WHAT IS YOUR GO TO DESSERT? COOKIES, CUPCAKES? HAVE IT ALL. TODAY IS NATIONAL DESSERT DAY. WE ARE HERE WITH MELISSA FROM BAKED BY MELISSA. WHEN I HEARD THAT BAKED BY MELISSA WAS COMING IN. I WAS LIKE THE REAL MELISSA? ALL THESE YEARS WE PASS BY YOUR STORE, MY DAUGHTER, THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE FAMOUS FOR, THESE TINY CUPCAKES. YOU SAID THEY ARE UNDER 50 CALORIES. EVERY FLAVOR. HOW MANY FLAVORS DO YOU HAVE? WE HAVE LIKE 20 SOMETHING FLAVORS RIGHT NOW. I CREATED SIX TO CELEBRATE CAKES BY MELISSA. MY NEW COOKBOOK CAME OUT LAST WEEK. IF YOU GO IN ANY BAKED MY MELISSA STORE LOCATION OR BAKED MY MELISSA.COM AND ORDER THE DREAM TEAM, YOU GET A TASTE OF CAKES BY MELISSA. I WAS SURPRISED. I DIDN’T KNOW YOU MADE CAKES. I YOU MAKE THESE LITTLE CUPCAKES. WE MAKE BITE SIZE TREATS AND MACAROONS BUT TO CELEBRATE CAKES BY MELISSA WE MADE A TIE DYE LAYER CAKE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP IN OUR STORE LOCATIONS. YOU CAN PLACE YOUR ORDER AND WE WILL MAKE THEM FOR YOU. THESE ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CAKES I HAVE EVER SEEN. THEY ARE. LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW YOU STARTED BECAUSE IT’S A GREAT STORY. YES. I WAS WORKING IN ADVERTISING AS A SALES ASSISTANT. AND I WAS FIRED FROM MY JOB BECAUSE I WASN’T PASSIONATE ABOUT THE WORK I WAS DOING. I PICKED UP THE PHONE FROM MY CUBICAL AND I CALLED MY BIG BROTHER. I WENT TO HIS OFFICE. HE SAID IT’S THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO YOU, GO HOME AND BAKE YOUR CUPCAKES AND WE WILL START A BUSINESS. AT THE TIME I WAS KNOWN FOR MY TIE DYE CUPCAKES, I WENT HOME THE NIGHT I WAS FIRED AND BAKED LIKE 250 CUPCAKES IN FOUR FLAVORS. I KNEW THAT I HAD TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE WAY THAT I FELT SO I DID WHAT MADE ME HAPPY. I SENT THEM IN TO WORK WITH MY BEST FRIEND’S LITTLE SISTER INTERNING AT ALLISON PR. SHE PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH HER CATERER WHO BROUGHT ME IN FOR A TASTING. HE LOVED THEM. I DID EVENTS WITH HIM A WEEK AFTER BEING FIRED FROM MY JOB. THAT IS AMAZING. A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE FIRED THINK MAYBE THERE IS HOPE. GOOD YOU HAVE A GOOD BROTHER. LIFE IS WHAT YOU BAKE IT. IN THE COOKBOOK THERE IS THE CHOCOLATE CAKE FROM YOUR GRANDMOTHER. WE ARE PUTTING THE RECIPE UP. SO, TELL ME, THIS IS WHAT YOU AID GROWING UP? THIS CAKE WHEN I MIXED THE BATTER TOGETHER, I SMELL MY GRANDMA. IT’S HER CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE. I BAKE WITH IT AS OFTEN AS I CAN. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY START BAKING. I THINK THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IS THAT THEY TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY. BAKING IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN. I DEFINITELY BACK TO RELAX AND CHILL OUT. IF YOU MESS IT UP, PUT A GLAZE ON IT. MAYBE WE WILL DO THAT TOGETHER. OKAY. I ICED THIS CAKE. THIS IS A THREE-LAYER TIE DIE CAKE. WHAT I LIKE TO DO IS PUNCH THEM OUT OF A SHEET PAN. THAT WAY YOU DON’T GET CRUST. EVERYTHING IS THE SAME SIZE. I PURPOSELY MADE IT LOOK LIKE IT’S NOT FINISHED. INSTEAD OF GETTING IT PERFECT, MAKE A GLAZE. THESE RECIPES ARE IN CAKES BY MELISSA. MY GLAZE IS TWO INGREDIENTS. WHOLE MILK AND CONFECTIONER’S SUGAR. I AM GOING TO SPLIT IT IN TWO BOWLS. YOU WILL PUT COLORING IN IT. A LITTLE BIT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT IF YOU WANT TO COVER UP A MISTAKE, GLAZE IS THE WAY TO GO. I WILL DO A LITTLE PINK AND A LITTLE BIT OF BLUE. AND BECAUSE I JUST LIKE TO MAKE THINGS BRIGHT AND COLORFUL, THAT IS FUN. I WILL MIX THIS ONE. THEN WHAT DO WE DO? THEN WE HAVE FUN. ER GOING — WE ARE GOING TO POUR IT ON THE CAKE TO COVER UP THE MISTAKES. THAT’S MY ADVICE. IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, TRIM OFF THE BURNT PART AND COVER IT WITH A GLAZE AND ICING. THAT INSPIRED SOME OF MY BEST CREATIONS. MAYBE I WOULDN’T HAVE PUT THE FIRST GLAZE ON A CAKE IF I DIDN’T BURN IT. YOU DO IT FIRST. I’VE NEVER DONE THIS. I LOVE TO DO PINK AND BLUE BECAUSE TOGETHER IT MAKES PURPLE WHICH IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE COLORS. YOU CAN DO THAT JUST LIKE THAT ON TOP. I TAKE THE PINK AND PUT IT ANYWHERE I WANT. RIGHT ON TOP. I LIKE TO MAKE NEW COLORS. SO, THIS IS AN OFFSET SPATULA. YOU CAN GET EVERYTHING ON AMAZON WHICH IS COOL TODAY. I LOVE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE THIS PROFESSIONAL BAKING EQUIPMENT FROM A CERTAIN STORE. GET IT ONLINE. TOTALLY. WE NEED MORE. WE NEED MORE PINK, TOO. YES. THROW IT ON THERE. THAT’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN YOU SWIRL IT. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU ARE ON INSTAGRAM BUT YOU CAN FOLLOW THESE DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHO ARE INSPIRING CREATIVITY. I FOLLOW PEOPLE THAT BAKE AND MAKE CAKES. YOU CAN SEE ALL DIFFERENT VARIATIONS OF THINGS LIKE THIS. SO, NOW, GOES IT WILL JUST DRIP DOWN THE SIDES AND IT’S FUN. GORGEOUS. YOU CAN SPREAD IT OUT AND MAKE IT LOOK A LITTLE TIE DYE. I LOVE IT. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. THAT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS MEANT TO BE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.