Vanilla cake filled with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Frosted with cream cheese icing, and garnished with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
“‘The Baking Therapist’? What’s that about?” May 22, 2013
I’m often asked how I came up with the title of my blog (and business). The terms “baking” and “therapy” may seem like they would go together like “elephants” and “ballet.” However, the title “The Baking Therapist” was something that I came up with to encompass the two things in life that I am most passionate about: baking and counseling.
Why not just bake?
People often tell me that I should bake for a living rather than pursue a career as a Mental Health Counselor. While I understand that this is meant to be taken as a compliment to my culinary skills, I can’t help but to sometimes feel slightly wounded by such a remark. As cliche as it may sound, I feel that being a counselor is my calling in life. I believe that God intended for me to be a voice of compassion in a world of suffering. I truly love what I do, even on the days that I find myself completely overwhelmed. It’s incredibly humbling and rewarding to be able to hear another person’s innermost struggles. Furthermore, the feedback I’ve received about my counseling skills has been overwhelmingly positive, which leads me to believe that I’m doing something right.
Therapy for the therapist
It has often been suggested to me to incorporate baking into therapy sessions. As great as that sounds, in all honesty (and at the risk of sounding completely selfish) baking is my personal form of therapy. In training we are constantly reminded of the importance of “self care,” or those things we do to help clear our heads and unwind. While many counselors take up yoga, shopping, or enjoying a cocktail, I find baking and running to be most therapeutic. There are few things I enjoy more than going into my kitchen, putting on some John Mayer, and creating something unique and delicious. Part of the enjoyment for me is also being able to see others enjoy what I create. So it’s nothing personal…but I’d like to keep the baking for myself, thanks.
“You should go on that Cupcake Wars Show!”
I had a conversation with a friend who also has a cupcake business about this a few days ago. While in theory it sounds like a good idea, get a little publicity, possibly win a little cash… But what many people don’t take into consideration is the amount of pressure you’re under to create something amazing. For me, baking is meant to be therapeutic. Trying to figure out how to incorporate lavender and sardines into a cupcake in 30 minutes just doesn’t sound very relaxing to me.
And this concludes today’s Q & A!
“Inside out Reese’s” cupcake May 21, 2013
Peanut butter cake filled with dark chocolate ganache, frosted with chocolate buttercream, drizzled with ganache and peanut butter
“Reese’s with a twist” Cupcakes May 17, 2013
Chocolate cake filled with chocolate ganache, frosted with peanut butter buttercream, garnished with a Reese’s and drizzled with caramel and ganache
“Breakfast” Cupcakes May 13, 2013
Blueberry pancake cake filled with fresh blueberries, frosted with maple buttercream, garnished with bacon, fresh blueberries, and sprinkled with brown sugar.