Lauren Swartzlander might just be the next great cupcake baker. At 11 years old, she’s already started her own baking business, Batterz Cupcake Company. She learned the art of the cupcake mostly from her grandmother and mother, with a little dash of cooking shows thrown in. It’s a recipe for culinary accomplishment for Lauren, a fifth grader at Bluffton Elementary.
“They are fun to bake, and you can be really creative with them,” she said. “They were mostly figured out through trial and error at first but now I feel I’ve partly perfected them. There is always room for improvement.”
As Lauren got better in the kitchen, word spread. She has had several clients including friends and family. And her family is probably luckiest of all – they get to taste the cupcakes as she develops them. So far she offers a couple original varieties, including her signature Home Run Ice Cream Sundae cupcakes – chocolate cake with fudge filling, white frosting, whipped cream, crushed peanuts, fudge drizzle and a cherry on top.
In addition to perfecting her baking skills, she has learned more about what it takes to run a business including expenses, handling money and working.
Cupcakes are $15 for a dozen, and $9 for a half dozen. 419-369-4179. firstname.lastname@example.org.