Thank you so much for being here!
Here’s the short story: I’m wife to Richy and Mommy to 6 kids. I’m also called a dozen other names: Homeschool Teacher. Best Friend. Jesus Freak. Baker. Photographer. Chocolate Addict. Mathematician. Diet Dr. Pepper-aholic. Writer. Budget-er and so much more. Things I love: good books, laughing out loud, PINK, flip-flops, ponytails, loudmusic, chocolate milk, late-night TV & Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes.
My Cake Story:
When I was 12 or 13 years old, I asked for a cake decorating kit for Christmas – you know – one of those Wilton kits from Walmart. From that Christmas forward, I dreamed of one day owning a bakery. I did use that kit, but my cake decorating opportunities were few and far between (and pitiful, I might add).
However, I never completely lost my desire to do cakes. I would do the occasional one for my own kids or a family member, but I was never very good and I never pursued any opportunities to do it more.
Fast forward to 2009 when my baby brother got engaged and asked me to do his wedding cake. I said no several times before he finally convinced me to say yes. By the time he got married in 2010, I had already decorated more than 20 cakes. Most of them I volunteered to do just so I could “practice” before the wedding.
Between Jake asking me to do his cake (above) and his actual wedding several months later, I scoured the internet like crazy trying to learn as much as I possibly could about how to stack cakes, the best recipes for tiered cakes, how to cover cakes in fondant, and more.
Sometimes I lucked out and found the info I needed, other times I had to learn by trial and error. It was very frustrating.
That frustration is what eventually led to me starting this blog! Because I couldn’t always find the help I needed with cake online, I decided that I’d offer that help to others every chance I got!
Initially, as my real-life cake business grew I would share my cakes, recipes and tutorials on my first blog, Adventures in Savings. Before I knew it, my cake posts became more popular than my frugal posts and I was doing so many cakes, I didn’t have time to deal blog anymore, so I decided to pursue my passion full-time and in 2012, this blog was born!
As of November 2015, I’ve decorated more than 1200 cakes – maybe even closer to 1500, but I really didn’t want to count line by line in my schedule book I haven’t blogged anywhere near that many of them but I do try to share the very best ones along with my how-to’s and details!
How I Hope to Help YOU:
My primary goal here at Rose Bakes is to help other bakers and cake decorators be as good as they can possibly be! Whether you’re a beginner or expert, I hope you’ll find some inspiration and answers to any questions you might have about my cakes! I sincerely want to connect with my readers on a personal level so I answer questions and respond to comments daily. I also provide easy-to-understand tutorials, inspiration for beautiful cakes, recipes that anybody can make, and hopefully some fun and laughter sprinkled into every post!
Having said all of that, Rose Bakes is not limited to just cakes and decorating! I also share all kinds of other recipes – pasta being my favorite :)! And since I am still a deal-chaser at heart, I never miss a chance to tell my readers about a “sweet deal” that I think they’ll love (think aprons, wedding cake socks… haha, cake decorating classes & more!).
Also – if you think you’d like to start your own cake blog… or any kind of blog… check out my page here: How to Start a Food Blog and Make Money With It. I’m currently earning solid full-time income from this blog and I’d love to answer your questions regarding that too!
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My Big Family
Wanna know a little more about me personally? My big family is what seems to get the most attention! My college sweetheart Richy and I have been married since 1996 and we have 6 kids.. yes SIX! I homeschool them while working full-time from home on this blog and running a real-life cake business. If you really like to know more strange and funny details, you can read 101 MORE things about me by clicking HERE.
Thanks so much for being here – it makes my heart happy!