We have such a special treat for you all this week (no pun intended)! Our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY is none other than the amazing YOLANDA GAMPP, the “How to Cake It!” superstar.
Yolanda is a self-taught master cake artist and the host of HOW TO CAKE IT! Not only is she beyond talented and creative at what she does, but she is a leading example of how hard work, dedication and passion will guide you to accomplishing your biggest dreams.
Formerly on the Food Network show SUGARSTARS, Yolanda’s work has been featured on The Today Show, The Social, Cityline, Breakfast Television, and BuzzFeed. Not only is she focused, meticulous and extremely innovative with turning any object or idea into an actual cake, but she is also an amazing teacher and she has a huge heart. This amazing woman is full of charisma. In just a few years, Yolanda has gained millions of followers and supporters, and has inspired so many to pursue their passion for baking.
We were very excited to pick her brain and see what wonderful advice she had for our YGTGirls! Her passion truly shines through her work, and her appreciation for everyone and everything around her made us fall in love with her in a heartbeat. Thank you Yolanda for being a true inspiration!
How did you discover your passion for all things sweet, especially cake?!
I discovered I loved baking when I was around 12 years old. My father was a baker in his younger years, so that influenced me. But I must admit, I also love to satisfy my own sweet tooth ;)
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. Objects I see all around me, food I eat, art, and a lot of my own past works that I would like to improve. Not to mention all of the amazing suggestions from my viewers! I am lucky enough to have two YGTGirls as business partners, so our brainstorming sessions are epic.
What do you think has been your most important asset that has helped you to thrive?
Dedication. My desire to keep learning and get better at my craft. I am self taught as a cake decorator and I continue to try new things- even when they scare me.
What's the advice that you received along your journey that you felt made a difference?
When I ventured into YouTube territory my good friend Derek Friday gave me some advice. He said “Don’t believe anything people say about you, good or bad.” At first I thought that sounded harsh, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I think it’s important to remember who you are, what you want and how you want to get there. You cannot let others define you by dragging you down, or blowing up your ego.
What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?
I think a YGTGirl is a girl that keeps on going despite her fears and doubts. She believes in herself and she works hard. Even when she has to cry through it. She would rather fall, than not try at all. She trusts that when a door closes, its because that door wasn’t meant for her and she accepts that with grace- or she tries to build her own door! Her curiosity is ongoing. She may start out afraid to open up, but she realizes that the more she opens herself to the world, it opens up to her. Above all else, she is in full support of other YGTGirls and doesn’t find them threatening, but rather inspiring, and so she decides to surround herself with them.
What is one word that best describes you?
I had a hard time choosing between two words for this one. So I asked my business partner Connie Contardi what she thought. This was her answer: "One word that describes you to me is “Integrity”. I feel you have a very strong sense of who you are, and your morals and values, as a person and an artist and stay true to those things. It’s something that I think is rare is this world and that I value and admire about you very much."