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Meet Daria Tarnavska of Oh My Cake San Diego in Kearny Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daria Tarnavska.

Daria, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always been passionate about baking. I started since I was a kid I was always watching my mom bake and cook, and my grandma would make the best pies. I would say I grew up in a “foodie” family. I baked my first apple cake when I was ten, which surprisingly turned out good! My parents would encourage me to bake and try new recipes. I would bring my classmates at school desserts – seeing their happy faces was the best. Since I’ve had high standards for desserts since childhood, there was only a few bakeries in my hometown that would satisfy my sweet cravings. Once I came to the United States to finish my business degree, I realized there weren’t many bakeries that satisfied my cravings. I started to bake things for myself and friends, and everyone who would try my desserts would say “you should definitely open a place”, or ” I’ve never tried anything like that, this would blow up”. Friend’s feedback was very encouraging, so I put my fear aside and started my cake blog. It all happened a year ago.

During the year of 2019, I grew in the baking field. Baking and perfecting my recipes non-stop definitely played a big part in developing my skills, which I’m planning on growing by learning and offering new exclusive things. My next big step will be an opening of my own pastry shop, which will bring new experience to San Diego. I’d like to give a shout-out to my husband and my family, as well as to people that have been following me since day one and people who discover my page and stay with me. I love and appreciate each and everyone. Without those nice words and unconditional amount of support, I would never grow as much in such a short period of time. Big thank you from the bottom of my heart.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Luckily, I can’t say I have been struggling with a lot of things. But it is always hard to make people interested in what you’re doing. Prove people your product is worthy and your business is honest. There are so many blogs and businesses with a lot of followers and seeing that can put your self-esteem down. The amount of followers or customer base of big companies or successful businesses makes wonder if you’re ever going to be as successful. “Am I doing enough?” This is the question I ask myself everyday. Staying positive even on a slow day or even month is the most important thing, but it’s often the hardest to do. It is very crucial to stay motivated and to not give up if you are truly passionate in what you’re doing. There’s no rainbow without the rain.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
My blog is dedicated to cakes, pastries and desserts that are made from scratch in my kitchen. I offer a variety of unique cakes such as mousse cakes with mirror glaze, cakes with cheesecake inside, a lot of European style cakes, as well as pastries and dessert bars. Apart from the look of sweet creations, they’re different by it’s light and sophisticated taste, with just right amount of sweetness and absolutely NO buttercream.

I am extremely proud and happy that I am able to offer such an experience to people and to bring joy and happiness to a regular or special day of their lives. And as I said earlier, if you can dream it – I can bake it!

What were you like growing up?
I was such an energetic kid! There’s nothing I haven’t tried haha. I was taking art classes, Indian dances (don’t ask me why, I just woke up one day with an idea and next day I took my first class), swimming, figure skating, horseback riding, french language classes along with English language classes and many more other activities. I just wanted to know everything and I always had a lot of questions. I still do 🙂

I was lucky to travel a lot around Europe in my early ages and go to school in France, which also played a big part in developing my love for pastries, I’m still a person with a lot of interests and hobbies, and I don’t really define myself as just a baker. I would definitely become a figure skater if I wouldn’t choose my pastry chef path.

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Daniel Nadar, Daria Tarnavska

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