MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.
Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and sometimes…fellow Mommas.
Today’s featured Modern Boca Mom entrepreneur is…Carissa Berbrick, founder and owner of Chic and Sweet Artisan Cakes in Boca Raton.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to become an cake-preneur!
I actually started my career on a completely different path, graduating from The College of New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in Statistics. I worked in market research for a few years in New York City.
Growing up, I was always into crafts– sewing, making stuffed animals and jewelry. I’ve also always loved sweets, so I naturally got into baking. Many times, I considered going down the baking and pastry arts path.
It took several times for that path to appear before I finally took it.
Before I got my job in NYC, I took a Wilton cake decorating class at AC Moore (they also have them at Michael’s – anyone can take it!). I, of course, enjoyed this but I wasn’t sure if I could see it as a career…yet. I also took two classes at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), one on making truffles, and another on pulled and blown sugar.
After realizing office life and statistics was not self-fulfilling, at least for me, I decided to pursue my interest in baking and pastry. I knew I would be taking a huge pay cut, but it was more important to me to find something that I really enjoyed. I moved to South Florida and went to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Miramar studying Baking and Pastry.
I worked at a few different bakeries where I got to practice my cake decorating skills but then started dreaming about running my own shop…
How did your business get started? What makes it unique versus other cake shops?
I started Chic and Sweet Artisan Cakes in January 2015. I make custom-designed cakes and cupcakes for any special occasion including weddings, showers, birthdays, etc.
I design my cakes to be modern, chic, and stylish (much like the readers of Modern Boca Mom!) Not only do they look outstanding, but they taste amazing too.
My Chic and Sweet Artisan Cakes, fillings, and buttercream are made from scratch using recipes that I created and perfected myself. My buttercream especially has received many compliments, as it is smooth, not too sweet and has a delicious vanilla bean flavor.
I am currently working on formulating an amazing sugar cookie recipe so I can start making custom royal iced cookies. In the future, I plan to also do dessert tables with a variety of mini desserts such as homemade marshmallows, chocolate truffles and French macarons.
Why should MBMom readers have your Chic and Sweet Artisan Cakes…and eat them too?
Modern Boca Moms will love that I can make outstanding cakes and cupcakes for baby showers, gender reveal parties, baby naming parties, baptisms, communions, graduations, and their children’s birthdays. Even thought I’m not a mom yet, I babysat for several years and love kids, so I can relate to them and enjoy making desserts that make them smile.
Chic and Sweet Artisan Cakes Boca Raton also makes cakes for the Modern Boca Moms (and Dads) – birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, corporate events, fundraisers, weddings, bridal showers and more!
Follow Chic and Sweet Artisan Cakes on Facebook HERE.
Visit their website: http://www.csartisancakes.com/