‘Cake Boss’ bakes up friendships
KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- More than 10 years ago, he was housesitting when a chance discovery revealed an untapped hobby.
"It all started in 2005 when I was stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam when I was housesitting for a lady who was trying to lose weight," he said. "She was getting rid of cake ingredients, so I thought I'd give it a try."
During the duty hours, he may be known as Staff Sgt. Lawyer Evans, 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron supply technician assistant NCO in charge, but by night, he goes by "Cake Boss."
"The mission of the Air Force always comes before any hobby of mine," Evans said. "As a supply technician, my job is important to any Air Force related mission because I ensure parts and assets are properly stored and are ready for use to fulfill requests for shipments going all over the world."
After duty hours when Evans isn't busy supporting the wing, he continues to expand his hobby by baking more than a dozen cakes every month for individuals, organizations and events, including promotion celebrations, squadron barbeques and birthdays in a variety of flavors from red velvet, strawberry, chocolate and more.
"Baking has been a great opportunity to meet people, especially being at a small, family-knit base like Kunsan," he said. "Making cakes may be a small deed, but the best part is bringing people together and seeing people's reactions when they enjoy my food."
The unique dormitory lifestyle for nearly every Airman at Kunsan makes meeting potential customers easy for Evans, as sweet aromas often fill the first floor kitchen of dormitory 1407.
"Cake Boss" made a cake for me when my wife and children visited over Valentine's Day weekend," said Tech. Sgt. Raul Chavez, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron power pro craftsman. "It was something so little but it made that time spent with my family that much better."
Without any incentive besides offering a small token to fellow Wolf Pack Airmen, Evans continues to offer his passion for baking to Kunsan, with hopes of owning his own bakery after his time in the Air Force.
When Evans isn't busy donating his cakes, he enjoys woodworking and volunteering as a math tutor.
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