We had the good fortune of connecting with Miranda Guiles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miranda, why did you pursue a creative career?
When I first started my career, I had just come back from working and studying in Japan. I moved out to San Francisco, California with no job at all. I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I really just started doing things just to make it. I worked several jobs as a server, and event planning for a financial firm. Then I moved into working for several startups in tech, pets, and coffee. I’ve done customer support, social media, video production, and marketing, and eventually, I figured out which aspects of those I loved the most. I’ve found what gives me the most joy is being able to work with fun colors, designs, and flavors. I find that working with a product that I love, that represents who I am, is so much more satisfying and gratifying. I love getting to flex my creativity when coming up with cake ideas and oddly enough, I’ve found that it actually comes kind of naturally to me — so maybe this is where I need to be. It’s so important that you’re having fun with what you’re doing for work. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had in my career that gave me the opportunity to figure out what I truly like to do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Lately, I’ve been really into these #pullmeupcakes where you pour whipped cream on to the top of your cake and it all spills down the sides of the cake. I’ve been lighting my cakes on fire to make a s’mores cake, covering them with whipped purple frosting that spills over with Oreo cookie crumbles, and working a giant sprinkled donut cake with a colorful drip too! These cakes landed me my first big feature on Better Homes and Gardens at the start of 2021! These cakes are a giant mess, but it’s so much fun coming up with each cake idea–and also very delicious I might add! I recently was browsing through pictures of my first dessert creations from a couple of years ago, and I didn’t realize how far I’ve come from the beginning. It’s fun to look back! When I first started, I was making cookies and I didn’t even know how to make a cake. Cakes were actually scary to me, and now I’m making cakes left and right– lighting them on fire, putting mermaid tails on them, and dusting them with an enormous amount of edible glitter! It took tons of practice, late nights, and lots and lots of dishwashing. This year I received my first reaction video to my desserts done by the cutest little girls ever! What a treat to see real reactions — Ooos and Ahhs of my work. It was incredible. It’s never been easy, I’ve just always had a mindset to keep getting better, so with each cake I always try to improve my technique. Along the way, I’ve learned that I like working with certain materials over others and with each bake I get closer and closer to my signature style. I think my story is just beginning, so I hope you’ll join me for this journey. I hope to bring the exciting, the fun, the colorful, and the future of cakes!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since I’m located in San Diego here are some places 🙂 Breakfast places: Breakfast at Breakfast Republic in North Park, put your name on the waitlist – and then walk over to Holsem Coffee. Try a signature cappuccino, but pretty much everything is delicious there. Then walk back to get your seat at Breakfast Republic- order the Gouda Grits and Shrimp Wayfarer bakery
Drinks: TasteTea Walking, Sight Seeing Liberty Station Balboa Park Coronado — Dog Beach or walk up the coast 5 Mile Walk at Lake Miramar Paddle Boarding at Liberty Station Lunch Ototo Sushi – Balboa Location Pho Duyen Mai Vermicelli Bowls Hachi Ramen ee nami tonkatsu izakaya Isola Taqueria Revolution Dinner Wa Dining Bandar Royal Mandarin Submarine Crab Stores Pigment Liberty Station shops Simply Local
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My boyfriend, Eric, who has supported me through this journey and keeps pushing me to be a greater version of myself My sister, Michelle, who has always pushed me to pursue my dreams