About the Baker

Hello! I am Kristin of Kristin’s Cravings. I am a young and energetic aspiring Baker in NYC. By day I work in the insurance industry, but by night and weekend I follow my passion and love for cakes, cupcakes, cookies and all things delicious!

My true love of baking started toward the end of 2009..

Since the age of 5 I was a competitive equestrian rider competing in competitions throughout the east coast. Growing up, I was at the barn 6 days a week (Tuesday – Sunday) and when I was 13 years old, I became the luckiest girl in the word to finally own my own horse, Loyalis (aka Albert). He was 3 years old at the time, and being a young rider myself, many would say that pairing a young horse with a young rider is not the best decision, but I had a wonderful trainer who had a ton of confidence in my and Al together. Albert and I grew up together. My trainer and I worked together to teach him everything he knows and he taught me many valuable lessons as well.

When it came time for me to choose a college I decided that riding and Al were not something I was willing to give up, so I chose Roger Williams University in RI to be close to the farm. Every year from November to April, Albert and the rest of the horses in the barn would go to Wellington, FL for the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and every year I would find as much time I could to fly down there to visit and ride. Unfortunately, my senior year became hectic searching for jobs and taking my finals so I didn’t make it down very often.

Going from riding 6 days a week to none left me with a lot of free time. I started experimenting with different, simple baking recipes: cookies, pumpkin bread, flavors that really stood out to me. I found out that I was actually pretty good at it. I started baking more and more and really found a love for it.

As my senior year in college came to an end, I received a job offer at an Insurance Company in NYC and set my moving plans in motion. One of the downsides to being a recent college grad living in NYC is expenses. Unfortunately at this point in my life, riding is not realistic. However, somehow, I ended up living about a block from the only equestrian store in Manhattan (I’m taking it as a sign!). Currently Albert has a wonderful home in Chicago with the same trainer that had the confidence in me all that time ago.

Long story short… I began baking when I had a lot of newly free time to waste. Now, I’m living in NYC, married and working in the Insurance Industry while spending as much time as I can taking classes at the International Culinary Center and Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and having the time of my life!

I look forward to sharing my recipes and the stories behind them! Feel free to e-mail with any questions or comments or custom orders at kristinscravings@gmail.com.

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4 Responses to “About the Baker”

  1. Geeta June 30, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    You look sooo cute!! :))
    Geeta from UK

  2. Jason July 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    You are just too cool for school 🙂

  3. Nana December 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    Love the picture.

    Next time filler………Writing a book!

    • Ermiyas March 2, 2012 at 8:39 am #

      I made this yesterday and it was a huge hit!! You wont bevleie what I did though. I cooked the glaze way to long and it hardened like glass on top! LOL We all laughed as I cut into it and the topping broke into a million pieces..and then we laughed even harder as we ate it. We made the most loud crunching sounds..like the scene from Christmas Vacation where they were eating the super dry turkey..LOLIt was super delicious though and I will be making it again and making sure the glaze comes out right this time!Big thanks from an American mom living in the Netherlands : ) It’s dishes like this that remind us of home..warm and comforting.

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