In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Wilton employees to share some special memories and stories. For many of us, our moms – or someone who is like a mom to us – piqued our interest in baking. Who did you learn from? What special memories do you have? Or, are you a mom who enjoys baking with her kids? In this series, we will feature a different story each day. We hope you enjoy reading the stories of those who chose to share their MOMent!
Prior to working for Wilton, I had a deep connection to the brand. For me, the name resurfaces memories of time spent with my mom and Godmother baking for any and every occasion. My favorite memories are of my birthday parties, where my mom would go above and beyond to make sure even the tiniest details were perfect. Although she worked full time as a teacher, she would go out of her way to make sure the theme I chose for that year was present in every aspect of the party. The cake always took the most time and planning.
Before going to the Wilton Tent Sale each year, my mom and Godmother would scour the pages of Wilton yearbooks searching for ideas, then would spend the day before and hours leading up to the party executing their plan. Although all of their creations are impressive, my two favorites are my Cinderella cake from my fourth birthday and my Little Mermaid cake from my fifth. The Cinderella cake was fit for a princess with columns, a horse-drawn carriage, and a glass slipper. The piping around the cake looked like ruffles in shades of blue to match the dress Cinderella wore the ball and little pink roses were carefully spaced. The Little Mermaid cake was made to look like a sand castle with brown sugar covering a light layer of frosting and Flounder swimming in a sea of blue Jell-O. One of my friends wouldn’t even try the sand castle cake, fearing it was actually made of sand (remember, we were only five).
I cherish these memories and I am excited to one day create similar memories with my own children. However, baking and decorating with my mom has taught me that patience is in fact a virtue and one of which I need to work on before I try baking with my future kids. I am very fortunate to have such an incredible mom, who uses her talent to make others feel special. Her creativity, thoughtfulness, and patience, not only in baking, but in all aspects of her life, are truly inspiring.