Meet Mercy Fabila: The Pro Cookie Baker Behind Bashi Bakes
When it comes to the world of cookies, there's no one quite like Mercy Fabila. With a passion for baking and a commitment to using only the finest ingredients, Mercy has become a household name among dessert enthusiasts in Los Angeles. Her journey from a marketing consultant to the founder of Bashi Bakes is nothing short of inspiring, and her story is as sweet as the cookies she creates. Join us as we explore the delightful world of Mercy Fabila, the woman who's making waves in the cookie scene and will be showcasing her talents at BakeCamp Weekend 2: Pacific Palisades on October 14th.
The Art of Baking with Heart
Mercy's love for baking began long before she became a professional cookie baker. For nearly a decade, she worked as a marketing consultant for health and wellness businesses throughout LA, but her true solace came from baking. It was her way of reducing anxiety and finding respite from the hustle and bustle of her daily life.
Coming from a business background with a deep-rooted interest in baking, Mercy was initially unsure of how to merge her two passions. However, the pandemic brought an unexpected opportunity. With most of her clients' businesses temporarily closed, she decided to devote her free time to baking for friends and family, spreading some much-needed joy during challenging times.
Perfecting the Craft
During her baking experiments, Mercy honed her skills and began testing various rustic dessert recipes. She was drawn to the aesthetic of pastries and cakes that were imperfect in appearance but incredibly delicious in taste. Among her creations, the Basque Burnt Cheesecake stood out and quickly became a crowd favorite. Realizing that this unique dessert was hard to find, especially in the South Bay, Mercy saw an opportunity to share her creation with her community.
A Promise to Happiness
Mercy's journey took a profound turn in 2017 when she survived a brain tumor. This life-altering experience led her to make a promise to herself: always pursue what brings her happiness and peace. Baking, it turned out, was at the heart of her happiness. The joy she found in creating and sharing her Basque Burnt Cheesecake with others solidified her path as a baker.
Growing Bashi Bakes
Today, Mercy is the proud founder of Bashi Bakes, a bakery that focuses on crafting rustic desserts inspired by her Mexican, Spanish, and Italian heritage. Her commitment to using high-quality ingredients is unwavering. She incorporates Madagascar vanilla bean, Ceylon cinnamon, European butter, and Valrhona Guanaja 70% dark chocolate into her creations. What's more, her cookies are available gluten-free upon request, ensuring that everyone can enjoy her delectable treats.
Mercy's favorite cookie is a classic chocolate chip cookie with dark chocolate chunks. She prefers it chewy on the inside with a slight crisp on the edges. For an extra layer of flavor, she uses brown butter, which imparts a rich, nutty taste that pairs perfectly with the chocolate.
Favorite Cookie Memory
Mercy's love for baking has deep roots, dating back to her childhood. One of her fondest memories is helping her mom bake chocolate chip cookies from scratch on the weekends. This early exposure to the world of baking sparked her interest, and today, she is a professional baker serving several restaurants in the LA area and selling her delicious goods directly to consumers.
Mercy's journey from a marketing consultant to a pro cookie baker is a testament to the power of following one's passion and finding solace in life's simple pleasures. Her commitment to crafting high-quality, rustic desserts that bring joy to others is truly remarkable. If you're lucky enough to attend BakeCamp Weekend 2: Pacific Palisades on October 14th, be sure to stop by and savor her Brown Butter Banana Bread Cookies with Valrhona chocolate. You won't be disappointed, and you'll get a taste of the heart and soul that Mercy pours into her delightful creations at Bashi Bakes.
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