We had the good fortune of connecting with raquel ratoviz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi raquel, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
Whatever the mind can conceive of and believe, the mind can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

I absolutely love this quote and it has always stuck with me. The first time I ever read this quote was from the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. What it means to me is that whatever I put my mind to and really fully commit to I will one day become my reality. Anything in life I want bad enough will become tangible over time if I keep working towards it. It really gives me a sense of power everytime I read this quote.

What should our readers know about your business?
I am currently 27 years old. I have been in the industry for almost 10 years now. What sets me apart from the others is my ability to create these crazy ideas into a cake and always try a little bit harder every single time I take on a new project. I am not afraid of what my clients throw at me and I am always willing to give it my 100% effort.

I got to where I am today because I just never really been one to follow the rules. It’s in my nature to just think differently and it was hard for me to have only a percentage of freedom with my previous jobs. I wanted to be able to expand my ideas and grow and in order to do that I needed to start my own business and create my own style of baking that I saw for myself.

I started working out of my small upstairs apartment in North Hollywood, CA. I had to carry large 3 tiered wedding cakes down the stairs often and into my little blue 2011 ford focus. I didn’t let this stop me, I also had little to no help and did everything on my own. I didn’t care I was OBSESSED with figuring out a way.

The lessons I learned along the way is never be afraid to ask for help because people are there to support you. Another lesson is to get good rest so you are able to think more clearer. I am just learning that after 4 years of running the show.

Things do not need to be perfect to get started, just start and figure it out as you go.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my favorite places in LA has become Malibu wines and beer garden because my friends and I love to just drink some wine or rose and dance and just enjoy each other. Not to mention they do silent disco and it’s so much fun. We would also go to a a beach in LA and listen to some EDM music and just hang out together. I am also into rooftop bars that have beautiful views.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out everyone that has participated in my journey thus far. My family, friends, previous employers, and clients that have stuck with me from the very beginning. To list a few (Brenda & Jan from Delicious Bakery, Tom & Donna from Bella Donna Special Events, The Salazar family, the wright sisters for giving me the opportunity to work with celebrities like Floyd Mayweather and Michelle Williams, Erica Casillas who took me on from the very beginning and gave me the opportunity to be a vendor for Marvel at Disney which led me to work with all surrounding studios in Los Angeles)Javier Delgado, Dani Delgado, and Lucy Delgado for trusting me enough to introduce me to the head caterer at CAA Mel Berman that got me to work with all of the high end celebrities at such an early start of my business. Which led me to meet my two favorites Zena Foster & Tank. A huge thank you to them both for being such a huge part of my clientele through the pandemic and beyond. There are so many important people that contributed into where I am today. My amazing and dedicated clients that have just shared so many memories with me throughout this experience. The most recent organization is HBO MAX that featured me on episode 5 on the new show BAKETOPIA which aired in March 2021. A huge shoutout to my mom Gwenn Bryant for being my #1 supporter throughout it all. She will come and help me run around to get orders done and help me bag cookies and bring me food when I am too exhausted and need to take a nap in my car after working 30 hours straight.

Website: rockiiescakes.com

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Image Credits
Patrick Dyer
the Show Baketopia on HBOMAX for all of the action shots of me and the cake while on the show

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