The teenage cake art phenomenon Cudahy is brewing a storm
CUDAHY – A teenage girl from Cudahy has the special skill of making amazing cakes, and she is a serial entrepreneur. Meet 18-year-old Zohay Schwab.
“I’ve always loved to cook. I’ve been doing it since I was younger,” Zoe Schwab, owner of ZoMazing Cakes, mentionned.
While she baked most of her life, she started selling her cakes in July 2020. Her father posted a photo of a cake she made on Facebook, and it drew attention. A few messages later, Zohay was inundated with customers.
“Yeah, it became something I didn’t expect it to be. I didn’t expect to make a business out of it,” she said.
She spends up to 80 hours a week baking and baking cakes. All of her designs are tailor-made for whatever the buyer wants. She’s created unicorn cakes, tri-tier wedding cakes, realistic looking dog cakes and everything in between.
“I delayed getting my degree because I’m home schooled by six months so I could focus on building the business. “
In general, art is made to last. A painting hangs on the wall for years. Music is listened to for decades. However, Zohay’s art was gone within minutes.
“It’s weird to think that I spend between two and eight hours depending on the design of the cake and then once it’s served it’s sliced in about five minutes.”
It’s all worth it for her, however. This is Zohay’s passion. Her parents have been behind her every step of the way. They even set up a space in their kitchen especially for Zohay and her pastry shop.
Zohay became fond of the art of cake with a lot of practice, watching Cake Boss and watching YouTube videos. She has practiced a lot on her family. While many might think the constant smell of baking cakes would be wonderful, her family is starting to get over it.
“And how my family is fed up with the smell, like the smell of buttery sugar,” she said with a laugh.
She hopes to open her own storefront in the next few years.
Starting a business is nothing new for Zohay. In fact, she’s a serial entrepreneur.
“First we were raising Himalayan kittens, so we learned entrepreneurial skills from that, and then we sold handmade scarves.”
For her, it’s all about autonomy.
“Honestly, I don’t really like people telling me what to do,” she said.
But the cake industry persists. She has over 7,000 followers on Facebook. Orders are more and more frequent, that’s why she needs more space. But until then, the 18-year-old pastry chef is stuck in her parents’ kitchen.
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