Cella’s Sweets is a local bakery owned by Josh Mangan. The bakery specializes in 3D cakes that are amazing! I got the opportunity to interview Josh about his bakery and I’m sharing with you below! You can also check out his blog for some funny baking stories.
I have always loved to show off. Whether it’s sports, work or play, I love attention so naturally I would go above and beyond when it came to family get-togethers. I’d try recipes that others deemed ‘hard’, and they didn’t seem that way to me. It was fun for me to take more than cupcakes to family gatherings. I kept tweaking recipes until I found my own take on every day desserts.
What do you enjoy most about Cella’s Sweets?
The response I get from everyone who enjoys my desserts is why I like to bake.
What is your favorite dessert to make?
My favorite dessert to make would have to be the coconut cake, mainly because I used toasted coconut soaked in Malibu Rum to decorate it. The chips make a lovely snack while preparing the cake.
What has been your most difficult project?
Two different cakes come to mind. The first is my Rivalry Cake with a Michigan helmet and a helmet from THE Ohio State University. The difficulty was due to making my own fondant. While it was the best fondant you would ever taste, it was not very pliable- not to mention I ran out of fondant a couple hours before the party I was taking it to and it takes 8 hours for my fondant to be ready.
The other difficult cake was the C-130 cake. Not only was it difficult to make a cake look like a cargo plane, but the recipient was 3 ½ hours away. I had to somewhat assemble it before I left, disassemble it to load it into the car, then reassemble it when I got there – not to mention my heart was racing the whole time I was in the car.
What accomplishment are you most proud of in regards to Cella’s Sweets?
The fact that 90% of my business is from word of mouth makes me very proud. I usually make 1-2 cakes a week based solely on others recommendations.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Decorating the 3D cakes is a lot of fun. I usually have a lot of room to add personal touches to them, and that’s where I think I set myself apart from others.
What do you wish you didn’t have to do as a bakery owner?
Delivering cakes has to be the most stressful part of my job. Every bump, turn and idiot driver stops my heart as I have a cake in the back of the car. If I found a magic lamp with a genie inside, I would ask for cakes to be teleported to the proper venue upon completion.
Do you have any plans to expand your business?
I would say yes and no. Yes in the fact I am always looking for more tools to do my job – tools to make cakes look cooler while in the same breath easier. Originally I wanted to open a store, and some day that may still happen. However, I really enjoy my job and right now that is what is best for my family. So, if an investor came along and offered I may just open up a place, but, until then, I am content baking from home.
What do you want people to know about Cella’s Sweets?
We can add to any special occasion. Whether it’s a birthday, graduation, wedding, or just cake day at the office, a Cella’s Sweets dessert will be the topic of conversation for days after. Become a fan on Facebook by searching Cella’s Sweets and let me know what we can do for you.
Oh, and for those who don’t already know, Josh is my husband. 🙂 I can vouch that his cakes are both incredible to look at AND taste divine! If you are local and need a cake or other dessert, send him an email. You won’t regret it. 🙂
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