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