To jazz up pancake breakfasts, Jasmine Rezonable recommends starting off by using a couple of squirt bottles and food colouring for the batter
Photo: Get Caked
Pancake artist Jasmine Rezonable is an ambassador of the Luxembourg brand Farin’Up, which recently expanded more in the US market. Natalie Gerhardstein caught up with the self-taught artist and business owner about her upcoming plans with the brand.
Jasmine, 23, is the owner of the Los Angeles-based company Get Caked, an event service specialising in pancake art.
In 2019, she plans on driving a food truck up and down the west coast, whipping up French-inspired, hearty crepes, using the brand’s products. She talks about how she learned her craft, her mother’s influence, and the most bizarre creation she has been asked to make.
NG: How did you first team up with Farin’Up?
JR: It was crazy! Jean-Luc [Brosius, managing director of MK 1704, which is in charge of Farin’Up in the US] had reached out to me in June of last year. He had found me online, we spoke on the phone the next day, and within 24 hours it was decided I would fly out with them to New York for the Summer Food Fancy Show. Since then we’ve become good friends, and I’m a brand ambassador for them.
Before working with the brand, did you know much about Luxembourg?
When I first started, I had very little knowledge about the company in Luxembourg, to be honest. After the first event together, we kept booking events, and it ended up with us going to Luxembourg. I was able to visit Luxembourg and Paris, and it was beautiful. I’d live there if I could.
What were your impressions of Luxembourg?
Los Angeles is full of cars and people, barely any sidewalks, and it’s always sunny. In Luxembourg, I’d never seen a land so beautiful, so untouched, with gorgeous, green trees and hills everywhere. There was barely anyone on the road when I was driving. We visited some of the villages, so I got to meet family friends of Jean-Luc’s and visit a dairy farm and a brewery. Luxembourg was the perfect getaway. I fell in love with the country, but also with the people there. It felt like everyone knew each other. That’s also why I like working with Farin’Up, there’s that same feeling all around.
How did you become a pancake artist?
I’d first seen someone doing it in Japan on Instagram. I sent my mom a screenshot and asked her what she thought of the business idea. She said, ‘It looks great, but it’s going to be hard because you don’t have any art experience.’ I couldn’t even draw!
But within a few days, I read an article showing how our brains learn, how humans can learn and develop any skill. It may take time and we might not at first be good at it, but we can really learn anything. That same day I bought squeeze bottles and started, and since then it has been constant practice with pancake batter and drawing. And here we are, about two and a half years later, and now it’s a full-time gig!
What was your first pancake, and how has your technique developed?
My first design in July 2017 was a Pikachu [a character in Pokémon]. Before developing the technique I use now, I was just using heat sensitivity, where you lay a piece down, it cooks and gets darker, then you lay another piece down, so there’s an outline.
Jasmine's very first attempt at pancake art using just plain batter Photo: Get Caked
With the first pancake, it was just white batter, compared to the ones I make now in full colour.
It’s a race against time. I try to tell people, if you try to learn the skill, and really put in the time, you can do it.
How many pancake artists do you know of?
I have three artists in training and one other head pancake artist, and out of us the only one with art experience is the other head pancake artist. Everyone else has little to no art experience, so really anyone can learn pancake art.
I also know there’s one other person on the east coast with five artists, one in Japan and one in Australia. I think there are 12 of us around the world. We’re a little group, but we’re growing!
What has been your favourite design?
A favourite design is one that I’ve never done before because it challenges me.
And what’s the most bizarre design you’ve done? Or dare I ask?
[Laughing] My rule of thumb is that I will make you any pancake in the world, as long as I don’t get in trouble with your group. In Luxembourg I was actually asked to make the first penis! I was making pancake art in a barn, and someone came up and said the group of friends wanted to see that as a pancake, and I said, sure, I don’t mind.
There were kids and adults, and so I was trying to make the pancake and shield the kids from seeing it! I flipped the pancake, which is when people usually come around, but in this case I had to ask them to just take it to their table.
So, yes, my first penis pancake was in Luxembourg.
So to change gears a bit, do you find it bittersweet that your creations don’t last?
I’ve been making 2 years now, I’ve had so many pancakes and I wanted to save as long as I could since each one is an accomplishment. But I think the full experience is for people to enjoy the pancake while it’s hot too. I want everyone to have the best pancake of their entire life. I encourage people at least to take a picture.
Do you have some tips for amateurs or even parents who want to jazz up pancakes for their kids?
Two squeeze bottles and some food colouring is enough! Think of a flower, heart, basketball, or another simple design that doesn’t require much. Also a pancake griddle and towel--make sure you don’t burn yourself. Keep the heat on low the entire time. And just have fun!