I have always loved baking. I’ve done it for as long as I can remember. This is so random, but we were talking about the OJ Simpson trial at work the other day. You know what I was doing while watching the police chase? Baking shortbread. Lol.
When deciding on colleges, I really wanted to go to a local-ish culinary school. But, between my parents’ desire for me to get a “real degree” and me not really having the confidence to go for it, I went another way.
When I started working in my current job, I would bring in cupcakes for my co-workers’ birthdays. They would RAVE about how good they were. This might seem weird, but I don’t like cupcakes. I mean, I’ll eat them, but I wouldn’t choose them if I could pick a sweet, so I was surprised that they liked them that much. Anyway, people at work were obsessed with them. My friends all like them too, and I often make them for their kids’ birthday parties. Then a couple of people asked if they could buy some from me, then one thing lead to another, and I decided, why not?
I came up with a name, and had someone on Etsy create a logo for me. Is it not the cutest?! It’s not at all what I asked for but I totally love it.
I started a Facebook page a few months ago, and was shocked by the following I got practically overnight. I got 2 ordered that first night, I think. Since then, I’ve steadily had 1-2 orders a week, which works out perfectly since I’m really only doing this on the side (for now :) )
Last month, I had a booth at a local event called Vintage Market Days. They typically have 5,000 to 7,000 people through their doors. It was a huge undertaking. Completely exhausting. I think I make 1,200 cupcakes and cakepops in 24 hours. I sold almost all of them. It was crazy. People have emailed me from that, and tell me that my fill-in-the-flavor was the best cupcake they’ve ever had. Again, crazy.
I have had requests to do a couple of other vendor-type events. I would love to do that, but it’s difficult to prepare for those kinds of things while still working full time, so I haven’t been able to do anything else yet.
I hope that someday this is more than just a side business.
Chocolate-Salted Caramel-Coconut Cakepops