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Meet Maryn Silverberg of Piece of Cake, L.A.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maryn Silverberg.

Maryn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I always say that I was born in Cleveland and raised in my mom’s kitchen. Baking was instilled in me as a form of bonding and a way of communicating – the aromas of dense, espresso-laden brownies and light, lemony, graham cracker crusted cheesecakes was rich with love, comfort and confidence. Sitting around a table, gathered at parties, or secretly sneaking the last bite of cake in the middle of the night, dessert is the perfect way to share, enjoy and indulge (sometimes all at the same time).

As a film major at Emerson College in Boston, baking was never far from my mind. When I wasn’t writing papers on Fellini or deconstructing David Lynch, I was baking: lemon-glazed bundt cakes, Oreo cookie cheesecake, double rum cake, triple chocolate chip cookies; my friends and neighbors loved coming home from a suffocating ride on the T or a cold walk down Boylston to find a wedge of cake at their door.

After living in Los Angeles and working in entertainment for eight years, I began to long for the days of bringing a smile to someone’s face with a treat, and to smell those familiar comforting aromas of my childhood. After careful reflection and a lot of encouragement from my friends and family, I donned my kitchen whites and slip-proof shoes and began the intensive pastry program

at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, CA. I graduated with highest honors and perfect attendance and turned in my kitchen whites for a blue bandana to become part of the staff at SusieCakes bakery. My next job took me to the front of the class as a cake-decorating teacher at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories where I could share my excitement for cakes with others.

My mom Gail started her baking business, Piece of Cake, in 1963 and is the reason that butter and sugar and love runs through my veins. It’s only fitting that she is the face of my business, as she is my inspiration every time I put on my apron and pre-heat the oven. I want to pay homage to the business she started years ago by baking for all who appreciate and understand that the brilliance of the perfectly satisfying dessert is the company you eat it with. Piece of Cake LA is that homey tastes-like-mom’s flavor, with a modern twist.

Has it been a smooth road?
Smooth road?! Being a business owner is never easy. My work comes first before anything else. I have missed friends weddings, baby and bridal showers and birthdays. Don’t get me started on the concept of free time or time off.

I can’t tell you the last day I had that didn’t involve work in some capacity. I spent the better part of 2018 with mono due to a lack of rest… but just because I’m sick doesn’t mean that I get to stay in bed. Slice my finger open? Stitches, a bandage and back to work. But the challenges are worth it when I get to see a bride and groom feed each other a piece of my cake. Or a one-year-old dive into a smash cake for their first taste of sugar.

Or a guest oohing and aaahing over a chocolate covered Oreo. At the end of the day, I love what I do which makes all the obstacles worth it.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Piece of Cake, L.A. specializes in mom’s midwestern desserts, with a twist. For example, a classic chocolate cake gets tweaked when I fill it with peanut butter buttercream, individual chocolate crunch pearls and frost it with Nutella buttercream. I don’t make guiltless desserts. If you want light and fluffy, I am most definitely not your woman. I believe if you are going to eat dessert, EAT DESSERT! You can take it up with your personal trainer in the morning.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Starting a business is never easy, no matter where you are located. I am absolutely a small fish in a big sea; there is so much competition. I would likely have a faster-growing company if I lived in my hometown. I have found, however, that people are eager to support small businesses.

We are also living in the digital age so Yelp and Instagram are huge factors when it comes to exposure. We are lucky to live in a city that has so many outlets like year-round farmers markets, wedding expos, etc.

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2 Comments

  1. Judith Felber

    August 16, 2018 at 02:08

    Wonderful story on a talented, lovely woman.

  2. honey lazar

    August 17, 2018 at 23:48

    We had her unbelievable and BEST ever cookies. She’s the BEST.

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