I’m an only child raised by a single mother. I was born in Cleburne, TX, but was raised in Milwaukee, WI, where I spent 25 years. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was part of the Pre-Med program. After three years, I ended my college career due to financial difficulties. I began my ‘cooking career’ many years ago. As a pre-teen, I watched cooking shows during my summer breaks, wrote down the recipes and made grocery lists for my mother to purchase the ingredients.
I cooked all sorts of dishes, from Chinese to Cajun. In 2002 I relocated back to Texas with my two sons in tow, married in 2006 and became the proud wife and mother to a family of six! Several years later, as a hobby after work, I began baking and selling cookies, pies and cakes. In May 2015, I began cake pop researching. I purchased my first cake pop supplies and left them in the bag on the back of my closet door for six months. After many early mornings and late nights of endless research, I decided to make my first cake pop.
In November 2016, I packed six cake pops in a pencil box and sent them to school with my teenage son to see if any of his friends would be interested. When I picked him up from school, he had an empty pencil box and $6. I sold the pops for $1 because I always wanted a child to be able to make a purchase, and I felt like they could always come up with four quarters, ten dimes, twenty nickels, etc. Daily sales at the school soon increased from six pops the first day, to a record breaking day of 100 pops. After receiving permission from the Principal of the school, we sold the pops after school five days a week for two consecutive years until my son graduated. Word began to spread, and I established a customer base from the daily after school sales, farmer’s market, and pop-up shops.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Although the road hasn’t always been smooth, I try to keep a positive outlook on things. As a Small Business Owner, we’re often faced with naysayers, negativity and lack of support. Because of this, we have to develop a thick skin and learn not to take things personal, which is not always an easy thing to do. Other struggles I faced was learning to stay focused, remain organized, and not to get overwhelmed.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
CakePopsByL is a home baking business and falls under the Texas Cottage Food Law. I specialize in cake pops. However, during the holiday season and special occasions, customers can also purchase whole cakes and pies, miniature pies, cobblers, and homemade cookies. I’m most proud of my newly released “MJ (mason jar) Line.” The MJ’s are filled with sweet and savory deliciousness and can be ordered by the dozen. I don’t know if this sets me apart from others, but CakePopsByL is a God driven business. I don’t move unless God moves. He has opened so many doors and has abundantly blessed the business. Therefore I seek His counsel on a daily basis.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory was the fact that I got to fly alone on a plane every summer to spend it here in Texas with my Granny and PawPaw.