Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Rorie.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I always loved baking as a child. I would bake all of the time, just for fun. I decided to take it seriously in 2017 after I baked and decorated my first 6-inch cake for a birthday party. I would get requests from family here and there. Then, everything really took off about a year later. My cousin Shawanna has a party planning business called Exclusive Bashes. She began to link me with customers. I really owe much of my success to her. She has introduced me to majority of my clients. With my clientele rising, I wanted something that would set me apart from other bakers in the area. That is when I decided to dedicate and pay homage to people and events of black culture. I figured it would be fun to not only enjoy a sweet treat but, to also learn about black history and culture at the same time. Which is why I decided to name my business 4 The Culture Bakery.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. [laughs] I did not have any professional training for baking so, much of my knowledge came from YouTube tutorials. I wasted a lot of ingredients while learning how to bake and decorate themed cakes and cupcakes. In the beginning, while trying out different cake flavors, I ruined countless recipes due to baking mistakes. I would bake until 2-3 in the morning, trying to finish a cake or cupcakes. I am grateful to my family for having such patience as I ran my mixer throughout the night. Today I still make mistakes every now and then; no one is perfect; I’m only human. [laughs] But, the difference is, now I know how to correct those mistakes and save the item being made.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
4 The Culture Bakery is a home-based business serving the D.C, Maryland, and Virginia area. Our bakery dedicates sweet treats to everything celebrating black culture. I want people to understand that because we celebrate black culture does not mean we practice exclusivity. We welcome everyone to enjoy our goods. We are simply creating a fun space to shine a light on the accomplishments, creativity, and overall excellence of important black figures and black culture. It is just a fun way to eat and learn. What better way to come together than through food-right? Every item has a dedication and an insert explaining the dedication. I think this is what makes our bakery different. I am proud of how far we have come and I am happy that I decided to create a brand inspired by the history, accomplishments, and culture of my people. At the moment, 4 The Culture Bakery serves cupcakes and brownies. While we have our own menu, we also create custom cupcakes to fit the theme of the customer’s event.
Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
To support our business, people can follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Or contact us through our website 4theculturebakery.com and use us for their next event! Or simply referring us to others, creating future clientele is always appreciated.
- Plain Vanilla or Chocolate Cupcakes $20 per dozen
- Specialty Cupcakes $25 per dozen
- Custom Cupcakes $25 and up
- Brownies $15 per dozen
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: 4theculturebakery.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/4theculturebakery/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/4-The-Culture-Bakery-895354630626262/