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Franklin Lakes Baker, 21, Turns Passion Into Business

Franklin Lakes resident Kara Schnaidt turned her lifelong hobby into a business.
Franklin Lakes resident Kara Schnaidt turned her lifelong hobby into a business. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kara Schnaidt

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — Kara Schnaidt didn't grow up in her Franklin Lakes home surrounded by sweets. She didn't inherit a love for baking from her family.She found it on her own and turned it into a business.

Schnaidt, 21, opened Kara Kakes Cupcake Shop on Franklin Avenue in January after working from home while in high school.

"It has been a challenge being that I am so young," she told Daily Voice. "I don't have much business experience behind me. But every day I'm learning something new and since I've opened I've heard nothing but positive feedback."

Schnaidt attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City after she was graduated from Ramapo High School. She received a diploma in baking and pastry, plus culinary management.

Once out in the world, Schnaidt knew cupcakes were the way to go as her favorite dessert.

"There's so much you can do with a cupcake as far as decorating them or with filling," she said. "They're cute, they're small."

The cannoli and peach cobbler cupcakes are her favorites, she said.

Schnaidt works with five other people at her store now as her baking family, she said. Her parents have always been there to help as well.

"It definitely has been an interesting journey," she said.

MORE INFO: http://www.kara-kakes.com

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