We had the good fortune of connecting with Amelia Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amelia, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I doubt myself every day. That’s the pitfall of creating something. You create and then offer it up for judgement, never quite knowing if someone is going to hate or love it. There’s a great quote from… well from some movie (something super high-brow. I’m sure, like Shrek, or The Muppets), “We compare our behind the scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.” When I was feeling overwhelmed recently, a friend asked if Drunk Confections was still bringing me joy… No, it never has. It’s an expression of joy. It’s an outlet and not a source. So I choose to keep going, knowing that some failure is inevitable, but someday I’ll look back on my highlight reel and know all the messy kitchens behind the scenes were worth it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I grew up in a creative, hippy family (I actually have 8 middle names, but that’s a story for another time). My dad is musical and my mother weaves. My maternal grandparents were jazz musicians. That said, mental illness can often ride hard on the coattails of creativity, and it ran rampant in sections of the family. In adolescence, my art was often thrown out, or generally discarded. Creating cakes that excite people, cause a few minutes of joy that might continue as a great memory – that’s the kind of lasting effect I’m after. Delicious cake is the perfect medium: it’s not meant to last, but, when done right, it elicits a brief, brilliant moment of excitement and joy – and, of course, the alcohol doesn’t hurt.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is perfect timing. I literally dropped off a couple friends at the airport this morning after a week in SD. Playing tour guide is a lot of responsibility –

– Children’s Pool (obvi)
– The Wine Pub in Point Loma (where they sell my cakes)
– Coronado (because, duh)
– Cabrillo (tide pools!)
– Sunset cliffs (because there’re sunsets… and cliffs)
– Tacos (literally anywhere)
– Breakfast Republic (Liberty Station)
– Moniker Coffee (cuz they have coffee & beer)
– USS Midway (where I once waved to the mannequin because I thought he was real)
– Balboa Park (cuz she pretty)

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Almost every cake is named after a friend who has supported me throughout, encouraged, pushed, prodded, or just given me a reason to create something. I’d like to specifically shout out the following bad ass bitches in no specific order:

Amanda P.
Ceri W.
Hannah G.
Katie R.
Sara F.
Anne M.
Emily C.
April T.
Liz S.
Angel P.
Cathie C.
Alexis W.
Kristen D.
Phifer C.
Laura G.
Ellen L.
Sheree L.
Jennifer S.

And a super shoutout to my boyfriend, Zev, for making deliveries every weekend, holding me while I cried over spilled condensed milk, taste-tested (even though he’s not a dessert person – his absolute worst quality), all the while putting up with my (killer) puns. Love you, bubble butt.

Website: drunkconfections.com

Instagram: @drunkconfections

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drunkconfections/

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/drunk-confections-san-diego

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