About a month ago I mentioned that over a series of posts I would introduce you to the awesome women in my circle who are not only mothers but business owners. All of the ladies I will spotlight in this series are all very dear friends of mine, who over the years have wiped my tears, laughed with me and probably sometime in the past danced and drank with me in the club #dontjudgeme! While I wasn’t blessed with biological sisters, I was gifted these wonderful women that you will meet over time. Without further adieu its time to meet Niya!
Niya and I have been friends for almost 13 years, and through those years we have seen each other dream many things only to start them and never finish. We always shared a kindred sisterhood in our thoughts regarding entrepreneurship, and we have seen each other start many endeavors and never finish them. Seeing Niya bring Candy Cake Company to fruition has been such a blessing and inspiration to me. I love her for the obstacles she’s overcome, for the awesome mother she is and because she is a kick ass friend and is taking me to see Kevin Hart on Friday night (wait on the pics…we don’t get out much)!!
The Bakestress and The Mini Baker
What is a cake truffle pop? A cake truffle pop is a decadent mini dessert that consists of cake mixed with icing that is baked then hand dipped in Belgian chocolate.
What inspired you to create Candy Cake Company? Entrepreneurship was always on my radar but when my son came, it became an obsession rather than an option. As a new mother, I was looking for an opportunity that would allow me the flexibility to be available to my son. I am also a self professed foodie and I love to cook so, embarking on a business endeavor that involved cooking and or baking was important to me.
In starting your own business what have you found to be the most difficult? Time management. Having to share my time between my son and my business is a constant struggle. I have come to realize that I can only do so much and that if something doesn’t get done at the end of the day its not the end of the world.
How are you making strides to overcome your time management hurdle? I must make a To Do List daily. If I am working on something, I try to finish it before moving on to the next task. I make it a point to carry a notebook that I use to jot down ideas and impromptu things that must be done. Getting these things out of my head and on my paper keeps my head clear and me productive.
How are you able to balance your business and family life being a single mother? Help and support from family and friends has been a huge factor in my success. I am often frustrated at the situation, and the sacrifices that I have to make on a daily basis to make my dreams come true. My mindset at this point is I have to do this for us, not pushing forward isn’t an option.
Where do you see Candy Cake Company in the next five years? I would like for CCC to be a recognizable go to brand amongst the creme de la creme of wedding and event planners within the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Do you wear an apron when you bake? Yes, it has ruffles on it and I also wear a scarf!
Do you listen to music when you bake, if yes what type? Yes, I listen to whatever is on the radio, mostly R&B
Will you teach your son to cook? Most definately, men that cook are the bomb!
One interesting tidbit regarding your baking ritual? When I bake I narrate each step in the process as if I am hosting a television show!
Candy Cake Company is giving away a dozen cake truffle pops, no worries Candy Cake Company ships within the continental United States. No jumping through hoops. Just leave a comment with the flavor of your choice between Red Velvet, Double Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Coconut, Key Lime, or Vanilla along with your email address. Contest ends on Friday and winner will be selected via Random.org. Good Luck!