Cake is comfort, celebration, ritual, beauty. Cake is a universal symbol of happiness, playing a starring role in many of life’s most important rituals—especially weddings.
Wedding cakes are a significant component of business at M Cakes Sweets—and owner Rita Nguyen Pham wouldn’t have it any other way. The beauty, joy and tradition Rita finds in a couple’s celebration of their love and commitment to each other is the inspiration behind her intricately designed cakes—the delicious, beautiful finishing touch to the unique aesthetic the couple shares with family and friends on their most important day.
“There’s just something about the union of couples, the celebration of their future together, that gives me great joy and inspiration.”
And beautiful hardly begins to describe Rita’s work. A self-taught baker, her passion is reflected in her dedication to using the finest ingredients and in her impeccable technique, both learned from hours in the kitchen perfecting her recipes. Her baking talent is matched by her innate artistry, seen in the intricate, creative displays of her products, and illustrated by her hand-painted designs in creative color palettes that evoke the true spirit and essence of every event.
Rita’s talent, sparkling personality and energy has not gone unnoticed. Her cakes and other decadent sweets—think sea salt caramel pudding shots, pastel macaroons, cake pops, coconut caramel brownies and maple bacon cake donuts, just to name a few—are in high demand, drawing glowing reviews from her local Southern California community and endearing her to local vendors that call on Rita time and again to complement their events with her delicious and gorgeous displays of cakes and desserts.
The Business Behind the Beauty
Rita’s journey from novice to professional baker hasn’t always been easy. Behind every magical masterpiece she creates are hours of hard work as well as the help of many friends, family members and business partners. From baking as a young child with her mother and then teaching her own daughters, to learning how to assemble tiered cakes from friends, to partnering with talented wedding planners, designers, florists and photographers, Rita values the partnerships that have helped grow her talents and her business.
And one of her earliest and most important partnerships is with The Hood Kitchen. Rita considers baking at the Hood one of her best business decisions, and remembers touring The Hood, seeing big, clean professional kitchens with specialized equipment for bakers and feeling relieved that she had found the perfect kitchen space for her business.
Rita considers baking at The Hood one of her best business decisions.
Her connections at the Hood have helped her perfect her work, learn new techniques and find business partners to collaborate with—and have taught her valuable lessons in how to run her business. From choosing the best suppliers and vendors, to learning the latest decorating technique, to marketing and financial advice, Rita has leaned on her Hood community for critical advice that has saved her time and money.
Rita is grateful for these collaborations and all the other services The Hood offers—the cleanliness, attention to each client’s needs, carrying and updating insurance and maintaining health code compliance—that allow her to concentrate on creating the best quality, best looking and best tasting cakes and sweets in Orange County.