Three weeks ago, at the end of a long day of wedding prep yard work, I certainly was hungry and not up for cooking. We had the good fortune of discovering a cheap and cheerful local Chinese restaurant two blocks from home. It hit all the marks – satisfying, cheap food, friendly service, endless tea. Check, check, check. After our feast of sweet and sour pork, dry garlic chicken wings, and black bean beef chow mein, the best part of the meal arrived. The fortune cookie. I don’t usually heed the advice of these too carefully, but this one seemed eerily accurate:
“This coming month shall bring winds of change in your life”.
Oh dear fortune cookie, if only you knew how true this is.
Some of my friends know this already, but for those who don’t, I have big news.
#1 – I left my job.
I certainly learned a lot and made some wonderful friends and happy memories during my time in yaletownl. It was a definite learning experience, for someone who had never worked much in restaurants before. Going from graduating pastry school last year, to now running the pastry line of two restaurants, I felt very blessed to have been entrusted with so much responsibility. When I was in pastry school, I thought I wanted to go into the cake business, but didn’t want to pigeon-hole myself, so into the restaurant kitchens I went. What a world! But, with a lot of requests for cakes on weekends and only so many hours in the day…
#2 – I started a company!
I had dreamed of having my own cake company for a long time now, and finally, the timing felt right. Way to go, Amanda, to choose to quit your job and start your own company in the busy summer season where you’re already swamped already! When it rains, it pours, as they say. Like most things, the timing wasn’t ideal but it felt right, so it was time. The big challenge was deciding what to do that I can do well. There are a lot of cake companies out there with designers who are very talented and experienced, so I needed to do something different.
Reading a lot of my sister’s bridal magazines for cake inspiration, I found myself being drawn to the gorgeous coordinated dessert tables where the cake, desserts and favours are designed to complement one another. I found Amy Atlas’s tables to be especially inspiring. While there are countless cake designers here, I find that most of them specialize just in the cakes themselves, and not in the full dessert-table realm. And so, without further ado, I introduce Buttercup Cake Design! A full service cake design company that can do not only cakes, but fully coordinated dessert tables, edible favours, and more. May as well take advantage of all that sugar work/chocolate work/pastry background that I was lucky enough to learn!
And so, that is the big news that I have been holding out on for a few months. In May, I spent a day baking macarons just so my sister could photograph them for my future website. And now, my business cards are in the works. I’m excited to see where this may go!