What do you want to be when you grow up? I can tell you I’ve done a little bit of everything!

From the time we are little we are constantly asked this question, as if we really know when we are 5 years old.. There may be a few of us who did know their calling early on in life and that is rare!

When I was 8 I wanted to be a veterinarian, although that dream did fade, I do still love animals and have 4 dogs (yea we are crazy!) I’ve also held numerous jobs throughout my life starting with babysitting. The moment I turned 16 I got my first real job at Roy Rogers (a fast food restaurant). After that I held numerous hostess, waitress, and even a bartending job. I’ve worked in retail, I worked at a deli counter, I worked at JIFFY LUBE!! I worked at DDI with children who had autism, I was a receptionist for an accountant (probably my least favorite), and then one day I got a job at a bakery drawing pictures on cake, this was my favorite out of them all.

And well now here I am! It’s been about 10 years since i started on this path of creating my own business and decorating cakes. This has been a year of many transitions for businesses and I am thankful to have had such a busy year. The biggest change you may have noticed was our business name and logo from Rachel’s Cakes to Frosted Artistry! We have also had adjust to the changes of smaller parties and celebrations this year by designing smaller cakes, selling a lot of cake jars, and creating a lot more custom cookies and cookie decorating kits (you guys love those!)

As we have had to adjust to these crazy times I have also been reflecting on what path I would like this business to go in and what I really love doing. What I really love is creating art, whether it's edible art (like cakes & cookies ) or just a painting, it's in those moments that I can just forget about time and get those creative juices flowing. I love presenting my clients with a cake and seeing the joy on their faces. In 2021 I want to bring to you even more incredible cake designs with videos and tutorials so that you can create them as well. I love doing in person classes and will continue to offer when possible. There are some limitations right now that makes this a bit more difficult but I hope you are willing to try these at home! I will be available for in person instructions for one on one, small groups and parties as well, these are a great way to learn a technique that you may be struggling with. Please feel free to suggest any classes that you would like to learn from the most simple ideas to something more complex, we all have to start somewhere!!

I also want to thank you all for another busy holiday season!! We do our best to try to accommodate everyone and I so appreciate your continued support and recommendations. I wish you and all of your family a new year filled with health and happiness!!

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I apologize, I am a little late to the game here, my monthly blog post is a bit delayed. This month started off pretty busy for me, if you read my last blog post I had a lot to look forward too!!! Until now I haven't had a moment to sit down and write a bit. I had a full calendar, with a lot of cake orders and cake decorating classes scheduled, I was almost completely booked through June... Fast forward to today, and holy moly I don't know what is happening in the world. Its almost like I am watching a movie, it seems so surreal. Almost all of my cake orders have been cancelled for a couple the next month and as for the end of April and May, we are waiting to see what happens. I am not going to lie, I was freaked out, scared, nervous of what is to come. I am trying to find a new normal to temporarily help my mind deal with what's going on so that I can be strong for my family.

In situations like this we can either choose to shut down and become sad and lose hope OR we can become innovative!! We are forced to think outside the box, be creative and come up with ideas that can work in a world where we HAVE to stay home & there are no more birthday parties! We all still want to celebrate our birthdays, and its especially important for children to still feel a sense of normalcy when their whole world had been flipped upside down. If you or a family member is having a birthday we can still provide you with a small cake, a cake jar, cupcakes or cookies. I will do my best to accommodate all requests so please don't hesitate to reach out.

During this first week of quarantine I actually found myself quite busy! My calendar was completely open again, so I decided to offer a cookie decorating activity kit. Parents everywhere are looking for activities that their children can do at home. These kits have been a big hit! They include 1 dozen sugar cookies, 3 bags of royal icing, and 3 colorful sprinkle varieties. Kits are being picked up or delivered and the children are loving decorating and eating them. Baking and being creative is a calming activity and has always been a kind of mental therapy for me. I hope that I can provide this for others as well. I am currently offer a kit featuring mixed cookie designs for both boys and girls, as well an Easter themed kit. Please go to my shop page to place order for Easter before April 2nd!

I also have plans to offer a cake decorating kit! We will start off with something simple but I have ideas for some fun designs that kids and adults can do at home!

We all have a lot more time on our hands and what a better time than now to have fun decorating a cake and being creative. Keep your eye on the shop page for these at home "quaratine kits!"

If you have any special requests, please don't hesitate to email me.

Since celebrations have become quite small these days we are also working on restocking our cake jars!!

We have brought back our popular Rainbow Cookie Cake jar, they are now in stock and available to order on the SHOP page.

We will baking up more fun flavors such as our classic Cookies & Cream and Funfetti flavors. I will also be adding Lemon back in and maybe a delicious Carrot Cake Jar! (Carrot cake is my absolute favorite by the way). Any special flavor requests?? Feel free to email me, I still have tasting boxes available to order which make a great gift for a loved one, a hospital worker, or anyone who could use a little joy and sweetness in their lives!

A big change that is coming for us here at Rachel's Cakes is our new name and logo!!! The name is changing to Frosted Artistry, I love it and I love our new logo design, I hope you do too. Don't worry, it will still be me here baking & creating your beautiful cake and cookie designs. Our phone number will stay the same too. I will be changing the website over to www. and I will have a new email address (keeping the old one too for awhile until everyone is up to date!) I will continue to keep you up to date on these changes.

Thats all for now! I hope that all of you are staying well and doing the best you can despite the circumstances. We will get through this by working together. My mission has always been to bring joy to people through my delicious desserts and I can't think of a better time that we need more smiles!

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Rachel’s cakes is growing up! You may be wondering what that means… We have a lot of changes going on, all for the better. My business has developed over the years into more than just cakes. I do classes, parties, cupcakes, cookies and cake jars!! My skills have increased dramatically and I see myself as an overall confectionary artist more than just a cake decorator. I am currently enrolled in a Master mind business

class because believe it or not I don't know as much about running a business as I should...I started this business with the idea of baking and decorating fun cakes! But there is a lot more that goes into it than that...there is ALOT of correspondence with clients, invoicing, expenses, planning, marketing, branding, website updating, social media. Paperwork that I dread!! I'm sure that a lot of you can relate to that. I'm learning every day and one thing that I've realized is that my name & logo don't really represent this business as best as I could. So I have been having a lot of fun figuring out a new name & logo for Rachel’s cakes! I hope you are all excited to follow along and take this journey with me!

So another fun project that I have been working on are my Cake Tasting Boxes!! I am so in love with these, they are exactly what I wanted and are a perfect presentation for my cake jars. The idea came to me to provide cake jars for specific people who wanted to do a cake tasting (for weddings or large cake orders). However, Ive discovered that these boxes also make great birthday and thank you gifts, hostess gifts, or for anyone who really just wants to try a variety of flavors. In order to provide a more personalized experience I am packaging 6 flavors of cake jars into a beautiful box, it will include tasting spoons and a few of my most popular flavors. The flavors will vary, but in the future I will be providing seasonal tasting boxes and maybe even subscription boxes. These boxes are now open to preorder for the end of February, early March availability. I am so excited for these and I hope you love them as much as I do!!

You may have noticed I have started adding cake decorating classes to my events. I discovered while doing cake decorating parties that i really enjoyed teaching the kids to decorate, and I loved seeing how each of their cakes turned out.  I am working with a few local businesses to set up classes in their venues. I plan on doing 2 each month and I am coming up with more and more ideas. My first 2 classes are this week in St. James & Northport, featuring a fun Valentines day drip cake. I have gotten some feedback from my customers about other classes that would interest them, such as flower cupcake bouquets, ice cream cone drip cakes, and geode cookies! I have some fun ideas for kids clases (like a spaghetti and meatball cake!) as well so keep checking back with us for the schedule.

I will also will be speaking at Women's Power Brunch in April for High school students. When I first was approached about this I wondered if my story, my business was good enough for this...however after talking it through I realized I do have a story. I may not have taken the typical path or the most direct one but my path & my choices have led me here. And more than anything I want my children and other teenagers out there to follow their passions and pursue their dreams. You can do something you love and enjoy & make money doing it! You don't have to settle for a life that is just mediocre. It is not easy, it takes a lot of work and time and investing your whole self into it, but it is soooo worth it. 

Another exciting thing happening in my life is that I interviewed for a Confectionary Wars TV show! I am super excited and scared to death to do something like this, but I had to take a chance and at least try. I want to challenge my skills and artistic ability and this is probably the most extreme way to do it! I won’t know if I'm cast on the show for at least a few more weeks but send me your positive vibes and lets hope. Either way it was an achievement for me to interview with them!

As you can see I am in a highly motivated state over here!! I want to share my energy, I attribute that to a passion for what I have created and am creating. I want people to see that you can do this. I have also been reading (and by read I mean listened to on AUDIBLE, becasue really who has that much time to read these days!) ALOT!!   I highly reccomend these books for overall self growth & personal development and motivation. They are- “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero, “The 5 Second Rule”, by Mel Robbins, and “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek. These have all helped me tremendously in getting more focused with my business and personal life.

If you enjoyed this blog please comment below!! Let me know what you are interested in, any fun class or cake ideas that you would like to see??

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