Baking for the Pasadena Civic Ballet

26 Feb

As many of you know, I have started my own pop-up bakery business for my high school Senior Project. I recently “popped up” at The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse for the opening weekend of Peter Pan presented by the Pasadena Civic Ballet. It was a beautiful show, and the environment around the auditorium was joyful and bustling.

I decided to use a green and purple theme to match the colors of the performance. I loved the way the plush green tablecloth made everything pop. Various shades of green and purple ribbon dressed up basic cellophane bags and differentiated products from one another. My mom’s flower arrangements really completed the look of my table; I love the freshness and ease that they add to the spread.

These chocolate friands with mirrored chocolate glaze are a French take on a traditional American cupcake. Rich and decadent, they resemble flourless chocolate cake in flavor and texture. They looked absolutely adorable in mini liners, perfect for popping into your mouth during a few minutes of intermission. 

My chocolate soufflé cakes have become something of a signature item. How could you resist a cloud-like chocolate dessert served in one of these mini baking molds? I loved watching little kids jump up and down at the sight of them, pointing excitedly and tugging on their parents’ arms to ask for money. So cute! 

I made zimtsternes for my first event at the Summer Opportunities Fair. After receiving such a positive response from customers, I had to bring them back. A traditional Swiss cookie made with ground almonds, honey, powdered sugar, and cinnamon, they are barely crunchy on the outside and soft in the center. Other items included grapfruit-olive oil loaf cake, and oatmeal raisin, lemon shortbread, and chocolate chunk cookies. 

The event was a great learning experience for me, because I branched out to an unfamiliar venue and catered to a unique crowd of people. It is important for me to adapt my presentation and tweak menu offerings based on where I am and who I am serving. After this event, I appreciate the expression, “It’s all about the customer.” While I have to stay true to my aesthetic, I must also be aware of my audience’s desires. 

It is exciting for me to learn new lessons with every project I take on. Follow Let’s Live La Vida on Facebook to see where I’ll be popping up next. If you have any inquiries or would like me to cater a private function, please email me at 


2 Responses to “Baking for the Pasadena Civic Ballet”

  1. CoastWithMe February 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Maral this is awesome:)! Those Zimtsternes cookies sound absolutely delectable:)! Another beautiful display! You are already ahead of your years! Wonderful job!

  2. Maral February 27, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    Thanks Rita! The Zimsternes are one of my favorites because they have such a unique flavor. I really appreciate your feedback, as always 🙂

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