/ THE BAKER
I started making cheesecakes back in 2014 with my mom. She made not one but two NY style cheesecakes for Thanksgiving one year. My brother and I grew up on fast food because my mom worked 60 hours a week and cooking wasn't in the cards. When she brought out those cheesecakes I asked her where she bought them (haha). I was floored when she told me she baked them herself. I was so interested I asked to help her for Christmas. I enjoyed it so much I decided to make them on my own. Before long, friends and family were requesting my cheesecakes. In 2017 I started EK's Cheesecakes while working full time as a certified maintenance technician. I made an Instagram page in mid October and gave a few cheesecakes to some friends for free. Snapped pictures before I delivered them; and put them on my page. I had almost 15 cheesecakes to make for Thanksgiving the following month. After making all of them in less than a week I realized this is what I love to do. This is now my passion. I enjoy doing research for new flavor combinations and I get inspired by other desserts I see around the world. I love baking so much I switched careers to follow what I enjoy. Maybe one day I’ll have my own store front...
Since the pandemic things have changed for the better for my cheesecake business. A friend posted my business on a "Moms 2 Mom's" FB page right before Mother's Day and I had as many orders as I get for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then my business made a few "Black Owned Business" lists and once again the order poured in. For the first time since I started in 2017 I am filling orders for complete strangers through word of mouth and these FB pages. I went from making maybe one or two a week (on a good week haha) to averaging several cheesecakes a day. I'm truly blessed and beyond grateful for you guys.
March of 2022 I left my job to give all my attention to cheesecakes. I am baking in a commercial kitchen, licensed and insured. Truly grateful to be baking out of Growing Hope Incubator kitchen. Since going out on my own I have acquired several new wholesale accounts including restaurants, markets and bakeries. Pop ups around the Ann Arbor/Ypsi area almost every week. Although I am still a one person operation it is truly rewarding. I appreciate all my customers who have newly or continued to support me. Much thanks!