I am a hobby baker with a passion for more! I absolutely love to bake, love to create new desserts, and love to watch baking shows on tv. And I spend hours on my laptop looking for cake inspirations, editing my cake pictures, and doing research on cake stuff-sounds technical, I know. I am self-taught...no classes at all. I do think that skills are genetic. You see, my Grandma was an amazing baker and created beautiful cakes. And then there's my Mom- I think she took a Wilton class back in the day, but she is amazing! She taught me how to make buttercream roses when I was little (although I'm not sure I could make one now, lol). She made my oldest brother's wedding cake almost 20 years ago, and I still remember what it tasted like! One day I'll find a picture of it to post for you.
So, on to cakes... My love for baking was increasing with each birthday cake made for my kids. (Side note: I LOVE to throw parties! If you've ever been to one of my kids parties, you know how crazy I get. And yes, I've already planned out parties for the boys and their birthdays are not until July and September.) Each year was bigger and better than the last, which led to friends asking for cakes for their kids, and then their friends, and so on and so on. And, well, Sweet Dreams Cakery was born (well, not that easy, but you get the idea). Orders were flooding my inbox and my skills were getting better with each cake. It was a win win situation...or so I thought. In the state of GA, like many others, you are not allowed to sell baked goods from your home. You must use a commercial kitchen, separate from your main kitchen. Seriously? I mean, food is probably more safe coming out of my kitchen, than some commercial ones, but whatever. How did I find this out you ask? I received a phone call one morning from the Dept of Agriculture. I was too scared to talk to the guy, so the hubs called for me. Turns out he was very nice and helpful. Someone had reported an unlicensed bakery to the Health Dept. And whoever it was, went straight to the top, and minutes after they received notice, I was contacted. NICE! And so I have officially been CAKE BLOCKED!!! They offered suggestions for me to convert our kitchen, get a mobile unit, use a shared kitchen, or open a storefront. Unfortunately, the quickest solution, the garage conversion is a no go from the Water Dept.