“I have two amazing girls and was a single mom for a long time. Their father wasn’t in their lives, so I pushed hard to make a better life for the three of us. There were times I didn’t know where we were going to live and what we were going to do. I didn’t want to keep going back to my family because I wanted the girls to see me make it on my own and take care of them. It took a long time to find something that made me happy and put food on the table, but my girls made everything worth it. My husband is now a great dad to them and our little boy. Today we’re in a different place and I am creating in a way I never expected.
I’m the baby of four brothers and a sister. I was the weird kid in the family and wanted to be an artist. I had this idea of what an artist was and what I should be doing to make it happen. I’m not great at drawing, but I wanted to be, so I kept trying to force myself. It didn’t come naturally and I didn’t enjoy it. I majored in art and photography at the University of South Alabama. I went to hair school and worked in a salon for a little bit. I ran a hippie shop and dog grooming shop. None of it was me. I started doubting my creativity.
I was vegan for most of my twenties. It was hard at that time to find vegan food in Mobile, so I learned how to make everything myself. I found out my daughter had a severe dairy allergy that was causing stomach and digestion issues. I started making cupcakes and birthday cakes with different ingredients for her and friends who have kids with severe allergies. I never officially said I’m a baker, but it came naturally and I started running with it. When I didn’t have orders, I experimented with baking to come up with something new. This is fun for me and my girls can help.
My husband and I looked at opening a bakery before COVID. Then everything shut down and it wasn’t the time. We thought we would just stay home and relax. Virtual school didn’t work for my girls, so we started homeschooling. Then baking orders skyrocketed from people at home. People kept picking up cakes from my porch. I’ve started making cakes for big weddings and birthday parties and the Mobile Country Club. My cupcake was on the cover of Mobile Bay magazine with a story inside. I cried when I saw it the first time. A year ago I never dreamed any of this would happen.
My customers are also a dream because they appreciate what I’m doing. I love making birthday cakes for kids with allergies who never had a birthday cake or a special treat like that. The daughter of a good friend has severe dairy and egg allergies. She never had a doughnut, but she saw other kids eating them and knew they must be good. I figured out how to make doughnuts for her. It’s fulfilling to give food experiences in a healthy and delicious way. I want my baking to be beautiful and taste good for everyone, no matter what the ingredients are.
My best friend made a birthday cake for me when I was a teenager. There were tons of sprinkles on it and she wrote ‘Happy Birthday Lindsey.’ That was the first time I remember something done like that for me. Last year my husband ordered my birthday cake from a bakery that I love in New York City and they shipped it to our house. That was crazy. I know how special a cake can make you feel.
We are still looking for a bakery location around South’s campus or the midtown area. I doodle the shop and know exactly what I want it to look like. I hope to open before school starts. My husband is a teacher and can help over the summer. I’m fighting the fear of failure. What if I put everything into this and it doesn’t work? Deep down, I know it’s going to be great. I’m just getting over that hump of saying, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s move forward.’
I’m stubborn. I can’t stay in something that doesn’t make me happy. If I didn’t feel like I belonged in a situation, I left. I’ve been jumping through life, trying to find my place. I finally found that in all aspects of my life. I’m where I need to be.”