January 8, 2018
This is Janice. We call her “Ate Janice” since in the filipino culture it is a term of respect for older female family members. She is also known by many as “JaeNYCeats.” We love Ate Janice and her incredible drive and dedication to her dreams! Recently, we spent some time with her to discuss her business, how it all came to fruition and what it takes to make a cakie.
She is a a marketing and communications director-turned-trendsetting pastry chef. She started Jae NYC Eats as a humble culinary project at home in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York. Janice is a woman of various backgrounds and a passionate lover of new ventures in food. She wanted to develop a dessert that would fit in with any and every occasion, event, or family gathering. Though many other sweet experiments proved themselves to be quite delicious, none were so widely memorable or requested as her Cakies which are homemade artisanal twinkies. She took one of the most iconic snack cakes and gave it a complete makeover! Cakies are spongey, creamy desserts that not only pop with vibrant colors but are also packed with unique flavors that often reflect Janice’s Filipino roots. Ube, Pandan Coconut, Jackfruit with Fruity Pebbles and Maple Bacon Rum are just a few among the diverse flavor options. She is widely coveted for creating childhood nostalgic treats in a more “delicious fashion.” We love how her creations are a complex culmination of her personal life experiences as told through a journey of diverse flavors, textures and colors. Her work has been featured on ABC’s The Chew, Travel + Leisure, Eater, Buzzfeed, Fortune, Thrillist, Time Out New York, Insider and more.
Being a chef, we had to ask her to share some of her favorite restaurants and meals. Hailing from New York, she shared her favorites in the city which include 2nd City (West Village), Mamo (Soho) and Seamore’s (Chelsea/Nolita). Her favorite meal is Filipino Spaghetti! We have to agree with her as this is one of our favorites too. She told us that the sauce has such a wonderful balance of salty and sweet. The dish includes ground beef and slices of hot dog. This meal also reminds her of childhood and the family dinners that would happen all the time. She comes from a big family, so it literally could be 30 to 40 people over for dinner.
She told us that a word that she would give to other people is “don’t give up.” She has heard this from several people through out her lifetime and whenever she feels like she has come up against a wall that God somehow sends the right person to tell her to not give up. Faith…it is what keeps her going.
We love Ate Janice and her delicious creations! She is super dear to us and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for her!
If you would like to connect with her or place an order for cakies, you can reach out to her on Facebook or on Instagram (@JaeNYCeats).
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