Allen woman turned her pancake art into a business worthy of a smile
Star wars robots, Disney princesses and a local media logo are just a few of the doodles Aanchal Gupta has drawn on the pancakes she now delivers. to the families of Dallas-Fort Worth.
However, the Allen resident said she was not into the pancake art business. Her mission is to make people smile with her pancake art.
Gupta said she first experimented with the art of pancakes, which she makes using colorful food coloring, a few years ago. Her daughter Ivanka, now 6, was a toddler and her 3-year-old son Kabir was still a baby.
Every weekend morning, she proposed a different design for the enjoyment of her children.
âIt was just a blank canvas for me,â Gupta said. âI never made the cookie cutter brown pancakes. I loved seeing them fall in love with their breakfast every time I did a new shape.
His designs, simple at first, have become more complex. It wasn’t until a few months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that Gupta considered turning his talent into a business, knowing that most parents were looking for a way to brighten their children’s day.
She contacted a handful of friends and on May 23, PANKY Doodle placed their first orders.
She started with a few colors and designs with basic details and character outlines. In a few months, Gupta learned to mix colors and mediums which prepared her for any request.
She can also make pancakes with different flavors, natural fruit and vegetable colors, and various flours to meet different dietary needs – and will even make pancakes without gluten and eggs.
Whenever she receives an order asking for a character design or logo that she’s unfamiliar with, she searches for an image that she thinks will work well when the pancakes expand. She then illustrates the image – upside down – on a hot pan.
She said she made so many pancakes with Disney’s Elsa and Anna Frozen, she could now probably do them with her eyes closed.
âI always take a kick out of making more intricate designs like these,â Gupta said. âThe revelation is when I flip the whole pancake. I don’t know what it will look like until I turn it over, then I feel that joy over and over again.
Gupta described the business as a family effort, with her daughter Ivanka being “the quality control assistant” who makes sure she has the right colors and a precise design.
âI’m still looking for his reaction,â Gupta said. “If she’s excited about this, I know other kids will be excited about it.”
Gupta makes deliveries or customers can pick up their orders at its doorstep. She said she would also be happy to stream live videos of her pancake-making sessions on social media or in person, if the kids want to follow.
Since May, more than 600 pancakes have been prepared for sale in the Gupta foyer.
She makes the pancakes several times a week in night shifts that continue until the morning, from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. – before working as a real estate agent, helping Ivanka with virtual learning and keeping an eye on Kabir.
âI’m really passionate about this,â Gupta said. âI’m pretty much up all night. When I’m done [making pancakes] for the day, that’s where my other life begins. But I wouldn’t sleep every night if I could do it every day.
Visit the PANKY Doodle Facebook page made to order with your choice of pancake design and flavor, plus a small cup of fruit on the side and a can of syrup.