Tenth Anniversary of Shirley’s Sweet Creations!

Posted by on May 13, 2014 | 0 comments


April, 2014 marks the 10th year of Shirley’s Sweet Creations in business!  As incredible as it is being my own boss, it is even more amazing to be able to turn my passion in baking and cake decorating into a full time business.  I was fortunate and blessed enough to find my true passion early on in my career life and pursue it wholeheartedly.  Giving up a field-related job as a research associate in Heroin Addiction Research at CAMH for a physically demanding and underpaid position as a pastry chef was a tough sell to my parents initially.  Eventually, I think my perseverance and the creativity they see in my works have convinced them that this is where I shine. My journey of becoming a pastry chef started at George Brown College.  The 10-month Baking & Pastry Arts program granted me a solid foundation to take my first steps into professional kitchens.  My first baking job was with  Marchelino Movenpick.  Soon after that, I landed a pastry apprentice position at 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower.   I must have left quite an impression during my short stay at 360 that my name somehow was passed on to the executive pastry chef at the Windsor Arms Hotel.  It was a dream team of talented chefs under one roof when the hotel reopened in 1999 and I was lucky enough to work and be trained under the direction of Executive Chef, JP Challet and Pastry Chef Extraordinaire, Mark Cheese.  After 2 ½ fabulous years at the hotel, it was time to move on as I was turning a new page in life – getting married! In order to be able to juggle between a dream career  and a new family life,  I chose to take on a no weekends,  Monday to Friday cake decorator position at a wholesale bakery where I decorated my first wedding cake.  Slowly,  I started to get requests from friends and friends of friends to make their wedding cakes. Through words of mouth and taking part in boutique style bridal shows, requests for wedding cakes started to build, so I decided to take the plunge and start Shirley’s Sweet Creations full time. Now many of my wedding couples are entering parenthood,  I am delighted to be asked to create their baby shower and birthday cakes for their little ones.  My collection of Sweet Creations for Kids has grown to a point that it deserves  its own identity.  Hence, a new website and new logos are created to celebrate the 10th year milestone and mark the new beginning for Shirley’s Sweet Creations! Thank you for your continual support to allow me to create, inspire and be inspired!


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