Melonie, a Central Bucks South High School 2016 Senior, is one of our Teen Entrepreneurs and we're so excited to share her delicious story with you!
Growing up, I always enjoyed baking and being in the kitchen. I would help my mom cook dinner or desserts just for fun. As I got older, I thought I could do something with my interest in baking. I decided to start taking classes at Michael’s when I was twelve years old. The classes taught me how to decorate cakes and cupcakes at a more advanced level.
I could not have gotten as far as I have without the help of my mom. Being that I was only twelve when I started, she had to drive me to the classes, and she even took them with me in the beginning. She bought me all the supplies I needed, and just the ones that I wanted because they looked cool. She always encouraged me to try new things and told me I won’t get any better unless I keep practicing. Now that I can drive and am more independent, I can get more supplies and make deliveries on my own but she still loves helping me out and I love getting her help.
In the very beginning, I would just bake for my family parties. My mom is a pre-school teacher; so some of the parents asked me to make their kid’s birthday cakes. I also worked at a summer camp for a while so I would make my friend’s sweet 16 cakes, or graduation cakes. It started mainly with people who I was close with and knew me personally. Through word of mouth and social media more people started hearing my name and seeing pictures of my cakes. This led to people calling me and placing orders. Although I wanted to do as much as I could with my little business, I still had to focus on school and sports, or else I knew it wouldn’t be worth it. I managed to fit everything into my
busy schedule and I enjoyed doing it.
The best opportunity I’ve gotten as a result of my cupcake business is that for the past six years, I have made cupcakes and cakes for Rubey’s Kids. Rubey’s Kids is a non-profit organization that supports over 500 children in four homeless shelters in the Philadelphia area. I wanted to volunteer my time, support, and baked goods to young people less fortunate so I decided to get involved. I would bake for their Christmas party, birthday parties, and every festival. The biggest project I do for them is the Christmas party. They need 550 cupcakes, which is too much for just one person. I decided to get a small team together of close friends to help me out. We all split the work up and after everyone was done, my mom and I would deliver them to Rubye’s Kids.
Each order I get is a challenge in itself. I spend time researching the theme and different ways I can execute it. Most of the orders I get, I have never done before so I have to carefully plan. One of my most challenging orders I received were barnyard animal cupcakes for a little boy’s fourth birthday party. He wanted pigs, cows, giraffes, and elephants. Although it was a lot of work, I got them done and he was ecstatic.
I plan to go to college next year to earn a business degree. Baking and decorating cupcakes will always be a part of my life that I will continue to peruse for friends, family, and fundraisers. As of right now, I am not certain what I want to do when I grow up but I know that I will always have this.
Article and Images by Melonie Shapiro