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The Bunny Baker is Aila Sim-Yonzon, a lover of all things cute. With the help of her husband, Zach, she creates fondant cakes that are, most of the time, too pretty to eat. What started as a livelihood project in 2010 has now become a popular choice for mothers (mostly) and other people looking to have customized cakes made.
“Our very first cupcake flavor is my all time favorite: carrot with cream cheese frosting. We nicknamed it the ‘lovebunny cupcake.’ Lovebunny was my online handle at the time, because I like cute things, like hearts (love) and bunnies. I like all things kawaii, and to me, bunnies are about as kawaii as it gets. Luckily for us, I’m the boss. If it were up to my husband, who knows, we might be called the Bakery of the Black Skull or something right now. Even though I like all things cute, my husband balances me out. We’re just as capable of producing the cutest Hello Kitty as we are the most badass dragon or monster because we play off each other’s differences.”
“My husband likes to say I attended YBFU, otherwise known as the YouTube, Blogs, and Forums University. Basically, in the beginning, I watched a lot of videos and read through all sorts of forums and blog posts to learn more about fondant cakes. We knew absolutely next to nothing about making custom cakes. My husband is an artist, and he basically just took to the medium (fondant and gum paste) treating it like clay. Neither of us have had any formal training in baking or the art of cake decoration. I make the colors because that’s my forte, and he just goes and does his thing. I wish I could be more descriptive, but really, it’s kind of like magic. Here’s a blob of fondant, then a little later it’s a Minion.”
“We’re limited by the basic requirement that fondant cakes need to be firm enough to hold a fondant covering and usually have heavy toppers. So our cakes must be dense and moist enough, ruling out fluffy or airy cakes. From there, I developed recipes for basic flavors that people often expect: chocolate, vanilla, and less often red velvet, banana, and carrot. I also developed frosting that I think goes rather well with the flavors. My palate also veers away from overly sweet flavors, so my recipes have less than half the sugar of most recipes you’ll find. We also never, ever use sugar syrup to make our cakes moist. That common industry practice horrifies us. Our cakes must be and are moist on their own.
One surprising combination is red velvet and Ferrero hazelnut, which we stumbled upon as an alternative because we can’t work with traditional cream cheese (it’s too soft and collapses under fondant). Essentially, our only real inspiration is, ‘what would I like to eat?’ These days, our answer is, ‘banana with Speculoos’. Whoever invented Cookie Butter needs to be sent a medal. We tend to make flavors that people look for, or what’s relevant. For a time, red velvet was all the rage. Nowadays, it’s Speculoos. We want to please our clients, so we develop flavors according to what people are craving for.”
Here is a list of baked goodies you can get from The Bunny Baker:
PHP 5,000 for a 5” base chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting
PHP 350 per pack of 10 cookies, minimum 2 packs per order
PHP 40 per piece, minimum of 7 per order
PHP 85 per piece, minimum of 12 per order (toppers not included)
PHP 400 per piece (regular flavors of chocolate or vanilla + additional charge for a premium flavor upgrade)
PHP 125 per piece (regular flavors of chocolate or vanilla + additional charge for a premium flavor upgrade)
“Because people don’t like to think too hard about flavor when what they’re really focused on is the design, our bestseller is chocolate. It’s what we recommend when clients don’t have an idea of what they want. I mean, everybody loves chocolate. Our most popular themes vary, depending on what’s popular at the time. For example, nowadays folks are loving the Minions because Despicable Me 2 is out in theaters, but there was a time when we had to make Angry Birds literally every week for months and months until the fad died down. Plants vs Zombies was also popular for a time. Disney Princesses get a lot of requests for girls’ parties and Lightning McQueen for boys,” says Aila.
“At the end of the day, I think it’s about bringing joy to our customers. It’s about making dreams and visions come to life. We always tell ourselves that this is the most exhausting yet fulfilling job either of us have ever had. Every time we receive thanks or praise for our creation, it makes us extremely happy and, consequently, excited for our next project. I think we bring something special to the table (quite literally) by creating cakes that come from someone’s imagination. I believe we’re not in the business of making food, although taste is ultimately a priority, which is why we make our own fondant and steer clear of the usually chemical-laden and foul-tasting ready-made fondant. We’re in the business of creating art.”
The Bunny Baker makes custom cakes according to client requirements. The cost of the cakes varies according to size, flavor, and design. They also offer an assortment of cupcakes that can also have custom toppers that vary in price depending on design (e.g. whether it’s a 3D sculpt or flat 2D).
Other products depend on client requirements, but limited mostly to cake pops or truffles, designer oreos (Oreos coated in chocolate), and rice krispie treats. The Bunny Baker’s products are mostly tailored to suit a client’s design needs and are priced accordingly.
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