Bake It ‘Til You Make It 

How did you get into baking and decorating? What inspired you to start baking?

I have been baking ever since I can remember. There is a picture of me when I was four years old helping my mom prepare a pineapple upside-down cake in our kitchen, and we also have a picture of what looks to be me holding a pink William Sonoma spatula I received for my fifth birthday. Every year since I was young I have bake and decorated gingerbread cookies for the family and have decorated custom birthday cakes for my family since I was around twelve years old. At seven years old, I received an EasyBake oven for Christmas, and that’s when I think my passion for baking really took off. I have always loved chemistry and experimenting in the kitchen, so when I got bored with broiling little cakes with the EasyBake oven lightbulb, I graduated to the oven around ten or eleven.

Do you create your own recipes for your treats?

I have created my own recipes in the past, but I find it easier to modify already existing recipes. This reduces waste in the kitchen while saving me time.

Do you work at a bakery?

Yes. I have worked at two bakeries, Gigi’s Cupcakes and Tart Bakery; both in Dallas, and have been actively working for almost a year and a half now (1 year approximately at Gigi’s and 6 months at Tart).

Why did you decide to start selling custom cakes?

I enjoy sharing my creations with others, and I wanted to provide people with the opportunity to eat delicious cake and baked goods for a cheaper price than most bakeries. It also gives me an excuse to make massive and elaborate cakes that I don’t have throw in the trash later because my family cannot physically eat that much sugar.


Story and photo by Hanna Zhang

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Hanna Zhang

Hanna is a sophomore who is most likely on the couch, Pocky in one hand and Coca Cola in the other. She loves traveling to places with delicious food, specifically the sushi and ramen in Japan.

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