Today we’d like to introduce you to Marci Brantveyn.
Hi Marci, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started my business during lockdown. I was and still am a stay-at-home mom and I was looking for a hobby that would satisfy my creative outlet while being able to care for my child at the comfort of my home. I’ve always been a hobby baker, baking random creations here and there, then I discovered the world of custom sugar cookies. I follow a plant-based diet and I hadn’t seen much focus on that type of cookie specifically. After a couple of tries and perfecting my own recipe, I had friends and family asking me to make cookies for special occasions. After that, my business has taken off and I’m still able to care for my child and become an active entrepreneur in the vegan community.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It’s been a roller coaster for sure. It took me a couple tries before I could have my Cottage Law Permit, but after that, its been pretty smooth sailing. Since my recipes do not include any of the forbidden items commonly associated with cottage law baking, such as eggs, I was able to move along fairly quickly. My biggest challenge has been getting my business known to the San Diego community. I have a lot of connections in the cookie world who refer me to their clients who prefer a plant-based cookie, but it’s not quite where I’d like it to be. I know it will come in time; I’m just excited for the opportunity to be on this journey.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I make custom vegan sugar cookies. I’m known for creating edible art that has no eggs or dairy in the baking process. I’m most proud of my ability to make a cookie that looks and tastes exactly like any other sugar cookie, except it’s vegan.
So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
What matters to me the most is the creations I have made for people. I take pride in my work and if it’s not up to my standards, I make sure I get it to that point. Making sugar cookies at the level at which I make them do come with a price, and I want to make sure it’s worth it for the customer.
- $47/dozen custom cookies
- $27/half dozen custom cookies
- $15/one hand painted character cookie
- $25/custom gift sets (3 cookies)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackbirds_cookies/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdscookies
All photos taken and edited by either myself, Marci Brantveyn, or my husband, Matt Brantveyn.