Cakes that please and surprise
Words by: Mye Mulingtapang
Whether it’s a birthday party, an anniversary, or strictly linked to a ceremony, there is one thing that must never be missing: the cake. But for Ghie Salcedo-dela Cruz talking about cakes is like talking about the air we breathe because cakes have always been a part of our lives. Who has never eaten a cake?
These thoughts led her to willingly try her hand at the sweet culinary art of baking. Experimenting came out as a learning process. Inspired by the creativity of the bakers and pastry chefs Ghie explored her talents.
For Ghie creativity is the key to success that elevates home bakers from mere technicality to new frontiers. Her pastry products become concepts that have amazing market results. The aesthetic aspects of the product are important according to Ghie only if linked to creativity, on the contrary, they become only an exercise in style and application of the technique. A good product is sold only once, a good and beautiful well-conceptualized product is sold several times.
The creative concept materializes in the creation of a dessert that pleases and surprises those who have to buy and consume it in shape, colors, dimensions, and construction. People now have a lot of choices because they don’t just find cakes and desserts in pastry shops but also in well-equipped supermarkets.
Encouraged by family and true friends, Ghie pursued expanding her knowledge through self-educating, online learning, and attending workshops. She believes that it’s important to improve one’s skills continuously for a future-proof career.
Being a baker is a profession Ghie takes great pride and dignity in, one to be proud of because it is based on solid foundations linked both to the competence of trade and to the creation of products just like her favorite classic chocolate-vanilla combo, ube-pandan, and ube cheesecake creations, a mix between science and art, on the one hand, based on extreme precision and chemical reactions, on the other, it a game of creativity and artistic decorations. This gives the right shape to things, changes their appearance by using different ingredients and techniques, from the simplest to the most ostentatious keeping the right balance of flavors.
"I have three main flavors to offer for occasion cakes: the new favorite-Ube, the classic favorite Chocolate, and the ever-versatile Vanilla. But of course, we try to deliver our clients special requests for other flavors. We even go beyond limits for extra unconventional requests if we must," Ghie shared.