Student Spotlight: Sami Bash of Baked N’ Whipped
What is it like to pursue your passion even before you walk down the aisle to graduate high school? We interviewed Sami Bash, a senior in high school who is already on the path of entrepreneurship with her company Baked ‘N Whipped.
With the new trend of college announcements with school-themed decor, Sami, a self-taught baker and cake decorator created a business to meet the demand, and also to fit around her demanding academic and after school sports schedule.
Ready to be inspired? Read on to find out more about this amazing young woman with a passion for creating edible works of art.
Tell us about yourself and what you do!
My name is Sami Bash and I am a senior at Roslyn High School. Next year I’m attending Syracuse University at the college of arts and science (I’m not 100% sure about what I want to do yet haha). My business, Baked N’ Whipped, is a self-owned business where I make and decorate cakes using my artistic ability for any occasion!
When did you start your business and what is the story behind cake decorating? How did you decide to make this a business?
As someone who plays sports after school every day I wanted a job at the same time, but it was hard to find a balance. One day I made a cake for my brother and my friends who saw it wanted me to make them one too. After that, I realized I could balance out all my needs by having a self-owned business which allows me to work at my own leisure and have time for sports practice every day.
What are the benefits and challenges of owning a business at such a young age?
A huge benefit of owning this business is that it taught me to be responsible. In order to make time in my busy schedule, I need to plan time in order to fit the cake orders in. I need to be responsible and make sure I get the cake orders in and keep up my grades.
How does your school (courses) play a role in your business? What are some perks and setbacks?
School plays a major role in my business. As I was creating and developing this business in the beginning, I made sure that school always came first. Before making cakes I have to make sure I have all my school work done in order to be able to work on my cakes. This is part of my responsibility as part of owning this business.
What are some classes or events you’ve been to that have impacted your business positively?
If I’m being honest, I haven’t attended any classes. I am self-taught and I created my own system of making the cakes. When I first started the business, I free handed my cakes when things weren’t as busy; however, as the year went on, I needed to start to stencil to fit in my orders. I am inspired, however, by my artistic ability.
What is/are your longterm goal(s) with Baked ‘N Whipped?
I am expanding the business to include custom painted tailgating gear. I realized that it would be difficult to continue my business while living in a dorm at Syracuse, so I have started making hand-painted clothing!
Who are some chefs/bakers/celebrities/influencers you’d love to collaborate with?
I have really not had the time to watch or follow and chefs that have their own shows or followings. I have been able to appreciate the work of some “less-known” artists thanks to Instagram. I find their work truly amazing which motivates me to always raise my game.
What are some of your favorite projects?
Because I have designed my business for efficiency and have basically laid out a uniform process and model, it would be hard for me to pick a favorite. Each one that I do is a time spent creating and I guess I feel the same about all of them.
If you had advice for someone who wants to start a business during school, what advice would you give?
KISS Principle (Keep It Simple Silly). This applies to any students who have an active life with after school activities-sports, hobbies or clubs. There is very little time to incorporate more of their precious personal time for a business, so I suggest that a business tie in with one of your current “loves” like a hobby or club. For example, I love art and I’ve been doing it all my life. I love making cakes because it lets me display my artistic abilities.
What is your favorite type of cake? Do you have any baking secrets you’re willing to share?
My favorite kind of cake is plain vanilla. I think it is by far the best. My process is very simple and self-taught. I ask the customer to send a picture of what they want, and then I print it out and exact knife it to use as a stencil. Then, I put white frosting in the cut-out spots, and black frosting in between the gaps of the white. After the stencil is removed and the image is made into the cake, I go back and add the finishing touches. My signature is the drip on the sides of the cake!
Instagram: Baked ‘N Whipped
Thank you, Sami, for sharing your passion with us! If you want to order your own cake from Sami, use the link above to contact her on Instagram.
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