Young bakers unite!
First Tara Chillemi was busy baking loaves of Irish soda bread to sell at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and now it’s time to start talking Spring, Easter and the sweet treats of a teen Tarrytown cupcake queen.
Step aside Cake Boss. We have our own Mrs. Cupcake, though she’s more of a “Miss” at age 16. Ashley Roberts, of Tarrytown, has a dream of opening her own bakery some day. But first this 10th grader needs to finish high school. At home she’s busy taking home orders for her specialty cupcakes.
Can you do two dozen Angry Bird cupcakes for a 7th birthday, someone asks on her Facebook page. Yes, that would be $1.50 each, she writes, and “those seem like they would be tons of fun to make!”
Can you make a carrot cake, someone else asks. Yes!
Shaylula owner Colleen Goudie had her make carrot cake confections for the designer trunk show she held at her shop.
Roberts has been baking for almost three years and says, "It feels good creating cupcakes, cakes, etc. and sharing with people. I wish I could do it for free actually."
She lives with her mother and two younger siblings. Her mother and her mother's boyfriend help her with learning how to run a business, but she does all the baking and decorating herself, with no box ingredients. "My brother is my biggest fan and eats any leftovers that I have," she said.
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