This weekend, I'm featuring Stephanie Anderson, the face, talent and awesome energy behind Columbus Cream Bakery! I've known Steph for a few years now and ironically, back in the day, we both worked as Baristas at Starbucks. We connected while I was working at Starbucks on Broad St, downtown Columbus in 2016 and she was one of my loyal customers; my early morning ball of energy! It turns out, Steph and I have a mutual friend (or 5, who knows?! This city gets smaller and smaller by the day!), Windi Noble who is the sole proprietor of Run to an Elopement here in Columbus! When Windi and I decided to plan the styled shoot, we thought of Steph as our baker immediately, no hesitation!
I love hearing about artist's stories how their hobbies became their passion/profession. Steph is a perfect example of this! Thanks for sharing, Stephanie!
Q: When did you realize that you loved baking? What inspired you to start Columbus Cream?
A: Every holiday, my family was surrounded by the most delicious sweets. I was blown away when I realized that my grandma, aunts, and mother made everything themselves! Nothing was bought at the store. The pies, cookies, bars, everything was made at home. This was some of the way that these amazing women in my life shared love for their family. Love and baking was always around me, it was a natural think for me to pick up.
I started to watch and enjoy the process of what home baking looks like. Even though I was told “ALL KIDS OUT OF THE KITCHEN” quite a bit, watching what one woman and one whisk can do inspired the hell out of me. So I became that one woman and one whisk. As the matriarchs in my family baked to share, it was all I thought about doing. But I was supported by a great community that encouraged me to open this business and take this love and talent further. So Cream Bakery was born.
Q: What do you find most challenging in your career as a baker?
A: Time. I can’t bake a cake or cookies for an event or client a week in advance. Well, I guess I could, but the quality would not be good and that is not how I roll! Time management is the most important part of being a home baker. There is a fine line between baking too early in case there needs to be a remake and baking too late. I’ve become a pretty good tightrope walker.
Q: What is baker’s percentage?
A: Ratios. I may be losing clients right now, but anyone can bake anything if they know the ratio. Wanna make cookies? The ratio is 3 parts flour: 2 parts fat: 1 part sugar. Ratios in baking are essential when making larger or small batches of something. It makes it a lot easier. Baking is a science. And the building blocks are easy to get the hang of. The rest is elaboration and that something special that my mom and Grandma taught. That je ne sais quoi!
Q: What does a typical day look like for you?
A: I wake up at 4am each morning to get to my daily 5am Ashtanga Yoga practice. I come home, get ready, and leave for my 7:30am – 4am job at the Attorney General’s Office. I am back home at 4:30pm and usually hit an Epsom salt bath. From 5pm – 7pm I am usually in my kitchen cooking dinner and baking whatever needs to be done for the day. I sit down to dinner a little after 7pm with my crazy supportive and patient boyfriend. Bed time is around 8:30pm. Then back at it again!
Q: Anything new on the horizon?
A: I am looking forward to a couple of things this year! I am attending a bunch of classes to deliver more surprises with my menu. I have some amazing wedding collaborations happening. And keep your eyes peeled at your local farmers markets!
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: When Cream started, a good friend made me write a 5 year plan. I want to work part time and bake part time. More time to bake and celebrate is the goal!
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I am a sucker for a good day trip. Columbus and Ohio in general have some amazing adventures at our fingertips. As you know now, my schedule is pretty packed, so extended time away is rough to swing frequently. But there really is no excuse not to head to parks or museums or an antique mall. It is all so easy to get to and take away from the day to day routine.
Q: How can our readers stay connected with you?
A: Cream is currently working on a website but until then, check out the latest photos and menus on Instagram @columbuscream, Facebook @614Cream, or email anytime at email@example.com
LOOK AT THESE GOODIES!!!!!!