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Inspiring Conversations with Sadè Plummer of AngelPlum Pastries

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sadè Plummer.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My name is Sade’ K. Plummer, affectionately known as “the cake lady,” and I am the ShEO of AngelPlum Pastries LLC.  I am originally from Thomasville, Ga and I began baking and decorating in 2007.  I stumbled into this industry; my husband and I were preparing for our daughter’s 1st (first) birthday party. I’d like to say that I searched high and low and couldn’t find anyone that could design the cake to the vision that I had in mind for her birthday.  All I knew was I did not want to go with the traditional chains like Publix, Walmart or Sam’s to have the same outcome or design like everyone else.  I wanted her cake to be something unique, friendly to my budget and most importantly to taste good.  At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about baking, but my husband’s grandmother was a baker.   She sparked my sweet tooth.  My husband took me to meet his family while we were dating for Thanksgiving, and I had a slice of her infamous Red Velvet cake and I feel in love at first SLICE.  It was only natural that I asked for her help and guidance on the baking aspect, and since I have always been artistic, I tapped into my creative juices on the design.  A lot of my recipes are recipes that I have revised of my husbands’ grandmother; the only one I kept the same is the red velvet cake recipe that I decided to name The Betty Jean after his grandmother.  It’s classic and traditional just like her. What began with just the one simple cake blossomed into a passion for designing and creating masterpieces out of cakes, other baked good and treats. My very close friends always joke about how I never use to cook; they say I couldn’t boil a pot of water but now I have grown my presence in this baking industry for providing delicious custom sweets that delivers that homemade, home good feel that is sprinkled with a lot of love!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road has not been smooth or easy. In 2013 our family decided to take a leap of faith and relocate to Tampa, FL from Valdosta, GA for better opportunities in our careers financially. The transition was difficult from the business aspect because we had already had a strong presence in our clientele in Ga so transitioning to not having any at all was extremely difficult. When we moved to Tampa, we had no familiar support except for two (2) friends we knew. Although the transition was extremely difficult, I was encouraged to attend a Women’s Empowerment luncheon with a person I was familiar with from Valdosta via Facebook after finding out that we lived nearby each other.  She encouraged me to accompany her.  Reluctantly I went with samples of cupcakes, and I am so thankful that I listened to my beautiful friend/sister Felicia because it was there that I became connected with some beautiful/powerful women who I now consider my “Business Besties” and a part of my sister circle. We were all encouraged to share our story by introducing ourselves, our business, and our short term/long term goals.  From there, honestly the rest was HERstory.

 All it took was for one person from that room of women to solicit business from me and it took off from there. Before I knew it, I started gaining some momentum with business in Tampa. I used to tell everyone I was willing to give up on AngelPlum Pastries when we moved because I let the fear of not knowing anyone and not knowing how, when or where to start.  I had to really reflect and contemplate on what direction I truly wanted to take with the business. I decided to rebrand the business with a new logo, a catchy slogan “A Taste of Heaven,” changed the website and learned how to start offering shipment to all 50 states and internationally. The pandemic unfortunately took us away momentarily since no one was gathering or having events but we later launched our Cake’N Jarz that allowed us to still deliver our cakes to our customers safely, efficiently and conveniently.

 The best advice I can give anyone is to persevere, even when it does not make sense still persevere because if it is easy anyone could do it, but you have to P.U.S.H (pray until something happens). I’m so thankful I stayed true to God’s plan because we have been truly blessed with His faithfulness.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
AngelPlum Pastries is a family-owned and operated business in Tampa, Florida and we have been in business for about 14 years.  APP was officially established in 2009. We are known for our intricate cake designs through specialty cakes, cupcakes and wedding cakes that look just as good as they taste. I am most proud that together with my husband, we can create a legacy for our children. They get to see all the leg work from the late nights to early mornings.  The cakes from start to finish, it’s always exciting to see their reaction to certain designs I do. My son thinks I am famous and although I am not in his eyes I am. He is amazed every time someone finds out my name and then says, “oh so you’re that cake lady.” My children Ma’Rya and Michael are my biggest inspirations and promoters. They promote me every chance they get. They walk around with my business cards on them so they can refer their teacher to their mom. It warms my heart to see that at their age they are just as passionate as I am.

 What sets APP apart from anyone else in the business is that we give back. Each year we hold a 12 Days of Giving around December where we hold giveaways to say thank you to our customers old and new that have continued to support us throughout the years. In addition to that, we also provide academic scholarships for graduating seniors via the organization that we sponsor along with adopting at least two (2) families for Christmas. I keep the Bible verse of Luke 12:48 near and dear of “To whom much is given, much will be required.” God blessed me in ways I cannot begin to describe so I must honor Him and give back.

 I love being able to treat our patrons old and new as if they are family and bringing them that family experience.  They know that our desserts are not only tasteful but will be a memorable experience for them as well. I want them to feel as though they are sitting at the table with us, the dessert freshly baked from the oven with each bite just as flavorful as the last, giving them that TASTE OF HEAVEN!

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
I am a simple country girl, so my favorite childhood memory would come from being able to spend time with my family. I loved going to my grandmother’s house and sitting out on the porch listening to my grandma tell stories about any and everything while we would snap peas or just sit outside to feel the breeze. I also looked forward to my grandfather and Val (my other grandmother) making their yearly trips from New Jersey to Georgia to spend a week or two with us. I was a Tomboy and all my cousins around my age range were all boys so being outside, playing football with them and my brother, most importantly beating them in routes because they would always say girls can’t play football so my dad would tell me to show them what I was made of. Lastly was spending time with my cousin/sister Briana; her family was in the military so they would always come to visit us when they were in between deployments.  Having her around gave me an opportunity to have some girl time from playing dress up, teaching her how to play the flute, and singing our hearts out through some karaoke.  I am huge on family so anytime that I was around or could be around them were the best years of my life and memories I will always hold close to me.

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