Mission baker ditches day job for dream career

Slices of tall, fluffy cake topped with colorful and sugary frosting have become most Americans’ way of celebrating almost any event — baby showers, birthdays, farewells and weddings.

Count Sonia Serrano as one of the few who will pass on cake at her birthday party — the cake designer from Mission, who will be 33 years old tomorrow, sees enough of i…

Slices of tall, fluffy cake topped with colorful and sugary frosting have become most Americans’ way of celebrating almost any event — baby showers, birthdays, farewells and weddings.

Count Sonia Serrano as one of the few who will pass on cake at her birthday party — the cake designer from Mission, who will be 33 years old tomorrow, sees enough of it on a daily basis.

“It’s either pie or ice cream cake for me,” she laughed.

 

Sugarkissed Cakes, Serrano’s catering business, grew steadily during the past two years, and only by word of mouth.

While Serrano experiences a lot of success now, the fear of failure almost kept her from pursuing her career in cake-making.

Serrano remembers growing up with food as the center of each celebration, she said — and every barbecue ended with a dessert.

“We have parties for everything and we would always bake around that,” she said. “And Christmas and the holidays are the biggest for us.”

In a way, Serrano’s career began when she was in junior high school. She and her older sister started selling cakes and cupcakes door to door.

“This was when we were young — 18 or 19 years ago,” she said. “We started doing cakes and taking courses online.”

After high school, Serrano studied music at The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.

Serrano kept up with her baking because her family, friends and children had birthdays to celebrate each year. Through those parties her friends and acquaintances realized Serrano had a gift for cakes.

“Our friends would come and see the cake, and say, ‘Wow, where’d you get that cake?’” she said.

It wasn’t long before Serrano was getting requests to cater events.

She worked for a cell phone company for nearly a decade, but the job was very stressful, she said.

Although she and her husband were nervous about starting a new business in a slow economy, she took a leap of faith.

“This is my love,” Serrano said. “So I decided to take a risk.”

Serrano’s cake baking, decorating and sculpting skills are all self-taught.

“I never took art classes,” she said. “ … If you ask me to draw on paper it usually comes out like a 4-year-old’s drawing, but if you give me Rice Krispies or cake I can sculpt it.”

Recently, Serrano created a Lone Star beer-themed cake for her brother’s birthday. The cake featured four “beer bottles,” which are actually made of sugar. In fact, the entire cake was edible. Even the labels are sheets of frosting paper printed with food “ink,” or dyes.

“People didn’t believe it was real sugar,” she said.

 

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