MAI, THE PASTRY CHEF.
Mai is a Cake Wars winning participant and a self-taught/professionally trained baker/decorator. She established Mai Little Cakes in 2010 and built her brick & mortar in downtown Stillwater, MN in 2017.
I wish I could tell you I grew-up baking with my mother or grandmother but in my culture baking was never a part of our cuisine. The only dessert that was made at home were rice cakes dipped in sugar cane syrup or a tapioca-coconut dessert drink called Nava (Nabvam). I didn't start baking until my early 20's after receiving a Christmas gift to basic baking, candy making, and cake decorating classes. After taking those classes I couldn't stop baking because it allowed me to express my creativity, play with flavor combinations, and on top of that I geeked-out on the chemistry. I started getting asked to cater from co-workers, friends, and family and that's how Mai Little Cakes, LLC got started. Who'd thought 7 years later I would see myself on national TV winning Cake Wars with my friend (Ann) and then 7 months later I opened my brick and mortar on Main Street in a cute little downtown called Stillwater, MN.