We had the good fortune of connecting with Adriana Magallanez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adriana, why did you pursue a creative career?
If I am being 100% honest, I never thought that I would be where I am, today. I am 29, and grew up with the mind set that, in order to be a successful adult, you had to go to college, earn your degree and start your career. Although, yes, I did graduate college, and started my career as an elementary teacher, the universe had other plans for me. I have always been artistic, creative and loved anything hands on. Baking has also always been a passion, because, who doesn’t love sweets?! However, combining the two together, really intrigued me. The challenge of bettering my artistic skills and creativity challenged me even more! However, things really shifted for me upon having my first child. I was determined to make birthdays extra special. That’s just the type of person that I am. Who wouldn’t want a Pinterest worthy celebration? Parties have always been important to me because they celebrate such meaningful milestones in life. Eventually, this led me to start my journey 2 years ago, and led me down the road to my success today. Now I make hundreds of custom treats every weekend for so many celebrations around DFW!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Baking is fun and satisfying as it is. However, creating these edible pieces of art, that others get to enjoy as well gives me the most joy! I do not ONLY bake cookies, cakes and other confections. I get to transform them into other things. I can make a cookie, cakes or cakepop into anything! I have made tons of basic round cakepops as well as other things such as beer bottles, anime characters, etc. You name it, and I can make it! Knowing that each and every order will be different is what I look forward to the most. I get to create custom treats for countless amount of people. What excites me, is knowing how many people get to indulge in my edible art! I am most proud of the growth that has come with this trade. Starting out, I was a Debbie downer. I would constantly doubt myself and self manipulation was a constant battle. It was not easy to come out of my shell. However, I quickly learned that pushing myself to do those things that I was not 100% confident in, was the only way to truly grow my craft. Those situations that made me the most uncomfortable are the situations that have made me who I am today.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would probably start by taking a small trip towards the downtown area. Reunion Tower would be a nice place to visit to get a view of the city. I would definitely go out for dinner and drinks near the uptown or victory park area. Happiest Hour in victory park has great food and drinks and is close by the American Airline Center and downtown. It would be the perfect spot to enjoy before heading out to a Mavs Game or night out on the town. I would definitely have to take her for breakfast the following day to Jonothan’s Diner, or Oddfellow’s both in the oak cliff area. I would not let her leave without trying Pecan Lodge BBQ in the Deep Ellum Area, followed by a walk around to experience the artistic neighborhood. The Trinity Grove area is a must to visit. They have so many great restaurants near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge which has a great view of the City. For me, the most exciting thing to do or place to visit would be the State Fair of Texas. This is such a celebration of all things Texan an the spirit of the Lone Star state really comes to life. You cannot leave without having a corn dog from Fletcher’s, riding the Texas Star ferris wheel, nor without a picture in from of Big Tex! Dallas has way too many great spots to visit not mentioned above such as the Bishop Arts District, the Design District, Uptown, Greenville ave, and The Dallas Arboretum.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, I would say that my husband deserves a huge shoutout. He is my back bone, number one supporter and advisor. Two years ago, we had just welcomed our second child and I was mortified of failing in this business. He has supported me and pushed me to test the waters since day one. Being an entrepreneur with two young children is not the easiest thing to do. Entrepreneurship is single handedly the most difficult job that I have ever had. You do not get your set schedule, and days off. There is always something to accomplish. You have to master so many aspects such as innovation, marketing, creativity, accounting, investments, and the list goes on! But I have to say, that without my family, and the support that they offer, I would not be here, where I am today. They constantly extend a hand when I am in need of help, and ultimately contribute to my success. I also want to shout out other small business owners in the DFW community who are constantly uplifting one another. I absolutely love the community that I am a part of and am so grateful. As I always say, for me, it is and will always be “community over competition”.

Website: www.dallascakepops.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesweetthumbconfections/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSweetThumb

Image Credits
Benita P Photography

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