We had the good fortune of connecting with Kathryn Saks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kathryn, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
It has taught me that being your own boss is not all fun and games and it’s not as easy as it may seem. Being your own boss is hard and it comes with lots of trial and errors and you always have to listen to your gut and do what’s right for you and your business. Never let anyone step in your way and tell you otherwise. Your the boss so it should be your vision and not others.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I run a cake business out of my home kitchen named Kathy’s Kakery. Kathy’s Kakery was established in 2010 in Miami, FL. At Kathy’s Kakery I offer the best flavor within all my kakes and desserts as the taste to me as much as the art is everything.
I feel that my flavors set me apart from others because they are unique to what I do as I yet to try a cake/cupcake here in the Miami area that has the amount of flavor that I offer in everything I make and also because I tie in a little bit of my Cuban culture. My guava cupcake the Cuban (Guava infused cake with cream
Cheese buttercream frosting) being an example and being my most popular cupcake and Miami award winning.
Kathy’s Kakery was relocated to Puerto Rico in 2015 where it had its ups, downs, trail and errors. It has since relocated again as of July 2021 back to its home town of Miami.
While there I learned so much not only about my business but about myself. I learned that if you have a dream in mind that you want to accomplish that you have to keep going no matter how many times you have to get back up and restart from zero and to never let anyone get in your way and tell you how to run your business. It’s your business and it should be run as you’ve always dreamed. Also that consistency and perseverance is top when it comes to success. I had and fought many difficult battles in Puerto Rico but I never gave up on my dreams and my business.
I still yet to live out my dream of owning my own store front but I know one day that if I keep working hard it will happen.
I hope to inspire others with my story. Everything I’ve been through throughout these 11 years of having my business and never giving up and still continuing till I accomplish my dreams.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m not really one who goes out to party I’m more of a foodie so if I had a friend come in town there are many restaurants and a few bakeries I would recommend.
Forte by Chef Adrianne: Had the pleasure of meeting her a couple years ago at an event and she was so nice)
(There Nutella bread pudding, omg to die for)
Hillstone: Best spinach dip
Coyo Taco: If your fan of Mexican street corn there’s is fire.
French restaurant inside Merrick Park Mall: There escargot Is my favorite.
Bakeries/ ice cream shop
La Glace: Best pineapple dole whip and cookie skillet. Best part is that ice cream shop fits my aesthetic perfectly.
Arbetter’s: Best hot dogs you will try in Miami. Grow up going there with my dad, that was his place as his dad also took him
there as a child as well.
Eddas cake design: Best rum cake you will have in all Miami. Honestly yet to find any other cake I like in Miami. Grew up always having my birthday cakes from there and may be the only cake I like in Miami other than mine.
French bakery. By far the best croissants you will try in all of Miami. I’m a connoisseur of croissants and I have pretty much tried all croissants in Miami and they’re by far the best. The guava filled is to die for and my absolute fave.
Bangkok Bangkok. Best Thai restaurant. Been going there since I was a child with my dad as well. Thai donuts are a must for dessert.
1800 lucky: Love this place for their variety of different asian foods. Their ice cream and cake like cones are my favorite.
Night owl: If you’re craving a cookie this is the place you have to go. Best cookies by far. I could just say my sister got me addicted. She’s literally their number one fan.
This is not the only location they have, they have maybe six locations throughout Miami.
Barton G: Best truffle lobster mac & cheese you will ever try. Also love the fries quartet and the funnel cake for dessert.
Love how all the entrées are presented and how the restaurant is very whimsical and fun.
As activities go:
I have always loved Kennedy Park in the Grove and I have always grown up going there.
The A.C. Icees has always been my favorite and have been enjoying them since I was a child.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Baking has always been a love of mine since I was a little girl. My abuela would always tell me how her dad in Cuba had a bakery where he would sell bread. Sadly he died before I was even born and I always wished I would of gotten the chance to know him so I could’ve learned the family recipes he sold in Cuba. So I dedicate this to him and thanking him for brining this passion and talent into my life.
Yelp: Kathy’s Kakery