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One Year of Gratitude
 
Arielle, young entrepreneur starting up vegan cakery business in Bali

I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I launched Thyme & Caramel, oh how time flies! This year has been filled with lots of excitement and amazing experience, thank you to everyone who has supported me. The growth of the business is beyond my expectation!

These experiences has made me realize how grateful I am to be able to find my passion at a young age and feel the joy in what I do, which is baking and crafting cakes. My biggest gratitude to the special people, family, friends, and even people from around the world, who have showed their love towards my work and supported my journey in what I want to achieve as a youth.

I’m thoroughly grateful for the path I have chosen and the support I am given, I believe that education is a lifelong process, and I have learned so many lessons each day from many different aspects. These lessons are ones I value most, reality education that has taught me how to sustain myself as a person and certainly to sustain my business.

I feel the need to share my happiness. That’s why, last month, I kickstarted a small fundraising project for my local farmer’s daughter who has been providing me with only the finest passion fruits for my cake. I’ve donated a percentage of every cupcakes I sold to raise fund for her education.

From one idea to another, I’m thankful to be able to make them happen one by one and step by step. This encourages me to motivate more people, to believe in themselves that how silly people might think your idea is, as long as you believe, there is always a way to turn things that started from only a dream into reality.

Now that I’ve managed my cakery for a year, I’m planning to grow and expand its wings! I am about to launch my buttercream flower making workshop for kids on November, to inspire them to use their creativity in the right place that can make the world a little bit better.

Another exciting news to welcome a new year of Thyme & Caramel, I’ll be participating in one of the biggest festival for vegans and vegetarians in Bali, which is Bali Vegan Festival. There, I’ll be holding my first public demonstration of cake decorating, giving a talk about my journey of positivity and happiness along with amazing speakers who are coming from around the world, and also having a booth at its vegan marketplace (The Vegan Village) where there'll be a little surprise for you. Wohoo!!!

It’s a three-days event in Ubud from 6 to 8 October. Entry to the Vegan Village (Ubud Soccer Field) will be FREE. However, all workshops, talks, classes and screenings require tickets for entry. Check out their website and purchase your ticket now! See you there :)

xx,

Arielle

 
Chocolate Heals!
Chocolate Buttercream
Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’ll get
 

There’s this one girl that comes to my mom’s restaurant every week to buy half a dozen of Thyme & Caramel’s chocolate cupcakes.. Yeap!  every.. single .. week!

When I asked, “Why do you buy my cupcakes all the time?” She said, "The chocolate in your cupcakes tastes real, they don’t make me feel bloated after I eat them, and more importantly, it’s the only cake I like that is guilt-free and can actually make me smile!”

Knowing this makes me happy, because this is exactly why I launched Thyme and Caramel! I want my cakes to not just make people happy, but also help them lead a healthier lifestyle. This lady have found a better option of dessert through my cakes, and in addition to that, she gained more knowledge about healthy living.

Let’s talk more about the benefits of (real) chocolate!

The cacao ingredient I use are sourced locally from Kintamani in Bali. I buy it from a small chocolaterie owned by a Balinese guy that handpick organic cacao fruits with his own hands and process them into small batches of different chocolate products. That’s why my chocolate cupcakes taste like real chocolate, because they’re actually real!

Scientifically proven, chocolate is famously known as a medicine to help reduce stress, it contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that  your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.  Real chocolate may also help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. In other words, it heals your body and calms your mind.  (*Because Stressed spelled backwards is Dessert and dessert is basically chocolate ;)

All of these benefits, of course, works for unprocessed and less processed chocolate, not the ones you find in the supermarket, because most of them use artificial ingredients that don’t come from an actual cacao. More than 400 chemical compounds are required to create the flavor of chocolate! Do you really want to put that much chemicals into your body every time you grab that chocolate bar off the supermarket rack? I don’t think so.

So, here is the solution: make your own chocolate and use ‘real’ foods!

My gluten-free chocolate cake is made from tapioca flour which I mix with coconut flour, rice flour , cacao butter, cocoa nib, cocoa powder, coconut sugar and coconut oil. Coconut flour is actually high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats , it is free from wheat and other grains. That makes coconut flour a good substitute for those who have a sensitive digestive system. I also use coconut sugar for my sweetener replacing those nasty refined sugars. All in all, I carefully choose the ingredients that are better and have some tremendous benefits for our health.

Today is the day that all of chocoholic have been waiting for all year. You can eat many chocolates you want for the day, but choose wisely! Eat the right kind of chocolate to indulge in and you’ll be fine. Happy World Chocolate Day, everyone!

xx,

Arielle.