Interview with Yanira Anglada of Cake Therapy,
Founder of the “It’s A Small World” International Cake Collaboration
Is this the first collaboration you’ve organized (I know you’ve worked as a contributing sugar artist previously), Yanira? What inspired you to put together a collaboration of your own?
Yes, this is my first time organizing a collaboration. After my first experience being a member in a collaboration ( the Super Cake Moms Collaboration), I began thinking about what I’d do If I had the opportunity to organize one myself.
I immediately thought of cupcakes. I know that most bakers “graduate” from cupcakes, but I still love working with them. I love how they give us the chance to work on a broader artistic canvas. Cupcakes allow us to incorporate a variety of elements into a design, sometimes with much more ease than when working on a single cake.
What inspired you to choose this theme for your collaboration?
After having such a wonderful experience working along other cake decorators from so many different places, I fell in love with the idea of taking inspiration from the cities around the globe and honoring their children on Universal Children’s Day, celebrated on November 20th every year. Universal Children’s day is a day instituted by the United Nations to promote the welfare of the children of the world.
And what better way to honor children through sugar art, than using a small medium like cupcakes. I think the innocence of a child is worthy of honor and admiration. Their young spirit allows them to look beyond our differences and appreciate that we are all the same no matter where we are from.
The sugar artists that were invited to collaborate: how were they chosen and when did planning begin?
I started working on putting the collaboration together in May this year. Most of the artists are people I really admire and I’ve being following their work for a while now. I thought of people who are known for their work on cupcakes like Sachiko, Sheryl, Tracy, Candace, Brenda, Loan, Ella, Ana, Angela, just to name a few. I wrote to them, presented the idea and asked them to collaborate.
I had valuable help too from cake friends like Loren from The Baking Sheet and Veena Azmanov, who know more people than I do, to get collaborators on board. I also had the opportunity of meeting some new cake friends whose work I didn’t know previously and who I was referred to by other members.
How were the cities chosen for the project or did the artists pick their own?
Most of the times the cities were assigned. In some cases, when available, they had the chance to choose. I wanted to assign a city different from the sugar artists’ own cities so that we would all have the opportunity to stretch the boundaries of our imagination and creativity and learn about new cities and cultures.
Was there anything uniquely difficult about this project for the sugar artists involved?
Yes – working in miniature did present difficulties. It’s a challenge to pack in lots of details when you’re working on tiny pieces.
And in terms of the nature of the collaboration, where every member represents a different city, it was heartbreaking to have dropouts from the project due to artists’ other committments, because in addition to loosing their talent, we lost representation for that city.
What are the secrets to a successful/fun collaboration in your opinion and what draws artists to contribute their time and energy to collaborative projects such as It’s A Small World?
I don’t in any way consider myself an expert in this area, but as a previous collaboration member and as an organizer of this particular one, I loved the sharing part. I loved seeing the inspiration boards and then seeing those ideas come to life. I truly loved the cultural aspect of this collaboration. I think it kept it interesting. I like something that challenges me and allows me to learn new stuff, but that also has meaningful value.
There’s so many places that I wanna visit now! We got to learn about beautiful people and places from all over the world. After researching her assigned city for the collaboration, Mandy from All the Kings Horses Cake Creations decided to make Puerto Rico her next anniversary destination. And I’m SO excited about that, because I get to meet her when she visits!
Meet Yanira’s collaborating sugar artists for the It’s A Small World collaboration here on the project’s dedicated Facebook page.
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