Meet a Vendor | Sol Cakes

I would like to introduce to you Marisol of Sol Cakes. she lives locally in central florida and is an amazing artist. Her work is 100% gluten free and tastes as delicious as it looks!

My personal favorites, cookies sandwiches and the Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcake! Oh and the almond butter cup, it's about the size of your fist!

For you locals you usually can find her cupcakes and other amazing goodies she makes at Mr. Submarines in Titusville, Florida.


How did your business come to be? What is the story behind your brand?

Funny, my business came about completely by accident. I have always enjoyed baking for my family and was asked casually a couple of times to create cakes for extended family and friends. I really became a determined baker when I developed an allergy to gluten almost 4 years ago. It was hard to find anything that was gluten free, especially for special occasions, so being the sweets addict that I was, set out on a mission to create desserts that were just as good or better than the gluten filled treats I used to be able to consume. A friend of a friend once said about one of my cakes " You could totally sell this"...that was what first planted a little seed initially just a few years back. In April of 2016 while I was living in Michigan where there weren't really any specialty bakeries at all, just before our move back down to Florida, I created a Frozen themed birthday cake for my daughter's birthday that ended up getting a lot of attention. My neighbor then asked me the next week to create a Superhero/DC comics birthday for her son's birthday, which was also a huge hit, and before I knew it, I was getting messages from people I didn't even know asking if I could create cakes for their special occasions. Between that, I started making gluten free gourmet cupcakes that people could not believe were gluten free at all.

My new brand was Sol Cakes: Gourmet Gluten free treats, providing treats, cakes, and cupcakes that were unique flavors and appeased to even the non gluten free crowd. Safe for a Celiac, but enjoyed by all. I really wanted everyone to say, "That is the best___I have ever had." It comes from my personal pickiness :-)

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How long has your business been open?

I was baking out of my home since April of 2016, but I spent some time in a commercial kitchen for about 6 months, starting in November of 2016, in which I officially registered as an actual business under 'Sol Cakes'. So, officially registered as Sol Cakes for 10 months, but I've been baking for others under cottage foods for about 15 months now :-)

How did you come to name your business?

I wrote down a list of names that were appealing to me and actually did a Facebook poll to see what my Facebook friends thought, lol. I was leaning towards including my name somehow in the name of my bakery. My name means Sea (Mar) and Sun (Sol) when translated into English. I'm also a native Floridian who loves the beach and sun, and one of my friends suggested Sol Cakes. Perfect,I thought! It incorporated everything I was looking for and also sounded kind of fun and groovy, like Hippie-ish, I thought, lol!

What is your favorite thing about your business?

Making someone's special occasion great because they could enjoy a treat or cake that they haven't had in a long time due to allergies....and hearing that not only did they enjoy it, but the rest of their family did too! I love hearing, "I can't believe this is gluten free!" and people say they have to double check the ingredients to make sure it is, ha ha!

What are your future goals?

I really would love to open a store front/gourmet gluten free bakery one day! I am dreaming of it! It will require my all because I'm such a perfectionist, so right now is not that time since my kids are still on the younger side and really need me. We are a homeschooling family currently and hubby works an odd schedule, so it's not an ideal situation at the moment!

What has been your biggest accomplishment in your business?

My business grew so quickly in just 6 months, I was shocked and actually couldn't keep up! That's a good thing! I was pleasantly surprised to see the high demand for gluten free and allergy free baked goods in Florida, so to say that it grew so quickly being a gluten free only bakery, was surprising to me.

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What do you most enjoy doing or what brings you the most joy in your business?

I get completely lost when I decorate my cakes and cupcakes! Especially when it comes to fondant covered cakes because I love to hand paint on them and on the sculpted pieces...it's a unique thing to do! I've been an artist all of my life! A lot of my customers have somewhat of an idea of what they want in their design, but end up leaving the rest up to me! I feel so trusted, lol! No really! I enjoy the creative freedom.

What is one tip you can share with other brides?

I was a bride myself, twice actually. For me the important things are to make sure you have good food, really great cake (don't forget to save a piece for your anniversary), a great photographer to capture your special moments to look back on, and truly don't forget to relax and enjoy your special day! It's so easy to get caught up in the little details and get stressed on your wedding day. It shouldn't be a stress filled event, but a truly joyous day! Oh, and make sure to take that honeymoon you've been wanting before life catches up with you! Just some things I learned the first time around ;-)

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How He Asked | Save the Date **Give Away**

My mom kept asking me “If he asked you to marry him, how would you want him to do it?" and I kept saying I would like to get married in a pretty park, like Kraft Azalea in Winter Park. Somewhere dreamy, sigh…. 

A few weeks later, I was so excited when Andrew said, "I was thinking of taking a day off next month and maybe we can plan a day trip maybe to a park or something". AHHHHHHH!!!!!

Fast forward a few weeks later, my Mom's birthday was coming up. I started getting a little suspicious when my Mom was getting so worried about my nails and my hair, she even scheduled a hair appointment for me. I mean it was her party, why should I get to look like the star?! We decorated with cafe lights in the backyard, lit candles, made fondue, invited Grandma and Andrews parents and we made it all pretty. I was trying not to get excited because, what if this wasn't it? Then I saw my Mom, Andrew and my Dad all huddled up in the kitchen whispering! I tried to shrug it off, but what was going on?! It got later in the evening we ate dinner and chatted a little and I thought "It's getting late, pretty sure nothing is going to happen now". My mom started opening gifts, she opened my Grandma's and then my in-laws and I thought it a little strange when she didn't open mine and my Dad's gift last, she opened ours and saved Andrews for last. She started to open it and she took the lid off the box and Andrew said "wait! That's not for you!" grabbed the box from my Mom and then turned to me, got down on one knee and said:

"will you marry me?"

Eeeeeekkk! All the heart eyes here! Take a peek at 4:37 below, to watch how he asked:)  

To make it even more of a special night, it was the first time I got to hold my mans hand. Say what?! Yes, you can call us old fashioned! 


So, how did your handsome man pop the big question? I love hearing sweet little stories and I want to hear yours!

Here is a link to a facebook post, please write your story in the comments. Whoever has the most "Likes" on their story by August 31st. will win 25 "Save the Dates"! It can be a simple photo or a floral design or something to match your wedding theme! Can't wait to read them all! 

Talk soon!

-Libby Joy

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-Libby

Letters

What is a gift with lasting meaning? Gifts from the heart. Something that expresses our love to another. Not something you would like to receive or give but, something the recipient would think the world of.

What speaks to their Love Language?

As I was going through our wedding box of memories and mementos of our big day I came across these gems and had to share them. They were better than any expensive gift I could possibly think of. 

"Libby, You are starting to get ready for our wedding and I can't wait to see you! That's right OUR wedding is here already and in a few short hours we will be husband and wife. Soon you will have a pretty dress, makeup and jewelry but never forget, I love you because you are beautiful inside and out. Your Fiance - Andrew"
"Libby, You are on your way to the church! I can't wait to see you in your dress. Soon we'll be taking our sneak peak photos and it's going to be so hard not to kiss you. I love you so much and you have been worth the wait. Just a few more hours and we'll be husband and wife! Your patient man. -Andrew"
"Libby, It's almost time for you to get to walk down the aisle. You are there with your bridesmaids and you are the most beautiful bride anyone has ever seen. Just a few more minutes and we will start our life together, the knot will be tied and we will get to smooch. I don't know what I did to deserve such an amazing woman and will be spending the rest of my life thanking God that you are my wife. Take deep breath, smile and I'll see you soon. The guy at the end of the aisle -Andrew"
"Libby, We are married! We finally kissed, finally said our vows and finally can start our lives together. Thank you for your kindness, patience, humor and most importantly; your love! Now it's time to dance, eat, and celebrate! Your HUSBAND! -Andrew"
"Libby, I love you. - Andrew"

stationery and letters are something to be treasured. You can come back to them again and again and it will never stop giving you the feels.

-Libby