Not that you need a reason to eat cake, but if there is a special someone in your life with a birthday coming up soon, you might want to check out Caked by Isabella.
The baker behind the business is Isabella Girgenti, a grade 8 student at St. Ann (Ancaster) Catholic Elementary School whose newest venture has had some sweet success.
A self-taught entrepreneur, Girgenti was influenced by her mother at a young age while watching and helping her around the kitchen. At the age of nine, she was already in charge of baking birthday cakes for her family.
It wasn’t long after when she began taking orders outside her house.
“I decided to start my own bakery because my brother and I both have severe food allergies,” she said. “We would always be left out and not be able to enjoy the desserts other people around us were having because of our allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and seeds. I realized that there are so many other people with food allergies that experience that same feeling of being left out.”
At the age of 13, Caked by Isabella was born, offering a variety of delicious cookies, truffles, and of course, cake, that everyone can enjoy.
While her young age might come as a shock, it’s actually helped her stand out and make a name for herself in the community.
“I thought no one would order from me because of my age,” she said. “But what ended up happening was the complete opposite. People gave me the chance to, and this shows everyone that age doesn’t matter, and anyone can do anything when you set your goals high and work for it.”
When she says set your goals high, she means it.
“I want to expand and have Caked by Isabella worldwide and have store fronts all over the world, be on a Food Network show or even have my own baking show.”
A tall order, but she’s not settling for anything less.
“There are going to be bad days and days you are going to want to give up but that’s okay just keep going and believe in yourself,” she said, offering future entrepreneurs some words of wisdom.
Now, with her business taking off, Girgenti is using her treats as a vessel for good. This past Easter, she created a dessert box with sales benefiting the McMaster Children’s Hospital. Inspired by a young girl at her school that passed from cancer a few years back, she hopes the funds will help other kids feel better to enjoy their childhood, play sports and find their own hobby – like baking.
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