About Me

I’m just a girl, standing in front of an oven with some batter and a bottle of grown-up in my hand…

16602189_10207045392086814_6573611288447236866_oThere’s something deeply satisfying about watching someone’s eyes light up when you tell them what’s in the cake. And even more so watching their eyes close when they taste it. That’s my Why. That’s one of the main reasons i do this; your satisfaction. My other Why, my main Why, is because i need to have, do, be, create, share, own and pass on something of value and worth that i built myself.

This is more than cake to me, it’s my legacy.

I’m Donya and I’ve been tooling around the kitchen since the tender age of 6, thanks to my mom’s encouragement and my family’s love of food. Most dishes turned out great – except the green pancakes – others took a couple of tries to perfect. But i never gave up. I was determined to create what i had a taste for and could share with loved ones. Whether they knew they wanted it or not…

If you had asked me 4 years ago if baking would be my life’s work, i’d have given you the side eye and moved on. But now that i’ve been bitten? It is all i want to do! I thank my dear friend John regularly for being the Hennessey lover he is, which prompted me to make the very first Red Shoe Cake for his birthday. I thank my coworkers and morning baristas for being my favorite test subjects. But more than anyone, i thank my husband Orrett for being my #1 Everything. Runner, delivery driver, rock, support center and cake disposal system. Gotta love that dude!

So i welcome you into my world, my Cakedom. Hang around for a while, get to know me and the ladies. We’re all friendly and we don’t bite. Unless you ask nicely…

(btw: the turquoise pancakes went over better than the green ones… #trialanderror)