Recipe for Success

By Joel Waldinger | November 4, 2021


As daybreak emerges along West Oklahoma Avenue in Milwaukee it’s time to get busy. Pedro Garcia and his partner Jesus Ramirez are well-known on the southside as the bakers who make the desserts of their homeland. It all started with one cake. A cake Pedro made Jesus for his birthday. And from there the cakes kept coming. The went from one cake to opening a bakery called Todo Postres. In Spanish Todo Postres means “all desserts.”

Some of their recipes were handed down from family. That however, didn’t guarantee success. Jesus said, “That’s the part that scared me the most, if we weren’t successful.“ Pedro agrees, “It was scary to start, thinking about what could work or what couldn’t work.” It was a leap of faith. Both are self-taught bakers and businessmen. Jesus and Pedro went from being welders to wedding cake bakers. Pedro said, “The change was huge.” They are building a name for themselves in the community making desserts and cakes, very large extravagant cakes.

Filled with pride Pedro and Jesus want to help the next generation of entrepreneurs. Pedro said, “We belong to both Latin community, LGBTQ community and, it’s very important for us to be in touch with them.“ From a half-backed idea to a dream come true, and now a brand new bakery is just icing on the cake. It’s an American dream come true. Jesus said, “To be in this country is very, is very beautiful, very important to be getting ahead.” Pedro added, “If you have a dream, you have to, make it come true.”

Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger is a reporter for the “Wisconsin Life” project and considers a sunset over the “big island” on Manson Lake to be a perfect ending to a day of fishing and fun in the Northwoods. 

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