Teen cooks up sweet business plan

SOLANA BEACH — Sophie Kaihatu, a freshman at Santa Fe Christian High School, started her business, CAKEgirl, when she was 13 years old.
Kaihatu has always loved to bake, starting from when she was 4 with her Easy Bake Oven. Kaihatu’s family was attending a Christmas Eve party last year, and Kaihatu decided to whip up a New York Cheesecake to bring along for dessert. The cheesecake received rave reviews that late December night and prompted her to launch her business before Valentine’s Day 2010.
She sent out a flyer to family and friends and immediately started receiving orders. CAKEgirl also makes layer cakes, cupcakes and cakepops for local customers. The cakes are homemade and come boxed with the CAKEgirl sticker on top.
Kaihatu recently created a “Spaghetti & Meatballs” theme cake for a cake contest at her sibling’s school. She won the award for most original cake decorating.
Contact her for a holiday order by e-mail at cakegirlsophie@yahoo.com.

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