We had the good fortune of connecting with Breanna and Bonnie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Breanna and Bonnie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
We met at a local cake decorating club and in 2011 we decided to team up to build a 6-foot tall cake for an event at San Tan Mall. Through that process, we discovered that it was a whole lot more fun to work together than on our own. At the time Bonnie had a business called Inspired Occasions and Breanna had one called Sugar Dreams, so we combined the two to form Inspired Sugar. Through the years what started out as a shared interest in cake decorating, turned into a deep friendship that has helped us through the ups and downs of life as well as the stress of owning a small business. One of the biggest dreams we had for our business was to someday compete on a cake decorating show, and a couple of years ago we were able to fulfill that dream on Netflix’s Sugar Rush. We were on the very first episode of season one and it was definitely a challenging but exciting experience. We are so fortunate to have similar life and work values which help dictate the direction we take in our business. It is not always easy, but having a built-in support system with one another makes the trials that come our way so much easier to conquer.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are sugar artists and our specific focus is on Wedding Cakes, Specialty Cakes, and Decorated Sugar Cookies. We have both been decorating for more than a decade and have taken the time to develop our recipes and techniques. We have found what works best for us and sometimes it feels like we could frost cakes in our sleep! Like most art forms, there is a large learning curve and it is wise to start with a good foundation. We both started before there were YouTube tutorials and Instagram videos, so a lot of what we did was trial and error. We learned a lot of patience and perseverance. You have to laugh through the failures and try to find a way to learn how to fix any mistakes so you don’t repeat them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We love living in the Valley and the first thing we would do would be to head over to Downtown Gilbert for some shopping and a class at Studio 223. Then we would follow up with a meal at Postino, where we have conducted many business meetings over the fabulous bruschetta. From there we could pop over to the Gilbert Farmers Market or the Made with Love Market. We would be remiss if we didn’t pop out to Queen Creek to the amazing Olive Mill for some awesome artisan products and delicious food. Then we would round out the visit with a day out at Windmill Winery, where, if we went on a Sunday we could even attend Cowboy Church before settling in for a lovely glass of their delicious wine.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We are so fortunate to collaborate with Tori over at Studio 223 in Downtown Gilbert. She is a rockstar of a woman and has the most amazing shop full of locally created items. She sells creative gifts and holds daily classes making everything from custom signs to giant hand-knitted blankets. We teach cookie decorating classes there once a month and love to partner up with her on holidays and special events.
Yelp: Inspired Sugar
Other: Netflix Season 1 Episode 1 Sugar Rush
Everydayness Photography- (You’ll move mountains cake)