About Mark

My passion for baking started as a child when I would sit at the edge of the kitchen while my mom baked delicious treats for us. My favorite was her red velvet cake. I would pay attention to all the little details she would make as she baked. I was amazed by how sugar, eggs, flour and a few other ingredients could create something so delicious. 

Fast forward to many, many years later, my sister and I got older and started moving away. My mom stopped baking as much (my dad and younger brother weren't too thrilled) since there were less people in the house. She would still bake on holidays and special occasions. I remember my wife and I going home for a holiday, probably Thanksgiving and eating some cake that was at my parents’ house. We of course assumed it was my mom's, but after tasting it, we looked at each other puzzled. So I asked my mom if she baked it, and she didn't. A part of my childhood died that day. Now that I couldn't get my cake fix from my mom, I decided to get it from myself. 

I researched different recipes trying to find ones that seemed close to what I remember her baking. I got my ingredients, went to the kitchen and started going to work. Turns out I remembered enough of what she did and created something special.The reaction to my cake was so good that I decided to try a few other recipes. I nailed them all! I fell in love with baking and I've been doing it ever since. It's my passion and that passion reflects in everything I bake.

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How it all Started

The story of Brotha Bakes certainly starts in my parents kitchen, but how we got here is a story all in itself.

Before I began baking the best tasting cakes you can find in a jar, I was a truck driver in Metro Houston. I had been driving professionally for about 4 years and was living a very comfortable life. Between my wife's counseling firm and my job, life for the Linen's of Texas was going well. 

One day in early 2019, I was sitting in the barbershop and my barber played a message from Steve Harvey. In the video, Steve says something like, if the the alarm clock goes off in the morning and you aren't excited about it, then you aren't living in your gift. His words pierced my soul. Certainly being a truck driver was a good job, but I was never passionate about it. I just couldn't get his works out of my mind. I knew I wanted to do something other than driving a truck at some point, but I didn't know what. The idea of owning my own business that I could possibly leave to my two sons, was always a dream of mine. So I started on the journey to find out what my passion was. After some soul searching, I landed on baking. I love baking, it has always been therapeutic for me. So I went to the kitchen broke out some of my favorite recipes and went to work. I baked many different cakes, some worked and some didn't. I shipped my products to friends and family all across the country. In November 2019, I officially launched Brotha Bakes and it has been an amazing experience. 

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