Meet the Owners

For those that don’t know me I am Kayla, owner of Sugar Cubed and this is my husband Jordan and my beautiful daughters Timber and Juniper. This bakery wouldn’t exist without the support and encouragement of my husband and family. Becoming a mother was the push I needed to expand this bakery to what it is today: it seriously takes a village to not only raise children but to run a successful business as well, and I am so thankful for my village. 

 

There are so many things I had hoped for with this little dream of mine. At the top of the list was building an amazing team of individuals who would share in my passion and ambition. In those first few years in the basement of my parents house, I would cry out in frustration after long hard days, I was doing this on my own and it all felt like too much. I longed for a team environment where I could not only share the work load, but share the wonderful joys of this industry with other talented bakers and artists. Each one of these individuals has contributed to the success of Sugar Cubed and I am so grateful for how they have embraced this bakery as their own. I know that I am their boss, but they are also my family, and I wouldn’t have made it this far without their commitment and incredible talent.

Where It All Began

This journey all started in 2011 when I found myself at a crossroad after graduating from college. I got a degree in graphic design but soon realized I had no desire to pursue a job in that field. I took a year off after college to do some soul searching, and figure out what I wanted to do next in life, during that time I got really obsessed with watching cake decorating shows and it’s as if a light bulb went off saying “that’s what I should be doing!” I loved that it was something creative, messy, and fast paced. After toying with the idea for a few weeks I was blessed with an opportunity to work for a small home based bakery in California. With hardly any knowledge of cake decorating, or baking, I packed up my life and hit the road to learn as much as I could as fast as I could. My time down there was truly life changing and is a huge part of my success today. During an evening Skype date with Jordan I told him I felt like this was the path I was meant for and that I wanted to start a cake business when I got home. Without hesitation he loaned me $500 to buy my start up equipment. To this day he still brags that it’s the best investment he ever made. Upon my return in September 2011, my parents graciously let me turn the lower level of their home into a commercial kitchen, and Sugar Cubed Cakes was born.

2011

In those early days I was doing all I could to learn the craft and ingulf myself in it as much of it as possible. How to properly bake, frost, stack, decorate, and transport cakes. Then I had to figure out how to make money at it, because lets face it, unless your making money at it it’s just a hobby not a business. I think any home baker will tell you the one of the hardest parts is figuring out what your time is worth, and how to be confident in charging for it. It took me a long time to build that confidence and if I am being honest I still struggle with it even today, but I guess I am doing something right!

2017

When I started my business my loftiest goal was to open a storefront after 5 years. I sacrificed summers, family trips, and basically my entire 20’s to pursue this dream. When the time came I had an opportunity to move my bakery into a small retail space in a rural county. I was so excited and dove in head first, without doing the proper due diligence. About half way through the buildout we ran into some major issues with the building occupancy and code issues, I was devastated and thought I had royally screwed myself. Thankfully God has a funny way of working things out, and that door being slammed shut was the best thing that ever happened to me. Two months later I was connected with the owner of Bella cupcake, she was ready to retire and sell her business to someone young and eager to grow. We had an instant connection and I fell head over heals in love with her and her location. It was in the heart of the town I love, and all the major work was already done to the building, not to mention I got an amazing mentor and friend out of the deal. It was obvious this was where I was meant to be so we worked out a deal and Sugar Cubed acquired Bella Cupcake in January 2017.

Where We’re Headed

People like to ask how long I have owned my business and I feel like I have to give this a two part answer. It’s been 8 yeas since I began this journey, and looking back those first 5 years were all in preparation for running this retail space. When I was toying with the idea of becoming a cake decorator I tried to find a job in this field in our community, and it did not exist! I think my biggest accomplishment that I am most proud of, is that I now get to provide that opportunity to other creatives, to find a passion in something they didn’t know they could do. I often have to pinch myself that this dream has actually come true. I designed a life I love, with people that I love, and I get to share it with a community that I love, and I couldn’t be more grateful. The bakery has really taken off over these last three years and it has opened so many new doors of opportunity and inspired another 5 years (at least) of ambitious dreams and goals that I am excited to share with you all. If you have made it this far into my story than I have to say thank you, because without the support and encouragement from my customers and community I would not be where I am today so thank you!

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