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Rising Stars: Meet Mikaela Iwaskiw

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mikaela Iwaskiw.

Mikaela, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Hi! I’m Mikaela Iwaskiw, a home baker based out of Baltimore, MD. I’ve been baking since I could reach the countertop. My love for cakes began when I was 13 and started helping my mom with wedding cakes.

It became a fun, creative outlet and I loved seeing the joy it would bring each couple on their big day! Food brings people together in a unique way, especially when it’s for a special event like a wedding or birthday.

In the past few years, as I’ve branched out on my own and started my own business, I saw a growing need for more bakeries providing food that is accessible to everyone. So many people, including myself, have food allergies and intolerances but so few places really offer many options.

Developing delicious recipes for the gluten intolerant, vegan, and peanut-free friends in my life have been really important to me. Everyone deserves a treat to celebrate the big moments in their life.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Definitely not. The last few years have been rough for most small businesses, from COVID to supply issues, it’s not easy to keep a business running. Add in buying my first house (which was a fixer-upper), having a baby, and working another part-time job, it’s been a whirlwind! But I love baking, and that’s what keeps me doing it!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in making delicious baked goods for an array of dietary needs. My most proud moments are when someone tries my baked goods and says “You would never know this was ‘insert dietary restriction'”.

Out of all of the things I make I think my favorite is wedding cakes. There’s nothing quite like making a wedding cake or desserts for a wedding, It’s such a special day and I feel so honored to be a part of it in a small way.

What does success mean to you?
Doing what you love. Some might say it’s how much money you earn, or how big your house is, but I think it’s deeper than that. My dream is to one day be able to do wedding cakes full-time because it’s what I love to do!

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