornings. I do most of my intricate sugar floral work late at night after my kids are in bed so they don’t touch anything..lol.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I started off with elegant and delicate weddings but they have more recently become more abstract and edgy 😊
Q: How has it changed and evolved over time?
A: A lot of my cake techniques have evolved over time due to the different cake trends. But I am loving being able to create new textures and creating cakes that celebrate imperfections in an artistic way.
Q: What is your favorite wedding that you have ever worked on?
A: Oh that’s tough and I can’t say I have a favorite since I love all weddings but I do love weddings that use bright colors and whimsical elements 😀
Q: Where do you see your business in 5 years? What are you most excited about for the future of your business?
A: I would love to get a store front but with the way things are now I am happy that I am home-licensed business as I have less overhead costs. I would love to have a few trusted employees but right now with the pandemic, I am just happy that my family doesn’t depend on my income or my business to survive or my business would not be sustainable. So I am trying to use methods and techniques that will allow me to have a more sustainable business so I can prepare for changes in the future.
Q: What is one thing you want people to know about you and/or your business?
A: That I use as much all natural, organic and fresh ingredients that I can. I mainly use an Italian meringue buttercream that in my opinion is far superior to American buttercream. And sometimes I spend 4-6 hours sculpting one sugar flower.
Q: What is your biggest piece of wedding planning advice and/or marriage advice?
A: Hire a coordinator on your wedding day. I made the mistake of not getting one and I was so stressed on my wedding day and I made my own wedding cake. It was an epic fail on my part..lol. Go with a vendor that you build a connection with and that you trust them to bring your wedding vision to life. The wedding day goes by so fast just enjoy as many happy little moments you have when its happening.
Q: Any wedding trends or traditions you love?
A: I love creating wedding cakes with the rough stone or aged stone look.
Q: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
A: A delicious triple dark chocolate ganache layer cake 😊
Q: Where can people follow you to learn more?
A: My Instagram @thecakebee
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