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'Kaya Ko Pala!': How A Nurse Started A Cake Business In The Pandemic With Daughter's Help
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rudith Miranda
  • Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, a lot of online businesses opened, such as selling cakes. With a simple message or call, you can have your favorite cake or a customized one delivered right in front of your doorstep.

    Rudith Miranda, a 39-year-old licensed nurse and mom of one, is among those first-time entrepreneurs who started a cake business. She promotes and sells her products through her Facebook page, Small Bites, Big Bites.

    The designs of the cake range from animated figures to the iconic Beatles.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rudith Miranda.

    There's a heartwarming story behind Rudith's cake business. It began with how she and her husband Jay N. Miranda supported their 13-year-old daughter Xandria Joie's love for molding clay and other fine arts. From molding clays, the budding artist nicknamed Xandy now creates the characters for their cakes.

    For this reason, Rudith proudly shared some of the cake characters that her daughter had made in a post to the Smart Parenting Village. She also encouraged her fellow members in our online parenting community to support their children's passions.

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    "Kaya tayo mga mommies and daddies dyan, let us support them, guide them and explore with them," she said in her post.

    Xandy enjoys the love and encouragement of her parents, Mommy Rudith and Daddy Jay.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rudith Miranda

    Rudith narrated in her post that she started baking just this pandemic, after losing her job as a result of the health crisis. She tried it because of her daughter who learned how to bake in school, and she eventually got the hang of it.

    “My daughter lang talaga ang nagka-interest dyan noong una like cookies kasi sa subject nila sa school... sa TLE," Rudith said, referring to the school subject, Technology and Livelihood Education. "Then, nag-try ako [mag-bake]...And my daughter helps a lot talaga [with baking]."

    Rudith added with evident pride that Xandy has always been interested in all kinds of art projects, like painting and drawing. But molding clays was the first sign of the creative girl's interest in the arts.  

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    She recalled, “Mga 7 to 8 years old yung nakikita naming nakaka-create sya ng mga figures na but [at an] early age naglalaro na sya ng clays pero di pa masyado noticeable kasi hinayaan lang namin until mga 7 or 8 [na sya], ayun talagang may mga figures na.”

    Rudith said “good investment na pala yun na akala mo aksaya lang” when asked about how she and her husband responded to this interest of her daughter. She noted that Xandy would mix the clays, which would then result in the clays changing colors, and her daughter eventually asked for more clay and molds.

    She looked back in amusement, “Sobrang support kami talaga with pabiro lang naman noon, 'Ano ba yan, anak, nag-molds molds na.' Pero go buy pa din. Hilig nya, eh. Pero wala sa amin na magagamit namin into [a] business like this...It is like supporting lang kung saan sya nag-enjoy.”

    Xandy is a big help in her mother's cake business. She can do more than just mold clays now.
    PHOTO BY Rudith Miranda
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    The birth of a business

    Small Bites, Big Bites was established in July 2020, Rudith told SmartParenting.com.ph in an online chat. She started out with cookies, banana breads, and brownies. But realizing that there were also a lot of other businesses like theirs, they ventured into baking cakes as well.

    Rudith remembered going through a long trial-and-error phase. But they didn’t give up. They practiced and practiced, until their labor and persistence bore fruit.

    Rudith calls their first output as “cake na pancake." LOL.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rudith Miranda

    Cakes from Small Bites, Big Bites range in price from Php1,000 and above, depending on the kind and design. They offer cakes with icing, sugar-free cakes, cheesecakes, and fondant cakes. The price also depends on how much detail goes into the cake and how many tiers it will have.

    Simple cakes, like those with basic icing would take two to three hours to finish while fondant cakes may take two to three days to finish. They take cake requests as well and sometimes, even Korean buns and ensaymadas.

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    From "cake na pancake," Rudith achieved these super creative and fun cakes!
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rudith Miranda

    After a year of selling cakes, Rudith said they finally started earning from their business. It was hard at first because they lacked the equipment. But after getting some orders, they were able to buy the equipment they needed and are finally making profit!

    She pointed out, “First few months or buong 2020 ata yun talaga yung halos wala pa makikitang malinis na kita kasi puro bili ng gamit but now enough to pay bills and panggastos-gastos na din."

    Rudith thanks her daughter for pushing her to take on orders from clients, saying “Anak ko din ang nag-push na, 'Mommy, try mo din ikaw gumawa. Kaya mo yan.' Naniniwala sya na kaya ko so I gave it a try at meron nga.”

    Rudith's daughter Xandy pushed her to make this amazing Godzilla cake.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rudith Miranda
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    Mom-and-daughter tandem

    Xandy’s latest cake creations bespeak well of her creativity and attention to detail.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rudith Miranda

    Rudith recounted how she first started asking Xandy for help, and her daughter would say, “Kaya naman po, Mommy.” So Xandy began helping her mom with molding characters for the cakes. During peak holiday seasons, Xandy would also help with packing orders, like folding the cake boxes and then putting labels and ribbons on them. 

    The mompreneur said, “Now, kahit na ilang oras sya gumagawa for our cake toppers, napaka-patient nya. Walang reklamo. Kapag nag-ask ako na ‘pagawa nito, please,' gagawin nya lang. She added that Xandy really loves to bake and as long as there are ingredients, her daughter would bake especially if she’s hungry.

    Xandy is a bit part of her mother's cake business, from molding characters, putting icing, baking, and packaging orders.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rudith Miranda
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    When asked how working together in their cake business improved their relationship, Rudith replied, “Ever since kasi close kami talaga like barkada lang kaya siguro motivated sya sa kahit na ano. Whatever she asks me kasi pag-uusapan namin if okay ba o hindi, if kaya ba o hindi, na 'Kaya mo yan, anak.' 'Kaya mo yan, Mommy,” ganun.

    "Ang pinaka highlight ng lahat [ay] nagkaron sya ng focus na mag-aaral sya kasi someday magiging CEO sya. Hahaha! Hindi lang sya nagka-interest sa paggawa [ng cakes], nagkaron sya ng interest na mag-grow ng business. So if God's will, [sana] matupad sya.”

    Rudith said Xandy plans on taking up Architecture, plus courses on how to manage a business.

    Importance of supporting your child's interests

    “Kapag nakikita ng bata ang support ng magulang, mas nag-eexplore sila," Rudith pointed out. "Mas lumalawak yung imaginations nila sa mundo. Walang alinlangan na, 'Ay, baka magalit si mommy o si daddy.’

    "And sa bawat bagay na ginagawa nila by accident, na-didiscover nila sa sarili nila na, ‘Ay, kaya ko pala!' So mag-eexplore lang sila ng mag-eexplore… Kapag supportive ka sa bata, mas nagkakaroon sya ng vision ng future nya.”

    Rudith also encourages fellow parents to exposing children as early as possible to things that will bring out their creativity even if it’s "magastos," and that's exactly what she and her husband did. Now, Xandy, with her parents’ love and support, is able to do the things she enjoys and will soon become a business owner like her mom!

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    Rudith has this reminder to Xandy: “Lagi ko sinasabi sa kanya kung saan ka masaya doon kami ni daddy. Support ka namin. Basta nasa tama lang.”
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rudith Miranda

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