The name CoCopelli is not only a play on words but a reference to an ancient god who was a very important figure in the world of chocolate. The chocolate plant was used extensively by the Mayan and Aztecs thousands of years ago. The beans, called Theobroma cacao meaning “food of the gods” were believed to promote health and even to have aphrodisiac qualities. The beans were ground and made into a thick elixirÂ used in fertility rituals and health-fortifying ceremonies. Kokopelli was the fertility deity in those ancient cultures, where hot drinking chocolate held an important place in the rituals. He was also a traveler, trader and bringer of music, happiness and enjoyment to all.
Bringing happiness is our objective at CoCopelli, too. We strive to make the world a sweeter place, one cupcake and truffle at a time. We plan to make CoCopelli the community expert in all things chocolate and build a sweet tradition in Santa Fe.
Lauren Gurney, Owner
There was never a shortage of tasting spoons in my father’s kitchen. My father brought the rich tradition of European cuisine to our kitchen. He had a knack for home baking and made everything from cakes to chocolate treats. Through high school I worked for a chocolatier and learned about the industry, from a small business perspective, from the ground up. I developed my passion for chocolate the best way; I starting dipping my favorite treats in chocolate. Oreo’s™s, strawberries, glace, ginger, you name it, I’ve probably dipped it!
My military career took flight, literally, in 2009. I moved to Fort Rucker, Alabama, to pursue my dream of flying rotary wing aircraft. Even though I was hundreds of miles away from the chocolate shop I grew up in, I continued to make chocolate treats, desserts, and special orders when I could spare the time. Upon my return from training I took to the southwest skies to fight forest fires that ravaged New Mexico and bordering states. But the call of the world of chocolate never quieted. In fall of 2011, I signed up for classical training at a Chocolatier Workshop presented by Cargill, one of the largest chocolate companies in Northern America. I knew that opening a chocolatier and cupcake bakery in Santa Fe wouldn’t wait for years of planning. The time was now!
When chocolate lovers ask me if I try my own chocolate, my answer is usually No, I’m sweet enough today! The truth is that I am as guilty as anyone of indulging in delicious treats made with, dipped into, or covered with chocolate. I am so guilty that chocolate should have its own group on my food pyramid. I love that chocolate can express feelings, create experiences, start life journeys, and build family traditions. And I love the diversity of Santa Fe. The people of Santa Fe inspire me every day to build a business that caters to everyones chocolate and cupcake delight.
Christy Rubio, Cake Artist
Growing up I was always in the kitchen with my Grandmother baking. She is the one who taught me all the basics. I went to college and got 2 degrees: a bachelors in Animal Science and a masters in Range Management. I have always been a lover of the western way of life and now live the dream. My husband is a cattle ranch manager and my two boys are cowboys to the bone. I started making and decorating cakes at home for family and friends, and always watched the cake shows on TV, saying…I could DO that someday. Well the one day came when I met Lauren at her little shop in Santa Fe. God lead me to the shop and Lauren and I got along wonderfully! I started teaching myself new techniques and practicing and have become pretty handy! Now I get to create cakes for peoples celebrations. I love a challenge and new a different techniques. My favorite technique so far is hand painting on fondant. It is such and original and unique design…not one cake is the same.
I look forward to customers calling and asking for original and creative ideas. I like to make their dreams become reality in cake! It is really exciting to see how surprised and delighted they are to see the final cake. Not only do they cakes look wonderful, but they taste even better! You can truly have your cake, eat it, and love it too!!