We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelique Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelique, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am originally from Newburgh, NY. I am one of five children and Newburgh, NY is an area that falls lower than the poverty line. I remember growing up we were not able to afford extravagant birthday parties and all of us were used to getting sheet cakes and hotdogs for our celebrations. While we were all extremely grateful for what we had and never blinked an eye at it, as I got older I realized my brothers, sisters, cousins and I were never able to experience “high quality”, “fine” cakes and baked goods. Grocery store cakes were affordable to most families in our town and come to think of it, there isn’t even one custom cake shop in my hometown. Im sure that is because, it is known that Newburgh, NY isn’t the most wealthy and most custom cakes start at around $50 for a small one. Being that many families that fall below the poverty line also have multiple children, getting a custom cake that can serve everyone that would be at the party would cost entirely too much. This was one of my motivations for my business. I want to be able to provide beautiful, great tasting custom cakes to families who would not be able to normally afford a custom cake for their big event. By providing only one form of cake (pound cake) for all of my cake products, I am able to keep my food cost low and therefore keep my prices lower than my competitors while still making a profit for myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started out my career differently than a lot of others. When I graduated from High School I enlisted in to the United States Army where I was determined to make that my career. Unfortunately, I was injured and was pushed to figure out what my next step in life would be. Thankfully, I found a passion for cakes and decided to run with it. My initial goal was to be a head pastry chef for a large hotel or catering company. However, while in school I realized starting my own business and allowing those who normally do not get to experience these amazing deserts was my true calling. Since starting college I have worked at two cake shops and I have become Pastry Sous Chef at Barton G Miami and have been able to expand my skills and traits as a pastry chef.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Miami is a city full of fun and adventure and the beach is just one place that everyone talks about. Visiting Miami opens you up to many different cultures and is an eye opening experience. Your adventure should start off in Wynwood to see the beautiful art and hopefully the food trucks are around. The food trucks serve some of the most amazing food and even though its hot out while eating your street food you can head down to my favorite ice cream shop Dasher and Crank and try my favorite flavor, lemon shortbread. Of course, you will have to go down to the beach, Hollywood beach has the best place to get tacos called “The Taco Spot”, Fort Lauderdale Beach has the best place to get drinks called “The Rock Bar” and a signature place to get even more ice cream is “Jacxsons” who has the BEST brownie sundae.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shout out goes to firstly my mother Jamie Gavini. Without her I am not sure my push and drive would be where it is. Secondly, My family, way too many to name, for always making me a goal driven person from childhood until now. Lastly, I would like to give a huge shout out to my mentor Brent Muckridge, this man never let me give up. No matter if it was in his class or with the many endeavors I took within my business to expand and get my name out there he never allowed me to give up or quit and I truly thank him for that.