Gigi-Mamma Cakes creates photoshoot-ready cakes that are simply gorgeous. Before participating in Saturday's Cupcake Camp Miami event, Desiree of Gigi-Mamma Cakes answered a few questions about her inspiration and her cakes.
How did you get started?
Gigi-Mamma Cakes got started as a hobby between my mother and I. We had always wanted to take some cake decorating classes and never seemed to find the time. After a while of just talking about it we walked into a Michaels and signed up for the classes. We started making cakes for family and friends and started falling in love with the process a little more each time we made a cake. Our family and friends then started recommending us to their family and friends and the word got around and soon our cakes started to as well.
What's the inspiration behind your name, Gigi-Mama Cakes?
Our name is inspired by a family friend’s son. His nickname for me is Gigi-Desi and for my mom it’s Gigi- Mamma. One of his favorite treats are the Maria cookies that are so popular here in South Florida but being that they live out of state and they don’t have them we would mail them to him. He then started referring to them as Gigi-Mamma Cookies since my mom was the one sending them his way. When we started making cakes it just seemed natural that the name lived on and that’s how Gigi-Mamma Cakes got its name.
If there were a cake made to represent you, what would it look and taste like?
It’s funny because lately I have been thinking about this a lot while in the process of re-branding and bring out who I am into the business. I am a hopeless romantic, very free spirited, and adventurous person. I love nature and that is always a source of inspiration. I love all things rustic and old. They have a story. They bring about emotions of old world romance. More specifically, I have a love affair with the ocean and everything about it. With that being said a cake that would represent us would incorporate all these elements. The flavor would definitely be something warm and earthy like vanilla with almond filling. The cake would have a rustic/messy butter cream texture or white fondant with a crackled silver leaf effect. Then details like oyster shells or pebbles from the ocean would be used to garnish the cake. There would be dusty blues, green blues, whites, and silvers drawing on the colors from the ocean. We actually have a few display cakes in the works for a portfolio shoot that will be encompassing these designs and I am so excited to see the end result!
What has been your biggest cake disaster?
My biggest disaster I have had so far would be a mermaid inspired cake I made for a shoot with Chelsey Boartwright Photography, which was featured on Ruffled Blog. While dressing the cake with the fondant it kept tearing because of the height of the cake and the weight it would pull down. I dressed and undressed each tier of that cake at least 5 times till it came out just right. I still have nightmares about it! ;)
What has been the funnest cake you have made?
Although I particularly love love love making wedding cakes, did I mention they are my favorite, I would say the most fun cake I have made was a shirt/ tie and lab coat cake I made for my cousin who, as you guessed it, is a doctor.
Where do you think and hope Gigi-Mama Cakes will be five years from now?
I hope to have a boutique bakery with a very ethereal laid back vibe. Where someone can come enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or milk with some of our treats or come and book us for their event. I don’t want anything to flashy or a huge business with more than one storefront. I want one little place to call home away from home where I can devote my time to each client and making their event that much more sweeter.
What is you favorite and least favorite part about the cake making process?My favorite part of the process is seeing my vision or client’s vision come to life. Seeing the details come together is an indescribable feeling. I would say that my least favorite part is the cleaning up after LOL. There are many pans, tools, etc that are used in the process that once you finish the cake, at which point your already exhausted, you then have to clean everything and put it all away only for it to be brought back to its previous state in no time.
What has been the most challenging cake you have made and why?
This would still have to be that mermaid photo shoot cake. Can you tell it left me traumatized?
Describe Gigi-Mamma Cakes in three words.
Elegance, Simplicity, and Ethereal.
Gigi-Mamma Cakes will be at Cupcake Camp Miami 2014. Tickets for the event are $10.00 ($11.54 with Eventbrite fees) and can be purchased here. For more information on the event, visit Cupcake Camp Miami 2014's Facebook page.