Two years ago, when Kris Lara decided to start his own small business making cupcakes, he never imagined his creations would reach the mouths of Hollywood celebrities. First it was the Comic Con in San Diego, then the American Music Awards, and this year at the Golden Globes.
What is most impressive about this entrepreneur, who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, is that he does not have an office or any employees. Alone, he made more than 100 cupcakes, each with its own stand and decoration, for the Golden Globes. The cupcake flavors were so delightful that Lara left with several offers for the Oscars.
“What I do is somewhat unconventional, I am not the typical cupcake business. I try to make each creation a unique experience. That’s why instead of butter, the cupcake fillings are made with cream cheese, glaze, frosting, and my signature ingredient: chocolate mousse,” says the proud Mexican entrepreneur.
The recipe for the chocolate mousse was created by Lara’s mother, “his true inspiration.” She made cakes in San Gabriel Valley and sold them like hotcakes. At the time, her son was not very interested in baking. In fact, for ten years he worked at a law firm. “This experience helped me grow as an entrepreneur, after learning how to manage a business. When the time came, I decided to take my mother’s recipe and transform it into something else.”
That is how Madalyn’s Cupcakes was born and now prides itself with eleven original flavors made with natural ingredients. You can choose from the strawberry or apricot cupcake filled with cream cheese, the piña colada with a hint of rum and coconut, the apple with white chocolate, and even a bacon-flavored cupcake covered in maple syrup. “Having a variety of flavors is ideal for a quinceañera, since you can satisfy all of your guests. A cake, on the other hand, has one flavor that may or may not be liked by your guests,” explains Kris Lara.
Quinceañeras also have the option of choosing a theme for their party. “They have asked me for everything: comic book characters, rock n’ roll, red carpet themes, and even a dress covered in cupcakes. The truth is I can make anything. I just need to know the details three months in advance to make sure everything goes well.”
Kris Lara has definitely created a recession-proof business because, as he describes it, “even if there is an economic recession going on, people want to feel good and my cupcakes serve that purpose.” In the near future, Lara plans to open a “cupcakery” in Downtown Los Angeles. It will be a place where you can have pastries, cupcakes, and wine. Another business that will surely make people feel good.
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