It wasn’t that long since I last wrote about Ade’s Cakes but you’ll be surprised at how much this amazing lady has accomplished between then and now. A mother of two school boys and a devoted wife to an incredibly supportive husband, Ade Garcia of Ade’s Kitchen just completed another milestone in her career.
ADE AT MONSTER KITCHEN ACADEMY (AND HER SIGNATURE HALO HALO CAKE SPECIAL)
Ade recently completed yet another course in baking and pastry making at the renowned Monster Kitchen Academy in Cagayan de Oro City. Despite her hectic schedule as a mom, wife and entrepreneur, she would take a bus from Bukidnon to Cagayan de Oro long before the sun rises just to arrive at her class on time on weekends. If you must know, Cagayan de Oro is about four hours away from Quezon by bus. It had to be weekends so she can attend to her kids during schooldays and run Ade’s Kitchen.
She admitted she had a difficult time juggling business, school and family but if there is one thing she wanted to thank the Almighty Father for, it would be her number one fan — the father of her two brilliant boys. Her husband, Ade mentioned in one of our girl talks (sorry Ade, I must disclose this here), has been very supportive even before she started Ade’s Kitchen. Especially in taking care of the kids.
There was even one time when I personally went to pick up an order hours before the shop officially opened, I found them both assisting the crew in packing customers’ orders due at noon that day. This, I guess, is one of the things that make Ade’s Kitchen stand out — their willingness to walk the extra mile to meet each client’s needs. Sometimes you just have to pick an order up early before office hours, especially when the cake is for a boss or a colleague. They’re happy to do that for you, you just have to ask them nicely.
And so as her winning piece in her most recent stint at Monster Kitchen Academy, Ade came up with her original master piece — Halo Halo Cake Special. This mouth-watering cake is inspired by the Filipino dessert, halo-halo. Intrigued, I had to order to see for myself if it was indeed as good as it looks.
And I wasn’t disappointed.
Every bite teases you to take another… and another… until you can have no more.
We’ve always been fans of Ade’s Cakes and if I were to recommend top three of her products, besides her Halo-Halo Cake Special of course,they would be her Choco-Caramel Cake, Food for the Gods and Carrot-Walnut Bars. We have also tried her creme brulee and next on my list would be her cakes-in-a-jar.
A LITTLE BACKSTAGE TOUR
Before Ade’s Kitchen
Locals who know Ade know that she held an important position in a thriving rural bank (she was branch manager) in town, but no vault could ever contain her adventurous spirit and keep her from pursuing her dreams. Besides, she never imagined herself working in a bank forever. It is said that everything we want is on the other side of fear, and so she fearlessly stepped out of her comfort zone to experience working outside the country and start her own business.
Ade’s Kitchen started as a home-based meat processing business that also sold donuts and yema candies. This was the time when Ade saw how important it is to have a supportive family in doing business. Without her family, she never would have had the courage to conquer her fears and move beyond her comfort zone. It was her sister, Josie Baguio, who saw her passion for food business and so she encouraged Ade to learn more about the food industry. In fact, it was her who financed her schooling in Manila.
As if what she learned in Manila was still not enough, she took another lifestyle course in baking at Monster Kitchen Academy when she came back home. The income she had from her yema candy business paid for it.
Support from Family
Ade considers herself lucky to have been born to a close-knit family. The Baguios are perhaps one of the oldest settlers in the town of Quezon and not only are they known for being successful business owners and farmers; they are also known to be a family who prays together and supports one another. And so when Ade was honing her skills at Monster Kitchen, they knew she needed extra cash. To help her out, they would ask her to bring them samples of what she learned from school to their Saturday family rosary meetings. They paid her for it, of course. This kind of support was what motivated her to take another step further out of her comfort zone when she finally opened a commercial space to include a fast food joint and catering service.
Support from Community
Word of mouth is by far one of the best forms of free advertisement, and so when a few people knew of the good food Ade’s Kitchen served, the entire town knew about it. Her biggest break, she shared, was when she was given the chance to provide packed meals and snacks during the annual general assembly of Associated Bukidnon Sugarcane Farmers, Inc. (ABSFI). Now everyone in the province of Bukidnon knows how big this assembly is; no less than two thousand sugarcane farmers come to this event every year. ABSFI also happened to be one of her biggest clients when she was still branch manager of the rural bank in town and she personally knows the company president. More than personally knowing the company president, however, she would still emphasize that it’s not about who you know; it’s about the quality of relationships you build with the people in your community.
“It’s not about who you know. It’s about the quality of relationships you build with the people in your community.”
This opportunity given to her by ABSFI enabled her to purchase a big oven and her very first commercial mixer. This is why whenever there are events spearheaded by ABSFI, she and her husband would always go in full support.
On Conquering her Fears
Apparently Ade draws much of her strength from her family. Leaving her day job was perhaps one of the most hardest decisions she had to make, but the challenge was nothing compared to going out into the world and offering them a huge part of yourself — in her case, her cakes.
Some people will buy, some wont, but either case she knew she had to be prepared to face and handle rejection. But this, for her, is not a valid reason to keep her from pursuing her passion. The fear of dying without trying to reach for her dreams was greater than her fear of rejection.
Today, Ade’s Kitchen not only caters to ABSFI functions. Aside from her regular customers from around the neighborhood, she also gets to serve in other government and non-government agencies’s meetings and events.
Ade owes everything to the God who has always been there for her and her family in good times and in bad. She admits she is in the process of designing the future of Ade’s Kitchen, but if she would have one priority item on her wish list right now it would be a car (or a truck or a van), something she can use to transport her packed meals and cakes. “I might become rich in this lifetime, or I might not,” she beamed. “But right now, I’m pretty much content knowing that I’m pursuing my dreams and doing the things I love most.”
Well, Ms. Ade, you already are wealthy. Your family and friends are treasures no amount of money can buy.