Misha's Cupcakes was born in 2005, shortly after the birth of Misha Kuryla-Gomez and Gardo Gomez's first child, Ella. Misha was at home with Ella, listening to NPR, when inspiration struck. She heard a story about Sprinkles Cupcakes in Los Angeles, which, at the time, was making 1,000 cupcakes a day in its small shop, and thought to herself, "I can do that!" And, she did...
In October 2005, Misha started baking chocolate cupcakes (gradually adding other flavors) in her home while Ella, who was five-months-old, napped. Initially, she gave them to anyone that would take them - for free! Shortly thereafter, Misha donated cupcakes to a charity event for Susan G. Komen, and in the process, connected with her first wholesale client, Morning Call Bakery.
From there, Misha introduced her cupcakes to a number of cafes and restaurants around Miami, and many of them, including Books & Books, Mima's Deli and the Baptist Hospital Gift Shop, agreed to carry them. She also started getting retail orders. In that first year, Misha managed to sell $50,000 worth of cupcakes!
After that, things moved fairly quickly for Misha. In 2006, she hired her first employee, and in 2007, she moved her operations into a warehouse, which she turned into her first commercial bakery. Misha maintained business hours that coincided with the hours Ella was in day care. She opened a retail cart selling her cupcakes in Dadeland Mall that same summer. It became a daily go-to spot for her fans to pick up her delicious sweets.
In 2008, Misha opened her first Misha's Cupcakes retail store in Coral Gables. Others quickly followed, and by early 2015, there were four other Misha's Cupcakes locations in Miami and Broward, with additional ones in the works. Misha also steadily increased the number of other retailers that carry her cupcakes; currently, those stores stretch from the Florida Keys to Broward County, and includes supermarkets such as Milam's and Tom Thumb. Misha's Cupcakes now has 85 employees, including Gardo, who came on as the CFO in 2012. In 2014, it generated $4.3 million in revenue.
Currently, Misha's Cupcakes makes more than 10,000 cupcakes a day, with over 36 flavors. Misha has also expanded her product line to include cake-in-a-jars, cakes, brownies, cookies, cookie dough (to bake at home), bars and muffins.
Misha's own family has also grown over the years. In addition to Ella, who is ten, it now includes Landon, who is five and Grayson, who is two. Misha’s children are her biggest fans and taste testers, as well as her continued source of inspiration!