Austen celebrated her achievement of making 2nd degree black belt with her first cake ever. We received an inquiry from Austen’s mom, Jeannine, requesting a gluten-free cake since Austen is allergic to wheat. My own mom is allergic to more foods than can be written on both sides of a 3×5″ card in small letters. We’re sympathetic to people that cannot enjoy what many of us take for granted as everyday foods. However, allergies are tricky, and we’re not nutritionists. Knowing Austen’s story and that her mom wanted a great decorated cake, we were moved to do something special for her.
Jeannine worked out a deal with us where she would buy a couple of gluten-free cakes from Whole Foods, and we would cut and assemble it into a 4-tiered cake that we could frost, drape in fondant, and decorate. Austen drew the design that showed all the belts you must achieve before getting the 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Shooting stars, silver ribbons, dragees, and her Tae Kwon Do figure with the 2nd degree black belt also decorate the cake.
When Austen finally saw the cake that she designed, she was speechless. Her mom and sister kept exclaiming, “It’s gorgeous.” Her dad just stared before saying, “You rock, dude.” Obviously we do this to make a living, but the real payoff is seeing a person’s reaction. And when we heard Austen say “I can’t believe that’s my cake”, we knew we did a good job. Congratulations, Austen! You designed an awesome cake and made the great achievement of 2nd degree black belt!
We encourage feedback on our cakes, and were happy to receive this letter:
The cake was AMAZING!!!! An incredible work of ART….and it tasted really delicious! Comments when people saw it for the first time WOW! This is Awesome! Are you really going to cut this piece of art? Some people just stared at it and commented on all the spectacular details. Thank you, thank you so very much. You made Austen extremely happy on her very special day. It was a goal achieved for her to receive her 2nd Degree Black Belt and a dream come true to have a very special
cake that she could eat for her celebration.
Much continued success with your wonderful bakery.
Thank you for a FABULOUS Cake.
AJ’s Moonlight Bakery
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