Recently celebrating the fourth anniversary of owning The Wow Factor Cakes, I think of all the rewarding experiences working tirelessly with our amazing clients. I am so thankful to be able to help create their dream cakes, and build The Wow Factor brand.
My passion for cake decorating began over 20 years ago when I took a Wilton class at a local Michael’s Craft Store in Columbia, Maryland. I started making custom cakes for my friends, and family. My most important client being my Grandmother who was always so appreciative of every single cake design I made no matter how it looked.
I wanted to learn more about Culinary and Pastry Arts and was hired at a Historic Inn restaurant, catering and event venue. I was a Prep, Garde Manger Line Cook and I would help the Executive Pastry Chef with wedding cakes occasionally.
I was on my high school’s Culinary team that made it to the National level two years in a row. Nationals were held in Charlotte, North Carolina with one of the scheduled activities being a tour at Johnson & Wales University and walking through Uptown I knew that was going to be my home for the next four years.
At Johnson & Wales I graduated with an Associate’s in Baking & Pastry Arts and a Bachelor’s in Foodservice Management. During this time, I was the Executive Pastry Chef at the Inn, I interned at an Uptown cake bakery, and worked as an Expeditor at Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar.
After college I was the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager at Morton’s the Steakhouse and was promoted to the Food & Beverage Manager position. I was offered a job at the Sushi restaurant as the Director of Operations where the restaurant group opened up several more concepts in Myrtle Beach & Charlotte.
After working in building new concepts I was curious what it would take to buy my own restaurant. Instead, I was presented with an existing wedding cake bakery for sale, where I get to bake my cake, and eat it too!