By REBECCA WALLACE
“Baking wasn’t my first choice,” said Reva Alexander-Hawk, which is a little ironic considering she’s a renowned baker, and yes, she actually plays one on TV.
Growing up in California, Reva wanted to sing. She planned to be an opera singer, as a matter of fact, but her dream of singing disappeared when, for a time, she lost her voice. But it was during that time that she found out she was incredibly talented at baking! In 2002, Reva launched a cake and pastry business, Merci Beaucoup, quickly developing a reputation among Hollywood elites as a high-end cake decorator who accomplishes what others can’t. Her talent landed her a role on the WEtv television show, "Amazing Wedding Cakes," and a star was born.
Her compelling personality and talent have led to appearances on Style Network, E! Entertainment, and Food Network, where she was on the winning side of Cake Wars and most recently, Halloween Wars. Reva’s work has been featured in several publications, including Brides Magazine, Wedding Bells, People Magazine, Cake Central Magazine and Cake Masters Magazine.
Never sitting still, Reva has built a sweet little empire of a cake business, gigs teaching at cake conventions and supply store events, and developing social media content for others in the baking world in addition to her occasional appearances on television baking competitions and lifestyle shows.
And thanks to her church, Reva now sings as well. When her parents retired in Georgia, she followed them, and ended up at Eatonton UMC where she immediately joined the choir.
What has been a bit unexpected for Reva, who did not grow up in the church, is the power of prayer and having a whole congregation supporting you.
“Whenever I enter a challenge either in my business or on TV, I know the church has my back,” she says. “I feel like that’s the edge I have. I don’t think I would have done all this without the church.”
She explains that food is a lot like faith. It brings people together. And because of her church, she gets to do not just one, but two things that she truly loves.
“I am blessed because I get to bring joy to so many people," she saud. "I make cakes and I sing.”
Though she’s mostly known for baking, Reva is proud to say that recently she came in third place at Eatonton UMC’s chili cook off. With competition running through her veins, she vows to take first place next time.
Rebecca Wallace is a communications consultant (and United Methodist) in Atlanta!