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Meet Angelica Gonzalez of Piece of Cake by Angie in East Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angelica Gonzalez.

Angelica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I remember my baking journey started at the age of 8 years old on my birthday. It started when I was introduced to an Easy-Bake Oven. Since then baking has become a therapeutic hobby. I would bake in every chance I had. I used my family and friend’s birthdays as a perfect excuse to bake and every time I try to make something better and improve my kills. When I was 16/17 I began taking classes in my local cake supply stores. Although I enjoyed baking and decorating, baking was not my first career choice.

I enrolled myself in college in the pursuit of a Criminal Justice degree. A year into college I was lost and found myself in the kitchen frequently. Every time I was undergoing stress I would bake and like magic, I would feel better. It was then when my boyfriend at the time (who’s now my husband) suggested I should pursue baking as my career. The thought quickly put a smile on my face, a bit of doubt on my mind, but I couldn’t shake off the idea of doing what I loved for a living.

Not too long after, I enrolled myself in Le Cordon Bleu College and completed their baking program about a year later. Fast forward to today, I love my job. I am glad that someone suggested that I should do what I love for a living. I’m extremely blessed to be where I am.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
With baking, it’s never a smooth ride. Baking is a science project every single time. I have struggled with getting a recipe right even if I have made it multiple times before. Weather is also a factor and can be an enemy. I’ve had cupcakes completely melt on me in the middle of an event. Another struggle has been educating the public on what baking truly is and all the work that it takes. Baking is not always “sugar, spice and everything nice”.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Piece of Cake by Angie story. Tell us more about the business.
Piece of Cake by Angie specializes in cupcakes and buttercream cakes. It is known for its Horchata and Pinata cupcakes. As a business, I am really proud of the way it has been received by the people. They relate Piece of Cake by Angie to a happy place and joyful feelings and I love hearing that. I want my business to be more than just pastries, I want people to be happy and celebrate all the wins in their everyday lives. Baking from scratch sets us apart along with our Mexican-Parisian inspired branding and sweets. I’ve always had an interest in anything Paris and it is a constantly an inspiration in my baking.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I have definitely been very lucky to have met amazing business owners along the way who have become mentors and given me lots of pointers and opportunities to grow.

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Clickin & Classy Photography

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