Sweet, talented and a die-hard fan of anything girly Tessa Sam is a passionate baker, blogger, cake maker & cookie enthusiast.  She is a modern day Betty Crocker and something tells us she’ll be the same household name very soon. If you haven’t been lucky enough to try her perfect Sweet Bake Shop icing or a signature pearl cake you need to get your hands on one as soon as you can. Pour yourself a cup of tea and join us for Coffee & Conversation with Tessa!

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 8.28.34 PMLWTL: What is your treat of choice?  Chips, chocolate, ice cream, cookies, candy? What is impossible for you to say no to?

TS: I have a serious Old Dutch Ketchup Chips addiction. I can easily eat a whole bag while writing emails or watching tv. So bad, but so good!

LWTL: If you could trade places with anyone for one day who would it be and why?

TS: I’d like to trade places with someone who has nowhere to be and nothing to do — relaxation.

LWTL: Name a woman who inspires you and tell us why?

TS: Peggy Porschen, a pastry chef in London. She manages to run a successful business, bake beautiful sweets, has had multiple books published and is still so humble and kind. Such an inspiration!

SBS_tessa_2LWTL: What was the last book you read?

TS: It was a baking book called “Gourmet French Macarons” by Mindy Cone.

LWTL: If you could tell your 16 year-old self something what would it be?

 

TS: Eat cake for breakfast, while your metabolism is still speedy 😉

 

LWTL: Virtue & Vice?

TS: My virtue is that I’m an absolute perfectionist with my work. Everything has to taste and look as perfect as possible before leaving my kitchen — I really and truly care about every single cookie, cake and cupcake that is ordered. My vice would be that this can cause me to spend a lot more time on little details.

LWTL: If you could offer other women looking for their purpose or “dream job” a piece of advice what would it be?

TS: Find something that you’re incredibly passionate about or that makes you happy and pursue it. Make it work for you. Talk to people, ask for advice, find a mentor if you can. Practice, practice, practice. Expect hard work, because nothing worth having comes without it.

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 8.28.17 PMLWTL: What has been your biggest challenge?  How did you overcome it?

TS: Balancing my work with my personal life has been challenging because I’ve been busy, and it’s ongoing. Sometimes I just need to remind myself to go to lunch with a friend or walk my dog on the seawall, because the last thing I want is to be the little old lady with a house full of pretty cakes and no one to share them with. Life outside of work is important!

LWTL: Fill in the blanks

I am so excited TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP AND OPEN A STOREFRONT LOCATION. I CAN’T WAIT!!

 

Friends are THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE AND ACCEPT YOU, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.

 

Love is WONDERFUL.

 

If more women helped one another, HOW AMAZING WOULD THAT BE?

 

One thing I would change about myself is THAT I’D HAVE MORE PATIENCE.

 

One thing I love about myself is THAT I’M VERY RELIABLE. IF I SAY THAT ILL BE THERE OR THAT I’LL DO SOMETHING, I WILL.

 

SBS_tessa_1LWTL: As the founder of Sweet Bake Shop you must be busy! How do you juggle everything?  Is there anything you wish you could spend more time doing but it never seems to make it in the calendar?

 

TS: Juggling everything can be tough. Sometimes I’ll be up until 2 or 3 in the morning working, because I took a few hours earlier that day to go to a dinner with friends or my boyfriend, and then I have to get up at 6 AM…but that’s what happens sometimes when you run your own business, and I really do love my job, so it’s okay. I really wish I could spend more time traveling! I absolutely love to travel, but can only ever be away for a relatively short period of time because I need to be back to work.

 

LWTL: If you could share one piece of advice with other women what would it be?

 

TS: Be kind, work hard and amazing things will come your way.

 

Connect with Tessa on her Sweet Bake Shop Website or on Facebook! We highly recommend her delicious treats xo