Is it really August already? Wowzers where has the summer gone? Not that I’m complaining… it’s been a horrible hot, sticky summer and I will not be sad to see it gone!
Without further delay, let me introduce you to Athena Maur of I Bake Art : July Who Takes the Cake? Winner!
I asked Athena from I Bake Art to share a little about herself and her business:
I am a stay at home mom that really likes to make cakes. About 5 years ago, my son wanted a really fun hot wheels car cake for his 5th birthday. Being the crafty person I am, I told him I would just make it. So I took a few of the Wilton cake decorating classes and come to find out, I actually really liked it. Not only that, I was pretty good at it.
I’ve always liked to paint and do alot of other artsy things, but never really had time, motivation or space for all of the things I would make. But with cakes, I could make them for special celebrations and eat them when it was done. Talk about some great motivation and a space saver for all the work I would have otherwise created. It was a win, win.
Of course, I can’t say the same for all the space the supplies take. But after a few years of making cakes for my kids, I signed up to be a sugar angel with Icing Smiles. It was after my first Icing Smiles cake that people began to ask me to make them for others. I finally gave in to setting up a Facebook account, but still really only make cakes for family and charities. I’d like to be able to do them more professionally as a business soon, but my kids have been taking most of my time.
Maybe next year I’ll have the time to get my business plan done and the other requirements needed under the cottage food law in my state. But until then, I’ll keep making cakes for my family, special friends and Icing Smiles. Thanks again for the recognition. It means so much for me as a hobby baker. It almost makes me feel like one of the pros. 🙂
Congratulations again Athena – please visit her Facebook page here.
In addition to the cake that won the contest, I asked Athena to share some of her favorite creations with us and here they are:
Thanks to ALL of you who participated in the Who Takes the Cake Contest!!