Friday, 23 March 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
Have you ever watched the TLC show Cake Boss and wished you could make a cake as fantastic as the ones Buddy and his crew make?
Sophia Stephenson from Temple did, and it started out as just a hobby but soon turned into a dream.
When Stephenson's mother, who is also her best friend, moved away in Sept. of 2009, she needed something she loved just as much to occupy her time.
What did she turn to? Cakes.
Stephenson had always loved making cakes for family and friends, but it wasn't until she started creating them everyday that she discovered her true talent and passion, and she hasn't put her spatula down since.
"If you have it and you have a passion, just keep pushing for it," Stephenson said.
Stephenson is a self-taught, 26-year-old cake decorator and pulls most of her ideas from invitations, décor, and even fabric.
She began by advertising her cakes on Craigslist, and eventually started charging people this last year. She became a volunteer for the Wish Upon a Birthday Cake non-profit organization that gives free cakes to families who are struggling financially. Now she has more than 2,000 Facebook fans from all around Texas, and even people asking her to send cakes to California.
One of the secrets to her success is homemade fondant. Stephenson said that using homemade rather than store-bought fondant makes the cakes much more moist. For the time being, she is making her cakes from home until the shop is officially open.
When she isn't spending her days making cakes, she spends time with her two children and husband who pushed and gave her the confidence to turn her dream of owning a cake shop into a reality.
Sprinkles is located on East Central Avenue and will be open to the public on March 31. You can still have a cake made by Stephenson before then by going to www.sophiascakecreations.com, calling (254) 681-5401, or finding the Sprinkles Facebook page.
If you would like to inquire about a cake or want to volunteer for the Wish Upon a Birthday Cake organization, you can contact them through Facebook.