hi, i'm ryan!
I'm a wife, a mom to three beautiful girls, a follower of Christ, and I am thrilled to create something unique for you.
I was born and raised in Albuquerque and have always loved to bake. After graduating from Sandia High School, I attended UNM for a year and then decided to study pastry arts. I moved cross country to Maryland and attended and graduated from L'Academie de Cuisine in Washington D.C. in 2010, which was one of the top pastry schools in North America at the time. We had the privilege to be taught by incredible chefs including Roland Mesnier, as well as how to use fondant and make sugar flowers from the queen of cake, Colette Peters. After spending a week with her, I knew that, while others in my class would be heading off to hotels and restaurants, I wanted to focus on cakes.
I've worked at SugarBakers Cakes in Maryland, Marcello' s Chophouse, Cake Fetish, ABC Cake Shop, and Smallcakes here in Albuquerque. I've also worked in the corporate world, selling ads for Albuquerque the Magazine and working in the corporate office of Heritage Hotels & Resorts, but I kept making cakes for family and friends.
& i'm glad you're here
My passion has always been for cake; this is a business I have been dreaming of and praying about for ten years! I'm constantly learning new techniques to use through online courses, and I find inspiration everywhere and love to apply it to my designs. I love to make delicate sugar flowers by hand, pipe details that match invitations, mix colors to match table place cards perfectly, and I never make the same cake twice.
The cakes that I craft for you are carefully planned from the first correspondence until the final detail that is placed on your cake.
You see, I believe that the cake you order from me should be a reflection of who you are, it should be designed especially for you, not chosen out of a book or off of a Pinterest page (although I love to see what designs you want to incorporate into your cake.) But really, nothing brings me more joy than getting to know who I’m making cakes for--Honey & Salt is not just another cakery: you are not just another order or cake I'm cranking out.
I hope we become friends and that I get to make you and your family cakes for years to come.