Cakegirl

Do you know what two peas in a pod, a rainbow maki, a SpongeBob luau, and a Dolce & Gabbana bag have in common?

They’ve all been made into beautiful cakes by Rowena Sy-Santos, owner and proprietor of Keyks (the Filipino word for “cakes” ) also known as cakegirl, or rather, keykgirl.

peas in pod

spongebob

dolcegabbana

The keyks are works of art. Each cake is unique and made with premium ingredients, painstakingly decorated by hand. The cakes are not the ones you’d normally see at a regular bakery – they’re the ones that are highly customized, like the cakes at Ace of Cakes (Food Network) or Cake Boss (TLC).

In April, “Cake Boss” Buddy Velasco appeared in the Oprah Winfrey Show and gave Oprah a special cake. Oprah couldn’t stop fawning over it, marvelling at her likeness and her puppies and her tree. Oprah’s not alone – recipients of cakes like that tend to react the same way. Happy customers of Keyks send Rowena heart-felt thank you’s and testimonials, and spread the word about her custom cakes.

I’ve met Rowena several times at parties, and she is well known among friends as the ultimate baker. She has been baking goodies since she was a kid, and in college started selling homemade pastries. In April 2009, after she had her son Enzo, she decided to bake cakes full-time. She currently bakes everything at her home in Waltham, but is looking to expand into a commercial kitchen.

Rowena is a girl after my own heart – her favorite cake is chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling AND chocolate buttercream frosting (my mouth is watering).  She said, “I’ve always been creative, and have dabbled in drawing, painting, scultping, crafting… and I love sweets. Baking and cake decorating is the perfect mix for me. It’s another creative outlet and medium.”

Creative outlet indeed – she collaborates closely with her clients and her designs range from the cakes mentioned above to a teaparty/babyshower, a DJ booth, a school bus, baby shoes on top of cupcakes, to a Thomas the Train cake with a motorized train that was big enough to serve 200 people. Customers usually order her cakes for birthdays, baby showers and weddings. In addition to cakes (prices start at $75), Wena also bakes traditional Filipino desserts and merienda (snacks).

teapot

dj booth

schoolbus

baby shoes

thomas the train

If you have a special occassion coming up and need an adorable cake (or cupcakes), you know who to call. Keygirl to the rescue!

You may reach Rowena at keygirl@keykgirl.com or call her at (617) 855-KEYK (5395). Also check out the Keyks website and the Facebook Page!

   

5 Responses to “Cakegirl”

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    Ellen@FirednFabulous posted July 8, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Oh my gosh, these are awesome! I think the teapot is my fave. But…do they taste good??

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 9, 2010 at 9:32 am

      Hi Ellen, fellow ice cream licker (just found your blog). YES they taste wonderful. Moist, fluffy, so-good-you-want-to-eat-the-whole-cake ;)

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    MelissaNibbles posted July 10, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Will she make me a cake with no cake, just frosting?

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 10, 2010 at 11:49 am

      Yes! Any kind of frosting you want :) PS – Have you tried the frosting shots from Sweet cupcakes?

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