Friendor Friday: Pink Pineapple Cakes

Tell us a little bit about yourself! (Personally and professionally)

I graduated in 2011 from North Greenville University with a degree in interdisciplinary/spanish/early childhood degree (which I don’t use lol). I married the love of my life 2 weeks after graduating college & am now the mother of 2 amazing children.  

Why did you choose to open a bakery? 

After graduating I realized I did not want to teach, & had a hard time finding a good job in the area. My mother (Aura) is a trained pastry chef & had always had the dream of owning her own bakery. 

We made several wedding cakes the summer I got married & realized it was something my mom & I liked to do together. We started baking from the house & slowly grew it into what it is today. 

I incorporated the business on Valentines Day in 2011 as a gift to my mother as a way to say thank you to my mother for all she has done for me. 

How do you find new inspiration for your work?  

I personally do not do any of the decorating, but what I can say is that inspiration comes from EVERYTHING. From materials, to wall papers, to architecture. Mom & I often find ourselves flipping through a magazine & we will both stop and say “oh that would look awesome on a cake” It drives our family a little crazy, but oh well.

How did you learn your skills? 

I have personally learned everything I know about baking & decorating from my mother & YouTube. Mom on the other hand has several sugar paste degrees from England. She is a culinary trained chef. But the degree that taught her to make amazing cakes is her degree in sugar paste from Brooklands College in England. 

I run the office & I learned everything I know from a gentleman named Richard Brooks, who for 6 years poured into me all he knew about business. He passed away 4 years ago & I often think about what he would think of what Pink Pineapple Cakes has become.

How far in advance should a couple book you? 

We recommend 6 months in advance. By that time you have a pretty clear picture of your wedding day. Colors, florals, plates, napkins, centerpieces. We use all of those elements to design a cake that will look beautiful on your wedding day 

What other kinds of desserts can you guys make? 

Anything your heart desires. Cookies, petit fours, tarts, cannolis, brownies bars. The list is almost endless, & since we make everything from scratch & by order the options are chosen to suit your needs. 

We loved seeing you on The Food Network! Tell us about that experience.  

Well that was a whirlwind experience for sure. Starting with the fact that at the time I knew almost nothing about the kitchen. Once we found out we were cast for the show I went into boot camp training. The experience was something I will never forget. Flying to California & seeing the behind the scenes of television was amazing! We made friendships that will last forever & learned so much from the other teams. It was a time for mom and I to really sit down & look at how far we have come, as well as the ability to think outside the box. I would honestly say it was the beginning of a new era for Pink Pineapple Cakes. 

How do you balance work and life? 

Very Carefully. For a long time I believed the lie of “mom guilt” & that I was superwoman. It took counseling and Rachel Hollis to make me realize that I was building a company for my children & therefore they & my husband are actually the priority. By putting them first, it allows the business to flourish. When I am there I am fully committed instead of wishing I was with the family & vice versa. As for the nitty gritty …all I can say is it takes tenacity, & a whole lot of self discipline. 

How did you come up with the name Pink Pineapple Cakes? 

Pink Pineapple Cakes is named after a house in Ocean lakes. In 2010, my mom, sister and I had to move out of our house. A sweet couple from church allowed us to borrow their home in Ocean Lakes & it was next to a BIG beach house on stilts called Pink Pineapple. The house was filled with family & laughter. Genuine joy. One day mom and I were drinking tea in the kitchen & she looked at me smiled & said, “ One day we will have that, we will have joy again & a big family filled with laughter.” When it came time to name the company no other name would do other than the one thing that was the light at the end of a very dark tunnel for us.

  1. kkwianecki@gmail.com

    July 26th, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Love it! <3

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