It all started with a beater…
I made my first cake when I was 21. It was my best friend’s birthday and I was nominated to make the cake. It’s a good thing that I don’t get discouraged too easily because though she loved it, I knew I needed some work to reach the level of my favorite decorators on TV. It was my favorite thing to do back then; I would come home from college every Sunday for church and spend all afternoon watching Ace of Cakes with mom.
Some random day between junior and senior year at Georgia State, I knew I needed a change. To be truthful, it wasn’t so random: I was quickly falling out of my love with music and was weary that I was comitting to a career that I would never truly embrace. I thought about my fondest memories… many of which included countless hours in the kitchen with my mom or Aunt Mary Helen typically begging for the beater. I’d lick every nook and cranny till it was without spot. My eyes would turn to sadness starring at my bare beater and then the sound of a glass bowl sliding across the table turned my entire world upside down. “You mean, I get to lick the bowl?!”
It wasn’t difficult to decide what I should do after graduation, I just needed help. The obvious choice were my lifelong cooking partners, my mom and big sis. We rented a space downtown and from day one, we were booked every weekend for almost 2 years.
We quickly outgrew our space and started looking elsewhere but a new move meant a lot of cash. Looking for said cash during the recession wasn’t the most promising idea ever so after a while, we decided to take a break. I moved to San Francisco to study under some amazing decorators and learned more than I could’ve imagined. I was asked to take over a prominent bakery in the hippest area of the city but I knew I wasn’t supposed to stay.
Two weeks after I arrived back in Atlanta, I met my now husband, Daniel. He encouraged us to reopen and to not get discouraged by the banks. Thank God for family. We were able to reopen in our hometown of Stone Mountain with their help and everything we serve is from our collective cookbooks. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.