Fast forward a year or so and all the while still learning and decorating. Someone said, “You should sell these [cupcakes]”. Then a few more people said the same thing. So I thought about it, but didn't think I had the time with the little one. I played with a few recipes and made some new cupcakes for friends and extended family... And again, more encouragement to open my own business.
One late night, I decided to look up baking competitions in my area, thinking that if I participated and things went well, maybe I would consider selling my goodies. Unfortunately, there wasn't anything in my area and the one thing I did find was about a year away. So I broadened my search and found a national magazine having a "Cookies for Santa" cookie contest. I figured I'd enter... What the heck, I'd probably lose, but I'd be fun and I wouldn't be out anything for trying. Several months went by and I had kind of forgotten about my entry, but decided I would check their website and see if any information had been posted... I come to find that the day before, they had posted the winning entries... I didn't win, but I kept scrolling down, only to find a photo of my cookies and "Honorable Mention Winner" with a link to my recipe, "Grandpa's Favorite Chocolate Cookie". I was so excited, I did a little dance and shed a few tears. This was the motivation I needed! And decided I would sell cakes, cupcake and cookies – and thus, Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co. was born!
Thank you for supporting my family-owned business.
“When you buy from a family-owned business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get a team jersey, a mom or dad put food on the table, a family pay a mortgage or a student pay for college.”
My customers are our shareholders and they are the ones I strive to make happy.
My name is Janelle Hayes and I am the Owner of Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co., LLC. I started baking when I was a kid. My Mom and I baked cakes for birthdays and cookies for Christmas, and almost any other holiday. We still bake together, and now my daughter, Sophia, bakes with us as well. She is five, but already knows how to sprinkle cookies and decorate cupcakes with a piping bag (with assistance of course). In late 2010, I decided to take a Wilton decorating class at the local craft store so I could learn to decorate my own cakes better. I never thought I would want to become a cake decorator, let alone a small business owner! In December of that year, I found out I was pregnant (yeah!) and continued to work an office 9-5 that I hated. I cried almost every day and wanted to quit. I stuck it out until my maternity leave, paid some extra bills, and took the leap to be a stay at home mom. While counting down the days till my leave, I made cakes, decorated them, and took them into the office. And one day one of my bosses said, "Who made the cake?" ... When I told him it was me, he said, "Why are you working here then? This is great!"