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Daily Inspiration: Meet Cameo Robinson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cameo Robinson.

Hi Cameo, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started doing cookies as a way to help pull myself out of some postpartum depression that I realized I was having, after having our last baby. I loved the way it felt to give someone something that was not only delicious but also something that I was able to make pretty.

Following my Doctor’s advice to do something I love and if it can impact others, it will help me see my value, I began to practice baking and decorating cookies. My cookies became better and better. I fell into using a different type of icing after doing some research.

I began using glaze icing, which is a bit different than royal. The glaze has a bit of a softer bite to it , which I love! After “practicing” for a few months, a friend suggested that I try to sell them. I began selling them just by word of mouth and having little pop-ups. I had no idea my cookie business would take off the way that it did.

Looking back it just makes me smile that something so small can impact not only my customers but saved me from a really dark place. After selling my cookies for while, my desire to teach the whole world about cookies took off. I was an elementary educator for ten years prior to me staying at home with our kiddos. I really loved teaching. Being able to combine two things that I love, cookies and teaching, was just amazing.

I have taught so many private classes as well as classes at KC Wine Co, Blue Valley Rec Center, and Three T Bakers Boutique here in Olathe. I was so excited to teach at CookieCon (yep, that’s a thing and it’s amazing!) in Feb. 2020…. right before the world shut down. It was one of the best things I have ever done. Teaching other cookiers about my love for using glaze icing and having them be excited to try it… well that is pretty darn awesome.

I will be teaching again this March at CookieCon and I can not wait to see all of my cookier friends. They really are the best! When the world shut down, my business did as well. I quickly figured out that I wanted to keep the teaching going and like everyone else… jumped into the online learning world. I began my CR Confections Cookie Club in August 2020 and today, it is going strong.

I love the community my little cookie club has created for those cookiers that are not local. I know many of my cookier students agree that it made life during COVID a bit happier! I love being a cookier. These little discs of sugar and flour saved my life and bring so much joy to everyone.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This is kind of a hard one to answer. There is always someone who wants cookies and I have the absolute best clients. I am always so honored to have multiple return clients that have been with me since I started my cookie business. The only time I didn’t have clients needing custom orders was of course, during COVID.

I missed them tremendously! While the clients are there… sometimes… the business aspect is hard, I did not go to school to be a business, I went for elementary education. While I can teach 100+ people to decorate cookies, learning how to keep track of online students as well as learn how to start up an online subscription plan has been very challenging. And sometimes very disheartening.

I also have moments of what I would say are creative blocks. I have a hard time feeling creative and that can be frustrating when you are designing someone’s cookies for their daughter’s 1st birthday. You know this party is so important for them and I want the cookies to always make clients happy. Sometimes that takes a lot of trial and error.

This means alot of cookies in the trash and starting over.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a glaze cookier located here in Olathe.

I have a decorated cookie business that I run out of my home. I do custom cookies for any occasion. I also teach classes around town. I also have an online cookie club for those that love decorating cookies and want to practice every month with me.

I love doing all 3 of these very different jobs because they all deal with sharing cookie love. We all need to spread as much happiness as we can and I am proud to say that I get to do that every day!

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Gosh, nothing. I am a pretty open book. I like being honest with all of my followers.

It is so hard to keep up a fake presence online and in person. I also love sharing most of my other passions with my followers, like how I am obsessed with plants. And I am pretty sure everyone knows that.

Maybe one thing is the time it actually takes to create a set of custom cookies. I don’t think most people realize the planning and time that goes into researching for that set.

Pricing:

  • My cookies are $40 a dozen
  • Classes are $40 -$50 per person

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1 Comment

  1. Sue Robinson

    May 24, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Such beautiful cookies! They are gorgeous. Cameo is truly an artist.

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