(Photo: Taylor Moxey via YouTube.com)
Between attending school, participating in extracurricular activities and completing her chores, 8-year-old Taylor Moxey, of Miami, has managed to run a successful baking business out of her parents' home kitchen.
“I think baking is mostly my passion,” she told Today. “You get to take your recipe and different people’s recipes and add different things to them.”
Taylor’s Cookies and Cupcakes was born out of a simple idea proposed by her parents during a Sunday trip to Target. When her parents suggested that she come up with a way to raise money for a toy she had asked for, a cookie and brownie church sale came to Taylor’s mind. She went to work after receiving a $40 loan from her father, Vernon Moxey, and signing a business agreement drafted on a napkin.
“Honestly, I didn’t think she would make $40 back,” her father told Today.
Not only did Taylor reimburse the loan that same Sunday, but her baking skills soon advanced her from church bake sales to first place at a local cornbread competition in which she won first place over several adults. Her reputation as one of the area’s top bakers skyrocketed thanks to her big win, as well as the accompanying billboard.
In addition to having garnered a well known clientele, including HGTV designer Bobby Berk and former Miami Heat player Joel Anthony, Taylor has earned nearly $10,000. Thirty percent of all proceeds go toward raising dyslexia awareness, a learning disorder that her father has.
“If you have a platform and people can hear your voice, it’s important to use it for some good,” Moxey's father said.
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