Today we’d like to introduce you to Allyson Motz.
Hi Allyson, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Becoming a cake decorator was never an intention, it was more or less an accident. I’ve always considered myself an artist first and then a cake decorator/baker. As a teenager, 15 or so, I took a job at a bakery during the summers during high school. I ended up getting a job making the cakes and it turned into something I quickly exceeded in and it became cathartic and meditative. As life happened, I ended up putting cake decorating on the back burner to go to college and it became more of a hobby than a career option. After working at several locally owned businesses, I really developed a soft spot for the small business community and switched my major from nursing to business with a concentration and entrepreneurship. While working at a coffee shop, I Was given several opportunities to make cakes for extra money and they ended up being a very big hit. This led me to pursue a career in baking so that I could eventually turn cake decorating into a career. So, I made a huge decision in my life which my husband Daniel pushed me to make which was to quit my steady job as a barista to go back to school full-time So I could pursue my artistic passion of Cake decorating wow supplementing my income baking homemade sourdough bread and intricately decorated sugar cookies. Although I am not quite finished with my business degree, I make cakes on a regular basis for hire and bake myself into debt while expanding my portfolio. I am planning on expanding and growing my business to eventually have a storefront but until then you can order cakes from me via email or reach out on Instagram.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Cake decorating can be the most frustrating yet gratifying process one can experience. I have failed more times than I have succeeded when baking and I have lost profit and many cakes that I have made. I will feel in the future and it won’t always be easy but it is what I love to do every failure as a lesson that I can choose to learn from and build my business up with the information. I have made mistakes but I keep trying and that’s why my business is and will continue to be successful.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am known for my artistic creations made from cake. The cake is my medium because it resembles life. Life is temporary and often taken for granted but also beautiful and can be turned into anything you want it to be. The cake is a wonderful reminder of this, unlike paintings and statues cake exists for only a short amount of time and therefore must be appreciated more at the moment and it is a wonderful philosophy to live life by. The work that I create is prided on its uniqueness and breaking the mold. I pride myself on creating bespoke sentiments that capture the feeling of the recipient and the smile and Joy that brings them when receiving my cakes. The person receiving a Cake of mine will feel special because that cake was made for them with love and every intention that is good. What sets me apart from others Is that no other person can create a Dane lady bake Co. cake, anyone can be a cake decorator but like I said in the beginning I am an artist first — it’s all about technique and intuition.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
As a young woman from the eastern upper peninsula of Michigan, I feel proud to be a part of a community that is often forgotten by the rest of the world. I feel that coming from such a spectacular place where much of it has been untouched by the hands of society is both A blessing and a curse as a business person or as a person in general. Because the area I reside is so small and rural It is hard to establish a client base for my products as a home business not only due to lack of opportunity but also due to the cost of living here, People do not make the amount of money that they would in a larger populated area but the prices for things are often the same and it is very difficult to make a profit without inflating my prices.
- Sugar Cookies – Per Cookie
- Bread — Natural Sourdough and Yeast Breads
- Cakes priced — Job to job
- Email: Daneladybakeco@gmail.com
- Instagram: @daneladybakeco