How it all started:
Ever since I was little, I was intrigued by baking. I would stand on a step stool and struggle to see onto the counter while my grandmother baked wedding cakes for her friends and neighbors. My mother baked cookies from scratch and it was always exciting to help her weigh out the ingredients and watch the dough come together. From there, my intrigue turned to a desire to learn, which became a great passion for baking. I started baking for friends and family and before I knew it, they were referring their friends to me. The drive to bake for as many people as I could was born.
I saved my pennies for 4 years to buy "Chomps"--my love-able, purple cupcake truck which was built entirely by my father and I from a bare shell. From electrical to plumbing to mechanical...the build out of the truck was a crazy adventure that consisted of a lot of all-nighters, as well as countless trips to the hardware/auto parts store. After the completion of "Chomps" I packed him up with what little kitchen equipment I owned, along with my personal belongings and hauled it to Portland.
For the last 3 years in my new home, I have been using quality, local ingredients to create unique and interesting cupcakes for Portlanders. In this time I've made amazing friends, gained the support of loyal and encouraging fans, and continued to learn from all of the amazing talent that exists here in the Pacific Northwest.
So, why did I build out this truck and relocate my life to do this? It's an easy question that can be answered with one simple quote:
"The love for food is the sincerest form of love"
The opportunity to share that love with those around me fills my heart with such an incredible amount of joy. There is nothing more wonderful and satisfying in this world for me than watching someone take a bite of something I've made with my own hands, from the heart and truly enjoy it.
I strive to use only the best quality, local, and seasonal ingredients in all of my baking. I love to support my local farmers and dairy purveyors and feel that it is so important to know where your food comes from.
With your support, I will have the ability to:
* Purchase a new mixer! My current mixer is (kind of) a dinosaur and has been making awful noises for quite a while. I am so terrified of the day that it just stops working...or catches fire! (No worries, we have a fire extinguisher! I think...)
* Buy more sheet pans and containers. Although these seem like small things, These are vital for me. When you need quite a few of them, it can really add up.
* Re-attach the trailer hitch. It is not currently attached to the cart and needs to be welded back on by a professional (expensive!) This is important because in order to keep the mobile license, we have to have the ability to be mobile! And right now, it would take a lot of people pushing to even move the cart about 5 feet.
* Put a new and expanded name and brand on the cart...literally! Changing our logo to include desserts will be vital in letting our current and new customers know that I am offering more than just cupcakes, even though cupcakes are pretty awesome!
* Put a new floor in the cart. The current flooring in the cart is the original one from 1966! Needless to say, it has a few holes and uneven spots in it. I'd like to get it all evened out and looking happy.
* Miscellaneous. There are always a TON of small expenses that tend to pop up at the worst possible times, and this can really strain my non-existent budget. Even something as small as buying more spatulas can sometimes be difficult.
With the ability to purchase the equipment that I need and get the cart back into tip top shape, I will then be able to create even more delicious desserts and continue to spread "food love"!
Risks and challenges
As with any business, there are always risks. My biggest challenge to date has been helping customers find their way back for their favorite treats again and again. I often did now know what the next day, week, or month would bring. I think my new stationary location is a huge step in the right direction for the business and my customers.
After I am able to get the tools I need, I will continue to learn and grow as a baker and as a business. With a little bit more financial stability, I will be able to provide my customers with the best experience possible. I can do this by taking classes, continually experimenting, and taking in all feedback to fuel my creativity. I will also be able to continue building relationships with my food purveyors, and work towards giving back to my community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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