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Daily Inspiration: Meet Tasha Bishop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tasha Bishop.

Hi Tasha, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My story is very short and sweet. I had always made sweet treats for my children and nieces and nephews when they were growing up but in 2011, my God-Sister asked me if I could do a Baby shower cake for her and as nervous as I was, I definitely was up for the challenge. Who would have thought that I’d be diving into more cake/sweet experiences. Once the family got a whif that I was making cakes, everybody wanted a piece of the action and it was time to come up with a name.

The only thing that made sense to me was BISHOPCAKEBRIDE. I had just got married and I was changing my name to Bishop and I LOVE cakes. My niece, who lives in Baltimore is really got the ball rolling as she suggested that I get an Instagram page (@Bishopcakebride) so that I could market myself and of course with her having kids, I could do all of their birthdays and other celebrations. It went from doing specialty cakes and cupcakes to doing all of the edible favors that were themed to go with the party bundles. I instantly became a one-stop shop for all of my customers. As I made each party bundle, I would post pictures on my Instagram, which then got me more customers. Cakes and cupcakes instantly turned into custom rice krispie treats, chocolate-covered berries, cake pops, pretzels, apples and so much more. While I have had no culinary training, I am a self taught artist and I spend hours and hours on my creations.

What sets me apart from other bakers in my area is that not only am I a one-stop-shop by I do I provide them with a great service; I also offer to my new customers a FREE gift on their 1st visit. Throughout the year I also do giveaways to special people around the DMV who I admire for the great work they are doing. This year I did New Years Cakes for “Get Up DC” Newscasters Annie Yu and Allison Seymour. I took them to the station on New Years’ morning to surprise them for all of their hard work and commitment to the DMV. They were so in aww but so appreciative, which made me so overjoyed. I will never forget that day. Every now and then, I also surprise my returning customers with a few extras as well… My mission is to create a memory for all of my customers with my EDIBLE ART. I feel so accomplished when I see the smiles on the faces of my customers from the smallest child, who may be three, to the grandma, who is 99. I owe my success to all of my customers for entrusting me to bring to life their visions and allow me to be a part of their special occasions.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There have definitely been some challenges along the way, especially with baking. Even bakers can have mishaps. I have spent many nights baking because I may have miss measured or my oven may have burnt a cake or two. I even had one experience some years ago where my customer had told me a different date for a cake order and I had to stay up all night the night before baking the cake along with creating an edible character for the topper of the cake. I was definitely Team no sleep that weekend. I also have customers who will ask for a cake in one day, which is also very challenging as many of the cakes take days to create when they are elaborate.

I have to say my most funniest yet craziest obstacle was the time I made a cake in the likeness of one of the characters from Monsters Inc and I had to pipe the hair on the Monster, which I did and I placed him in the fridge to cool overnight. When I got up the next morning to my surprise, all of the hair came off in the fridge during the night and I had less than 2 hours to re-pipe hair and get it firm enough before my customer came… I was the most stressed ever, but everything worked out perfectly. I also had a few challenges when I taught a 4-year-old how to bake cookies/make royal icing via Zoom and as to be expected, his attention was drifting but he was actually my best student and very committed to making his cookies. Prior to class, I sent him an apron and baker’s cap along with his supplies and then at the end of his class, I sent him a certificate. This was certainly a challenge but ended up a success.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a sweet treat maker who absolutely loves what I do. I specialize in cakes, cupcakes, custom treats, including apples berries, rice krispie treats, pretzels, cake pops, cookies, flavored popcorn and more. I am know for my attention to detail and quality of service. I am most proud of my commitment to my customers. What sets me apart from other bakers in my area is that I am a one-stop-shop.

What’s next?
I love teaching children so I have to say I hope to one day be able to afford to get a small little shop that I can set up classes for kids. I would also like to get into selling products/merchandise.

Contact Info:

  • Email: bishopcakebride@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @Bishopcakebride

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