Cake artist and owner of Cakes by Lana New York
I am Lana, cake artist, specializing in custom cakes and confectionary, and I make the sweet dreams come true!
This whole idea of making cakes started accidentaly.
It was like yesterday when I decided to open the door of the unknown .
A lot of learning, so many mistakes, so many beautiful creations.
I believed that I was meant to be someone else , doing something else. As a journalist and medical assistent I never dreamed of becoming a baker- cake artist and an owner of a small woman own bussines . Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine to be destined to such a creative profession, which not only brings joy to me but to all people who share my cakes with their family and friends.
I could never imagine that falling in love with my husband would make me fall in love with cake industry, and descover my true passion. I guess I was just waiting for the perfect trigger to express my true nature.
My first cake was made back in 2013 when my husband , back than boyfriend, wanted to introduce me to his greek family.
Naturally I wanted to make a good impression so I decided to treat them with a custom fondant cake with hopes that my home-made cake would be apreciated as a present from my heart.
Eveyone loved the cake but also, I found my passion and true calling in life. From then on, I began to feed my passion and my true education began. Over the years and trough my God-given talent I mastered baking, decorating as well as running the bussines. Although, I learn something new every day, one thing remains constant - families, love, and the desire to bring joy to others inspire my cakes and give me drive to create.
The road to where my bussines is now has not always been the easiest.
I can proudly say that I have the best customers who are loyal to me, supporters and people who are genuinely excited to see my creations.
Our client list is built ORGANICLY. This is not a sprint, it's a marathon.
I'm very thankful for the unconditional support from my family and a wonderful and amazing clientele that I built over the year, who make my work and life like a piece of cake. They are giving me inspiration every day and strength to move forward and be more creative and inovative.
My biggest fan is my husband Spiro; if I never met him, and without his support, and the very first cake for his family, Cakes by Lana New York would not exist.
Also, I was lucky and blessed to have two strong and powerful women in my life who provided me with wings to fly. Unconditional
love and gratitute goes to my mother-in-law who with her belief in my abilities when Cakes by Lana was just a concept, and her whole-harted love, invested in my business. Special love and gratitude also goes to my one and only dear, loving mother who taught me the appreciation of beauty, and throughout my childhood unconditionally nurtured my creativity and allowed it to flourish. Throughout my journey, my family remained my biggest support and I am forever grateful to them.
There is nothnig in this world that would stop you to accomplish your goals and dreams as long as you love what you do.
I always believed that love is the greatest power in the universe, source of innovation and strength to move forward so don't forget to celebrate evey day of your life and make it sweet.
As a self-tought cake artist I believe that talent takes only 10% and 90% is hard work, order and disscipline. Constant learning and being hungry for more knowlage and education will put you on the right track. Knowlage is power, experience will give you confidence and strength to go forward.
Cakes are fashion, so every year there are new designs, new ideas, and new styles that I try to keep up with.
It's my biggest pleasure to work with my customers on creating cakes that make their special events even more special and memorable.
I am absolutely enjoying using magic to make my cakes, and the key ingredient in every cake, and in life, is LOVE.