I first developed an interest in baking shortly after getting married, when my pie-loving husband requested a cherry pie for Thanksgiving. I had never made anything more than boxed cake before, but we were both impressed at how it turned out. After that initial pie, I quickly began experimenting with any new pie, cake, and cookie recipes I could get my hands on.
As I began to study the art and science of baking, I was impressed by how beautifully a cake could be decorated, but found that I was constantly underwhelmed by the taste of professional cakes that I tried. It seemed like you could either find something that looked amazing, but didn’t taste great, or find something that tasted great but wasn’t one of those incredible works of art. I knew there had to be a way to marry taste and design together, so I set out to learn how to make cakes that were delicious works of art.
I began by baking and decorating dream cakes for my children’s birthdays. It wasn’t long before other parents started to ask me where I’d bought my “beautiful cakes.” That was when I started to realize that I could turn this into a successful business and started to sell cakes to friends and acquaintances.
From there, I founded Kara’s Bake Shoppe and began selling cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, pies, and breads at a local farmer’s market. Between the exposure I received at the market and word of mouth referrals, my business grew rapidly. I received so many custom cake and cookie orders that I eventually had to make the tough decision to stop selling at the farmer’s market, despite how much I enjoyed being part of the community.
I have been in business for seven years now, and I treasure the opportunity I have to be a small but important part of so many people’s lives as they celebrate their marriages, babies, birthdays, graduations, and more.