The day is finally here...

Well, today was the day.  It was the first day, pretty much ever, that I woke up on a Monday without having anywhere to be.  No school, no work---nothing.   It's hard to describe the feeling, but it was somewhere in between excited that I had no obligations, and severe anxiety that I was forgetting something I had to do, or somewhere I had to be.  It's embarrassing to even say how many times I have reached in my bag today looking for my work blackberry, only to remember that I no longer have one (its in the double digits).  

If I didn't have cupcakes to bake today, or a trip to pack for tomorrow, I would honestly probably be a little lost.  I have always looked at the people out on the streets on a weekday afternoon and wondered what they were doing with their life--and now I am one of them.  My biggest decision so far today was which to watch first--The Affair or Homeland (it was The Affair btw).  And every time I think about work, its weird to imagine everyone else still there even though I'm not.  And its weird to picture my empty desk just there, without me sitting behind it.  

It will probably take a few weeks to shake this feeling, but luckily for me, I have a few exciting trips coming up to distract me!  Tomorrow, I leave for the great city of Charleston, South Carolina!  Some people think its a little strange that I chose that as my first vacation destination, but it is somewhere I have always wanted to visit.  I don't know why, but it has always just seemed like a beautiful, relaxing, and peaceful city.  This will be the first solo vacation I have taken in a while, and I am excited at the idea of exploring a new city with no one else holding me back.

But, before I head out, I have one last batch of cupcakes to make!  Hopefully, when I come back, my inbox will be flooded with orders.  So, if you are reading this, don't wait!!! Place an order today :)


My first official order is complete!!!

As promised, I am here to gleefully brag about my first official order!   This past Sunday, as I awoke in Florida excited to step out into the sunshine, I looked down at my phone and basically screamed--I had my first official order request!!  The fact that I was with my sister and my grandparents just made it that much more memorable.  

Naturally, I thought to myself, "its probably an order from Mom or Dad,' but to my surprise it was not!    It was an order for a 'minion themed cake' from a close camp/family friend.  I immediately starting brainstorming ideas, and headed to my favorite website (PINTEREST OF COURSE) and found a few cool designs.  

The design I settled on basically was a sheet cake in the shape of a giant minion.  I modeled it after the best minion (duh---Bob) and it actually came out looking really good!  I am always nervous when I try a new design, but I am that much more thrilled when it is a success.   It is hard to describe how amazing it felt to actually deliver my first order, and hear the great feedback.  

Now I cannot wait to see what other orders await me!!! Cakes, cupcakes, cookies.---bring it on!  I am ready for them all!

HomeBaked by Allie is officially open for business!

I am SO excited to officially launch my website!!  It is pretty scary (actually terrifying) to leave the 9-5 workforce and take on baking as a full time business, but I am excited to show everyone what I can do!   While my creations may not look as perfect as something from a bakery window or what you see on popular food blogs, I can guarantee that everything I make will be more delicious.   

For those of you who want to learn more about me and my tastes, here ya go: 

  • I absolutely love anything chocolate---basically a certified chocoholic
  • My favorite combo is chocolate and peanut butter---you can never go wrong
  • I like to experiment with interesting/healthy recipe substitutions.  Yes, I have put both black beans AND avocado into brownies---and trust me, they are still delicious! 
  • While I personally don't like to mix fruit with my desserts (my biggest pet peeve is when restaurants put raspberry sauce on my chocolate cake---WHO WANTS THAT?!) I do make delicious fruity desserts, like raspberry streusel bars and lemon bars.
  • I am always open to new challenges---just because you don't see something on my website, that doesn't mean I can't make it!  The best way for me to continue learning and growing as a baker is to continue trying new recipes and techniques.  So go ahead---suggest away!  

I would love to hear any suggestions you have for the website, or any words of encouragement, so please comment away!  I can't wait until I receive my first order---and trust me, I will be posting about it on here---so please follow along!