So so excited to show this amazing Mom friend of mine some big praise and recognition (bc mom’s need more that!) today. Allison and I met a couple years ago when our kiddos were in preschool together. We had lots of mutual friends but I would say we had an instant connection (both Missouri girls <3 ) and have been able to build a solid friendship on our own. She is an amazing friend, always thinking of others, an amazing wife and momma, and one of the most creative humans I have ever met. She has taken my ideas on cake design (our anniversary cake, Sophia’s birthday cake, Max’s birthday cake) and turned them into something that was not only delicious but more than I could imagine.
Below is my interview with my sweet friend Allison Underwood from Cake•ology:
Tells us about yourself….
I’m Allison Underwood, originally from Kansas City, a wife of 11 years, mom of four children nine and under (three girls and a boy), lover of espresso, Haribo gummy bears, habanero salsa, bike riding, traveling, and long romantic walks down every isle of Target [by my self- ha ha ha] *not my original words, but so much truth* . Before moving to Dallas, I worked in community mental health while finishing up an internship at the State hospital- truly an incredible experience! From there, I got married, became pregnant with our first child, got pregnant again, and again, and again- ha!
You make the most amazing cakes! What got you started? How did you learn your craft?
Anyone who knew me back in my pre-married life, knows that I was not exactly a good cook and I definitely never baked! I was very spoiled by my mothers cooking and baked goodies, that I just enjoyed instead of learning how to make anything myself! A short time after we got married, I was trying to figure out the adult life, and would experiment with trying to cook for Geoffrey (my husband). Well, lets just say that if “nailed it” was a thing 11 years ago, I would have won for sure! Re-structured garlic bread french toast, botched mustard yellow cake balls, and a powdered sugar pie crust were just a few among many of our families favorite memories.
When our oldest was turning one, I was convinced that I had to make her cake myself. Having no clue where to start, I did what any rational person would do and got a box of fondant from Joanns! Needless to say, I failed! My father had to roll out and soften the fondant because for some reason the store bought fondant was rock hard- ha ha! My cake looked like a fluffy heart-shaped blob that was hardly edible. From this, I vowed that I would never bake another cake again!!! Well, fast forward a few years later, I decided to give baking another try. After making a rainbow cake for our grandmothers 89th birthday, my husband reminds me of a book we had of one of my favorite bakers and dessert places in NYC- Milk Bar. I sat there on the couch reading her book, ordering everything she suggested, then the rest was history! It was at this point where I realized that baking wasn’t just making a picture perfect cake, but rather an opportunity to play with flavors and create something that when you are eating you are instantly transported to a happy place. Food is an expression of love and something that everyone can relate to.
Over the past four years, I have spent countless hours teaching myself as I go. Somewhere along the way, I have created my most favorite vanilla cake recipe to which I can infuse other flavors by adding customized cake soaks!
Where do you come up with your ideas?
Like many moms, I have had my fair share of Pinterest fails. I still love browsing through that and Instagram for inspiration, but I find most of my ideas originate from a combination of the friends, family, and customers I am baking for. I have found myself to be my own worst enemy when decorating a cake. One thing leads to another and what was supposed to be a quick and simple cake leads to hours of sculpting modeling chocolate and making a million tiny decorative pieces that wasn’t originally planned on. I just can’t help myself . My best ideas come at night, I’ve affectionately been dubbed as the “midnight baker”.
Whats your favorite way to show self love?
My favorite way to show self-love is to wash my hair more than twice a week, maybe even freshen up my braid! Ha Lets be honest, I have four kids, two cats, and a husband… what’s self-love?
How do you have ‘Selfish Mom Moments’? (massage, facial, mani)
My favorite selfish mom moments are when my husband and I make time every year to sneak away and enjoy a week of being adults!
Some of our favorite spots have been Spain for the wine, France for the food, and Tokyo for the rabbit hole of Japanese skin care that I became obsessed with. My favorite selfish moments were making my husband wait as I scour through aisle upon aisle of foreign skin care. Who knew various placentas were so good for the skin.
Love this woman! Below are some amazing examples of cakes she has done. If you are a DFW local and need a cake you definitely need to talk to Allison!
To contact her:
Are you interested in being the next #MomCrushMonday? If so I would love to chat! Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org