Saturday, April 1, 2017

All About Sara's Baked Creations

Imagine holding that cupcake in your hand. Imagine its sweet smell reaching your nose; the sweet scent of cookies and chocolatey goodness playing with your senses. Imagine taking a bite, sinking your teeth into this deliciousness, letting the taste spread inside your mouth. Imagine that happy feeling ...


That's exactly what Sara's Baked Creations is all about. It's about being happy. About feeling happy. Mission Sweetness is all about spreading happiness and smiles.
The obsession began as an innocent little interest six years ago in January. Little had I known then how much the love of baking would consume me. Watching 'Cake Boss' on TLC was an afternoon time pass at first, before it became an inspiration, a motivation, a passion, and finally the love of my life. I love baking! For it makes me happy, it is my stress reliever, my high, and my favorite hobby. Sara's Baked Creations is all that I do. But what do I do? Let me exactly show and tell just that ...

Six years back I'd started off with cupcakes and since then I've successfully completed a hundred and seventeen 'missions' - a term that Abbie and I came up with together for Sara's Baked Creations. I bake anything and everything I like. I want to know it all, do it all, achieve it all! I've baked cupcakes, muffins, brownies, pastries, breads, cakes, donuts, you name it ... 

The part I enjoy the most though is cake decorating. Each and every one of my cakes is pre-planned based on the occasion I'm baking for. Each cake has a uniqueness that adds to its beauty. Some of the cakes I've made so far were simple while others (like the one in the picture above) involved detailed work like sculpting and shaping too. I like to believe that my cakes are pieces of art, and trust me (you will when you see all the pictures!) they are masterpieces.

I'm particularly proud of my attention to detail. I like to place the tiniest of details by hand, one by one, no matter how many hours it takes me to complete a cake. Speaking of which, some of my cakes have taken me as long as three days to complete from baking to finishing the decorations. I'm a from-scratch baker, which means I avoid cake mixes and instead measure and add my own ingredients. Therefore each one of my cakes is made with immense love and I give it my time, thought, and full effort.

I always go into baking and cake decorating with abandon. Hours pass away without me noticing it and by the time I'm fully satisfied with my work and step back to take a final glance at my masterpiece the day has changed into night and suddenly I can feel every muscle of my body being tired. It is an addiction, really! But that's not all that makes Sara's Baked Creations so awesome. Something, somebody, plays a very vital role ...

Doesn't THAT make you want to reach out with a finger to catch that dripping chocolate glaze? Even better, doesn't it make you want to grab that Chocolate Overload Cake and just somehow have it in your mouth? Please excuse me because I'm drooling right now!

That picture (and the one above, and many others of the making of my creations!) was taken by the one and only Abbie who plays a VERY special part in Sara's Baked Creations. My sister is the reason I started baking in the first place because watching Buddy Valastro do his magic on TV wasn't enough, a push was needed to get me started. She was the one who told me I wouldn't be able to do anything if I never tried. She was the one who bought me my first cupcakes pan, my first hand held mixer, and my first ingredients for my first baking of my life. Even today she gives me creative advice when I'm having a baker's block. She's also my taste tester, adviser, supporter! She helps out with literally everything and even today, six years and a hundred and seventeen missions later, I wouldn't be able to do nothing if it weren't for her encouragement and support!

When the hard work is done it is time to taste what I've created. Be it a cake decorated for hours or days, be it a single cupcake frosted in the simplest of ways, or a classic cookie my aim is to present deliciousness on a plate. I've tried and am trying new flavors with each baking. My cakes don't only need to be beautiful and eye catching but also the perfect texture, the perfect taste, the perfect everything. When the perfection is achieved (and it has been a hundred and seventeen times so far) I find my peace ...

I focus on the insides of my cakes as well. The cake needs to be just as pretty from the insides when it is cut as it is from the outside when I'm done decorating. My cakes have beautiful insides whether they are the classic two layered cakes with a delicious filling in the middle or something as special as the rainbow cake above.

At the end of the day (or days ... when it takes more than a day to finish making a cake) when the taste comes out perfect and I witness somebody placing a bite of my baking in their mouth and closing their eyes to enjoy the heavenly taste, I know I've done it. It is that kick, that peace, that happiness that keeps the obsession within me alive!

The feeling of baking for somebody's special day is fabulous. It's like giving the best gift, spreading happiness, achieving the goal of Mission Sweetness!

All the mouth-watering pictures in this post are original Sara's Baked Creations' content. Please have some shame and refrain from copying, recreating, and cheating without giving proper credit and mention!
Sara’s Baked Creations is on Mission Sweetness! Sara and Abbie are hobby bakers who bake for friends and family only. We are not a commercial bakery business; it gives us joy to spread smiles while enjoying sisterhood and living our passion for baking.

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This entry belongs to the April A to Z Blogging Challenge!
I'm participating and it's SUPER fun!

 This post was originally published for the A to Z Challenge last year as well. This is a repost for this year's challenge!

10 comments:

  1. Wow, these look spectacular and I bet they taste even better. :-) I've been dropping hints that I'd like a rainbow cake for years but no one's listened to me yet!

    Cait @ Click's Clan

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    1. Hahaha! I really hope you get your rainbow cake this year! :D
      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  2. These are gorgeous. Now I'm hungry and that rainbow cake looks just perfect. Enjoy the blog hop.

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  3. Sorry I'm a day late; didn't get to my email until early this morning. OTOH, if I had read this post yesterday before I went shopping, I probably would have bought LOTS AND LOTS of things I shouldn't have, just because your Mission Sweetness activated my sweet tooth. Of course nothing I could have bought would have been as special as your creations. Now that I know what to expect from your wonderful blog this month, I think I'll be able to resist temptation at the store and just drool over Abbie's gorgeous photos. 😁

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    1. Hahahahahaha! I am so happy I can trigger cravings just through my blog :D
      Stay in touch Suzanne <3
      Your comments always make my day!

      Oh and yes, absolutely: thank you to Abbie for recording the making of all my creations :D

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  4. Beautiful creations. I'd be interested to hear what other baking shows you watch besides Cake Boss!

    Akilah @ The Englishist

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    1. I do watch episodes of Cupcake Wars or Cake Wars randomly sometimes but the one show I watch regularly is Cake Boss :D
      Thank you Akilah for stopping by!

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  5. Did you take a decorating class, or are you self taught? My M-I-L just gave me a bunch of tips and pasty bags. I've been playing around a little, but my results are more embarrassing than pretty so far.

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    1. We all start somewhere Danielle! They may seem embarrassing right now but if you keep doing it you'll be a pro one day and then you'll be showing me gorgeous pictures of your creations too! :D
      I am completely self taught, so trust me, I speak from experience! :)
      Maybe one day I'll post an entry about all of my very first bakes so you can see where I started from, haha!

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