A self-taught baker, 21-year-old Aryn Keogh has taken her sweet tooth to the next level. A graduate of Vance High School, Keogh opened Delish Gourmet Cupcakes last year. Her companys custom-decorated cupcakes and stands make the perfect treat for birthday parties, holidays, weddings, and other special occasions.
Creative Loafing: What motivated you to start a cupcake company?
Aryn Keogh: Ive always liked to bake. My mom has never been top chef, so I have always had free reign of the kitchen and baking has always been my favorite form of cooking. When I was in high school, my best friend and I would sell cookies door-to-door. After that, I moved towards cupcakes and was inspired by fondant wedding cakes. It just grew into a business. The neighbors started ordering and it spread around from word of mouth.
What is the most unusual creation you have made?
I decorated five-tier birdcage for a wedding, and each cupcake was topped with a dove. I make any avant garde stand that you can possibly think of, but I can also go traditional. Also, last week I made cupcakes with leopard and zebra print bra and panty decorations for a bachelorette party. I have also used many chocolate orchid decorations. I try to stay away from traditional fondant frostings.
What is your favorite flavor cupcake?
Amaretto thats a really good one. Im on a carrot cake binge, too. Those two tie and theyre also my best selling.
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