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Hidden Talents: Lety Cardenas

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 11.50.09 AMPEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS…
I’m a Child Care Specialist at the Stanislaus County Office of Education.

BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I…
I enjoy baking and creating unique cake designs. My family and friends challenge me with new ideas constantly.

I GOT STARTED WITH MY HIDDEN TALENT WHEN…
I baked a birthday cake for one of my assistant teachers in a preschool where I worked some 20 years ago. All of a sudden, parents of the children in my class were asking me to bake their child’s birthday cake to celebrate with the rest of the children.

I didn’t think my cakes were all that great. I did it more for fun! I’m not a professional by any means, but I do create some cakes that you won’t find in a grocery store.

AND SOMEDAY I HOPE TO…
Once I retire, I hope to possibly make a part-time career out of baking! Baking is a hobby that relaxes me. They say preschool teachers are crafty and creative!

I ALSO ENJOY…
My five-year-old niece Charlize loves to come over and bake with me. For her birthday, I had my friend embroider “Charlie’s Cookie Factory” on an apron for her. When she comes over we both wear our aprons and get to work! Of course her favorites are sugar cookies with lots of sprinkles.

GET STARTED BY….
Take a basic cake decorating course. They are offered a few places here in Stanislaus County. I only took the beginners’ class when I was teaching preschool; one day I hope to go back and take some more decorating courses!

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