My name is Debbie and I’m the founder and creative baker at Studio Happy Story were I design cakes for weddings, celebrations, businesses and sometimes plan events.
I’ve got lots of favorite things about baking and creating, but one of my favorites is that it can bring you in a zone where you feel total relaxation and it gives you a clear mind. Creatively it always pushes me to find new ways of creating edible pieces of art.
The best cake memory I have is of the first cakes I made for my wife with my grandmother. I found this recipe of her favorite cake - a traditional Caribbean cashew nut cake - and brought it with me to my grandmother so we could make it together. It turned out better than she thought because she had zero faith in the recipe. Haha. With her next to me, the cake was amazing and my wife loved it. I still make it every year to this day.
Baking really started for me when I was faced with the biggest challenges in my life. The day I became a mom. Unfortunately also the day that our son Joel passed away. I don’t know how it works in the rest of the world, but here you get to choose what you want to do with your child after passing. Total respect for the decision others make, but for us, the only option was to bring our baby home with us. We had a week to hold him, to sing to him, to dance with him, to share him with family and friends and to finally say goodbye to him. Our son Joel was buried on the perfect spot under the sun, with 100+ family and friends that came to say goodbye. That was 2012.
To this day I’m grateful that I’m a naturally inclined positive person who finds joy most of the times because that year I was stuck on my couch full with grief. I like to think that the only thing that got me off once in a while was that tiny spark buried deep inside me. That spark found its way out through baking. Through creating. What baking does is create magic with the simplest ingredients. For me, it really was “baking a door to help me get through”. That sentence is from the song “what baking can do” from the musical Waitress. Listen to it here.
In 2014 I went to the chamber of commerce and enrolled my Studio as a business and Studio Happy Story was born. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to pursue my passion and create for others. To be a part of life’s celebration. Because that’s what it’s really about. Spreading that spark from my heart to yours. Creating and celebrating your Happy Story.