A Touch of Marie Specialty Cakes was started in 2008. Aspiring culinary arts student Crystal Sparkman, began this company as a home based business. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University in 2008 with a degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management, Crystal changed her business name to the catchy Bake Eat Love. Over the past few years Crystal has developed skills in cake artistry, business management and entrepreneurship. Crystal has worked in a number of prominent establishments including Sid Wainer Specialty Foods Company, D. Carlo Trattoria and City Girl Cupcake which she opened and managed. Because of her hard work and dedication Bake Eat Love's business has successfully grown. They now have a consecutive listing of over 400 clients and have designed over 500 specialty cakes and edible creations. Bake. Eat. Love has received favorable reviews from publications including Rhode Island Monthly (Engaged), Providence Journal, The KNOT.com, Wedding Wire, Wedding.com, Southern New England Women's Expo and Events Around New England. When Crystal is not baking she continues to give back to the community. Her company has donated over $8,000.00 to local and national charities. The quality of products, sincerity of service, professionalism and integrity has facilitated to the success of Bake. Eat. Love.
"I have always loved to bake since I was a little girl, I can remember learning to bake from my mother Verona Sparkman. After several years of working in the culinary and food service industry, I picked up a few cake decorating books and began playing around in my own kitchen creating cakes for family and friends. My ideas and inspiration come from various sources; magazines, cake books and most importantly my heart! I take this inspiration and use it, adding my own flare to make it my own. When clients come to me with the impossible, I except each cake with an open mind." My cakes are so much more to me then just an item you present at a party or event.... They're the topic of conversation, a keepsake and always a lasting memory."
~ Crystal Marie Sparkman
Food for thought:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
~ Nelson Mandela