Sunday, April 1, 2018

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 seven 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 simple cupcakes and since then I've successfully completed a hundred and thirty one 'missions' - which is 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! So far I've baked cupcakes, muffins, brownies, pastries, breads, cakes, donuts, you name it ... 

I do it all but the part I enjoy the most 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 four 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. It gives me peace. Therefore, each one of my cakes is made with immense love and I give it my time, thought, and full effort. I put my heart into each one of my cakes and it shows!

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. Often I need both my hands and can't snap pictures of my work and that's when I know I have Abbie behind my back. My sister is actually 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 the ingredients for the 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, seven years and a hundred and thirty one 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 thirty one 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 zebra stripes in the picture 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! Check out the full index to my posts here!

 This post was originally published for the A to Z Challenge for 2016 and 2017. This is a slightly edited and updated re-post for this year's challenge!

12 comments:

  1. I love your passion for baking. It shows in your blog posts and I think it's fantastic! Maybe someday I too will be able to enjoy your creations. Here is My Letter A Response

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    1. Hey Jackie,
      Thank you so much for such a lovely comment!
      I hope someday that happens too! Haha!
      Stay in touch!
      Happy A to Z!

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  2. These cakes look so amazing! :-)

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  3. You do beautiful work! I enjoy baking, so I think I'll enjoy your A to Z posts quite a bit. Have to say, I'm envious you have a "photographer". I take a lot of pictures of what I cook, and my phone is always covered with batter or cheese or butter or something, and sometimes, SOMETIMES, I drop it in a bowl of batter...

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    1. Hey Dyanne!
      Thank you so much. I'm so happy to read your comment! Thank you!
      My sister helps me a lot when I can't position my phone or camera anywhere possible to take pictures of the making. She's a blessing!
      When she's not available I try to use anything and everything as a stand for my phone. Sometimes I've even used plastic wrap and a bottle of salt. Hahaha! I totally know what you mean!
      Stay in touch!

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  4. Fabulous blog! My daughter wants to someday own her own bakery, and I can't wait to show her all of your creations! Happy A to Z! Drop by for a visit! I'll be returning!

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    1. Awww that's so awesome that your daughter dreams of her own bakery!
      Thank you so much! I hope your daughter loves my creations too :D
      Good luck to her <3

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  5. YUM!!! Yay! Can't wait to see your posts!

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    1. Hey Tawnya!
      Thank you for stopping by :D You'll love what I have this year!

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  6. You are an amazing baker. All your creations are fabulous. I'm sure you must have a real sense of joy when you finish making something beautiful. Weekends In Maine

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    1. Heyyyyy Karen <3
      Welcome back! So so so happy to hear from you again!
      Thank you so much! You're right, that feeling for me is simply out of this world!

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